'I, Kathryn of Kathryn’s Busy Town, sign up as a participant of Me-Made-May '13. I endeavour to wear one me-made or re-fashioned item of clothing or jewellery each day for the duration of May 2013'
So far I've managed it though there have been a few repeats, and will be many more in the next two week, especially if the weather doesn't improve!
I feel like this has been a very valuable experience for me in thinking about what I should concentrate on making and how much wear I get out of the things I've made already. I'm really pleased that I do get so much wear out of a lot of the things I've made and am really surprised that in 19 days I've only had 2 repeats. I didn't realise I'd made that many things already.
The image links through to my Me Made May Flickr set but I thought I'd include a quick description of the item here, along with a note on wearability.
Day 6 - coral jersey maxi-skirt. Unblogged. This is very fitted as I didn't realise about measuring both the waist and the hip - pretty important when your hips are waay bigger than your waist! As a result this is confined to a weekend skirt as it wouldn't be very practical for work, especially getting up and down ladders!
Day 7 - re-fashioned thrift store dress (I got it in LA so I can say thrift store here I think). Blogged. In warm weather this gets worn loads, I love it.
Day 8 - Megan Nielson Banksia. Blogged. I love this and am sure I'll get lots of wear out it, though I've realised it only really looks good tucked in as it's quite boxy at the waist.
Day 9 - Circle skirt. Blogged. Now that I've re-hemmed this it will definitely get more wear, though I've discovered circle skirts aren't so good on a windy day!
Day 10 - Elisalex dress. Blogged. I really love this dress and will definitely get a lot of wear from it. However as I've made the hem quite short it is definitely a party dress rather than an everyday one.
Day 11 - Colette Meringue. Blogged. Another very new make and definitely a new wardrobe staple. I love this skirt and it's so comfy for sitting at a computer all day with the lower waist facing rather than a high waistband.
Day 12 - Grainline Tiny Pocket Tank. Unblogged. Unfortunately although I was happy with the lace insert on the sleeves I've somehow managed to get the size of this one all wrong and it's way too tight under the arms. A learning experience then.
Day 14 - Colette Sorbetto. Blogged. This one gets a lot of wear. I should definitely make more of these as they're so versatile.
Day 15 - Sew Over It shift dress. Blogged. I've worn this so much that the stitching is starting to look a bit worn and loose on the back seam, even though it was overlocked. This may be down to the delicate bamboo cotton fabric. I need to use this pattern again - no zips!
Day 16 - Colette Meringue again.
Day 17 - Colette Sorbetto. Blogged. My first successful make and I still love it, despite its many imperfections.
Day18 - McCalls 2401. Unblogged. I love this and really need to blog about it. I got a lot of help from a friend with getting the fit right on this and it shows. Definitely need to make more use of this pattern.
Day 19 - Tunic top, drafted by a friend. Unblogged. I love this and will need to ask my friend if I can trace off the pattern as I'd love to make more. If I added just a bit more length this could be a lovely dress too.
So there we go, three weeks down and another 2 to go. Seriously running out of clothes now so I apologise now for all the repeats that will undoubtedly come up!