Wednesday, 2 May 2012

Mix-and-Match Homemade Wardrobe

   
   
    
    
          

May is a particularly special month for sewing bloggers, an extra long festival of homemade clothing, if you will. Many of us celebrate our creativity by wearing self-stitched outfits for 31 days in a row as part of Me-Made-May. I really enjoy preparing for the month by pulling out all the things I've made and giving them pride of place at the front of the clothing rail. Totally messing up the rainbow colour spectrum I usually have going, but all in the name of an important cause, people! 

I though it'd be nice to snap all the garments I'm planning to wear this month on a hanger, to help me visualise new combinations or new ways of accessorising my homemade things in a new way. Kinda like playing dress up dolls! Click on the garment images if you want to see posts from when I made each thing.

I'm not going to be photographing every outfit I wear as to be honest self-photography is my least favourite part of blogging... plus it makes me late for work! Instead I'm sharing pictures my favourite outfits from the month on a dedicated board on my Pinterest page (day one is up there right now). Yes, I am still obsessed with Pinterest!

For those of you who celebrate it, Happy Me-Made-May!

[Soundtrack: 'Year of the Tiger' by St. Vincent]

35 comments:

  1. So many pretty things! Girl, you have a formidable self-stitched wardrobe! Nice work!

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  2. And a happy me-made-May to you too! Taking photos is my least favorite part of sewing blogging as well. Can't wait to see your favorite combinations on le Pintrest, which I also couldn't adore more.

    strugglesewsastraightseam.wordpress.com

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  3. Great post Tilly, excellent way of getting your head around all your makes! And Day One's outfit is simply gorgeous Tilly...really must get involved with Pinterest!

    Loving your blog's makeover too!

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    1. Be warned though - Pinterest is SERIOUSLY addictive! But it's a quick way of procrastinating and getting my daily fix of eye candy.

      Glad you like the makeover!

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  4. I am so utterly in love with the lace blouse. Lx

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    1. Aww... thank you! It was really quite easy to make. I thought lace would be difficult to sew but it's not at all.

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  5. I really love this way of showcasing your me-made's! As a new sewist, I look forward to the day where I can have a whole wardrobe made by me, like this, that I can actually plan a whole month of wear out of - bravo! :D

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    1. It was a surprise to me just how many homemade things I had!

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  6. So much love for this post... AND your new header!! x

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    1. Why thank you! It took me aaaaaages to do the redesign. Still lots of things I want to add, but it's getting there :)

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    2. I'm VERY impressed with the redesign. I wouldn't know where to begin. You are clever, Tilly! Love the montage of outfits.

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  7. That is a fantastic idea! Sometimes some of my handmade goodies get trapped in the confines of the world's tiniest wardrobe and it gets forgotten... Sad times! What a cool way to combat it though!

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  8. This is a fantastic idea! I want to take pics of all of my me-made stuff and have an album or portfolio or something to flip through to recall what I've made, especially when I'm trying to remember what I made the prior year. This really gives you a comprehensive view of your sewn wardrobe and what gaps you have and what really goes well together!

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  9. Love the idea of photographing your me-made makes!

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  10. I love the idea of wearing only your own creations for a whole month. I wish I didn't have so many other sewing projects on the table or I'd participate as well.

    Meg
    http://megshandmadelife.blogspot.com

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  11. Brilliant idea! Also big up on the Pinterest front - just set up my own Me Made board. Will be a nice way to keep track of the outfits!

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    1. Oh cool, what's your Pinterest name?

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  12. Ah! I have serious wardrobe envy!! I've just gotten into sewing after my Mother, very graciously, bestowed on me her old sewing machine - it was her first anniversary gift from my Dad 39 years ago! She's taken brilliant care of it over the years and it works like a dream! Anyway, I've been seriously bitten by the sewing bug, and in my quest for sewing knowledge I stumbled across your blog, and I love it!! I went all the way to the beginning and read every post you've written so far. It's been really interesting to follow your sewing journey and I'm so impressed at how accomplished you've become. You've really inspired me to join the stitching ranks and I can only hope that I can create as beautiful a collection as you have! Keep up the good work Tilly, you are an inspiration for all us newbs! x

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    1. Aww... I love getting comments like this one :) I'm so glad you've caught the sewing bug too! Let me know how you get along... and maybe start a blog yourself?

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  13. oh what lovely clothes. I have caved and am not doing me made may this year (maybe next) but im loving seeing what everyone else is putting together.
    And yours looks lovely...

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  14. I love this, all your lovely me-made clothes hanging up so pretty...I am in proper love with your Ikea fabric skirt..swooning now..x

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    1. Ha! It was possibly the easiest thing I've made!

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  15. Wonderful idea and lovely sewing! I haven't made enough for "me" that I could wear something everyday, but by next May that will be a different story! Maybe I'll do a Self-Sewn September?

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  16. They look so great all together! As has been said, super-useful to assess what you could sew next and how to get new combos.
    How did you do the great layout of the pics btw?

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    1. No secret to it - I just made the pictures smaller and lined them up!

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    2. Cool! I'm a bit training wheels when it comes to blog pics. Taking and laying out.

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  17. What a great way to showcase your me-made wardrobe, with these individual garment photos! Oh, and I just LOVE St. Vincent--have tickets to the show that's here in 16 days (not that I'm counting or anything...). :)

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    1. St. Vincent are awesome, aren't they? I'm a little bit in love with the lead lady. Her guitar playing is just incredible.

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  18. Wow these things are amazing! I love all the colour schemes and patterns! XxxX http://thesecondhandrose.blogspot.co.uk/

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  19. I have been in love with your Thinking In Shapes Skirt since the first day you posted about it. So simple yet to genius (IKEA fabric!)

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  20. Cuuuute!! Looks like a catalog. I'll take 3A in blue, size 10 & 5C in green, also size 10, please.

    What a great idea, visually, Tilly.

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    1. That's such a sweet analogy - let's play shops!

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  21. where can I buy this wardrobe? ;) Impressive and inspiring!

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  22. Yes, it is very inspiring, I think if I lined up all my self made items there would be much mirth and hilarity!

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  23. I've never made clothes without a pattern. I have made some Halloween Costumes
    without using a pattern.

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