8 June 2016

My Me Made May (and a Couple of News Flashes)

Did you join in with Me Made May this year? I always enjoy Zoe’s challenge to us to wear our handmade clothes throughout the month of May. You may have followed my daily outfits on Instagram, but in case you didn’t, here’s a little round up of what I wore...

Above - Clockwise from top right:

Clockwise from top left:

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 SkirtCoco Dress / Bettine DressAgnes 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.)

Bettine sewing pattern + Liberty fabric = winner!

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 :)