Me Made May ’12 – This skirt’s been around…

I swear, this pleated skirt has been everywhere with me.

It was born in Dortmund, after a cheeky trip to my one of my fave department stores, Kaufhof. They always had the best remnant baskets.

I guess you could technically call it a muslin, because it was made from the same pattern as my black pleated skirt, but very, very badly. So badly, in fact, I need to wear a belt with it to hide how awful the waistband is. But, as with all my short skirts, I do love it and am loathe to ever get rid of it.

Especially considering where it’s been. Oh, the tales this skirt could tell. While I lived in Germany, I travelled as much as possible and I normally took this with me. It’s been on stag dos in Krakow, I’ve worn it while wandering around Berlin and it definitely made to it Bruges and back with me.

So, this skirt may have a rubbish waistband and is possibly a little too short to wear without tights, but I don’t bloody care. It’s been here, there and everywhere… and now it’s been to Brighton too!

Cheeky dance on arrival in our Krakow hostel…

Me Made May ’12 – Sharpen your sewing skills!

This month, I feel like I’ve been here, there and everywhere. Not content with a placement in York, I’ve nabbed myself one down by the seaside in Brighton.

I’m currently sat on the hostel bunkbed tip-tapping away and possibly annoying the girl who sleeps in the bunk below me. Well, hey, we all know – when it comes to hostels, you get exactly what you pay for. This one happens to be right next to Brighton Pier as well as being above a bar and a nightclub.

I definitely thought this through.

Since I lost track of the daily blogging yesterday, I thought it might be better to write about each Me Made Day (see what I did there?) the day after, especially as all my blog posts were going out so blooming late at night. Alas, photography remains an issue, but luckily I have a backup:

The eagle-eyed blog followers among you will know I haven’t blogged about this skirt, but it has been duly documented! In fact, if you like the Facebook page, then you may have spotted the wee t-shirt to skirt tutorial I wrote for The Cardiffian’s Arts supplement a while ago.

This was, quite possibly, the quickest bit of sewing I have ever, ever done. I kid you not, I think I did it in about twenty minutes. Honestly, I’m amazed it’s still in one piece.

But, despite the SUPER QUICK turnaround on the skirt, I really don’t wear this skirt often at all. Except for on Me Made Day Five, I think the last time I wore it was when we papped the photo for the article.

You see, the thing is about t-shirt material, is it doesn’t really work that well as a skirt. In fact, I complain about not being able to get the lovely double-knit fabric I crave on a regular basis. The unfortunate thing about this skirt is it shows every little lump and bump, whether it’s my comfy pants (thongs are the devil, more on this another time) or the outline of my tights.

I guess sometimes you make something kinda nyeeeh and you just have to roll with it. In my case, I whacked a longer t-shirt over it and didn’t bother tucking it in a la the photo above, because the fabric really does show all.

Sometimes. Me Made May is all about showing your runt creations a little bit more TLC.

On the plus side, when it came to laying out the page for the physical copy of the article, my lovely friend Phil came up with a genius headline:

SHARPEN YOUR SEWING SKILLS WITH A PENCIL SKIRT

Oh, journalism. I love you.

Now, blogosphere, tell me about your sewing runts! You know the ones, the ones you’re hiding in the back of your cupboard out of SHAAAAAAME. Or maybe they’re out for Me Made May too? Sharing is caring!