June 30th 2011 – the end of Me-Made-June and a rather special day [part1]

Thursday was the end of Me-Made-June and a day I had been looking forward to for a very long time. Not because it was the end of the challenge (although it was so much easier getting dressed on Friday and not having to think too hard about my outfit), not because I was on strike about my pension, but because it was a day I had dreamed of since I was 8 or 9 years old.

To quote a certain Mr Robbie Williams, for me Thursday had been “20 years in the making, 15 years in the waiting, and 5 years in the deliberating.” Yes, Thursday was the day I saw Take That perform as a group of five!

1, 2, 3, 4, 5! Count them! Five members of Take That singing together!

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Me-Made-June – the end of the month

June is over and so I have come to the end of my Me-Made-June challenge.

I was initially not sure if I could manage a whole month in home-made but I have managed it and have worn something home-made for 29 days (1 day of staying in bed in my pjs). This was a total of 22 homemade items including accessories and bags. There are still some handmade items that did not get worn this month (heavy winter clothes and super-summery clothes) due to the weird weather we had, and some items that got quite a few appearances (hello new favourite stripey top!)

I had really wanted to end the month with a bang, wearing head-to-toe homemade, but I had other more important matters to think about when dressing on Thursday… What could possibly be more important than sewing?! …Find out soon!

Me-made June – the month so far

With one week until the end of June and the me-made challenge, I thought it would be time to summarise how I’ve done so far (I’ve been repeating some items so have been a bit lazy taking photos and needed to jog my memory).

Today was a fail as I am not well and stayed home in my pjs all day. Only 7 days to go, and I still have all my summer maxi-skirts to wear if the weather ever improves.

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!