So it seems we’re almost half way through May already and I have no idea where the time’s going! Life’s been incredibly busy both in and out of work, but I thought I’d try and do a quick catch up on my second week of Me Made May this year.
What a difference a week makes! We seem to be a long way away from the cuddly jumpers of the start of week 1 at this point. Day 8 was the day after the bank holiday and whilst it was a little cooler, I still dressed for the heat. Which was a relief, because the littlest girl and I spent a few hours at a children’s outpatient clinic at LGI waiting for some tests and it was hotter than hell in there! I combined a RTW black vest top with my favourite Sew Over It “Carrie” trousers made last summer in rayon from Sewisfaction. I really love these trousers (far better than my hopefully soon to be blogged Marigolds); the combo of a slightly dropped waist, flat front waistband and elasticated back means they are so comfy. Also, pockets!
For day 9 I was in the office. It’s a little unpredictable, temperature wise, so I paired my cotton lawn Melilot with a (non-photographed) drapey cardigan and RTW skinny jeans. It feels like I should have more than three Melilots in my wardrobe; I really love the fit and style and they feel smart yet comfy: winner for the elusive dress down office wear.
Day 10 involved multiple me mades! I swapped my non-working day around to head to York for the Yorkshire edition of A Little Lawn Party; sadly, we had a rubbish night’s sleep (kids!) so I slept in and ended up doing the school run in my Monsal lounge pants and a Mickey Mouse t-shirt. And obviously bumped into the Head! Hey ho!
I then headed off to York in my trusty Kelly anorak. I can’t tell you how much I love and wear this coat: it feels a million times better than anything I’ve ever bought! I don’t really need multiple versions, but should I ever decide to replace it, I think it will be a like for like swap.
My dress for the lawn party was the Colette “Penny”. I was unsure about the length initially, but actually, it ended up feeling very smart. I’m not toying with the idea of making View A up too!
Friday was Day 11; normally a non-working day, I obviously had to work, which was a little depressing. I ended up in another of my many Agnes tops; such a great staple!
On Saturday I was taking the littlest girl to a birthday party. With a migraine. Comfort at this point is key (WHY do I get a migraine whenever there’s a REALLY LOUD children’s entertainer involved?) and I find these things a little intimidating so wanted to look a bit smart. I went with the Bibi dress again, and felt guilty for pairing it with a RTW t-shirt.
Why does that happen? I don’t feel much guilt over RTW jeans, so why should buying a well made, well priced t shirt that is exactly what I was thinking of sewing make me feel guilty? I struggle with this quite a lot to be honest; I feel that because I have the skills, I should use them. But realistically there are only so many hours in a day! I really should learn to give myself a break.
Day 13 and I still had migraine, and was solo parenting one child whilst spring cleaning the house. Yep, it was a fantastic day, so I decided to embrace my inner toddler by pairing my new dungarees (M7547?) with a WaltDisneyWorld t-shirt. The dungarees were made for Minerva so there will be a blog post in due course. I was really unsure about whether I’d wear these, even whilst I was making them, but actually I like them a lot and am wearing them a fair amount too. I think this is giving me the confidence to try Tilly’s Mila pattern (really hoping I don’t regret the skinny legs though!)
Day 14 and I started the day in Me Made pyjamas in a really subtle print. These are the Tilly Margot’s and I really should have made them at least one size smaller. Thankfully the drawstring is part ribbon, part elastic so I can pull them tight enough in comfort!
I followed up with the Deer and Doe Hoya I made last year in rayon from Sewisfaction. I really, really love this top; I don’t often wear v necks but actually I think it’s really flattering here. I spent the evening starting work on another version made in destash fabric picked up on Instagram so I’m hoping that it will feature in week 3’s round up!
So, I’ve continued to stick to my pledge of wearing me made every day and, other than a slight wobble where I wasn’t sure what I was in the mood for at all, it hasn’t been a challenge at all, which feels great.
I’ve also worn dresses on two different days. I don’t think the Penny counts as my intention was to try and wear more things I’ve already made rather than flaunt new ones. But the Bibi is proving to be an unexpected winner. I only made it because I had some fairly cheap ponte and thought I’d try a new silhouette, so it just goes to show that it’s worth stepping outside your comfort zone sometimes!
Anyone have any recommendations for summer frocks that aren’t sun dresses (covered shoulders please) but aren’t as dressy as the Penny?