Me Made June 2011

One of the reasons I decided to start my own blog was seeing the Me Made June challenge on So Zo… What Do you know?

The challenge is to wear handmade items every day in June. I sorted my wardrobe and counted (at the time) about 20 different items and thought it would be something I could just about manage. What I forgot to factor in was the great British weather – my me-made items include lots of summer dresses which are obviously not suitable for a British summer! So the past couple of weekends I have been panic-sewing some warmer clothes that I can wear in the gloomy rain this month (although today’s make is actually rather summery!)

I found this dress in Oxfam for the bargain sum of £4.99 (£40 less than the sale price!) and was debating what to do with it – I considered a skirt, but then decided I could use a denim dress. The sleeves were a bit tight so I took the binding off and removed the gathers, and stitched it back up. This didn’t seem like enough of a refashion so I decided to go crazy and change the buttons (I also moved the position slightly so there is a teeny bit of extra room when I sit down).

The dress was originally from Bravissimo, and comes in different sizes depending on how curvy you are – this was in my normal top size, but if I was buying directly from Bravissimo I would go down a dress size and up a curvy-size to get a better fit. Saying that, it isn’t too bad for ready-to-wear for under a fiver!

I also made good use of the little scraps of binding (nothing wasted with me!) – See what I did in a tutorial to follow soon!

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