Above - Clockwise from top right:
Papercut Patterns Watson Jacket / Coco Dress / Agnes Top + Papercut Patterns Yoyo Dress / Bettine Dress / Arielle Skirt / Sinbad and Sailor Dove T (no longer available) / Martha Dress / Agnes Top + Delphine Skirt / Orla Top
Clockwise from top left:
Bettine Dress / Closet Case Patterns Carolyn PJs / Closet Case Patterns Nettie Top Bow Back Hack / Agnes Top + Dominique Skirt / Agnes Top / Bettine Dress / Coco Dress with Liberty Shoulder Patches / Mimi Bow Blouse
This was my sixth year doing Me Made May. It’s always fun to make a bit of effort getting out handmade garments you’d forgotten about, and interesting to see which you naturally gravitate towards. It’s also inspiring to click on the hashtags on Instagram (I say hashtags plural as there seemed to be at least four on the go!) and find homemade creations to “ooh” and “ahh” over.
One thing I particularly appreciate about this challenge is how Zoe encourages participants to do it their own way – to set your own level of challenge and participate in a way that makes sense to them. For me, this meant a couple of changes this year. First of all, I don’t enjoy taking or posting selfies, so I decided to photograph my outfits laid out without me in them. I love seeing images like this, partly because you can imagine yourself in the clothes, and partly because they look a bit like little dolly clothes (I’m a sucker for dolls houses and all things miniature basically).
Clockwise from top left:
Fifi PJs / Delphine Skirt / Sinbad and Sailor Dove T (no longer available) / Miette Skirt / Coco Dress / Bettine Dress / Agnes Top + Arielle Skirt / Agnes Dress
Secondly, I didn’t post every day because some days I was wearing a sample of one of our forthcoming sewing patterns, which are a surprise. We’ve got a couple of newbies in the works right now. One is mid-production and due out in the Autumn. The other is coming next week! In fact, it’s launching to our email list members first, this Thursday – tomorrow, eek! (You can sign up to our email list if you want to be first to know what it is.)
That’s news flash number one (referred to in the title). The other is that I’m going to be sewing a Bettine dress in the legendary Liberty of London haberdashery on Saturday 18 June, 12.30 – 2.30pm. If you’re in town, do come by the Regent Street store and say hi! You can browse our sewing patterns there, ask me any sewing questions and of course swoon over the gorgeous fabrics. (Just please don’t ask me to make you a suit or fix the hem of your daughter's dress – we had some really random questions at our John Lewis Sew In, hehe!)
Hope to see you there :)