Me-Made-May: final round-up

I’m very behind with this Me-Made-May roundup. You’re probably sick of seeing these blog posts by now, so I’ll just cram everything into one giant update.

I was doing well with the daily photo, but the end of the month slipped into chaos. I got tired of seeing my ugly mug on Flickr every morning, plus I went on holiday to Norway which knocked out my normal routine.

I did well with my pledge though, honest! I didn’t wear a shop-bought pair of jeans the entire month, and generally my outfits were 80% handmade.

Here’s the photos I did manage to get:

All-blue extravaganza (Days 20, 22 and 23)



L-R: Blue chambray shirt and knit pencil skirt, blue Burda jeans and striped Hemlock, Maudella denim skirt and sweatshirt

The week of bad photos (think this was days 24, 25 and 26?)


L-R: Burda jeans and a Robin jumper (Yes, I finally finished this jumper! Blog post to come) McCalls knit dress, polka dot trousers and Hemlock tee plus hungover face.

Norwegian adventure (no idea which days these were)


L-R: Knit pencil skirt and chambray shirt (super-classy airport toilet selfie), unblogged denim trousers and stripey top, chambray shirt again and some (gasp) trousers from Dorothy Perkins. I did get them in a swap though. They were brilliant for climbing up a big Norwegian hill.

And here’s the traditional Me-Made-May giant photo collage:


Drumroll please! The Me-Made-May 2014 Yes I Like That awards go to…

Most worn item:

Definitely my chambray shirt. I’m glad I spent all that time doing French seams and sewing buttonholes – I love wearing this and it feels quite smart.

Most complimented item (online):

This has to be my Simplicity geometric shirt dress. But I think it must photograph better than it looks. I didn’t get any offline love for this dress, and someone even asked me if I made it myself, WITHOUT following up with a compliment. Dissed.


Most complimented item (in real-life):

It was the Flora shirtdress, although it might have something to do with the fact that I wore it to the big sewing meetup. Those seamstresses are pretty free and easy with their dress compliments.

Most earth-shattering realisation:

I don’t really like wearing dresses! I only put on three all month, and I felt pretty uncomfortable in all of them. Knit dresses are an exception though, so I need to make more of those. Other than that, SEPARATES 4 LIFE.

Most versatile item:

A tie between my Hemlock tee and my Built by Wendy grey sweatshirt. They go with everything.

Favourite new Me-Made-May blogger:

A difficult one to choose, but I think it has to be Marilla, who I chatted to at the big meetup, and who has a wardrobe of beautiful stripes.

Worst photo location:

A tough category, but I think I’ll have to go with the disgusting toilets at London Fields Brewery, 10 hours into an all-day music festival (you can see the evidence in day 25 above). Nobody can say I don’t suffer for my art.


10 thoughts on “Me-Made-May: final round-up

  1. Jenna June 9, 2014 / 5:52 PM

    I love your tiny dancer dress, I think I was staring at it at the meet up (sorry, not sorry, it’s great!)

  2. Solii June 9, 2014 / 10:23 AM

    I’ve seen that Shirt dress in the flesh and loved it just as much then as in the photos! 🙂 x

  3. Laura June 8, 2014 / 9:20 AM

    Don’t worry about the lack of compliment. They were probably rendered speechless by how brilliant your dress is!

  4. Caroline Joynson June 8, 2014 / 6:54 AM

    You could turn your geometric skirt dress into seperates by chopping off the skirt section if you feel like it won’t get as much wear as a dress – just an idea – shirt + skirt
    It looks fab in the photos and I remember I commented about how much I thought it was super-cool on Flckr; but at the end of the day if its just going to sit at the back of your wardrobe you might change it somehow.

  5. Melanie June 8, 2014 / 5:06 AM

    I mostly wear dresses but I’m trying to get in the seperates thing…especially in winter when pants & a snuggly top would be better than a dress with stockings. Bummer about your Geometric Dress comment…it looks fab to me.

  6. lloubb June 7, 2014 / 8:14 PM

    I’m also on team separates and knit dresses! I like wearing woven dresses to like w weddings but not everyday. Straight skirts are ok… But mostly separates, with the occasional knit dress thrown in please!! 🙂

  7. Kerry June 7, 2014 / 6:24 PM

    I love the chambray shirt, it’s a total classic so no wonder you wore it so much. The geometric dress is also fab though so I feel a bit sad for it (and you) that there was not more love for it!

  8. rillafree June 7, 2014 / 6:24 PM

    Ah, thanks for the mention! My compliment on the tiny dancer Flora was genuine by the way 😉 hope Norway was good! Definitely a destination I would love to visit, I hear they like to knit!

  9. Kelly June 7, 2014 / 3:35 PM

    Oh, I hate comments like that! The dress does look pretty darn good in the photos, though. Congrats on MMM!

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