The end is nigh…

The past nine months have gone by in the blink of an eye.

Back at the very beginning

On Wednesday, I am no longer a trainee journalist at Cardiff University. Providing I pass my exams, I’ll actually be qualified to work on a local paper, can you believe it?

As you probably know, Wednesday also marks the official end of my Seamless pledge. Perhaps it’s all the furious revision I’m doing for my final exams, but it’s not quite hit me just yet!

I’m not the first to complete my pledge – over at Thread Carefully, Julia finished her pledge and reflected on it here. What’s really nice to see is she’s not wanting to give up on it and has decided to pledge for another year. Then there’s Juliet, who commented a few days ago that she’s planning to take her pledge until the end of 2012.

I’m definitely leaning towards taking my pledge onwards and upwards, but what I’d really like to do is cultivate the community we have here. Speaking about Me Made May ’12, I mentioned how much I’ve loved the community aspect of these challenges and with the end of my course, I’m going to have far more time on my hands to be able to make more of this aspect of the pledge.

You might not know, but Seamless already has a Flickr group and a Facebook page going, but I’d like to take this community aspect a lot further. I’ve got a couple of ideas in mind, such as featured pledgers and the refashioning me-mades challenge, but I’d love to hear what you guys would like to do.

Whether it’s some more challenges, giveaways, or spotlights on other pledgers, I’d love to know what kind of posts you’d love to see on the blog. If there’s anything you’ve particularly liked about Seamless so far, then I’d love to hear about it, equally if there’s anything you think I should work on.

In a way, I’d like the blog to be a focal point for pledgers to come, with groups on Flickr or Facebook acting as “support” networks while you’re pledging or even if you’re thinking of it.

Anyway, it’s time for me to get back to the revision! I shall see you all after exam hell is done…

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 – Olympic fever hits Wales!

I’m not sure if you’ve noticed, but there’s a bit of a hoo-ha about this Olympics shindig.

Photo by Adam Care

Yesterday, the Olympic torch reached Wales. As excellent journalists well-acquainted with what will be dominating the headlines this Summer, some of the CJS boys and I popped to Cardiff city centre to watch someone peg it past with the flame.

The best bit was when we caught a glimpse of Welsh rugby captain Sam Warburton on the bus carrying the torch bearers. PHWOAR

It’s been absolutely gorgeous this whole week and there’s nothing like waiting in the heat for the briefest glimpse of an Olympic torch to make you realise how ill-suited your wardrobe is for Summer. I wore my favourite black jersey pencil skirt and a Me-made, refashioned purple shirt. Using the Sorbetto pattern, I turned a purple men’s shirt into a sleeveless blouse.

Unfortunately, I was cutting it from the same pattern as my leopard print Sorbetto, meaning it’s also a bit of a squeeze around the bust. Sizing issues are always a little bit frustrating, particularly when a garment is a bit too small.

Let me tell you, a tight blouse really isn’t the best outfit choice when it comes to a hot and sticky summer’s day. My future projects are definitely going to be more Summer-appropriate, that’s for sure.

I didn’t get a decent picture, but fellow Cardiff student Adam, who blogs about the Olympics here, took a few and he kindly said I could use them for today’s post.

Even the boys not standing on a bin are ridiculously taller than I am! This did not bode so well while standing on tip-toes trying to see the torch.

How’s the Olympic fever for the rest of you? Anyone in London for the Games?

Me Made May ’12 – Whatcha got cookin’?

The best part about being back after a month of living out of a suitcase at each ends of England is being able to cook again.

I’m not going to pretend to be some sort of Nigella-like goddess in the kitchen, but I can rustle up a good meal every once in a while. The only thing I hate is cooking for myself – I always make too much, and while it’s always great to have some leftovers for lunch the next day, the food’s never quite as great.

Hence why I invite friends over when I get the chance. Just the one this time, an old colleague from Lush, to eat some munch and catch up on some trashy television. Cheeky bit of a spinach and mozzarella pasta bake with my new favourite dessert, chocolate mousse. Nigella who?

I used to cook a lot more back when I lived in Germany, making huge dishes of paella and chilli (I made NINE LITRES of chilli con carne once… NINE LITRES)

This particular apron was my 21st birthday gift from one of my best friends, who lived in Germany with me. Anyone who used to read my blog under its other alias will know why it’s got a strawberry on it – I can’t, for the life of me, say strawberry in German.

Honestly, it’s ridiculous. I can’t think of a time I asked for something strawberry flavoured auf Deutsch and didn’t get a funny look or a “wie, bitte?”

One of those things  I suppose.

You’ll recognise my ruby red skirt as today’s Me Made – it goes quite well with lace doesn’t it?

As for the cooking soundtrack? I’m in love with this right 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 – Make do and mend

Apologies for the lack of Me Made documentation yesterday! I travelled back to Cardiff more or less straight after the end of my placement, meaning I didn’t get back until about midnight.

Needless to say, I’m glad I won’t have to do anymore long train journeys for a while now!

Day 10 was all about the graduation skirt, paired with a lace t-shirt – a birthday gift from the lovely Ki! You should see the pink jeans she got me as well, they’re a treat.

Me Made Day 12 was all about comfort – sitting on a train for five hours is no joke! My Me-made item is actually one you’ve seen briefly before, but, as yet, has gone unblogged.

Too often, I make something which just ends up lost at the bottom of my wardrobe. I really loved my Cynthia Rowley jumper dress to start with, but, as happens all too often with clothes, I fell out of love with it and left it to gather dust in my wardrobe.

Now, as I recall, the double-knit fabric was actually pretty expensive, so I decided it was high time I did something with it. Knowing how much I wear my black double-knit pencil skirt from H&M, I nabbed some elastic from my sewing box, traced the skirt shape and made myself a green and navy houndstooth skirt out of my abandoned dress.

Needless to say, I’m pretty happy with the results, and now I know how well it withstands the train journey! I was really wary about cutting up the dress, because the sleeves took me bloody ages, but I’m glad I did. After all, what was the point of all that effort if I wasn’t going to wear it?

There are a couple more me-made items in my wardrobe needing to be upcycled, so this won’t be the last you’ll see of projects like these.

Me Made May ’12 – Layer up!

Trying to avoid outfit repetitions often results in a bit of creative thinking for Me Made May.

This top is actually a dress! A pretty short dress, mind you. I wear it when I’m feeling particularly scandalous. Or, you know, with a pair of tights.

But as it’s Me Made May, I thought I might pair it with my ruby red Cynthia Rowley skirt from Day 1. The result isn’t too bad – I’ve always loved the cowl neck on this dress. Note to self: make some cowl neck tops.

Not too long a blog today because I’m polishing up a feature for my final day on placement. Yesterday, I got the chance to go to a publishing conference in London, which was pretty ace! The idea of being able to pop to London on the train is surreal for a Cardiff girl used to a horrible and normally smelly drive there in a cheap as chips Megabus.

But, obviously, the best bit is the press badge. I love a good press badge, me.