Five Things I Learnt During Me Made May

Hello June! Goodbye Me Made May!

It’s that awkward time of the year again where you have spent a month taking photos of your outfits and then all of a sudden you don’t need to anymore. It’s a time partly filled with joy that you don’t need to look nice every day to take a photo but also tinged with sadness that you don’t get to share that outfit that you put on.

But another Me Made May is over. This is only my second time taking part and you might have been following my outfits over on Instagram.

So here are my outfits.

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Head over to my Instagram for all the details about each outfit.

The things I learnt:

1- Dressing for Me Made May made me think about what I was wearing a lot more.

When picking outfits for Me Made May I found myself thinking about what I was wearing a lot more. Having a pictorial diary of what I had already worn made me conscious if I was about to pick up an outfit I had already worn. I found myself pulling out outfits that rarely get worn rather than always reaching for my trusted makes.

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2- What I wore isn’t necessarily realistic of my everyday.

Leading on from that first point, by being aware of what I was wearing meant I wasn’t wearing what I would normally wear everyday. Don’t get me wrong, I would wear every one of these outfits. I wasn’t playing dress up but realistically that denim button front skirt would have made a lot more appearances if I had been documenting the previous month.

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3-  I’m starting to prefer longer lengths.

Maybe it’s an age thing but I found myself most comfortable in things that were midi length. For example this dress is my absolute fave.

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I wore it twice this month, which taking into account my previous points is a big deal. There’s something comforting about having something covering your legs, it makes me feel stylish but safe. I don’t have to worry about the wind blowing up my skirt. I can sit down with ease and for the most part I don’t need to worry about how my legs look.

4- It has helped kick-start my sewing.

While this might not be entirely down to Me Made May and might actually be down to this glorious weather we have been having, but this month I have found my creativity come back. Hooray! I’ve been sewing more and actually want to create, whether it was clothes or a blog post I have felt inspired this month.

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5- My wardrobe is at the stage where #memadeeveryday is achievable.

During this month, wearing something me made everyday wasn’t a struggle. It’s not too far from what happens on a daily basis anyway. Most of my wardrobe is now handmade and is often only supplemented by the relevant rtw item. So while my me made collection is looking pretty solid there is still room for it to grow. With my surge in creativity my to sew list has grown. This is down to the fact that during Me Made May I found lots of my summer dresses are ones that have been kicking around for a while.

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Now this is great because at least they have lasted and I am getting lots of wear out of them but at the same time I think some of my wardrobe needs a refresh. A great chance to increase the longevity of my clothes and also use up my stash. In my upcoming sewing plans I have also found myself looking to push myself out of my comfort zone. More trousers and ‘grown up’ prints to expand my me made wardrobe. I will however still be sticking to my conscience sewing and only making things that I need as well as using up my stash.

How did your Me Made May go? What have you learnt from the month? Let me know in the comments below.

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