Me Made May 16: I did. Did you?

Hello (sheepish whisper). It’s been quite a while. i honestly didn’t know if I’d come back to writing this blog. Which is a shame. It was an absolute lifeline when I was at home in London with two very small children. Being in touch with the sewing community kept me on the right side of sane. Just. A year into life in Malaysia and with a full-time job, I have a lot less desire to spend my evenings in front of a computer screen, but I am still sewing and I do stay in touch with my favourite bloggers even if it tends to be on Instagram!

I answered the call to Me Made May with a pledge to wear something handmade every day, which I more or less do most of the time these days. I got to the end of the month with no repeat outfits and learned a couple of things to boot.

Although I wear my handmade clothes almost every day, I really missed my favourite Muji linen dresses. They are so comfy and loose-fitting but after this week’s new Inari Tee Dress even they may become obsolete. FYI: I think this just may be the most versatile and flattering dress ever!

Over the course of this year I have been consciously making clothes in solid dark colours and in jersey to redress the balance of my wardrobe and to reflect my fashion preferences. MMM was reminder that my early handmade clothes were often inspired by my love of colour and print. As I reached for my favourite black Moneta, I realised I wanted to look more sleek and elegant than ‘colourful art teacher’ chic. We all had one, didn’t we?! There’s still a fair bit of colour in these photos, but some solids too.

The month also revealed my pattern company loyalties. When I like something, I want it in every colour and texture. Chances are I will buy all of your patterns. Witness my numerous Colette Patterns outfits (Wren, Moneta, Laurel), and multiple Tilly and the Buttons numbers (Mathilde, Agnes, Bettine), not to mention ALL the Grainline Studio patterns! There was a profusion of indie patterns, and according to these photos, only a couple of big pattern companies (the floral scuba McCalls M6886, Simplicity 2444, and the Big Purple One – Simplicity 2406).

Being ‘coerced’ into wearing all the handmade clothes I could lay my hands on meant that I rediscovered a few gems that have been languishing at the back of the wardrobe. I kicked off Day 1 with my first ever Tilly Mathilde (not pictured here). It was like a reunion with a dear friend. Why was I not wearing this every week like I used to? Is there such a thing as too many handmade clothes??

The daily selfie-taking did me in eventually. The light in the tropics is unforgiving and harsh. If I didn’t get my photo taken pre-school run it wasn’t possible. Lord knows there’s enough pressure in my life getting myself and two small people out of the house by 7.45am without a blog-worthy photo shoot thrown into the mix. My five year old did me proud and snapped a few of these – clever girl. The downside is that her school photo came this week. There she is with hand on hip and giving good ‘right leg’ while the other kids stand up straight. They say the apple doesn’t fall far from the tree…!

I’ll sign off (for another 3 months!) with one of my two new garments from May – a black Colette Wren (the other was the Grainline Alder at the top of this post). It’s a winner and ticks all the boxes for dark, solid colours in a flattering, work-friendly jersey dress. It’s been lovely to catch up. Take care all. x



7 thoughts on “Me Made May 16: I did. Did you?

  1. I’m still a fan of the bright colours/prints on you but that will just be the dotty art teacher in me! I do like the tops with the funky twist – are they complicated to do? Looks like a great MMM – mine was subdued compared to last year. I do need far more basics in solids (a la Ms SSL to be honest) but when I shop I am just drawn to the colour. Ooh, now I’ve started I can’t stop. Will email tomorrow when I have a laptop x

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  2. I found your blog through finding Clarinda Kaleidoscope, and as you will see, its very late as I’ve read through hers and yours! I can’t stop! I just had to leave a comment as I’ve enjoyed seeing your makes and reading your blog so much, particularly about your daughter’s school photo and your response to Chris Hole, your Mum. I’ve a chest infection, Clarinda and yourself are responsible for not only keeping me from sleeping but from laughing until my inhaler is required! Needless to say I am definately following you both. Not just to read about your sewing exploits and get tips, etc as someone who has come back to sewing after many years, but because I’ve found yoyr two blogs to be very natural, informative and absolutely hilarious! Isn’t that what we all need? I certainly do…..


    • Hello Janet! Very pleased to meet you and hear that you’re enjoying the blog. I thought that almost no one ever reads it anymore! I’m glad you found Clarinda too. She and I were each others’ first blog buddies when we started out. I think only I read here and only she (and my mum) read mine!
      Happy sewing! It’s good to hear that you’ve come back to it. I had a 20 year break and was amazed to find such a vibrant online world of fellow sewists. It’s been a lifeline of inspiration to me.


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