#MMMay 2015, Week 2

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Apologies for for pretty poor photographs at the start of this week. The novelty of taking photos of mummy every morning is clearly fast wearing off ..

Tuesday was a work day. Time for my 70s Clemence skirt (Tilly and the Buttons) to come out, which I’ve come to love, despite its painful creation, see here. The wind caused me a few worries though as I stopped for petrol on the way home from work… Wednesday was my day off. I had a lovely lunch out with an old friend so my favourite top came out, paired with jeans. I really love this top, feels much more ‘me’ than my recent attempts at tops…

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Thursday: work again. This time I wore my snooker table skirt, which never fails to make me smile. Say what you like about green baize, but not only is it water repellant (!), but it always gets lots of compliments too 🙂 Friday: work. Thought I’d celebrate the end of the working week by wearing two and a half MeMades: navy blue, linen Ginger skirt (Colette) paired with A Sencha blouse (also Colette). And the half? Tilly’s Brigitte scarf. The crisp white of this blouse detracts well from the little-too-high neckline on me (never great with a bust), but think I just about get away with this.

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Saturday I got up early to get through some marking before everyone else was up: rock’n’roll lifestyle mine, oh yes 😉 I wore my second attempt at a Coco top (construction details here). While I like the bright pink against the more neutral stripe of this, and it’s certainly comfy, the main fabric is far too ‘floppy’ for this design. It’s another ho-hum top, ok for round the house, but maybe taking up valuable wardrobe space that could be better used? This was before I got my overlocker too, so the finish is a bit ‘blah’ too: jury’s out …

Sunday was much more fun as we had a family christening to go to. It was a good excuse to dress up and to debut my 60s shift dress. Really pleased with this make, it’s a really flattering shape 🙂

Lessons learnt this week? I really need some more ‘transitional’ MeMade items: most of mine are either far too Wintery or far too Summery for the current ‘tricky’ weather we’re experiencing here in the Northwest of England. I’ve managed one linen skirt so far, but it was bloody cold!

I loved taking part in this event last year, but I’m definitely learning far more this year. Hope it’s proving as useful for everyone else taking part.

The Ho-Hum Top

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I thought this easy, ‘no pattern‘ pattern (!) would be a really practical way of using up a pretty-much-drawer-full of leftover knits I’ve accumulated from recent makes. I’m trying to be good and make space before going out to purchase more. We’ll see how far I get with that one… It was a free , ‘beginner make’ featured in Sew Home and Style magazine (April 2015, ‘draped top’). A cowl neckline is not something I’d ever really considered trying (although I do have Colette’s Myrtle lined up in my sewing queue), however Lucy over at LoveLucie.wordpress has made a couple of lovely ones recently, so I thought I’d give it a go.

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But I’m not terribly convinced. Not sure if it’s the colour, which feels jarringly bright next to my face (even though it goes nicely with the blossom tree in the background) or the style. Maybe a combination of both? I didn’t have any ‘fusible hemming tape’ so just used my overlocker. The seam allowances were huge and I ended up hacking a lot of them off on said overlocker, especially around the shoulder area. The results are far from pretty, which left me feeling annoyed, as I’ve gotten much better at this recently. To be fair, they do describe it as a ‘loose fitting’ style, so maybe if I reduced the width measurements, it might prove more flattering? It would have been really nice to have been able to have used up my spare knits to sew up a host of these for work, but now I’m really not convinced I can be bothered. Has anyone else tried this ‘pattern’ with better results?

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#MeMadeMay 2015 Week 1

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Friday, the first day of Me Made May just had to be celebrated with my proudest make to date: the trousers that fit, see here. They were super comfy, and even though I might take the legs in a little to narrow them next time around, these worked just fine for these. My school also participated in ‘wear something pink’ for Cancer Research UK, so it was two clothing challenges in one day. I can already tell that these trousers are going to get a lot of wear, they go with most things in my wardrobe, including this pink cardigan I pulled out especially 🙂

Saturday was a rare date night with my husband, always good to remind myself that I do have one now and again! We were only going somewhere casual for a quick bite to eat, while my Mum babysat the monkeys for a couple of hours, so jeans were a must. However, finding a suitable Me Made top proved pretty difficult. This is a serious gap in my casual wardrobe, so first lesson of the month learnt. After several unsuccessful trying-ons, I settled on this top (above right). But it wasn’t good! It’s a GBSB blouse with collar that I didn’t check the ‘test square’ on the PDF, see here, so it came out way too small. I took off the sleeves, which helped. A bit. But boy, did this feel uncomfortable to wear: it’s too short in length and kept riding up over my bust (even with my most minimising bra on). So, pretty though that collar was, it’s already in a charity bag, ready to go. I’m determined to have a purge on my Me Made items that I’m not likely to ever wear this year. Sad, but necessary…

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Sunday was a day full of mostly marking and board games (though clearly not simultaneously), so something comfy was a must. My first attempt at a Coco top was perfect, see here. I hadn’t worn this in a while, so it was good to get it back out. I suspect you could be seeing a lot more of this top at weekends.

We met my parents over at Port Sunlight on the Wirral, today. It’s a model village, built in the late 1800s by Lever Brothers, for the workers at their world-famous, soap factory. I had no idea how pretty it was and the sun even shone for us. My recently improved, original Megan dress (Tilly and the Buttons, see hereas perfect and really comfy for mooching about the museum, local art gallery and garden centre. Although it’s a lot less roomy than it was originally, there was still plenty of space for cake and endless cups of tea 🙂

Well, so far so good. Hope everyone else has enjoyed the first week of #MMMay 2015.