That’s Me Made May done and dusted for another year but remember my focus was to be reflective? I’ve had a thoughtful month of clothing… not so much actively choosing to wear Me Made’s in the morning but considering what I’d worn and how often I’d worn it as I was changing into my pyjamas. I jotted down some notes and a tally of each item so that I could reflect at the end of this month-long celebration of sewing your own.
Most Worn Items:
1. S4044 Trousers (7 wears)
2. Swallow Pyjamas (3 wears)
3. Mustard Cowl (2 wears)
4. Vintage dot blouse (2 wears)
5. Mustard Pavolva (2 wears)
6. Peacock Feather Mathilde (2 wears)
7. Hiro Liberty blouse (2 wears)
8. Fabric necklaces (2 wears each)
Ten other items were worn once each during the month including my Damson Gin dress which got an outing for dinner at The Ritz. I kept to my pledge without trying so I need to set something more challenging for myself next year!
Wardrobe areas highlighted by MMM’14 as needing some sewing attention:
1. Trousers – I’d rather wear dresses but trousers are a work essential and I’ve been existing on just two pairs of RTW jeans and one pair of Me Made trousers. I desperately need more variety to cover a 5 day working week in trousers.
2. Holiday – I didn’t go on holiday in May but we had a few hot, sunny days and I longed for a cotton summer dress. Also turning my attention to my (now booked!) holiday, I’ve started to consider what I’ll be packing in my suitcase.
3. No Skirts – I only wore a skirt on two days during May (navy cord S2451 and graffiti maxi). I’ve made S2451 three times (here, here and here) so at first I thought I needed a different skirt pattern. Then, on reflection, wearing just two skirts during May indicates that skirts aren’t a wardrobe staple for me. I should divert my sewing time to non-skirt items for a little while.
4. Gym – Despite working out for 4 hours per week, my Me Made exercise clothing is non-existent. I wore out my Sporty Sorbetto yonks ago and my other sewn workout top was a fail. Looking back, Kwik Sew 3672 needs a few adjustments but nothing drastic. Why did I give up on this pattern so easily? I’m also lusting after the new Pneuma Pattern from Papercut Patterns – the style really reminds me of LuluLemon and I’ve pinned that brand a lot to my Workout Wear Pinterest board recently.
5. Wardrobe Architect meets Me Made May
I so enjoyed the Wardrobe Architect project but found the results quite exposing so I only shared part of the process here. During May I had a thorough sort out of my wardrobe and drawers and I was astounded at the volume of clothing I didn’t wear and how much of my regularly worn items are looking shabby, tired and bobbly (beyond repair). I want to keep up the momentum though and in the same way I culled my clothing, I’m going to cull my sewing patterns of garments that don’t suit my style, everyday practicalities or favourite silhouettes.
With these 5 new guidelines, carefully constructed through the Me Made May reflective process, I’m hoping to sew better and more useful garments for the remainder of the year.
How did you find MMM’14… any revelations? New sewing tactics? Culled items? Or a revamped sewing wish list?