Me Made May ’12 – Send in the reinforcements!

With Me Made May drawing to a close this week, I’m happy to tell you all I haven’t actually repeated an outfit just yet.

You might remember I wasn’t going to worry too much about not repeating an outfit, but unlike my plans to blog every day, scuppered by exams, features and portfolio deadlines, this was one element I’ve just about managed to keep up with. So, you can imagine, when Saturday rocked up and I was without a new outfit, I panicked.

It was laundry day and there wasn’t a clean Me-Made garment in sight! But, after a bit of digging, I found a jersey top I made as part of 2010’s Summer Essentials challenge. Phew!

Digging out stuff I haven’t worn in a while has been the best part of the challenge I think. Does anyone else get that whole “I have NOTHING to wear!” feeling when it comes to your wardrobe?

Really, it’s ridiculous. I mean, you’ve all seen pictures of my wardrobe – it’s pretty full, even when downsized. Inevitably, this kind of boredom would end up in a bargain shopping spree and I’d arrive home with a bag packed with cheap-o goodies which would break in a matter of weeks.

Me Made May really breaks those kind of bad habits. Even by making a conscious effort to wear one self stitched garment a day, I think everyone involved has got a whole new appreciation for their wardrobe.

On another topic, I hope all you Europeans watched the glorious spectacle that is the Eurovision song contest on Saturday! For those of you not familiar with the beauty that is the annual cheese-fest, check out my FAVOURITE Eurovision song of all time, courtesy of Ukraine’s entry in 2007:

There are no words.

Oh, and also, I helped out Amy Davies with some photographs for the magazine she works for in this outfit! Once I see the pictures, I’ll be sure to show you, but here’s a sneak peek for now:

Me Made May 12 – Catching Up!

So much for blogging every day for May! Needless to say, the exams got to me a little bit more than I’d anticipated.

Luckily, we’ve got a bit of a break after Friday’s exam, so I can get back on track again. Also, while I may not have been documenting my outfits as rigorously as I hoped, I have kept to the challenge thus far and without an outfit repetiton just yet!

Mind you, I have found certain items are getting more wear than others – like my red Cynthia Rowley skirt and my graduation circle skirt. It’s made me realise certain shaped items are staples I should probably make more of.

Here are a couple of the outfits I did get a chance to document:

Day 13, it was just me, my books and my favourite flamingo t-shirt of all time. My Me-Made floral skirt doesn’t go with it that well, but who cares when you’re revising?

Red lipstick for an exam? You betcha. My public administration exam didn’t go too badly (I hope). Perhaps it was the addition of my favourite leopard print cardigan and me-made dress? Also, the whole headscarf thing has become a wicked way to hide how my haircut is slowly developing into a mullet… (business in the front… PARTY IN THE BACK)

A speccy day normally means I’m chilling out and/or hungover. Not so on day 16 I’m afraid, it was all about Media Law, for which I cracked out the wannabe hack skirt. You’ve yet to see it, but I have quite the collection of oversized hoodies, acquired from various people over the years. This gem actually belongs to my brother, who made the mistake of leaving it at home. Yep, my undergraduate university has a beer pong society, who have some damned cosy hoodies…

How’s Me Made May going elsewhere?

Me Made May 12 – Key texts

This weekend, James Morrison’s Public Affairs for Journalists has been my best friend.

We’ve been spending a lot of time together, Morrison and I, and my law handbook’s been getting some loving too. Yay revision.

Go on, ask me anything about the House of Lords or the main institutions of the European Union, I DARE YA!

When it comes to revision, everyone knows it’s all about comfort. The graduation skirt is actually the only circle skirt I own and I honestly now wish I owned a couple more, just because they’re so bloody versatile!

Not to mention, easy to make. There are an abundance of tutorials online for you to take a gander at if you want to make your own circle skirt. My favourites are the one I used for the Graduation skirt and also (surprise, surprise) this helpful tutorial on hemming a circle skirt by the one and only Gertie.

One of the ideas I had for the stained Grad Ball dress was to splash it with some bleach, remove the bodice and turn it into a funky circle skirt. You can never have too many twirly skirts in your life, after all.

It’s been heating up a little in Wales, FINALLY, so it was bare-legs o’clock for no one in particular. I also really couldn’t be bothered to do my hair which has been a right bird’s nest of late since I decided to grow it. Lucky for me, I own plenty a scarf and was taught how to do the whole retro turban type thing while working at Lush.

Voila, hair problems not quite solved, but definitely hidden. Add one hell of a versatile batwing top and you’ve got yourself a revision outfit! I’m going to pretend the lipstick was a revision aid and definitely not the result of some make-up related procrastination…

So that was day 12! May is speeding past isn’t it?