Me Made May ’12 – Thank you Zoe

It’s the final day of Me Made May 2012!

This month has gone by in the blink of an eye, a mix of me-made, work placements complemented with a flurry of exam and deadline nerves. When I’ve had a chance to check out people’s outfits on the Flickr group, I’ve loved seeing everyone’s outfits as the month went on.

Obviously, there’s one person to thank for all this! Zoe’s a real inspiration of the blogosphere – I even got the chance to meet her in person this month when I visited Brighton right at the beginning of May. Gillian came up with a great idea on the Flickr group to thank Zoe, hence the thank you sign.

Me Made May was all about re evaluating my relationship with my me-made wardrobe. Too many of my makes end up with discarded mass-made clothing at the bottom of my wardrobe, but May brought the spotlight right back on the leaps and bounds I’ve made with sewing since I first dusted off my sewing machine.

But more than this, Me Made May is about a community. Hats off to Zoe, because she’s helped create something you’ll find digital journos going on about all the time: a real sense of community. The best part of blogging is the way connections are built with like-minded people and I can’t think of many better examples than Me Made May.

So, thank you Zoe, for creating an inspiring community challenge. Looking forward to next year already!

As for the last outfit of Me Made May, what better note to end on than with my favourite make so far? I really wish my pictures showed how lovely the flocked velvet hearts on the fabric are. This one’s particularly apt, as I paired it with some tights and a yellow cardigan when I met Zoe in Brighton.

This time, I added one of my favourite scarves from my collection, which I bought when I did my first shop as an employee in Lush. The scarves in Lush are either designed by the company and made from recycled bottles or vintage, like this one. Whenever we got a batch of new scarves, you’d have to be quick to snap up your favourite before a customer or another member of staff got to it first.

The general rule we used to go by was to put your favourite scarf on display at the beginning of the shift and if it was still there at the end, it was clearly just destined to be yours. Or, at least, that was how I justified the ridiculous amount of vintage scarves I accumulated while working there!

Happy end of May, everyone! What were your highlights?

Keep your eyes peeled for more on the me-made refashion challenge. I’ll get these exams out of the way and get the plans rolling…

Me Made May ’12 – Off to Brighton

I love a good train journey, I do.

Ha, not really, but I’d definitely understand if you thought I did. Truth be told, a 7.55 train to Brighton is not my idea of a perfect Sunday morning, but on Me Made Day six, that’s what had to be done.

Day six’s outfit is proving itself to be quite the seasoned traveller – this is exactly what I wore on the way to York! Dresses are just so much easier than seperates, you don’t need to mess about so much with worrying about what tucks into where and print-clashing and whatnot.

Happily, this little number has not been lying neglected in the back of my cupboard lately, but I’m ashamed to admit it did for some time after it was made. The fabric is beautiful, navy blue with flocked velvet hearts, and the shape is very, very flattering, so why was it left unworn?

Well, truth be told, the problem lay with the sleeves. They were pretty puffy and just a little too cutesy for me. So a few months ago, I snipped them off and finished the sleeves with some bias binding. Voila, a dress worn far, far more often.

I nearly ended up giving this one away! Just over a year ago, I was roped in to doing a charity fashion show with various gubbins I’d made. It was quite funny really, because, unlike the retailers showing their clothes on the day, there was actually no theme or correlation between my items whatsoever.

Leonie looking fiiiiiiiine – picture by Leah Tew

My then colleague and good friend Leonie threatened to steal the dress from me after she wore it down the catwalk and I seriously considered giving it to her, because I just didn’t wear it that much. But, to be honest, it’s probably the most well-made garment I’ve ever turned out.

Unfortunately for Leonie, that means it’s a keeper! I still have the pattern, so I’ve always meant to make her one – she’s getting married soon, so perhaps it could be a gift to the bride.

Oh and I definitely should mention that yesterday I got to meet the lovely Zoe in person! Yay! Along with her fiance, Pat, in his Zoe-made shirt, and the brilliant Rehanon in a fabulous me-made mint dress, we had a nose at some of Brighton’s open art houses.

Basically, artists open their houses to the public for a month, showcasing their work in a homely environment. It’s  a surreal experience, wandering around a stranger’s living room and looking at their art, but definitely one I’d recommend.

I should probably get to sleep now, as I begin my placement at journalism.co.uk tomorrow! Eek! Wish me luck!