Lets talk Me Made May 2016

Hello chums,

This is a long –ish (meandering) post on my thoughts on MMM16. I was late joining in only on the second day and I didn’t make any pledge. What prompted me was a desire to see if I had improved on my sense of style since last year.

I do really enjoy MeMadeMay as many sewing peeps participate and its so inspiring to see how other creatives interpret a pattern and style it. I didn’t buy as many patterns as I did last year (restraint) but there were a lot of things added to my wish list for further consideration. I have decided to continue posting my outfit pictures on IG when I can and feel like it. I will do it without the ruthless discipline of May though.

I posted my outfit every day on IG. Hubs was very understanding and we got into a short and sweet 2 minute routine where he’d just be like “pictures” and I’d stop, drop and pose before I left the bedroom. The bedroom wall turned out to be a perfect backdrop. I took the pictures in the morning – now I am one of those people who is both a lark and a night owl. I wake up at 5am and usually go to bed around 11:30pm. I’m an upbeat person when I wake up ~and I listen to loads of  music. I always feel very pumped and excited for what the day has to bring – hence the best time for pictures when I am very optimistic.

This May I was crazy for Lionel Ritchie’s Dancing on the Ceiling   first thing in the morning (I dare you to listen to this song and not feel happy 🙂 , other songs on my morning playlist were/are :

Justin Timberlake  Cant Stop the feeling,

Jennifer Lopez – Aint your Mama (a confusing song for the kids)

Pentatonix Daft Punk Medley

And our household anthem from our all time household fave movie…….

Everything Is AWESOME!!! — The LEGO® Movie — Tegan and Sara feat. The Lonely Island

 

Moving on….

Like most people I like to look my best. I’d like to look  my best all the time. There have been times when I have bumped into people and seriously wished I had taken just a couple of minutes to put thought in what I was wearing. Or when I have had to turn down an invitation because I didn’t feel I was dressed well enough. For the last year I decided to adopt a saying widely attributed to Oscar Wilde:

“You can never be overdressed or overeducated.”

and the rationale being that…

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Here is the collage of my pictures from last year….1cropped pic

And from this year:14646894817791463993554210

14654723812401465472552899Comparing with last years pictures I had no repeats. This makes sense because my me mades have increased at a faster rate as more experience makes me more productive.  I definitely improved on looking more put together – I think its for the following reasons:

  1. A smile is the best accessory.
  2. Good quality thermal underwear gives me more options.
  3. A skinny belt turns an outfit to something more.
  4. I am comfortable in what I wear.

Changes from last year.

1 -There has been an improvement in the shoe area ,

That was a result of MMM2015 showing me in 80% of pictures wearing the one pair of shoes. I love flat shoes. I have definitely always prioritized comfort – but only recently learnt that it doesn’t have to mean I sacrifice style. But I was very annoyed at how complacent I had gotten with shoes. So I have steadily been curating some lovely comfy shoes via EBAY and online discount sales :-).  There is a lot of returning parcels but it worth it when I find comfy stylish shoes to wear.

2 -I am glad I decided to wear accessories as a loose goal.

I feel like its really made me look more together. I have only bought belts over the last year. I quite love them actually. I have earrings that I have had for years and years. I am slowly getting back to wearing them as the kids have grown a bit and have less of a tendency to yank them. I am not too eager to buy more as I really like the ones I have.

3 – Yoga has really improved my posture

I think I stand up taller and straighter. I look and feel better for it. Which translates into my pictures.

Random observations

Looking at comments from the sewing community it seems like the fit and flare silhouette is the most striking. Just as well I do really like my Holyburn skirts.

I wear a lot of blue but pink looks good on me as well. I will work to include more pinks in my makes.

I definitely need more loungewear pieces. I was scraping the barrel for Sunday outfits. I do tend to just repeat the yoga top and sweater but I’d like more (stylish) choices there. I have really long days and I’d like the option of changing into something else after the children’s bedtimes. Unless its Yoga class night I am wearing the same thing till bedtime. I have seen some Hudson pants and will be looking for more ideas there.Loungewear Collage Collage

I need more jeans (I started this post before  making my Birkins). Of the 2 pairs of jeans I have one is ill fitting skinnies that drop down constantly. The other ones are my Uniqlo jeans, which I picked up for 50p at car boot sale 7 years ago are great and are a testament to the value of a good quality pair of jeans. You will have seen them in most of my pictures. I love their fit. All  my RTW clothes were bought from car boot sales (because I do not like shopping).

I had some Miss sixty jeans which I culled because they just did not look good on me. They were the most expensive garment I had bought (next to my wedding dress). AT £75 (10yrs ago) they represented a significant investment for me. But the rise was too low and they just made my tum look huge. But I hung on to them because they had cost me much money. When I looked at my outfits from last year I realised they had to go and they are gone. Speaking of culling

Things culled:

Purple V1440 fabric too stiff and I wasn’t patient enough to wait for loads of washes to soften it. I gave it away to someone smaller than me so it fits with ease on her and she really really loved it in a way I just didn’t because of the fabric.

Lekala dress – A friend really liked it so I gave them.

Parision top. I like it bur the shoulder is too narrow and I need to do a broad shoulder adjustment.

My jumpsuit went to someone who really really liked it and she begged me to sell it to her. I did not but I gave her because I can easily make myself another one.

Mabel min skirt. Poor fit

Holyburn denim skirt. Given to someone else who really liked it.

My first Burda Kasia skirt – too big.

V neck cap tee. the neck line was too sqwank. Binned.

V1440 legging given away to my sister.

TaTB Coco top Charity shop wasnt keen on the shape anymore

Named Dakota dress – just didn’t like it anymore.

As a rule I wont make clothes for other people because of all the time and effort that goes into it is not worth it. I just don’t think that a lot of people who buy exclusively RTW get just how much of myself I put into a garment I have made. However I was mildly surprised to find that I didn’t mind giving it away to someone who had seen it multiple times and tried it on. I guess its because I knew they knew what they were getting – I even pointed out all the things that were wrong with it. They seem to be loving the items so that is that.

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There are some outfit combos that I like and just rinse repeat

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Top Second picture from left shows the Miss Sixty jeans. They just did not suit me. The outfit looks much better with the belted skinny jeans.

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And these are my favourites from this year. While I love all my outfits these just made feel like I was Holly Golightly from Breakfast at Tiffany’s.Favourites Collage

Instagram’s favourite was this one….IG Favourite

My style is evolving and I am pleased with the direction its taking. I am comfortable in my office wear as well as my non office wear. And yet I feel like there is something I am missing. I would like to be more bold and individualistic but I guess that takes time.

Going forward I want to

1. work with different textures of fabric.

2. be more bold in my style choices.

If you have read this far thank you for joining in my stream of consciousness. Until next time Happy Sewing.

Peace and love,

Hila

XoX

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32 thoughts on “Lets talk Me Made May 2016

  1. I really enjoyed following your MMM this year! Thanks for sharing your thoughts and comparing to last year’s MMM. It’s interesting to watch other’s styles evolve… and seeing what just doesn’t work anymore. Great job and I am enjoying your current OOTD posts. It’s keeping the spirit of MMM alive. 🙂

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    1. Aw thanks hun. I am also enjoying figuring out this style thing. I hope I learn it in time to teach my kids – its something I never thought i could work on but assumed it was an either you had or not kind of thing. We wore uniforms to school in high school and though we all wore the same dress, socks and shoes; there were other girls that just looked so much cooler and more fashionable (it was never me 😦 Looking back now I see that it just formed a belief in my head that it was a dichotomy. Its interesting how some impressions are formed and stick. And now I am busting them down!

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  2. I love reading everyone’s thoughts on MMM — so much nodding in violent agreement as I read your post! I lost my will to accessorize and buy new shoes sometime in the last year and I’d like to get it back. My me-mades deserve the finest, after all. 🙂 Loved getting to see your style all month long. (Also, Dancing on the Ceiling forever and always.)

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  3. I love your post and you are right about shoes ! I made myself same thoughts. May i Tell u i envy your in your outfit of MMMay16 ! Great choices!
    This quitte from Wilde is one of my favourite:)

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    1. Merci beaucoup for the compliments. I am happy you enjoyed the post. I wish I had come across the Oscar Wilde quote when I was younger. Still its better late than never 🙂

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  4. Sorry but the automatic correction … Is always correcting in French i suppose! And for my bad English! Sometimes
    So i envy your shoes in your MMMay16 outfits!
    And this quote not “quitte”

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  5. I just started reading your blog and your upbeat personality jumps out.
    I loved your MMM. Great outfits.
    I feel the same about my shoes and accessories now as you did last year.
    Coming out of the baby fog, ha ha.
    I used to write a sewing blog 6 years ago… before babies. You have inspired me to maybe pick it up again.
    Look forward to you bolder evolution!

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    1. Hi Minnie! Thanks for the lovely compliments. Ah the baby fog -I know that only too well. For me its getting to a point where its less fog but more haze 🙂 Is you old blog still accessible? I’d love to check it out if it is.

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  6. Started noticing the great shoes early in the month, then they were the first thing I checked out, sorry! But what a great selection!

    The clothes were fab too, of course, enjoyed your MMM16.

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  7. Great conclusion post! Your style is great, and everything looks so professional! Definitely true about wearing a smile – your photos are very bright because of it! – and Lionel Richie’s Dancing on the Ceiling. 😉 So, it might be too early to say but do you think you’ll do MMMay17?

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    1. LOL Yes I will be doing MMM17 but I think I really ought to make a pledge like wearing all me made outfits 5 days a week or something like that. The rate at which I am churning out stuff means I ought to have enough clothes to do that by then. Or maybe include the kiddies in the pledge……so much to think about 🙂 Thank you for the lovely compliment on my style.

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  8. This was a great post. I liked reading your thoughts on what you learned. I agree about sewing for others. I’m at a point where I need to give some of my earlier me-makes away and wish I knew of just the right people… Somehow that is easier than donating the clothes to a shop or sewing something for someone else. I like your evolving style. Sewing can really help one think about what they wear. 🙂

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    1. I do really love sewing for making me thoughtful about what I wear. I was lucky enough to have pepole who wanted some of my me mades but giving them to a charity shop also felt good. Letting go of some of the makes that I just wasnt into but hung onto because I made them was a sore spot on my closet. I am so glad you enjoyed the post too.

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  9. Sewing aside, it’s flat shoes that drag me down with summer clothes, so I was very pleased to see your mentioning them! Your choices have been many & varied, and it just might be time for me to add to that side of my wardrobe a bit more, too. Thank you!

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  10. I like that you did the compare between the two years, very informative. I agree with your thoughts of not liking to make clothing for others when they don’t see all the effort that goes into the finished product. I will make crazy costumes for others and people don’t seem to have a problem paying for the work. When it comes to RTW looking outfits they question why I have to charge “so much” when they can pick it up else where for less. Egads! I don’t like to sew RTW looking outfits for others outside of the family.

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    1. Yes I also stick to family as well. Its a shame most people who buy RTW dont get how much effort goes into it. I used to worry about offending friends or extended family by refusing to make them something but now I very confidently say ” You wouldn’t afford my hourly rate dahlin.” and swan off 🙂

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  11. Great post! Your thoughts on comparing your style evolution this year and last have me thinking about my style for the first time in years (and my shoes which tend to be primarily black). I love many of your outfits. My favorite is the first one on the left; blue with multicolor dots dress. Your enthusiasm is infectious! You are an inspiration!

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    1. Thanks Dianna! Its great to hear that you enjoyed the post. That dress is the Alder shirtdress made up in John Kaldor cotton lawn. I love it – its really supposed to be a summer dress but I like it so much I layer it in colder weather 🙂

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  12. I really love your style, I’m in love with your high waisted capris! And you’ve definitely inspired me to invest in some more shoes. I’m definitely guilty of living in my one pair of comfy shoes.

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    1. Thanks Leigh! I am glad you enjoyed the post. Its so easy to underestimate the impact shoes can have isnt it?. Thats been one of he major benefits of doing MeMadeMay.

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