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Me-Made-May; Last Days and Lessons Learnt

Me-Made- May, Day 25-31 (ish)

Day 25: No pic, but wearing the same as on last Saturday (day 21). We had an outdoor party at work, so I dressed for that.

Day 26: Another thing we’ve been waiting a long time for, our annual outing to the horse race track! Carousels, betting, burgers, donuts; great day.
Wearing: Sysysy-dress (which has been getting some holes around the neckline) and star sweatshirt. A total Jenny Hellström day.

Day 27: Squeeze day (ie. a day between a bank holiday (Ascension day) and the weekend). I went to get my hair cut, finally fringe again.
Wearing: Pinda trousers, Stevie Budd t-shirt, Denim jacket (RTW)

Days 28-29: I didn’t leave the house much, but I did wear a pair of me-made shorts, as well as my Covid Briar. They are comfortable, but not photogenic. I also wore my denim Pinda and my Star Sweatshirt, as pictured.

Day 30: By now I was hoping to wear more bare legs and leave the sweaters at home. The weather doesn’t agree with me.
Wearing: Rhombus trousers, black Simone t-shirt and Green Briar.

Day 31: Last day and I’ve made through yet another month of documenting my clothes, although I did fell of the wagon in the end. I decided to go full circle and end the month in the same skirt in which I started it, although I did prefer the outfit on day 1.
Wearing: Turquoise skirt, grey Lane Raglan and White Zip cardigan.

Alongside Me-Made-May, since January I’ve also used the 30 wears app, after reading about it on Andrea’s blog. It’s a wardrobe log, which clothes did I wear, with the basis in asking the question “will I wear it 30 times?” Since I didn’t start from scratch, some clothes are discarded before the 30 wears, but they have surely reached it before. It has helped me figure out which of my pieces I like to wear, and also which pieces I usually match. I add pieces when I wear them, so there are some unaccounted for in the app, I take this into consideration when seasonally switching wardrobes.

I did identify some gaps in my wardrobe. For work I realized I enjoy wearing light jackets over tops; while I have a selection of those pieces in my wardrobe, I’d like to make some more office appropriate knit tops (my office is pretty casual, but I like to have some interest in my clothes). I probably do not need to add to the light jacket quota at the moment, but I do need a spring/autumn jacket; I have a pattern in mind, but I haven’t decided on what type of style of fabric to use.

During the course of the month, I ripped up my two colourful trousers, the turquoise chinos and my coral trousers with all the cool zipper details. When Deer & Doe sadly (but understandably) discontinued their paper lined I picked up the Acajou trousers, but maybe they’ll be a bit too heavy for spring trousers. I also bought some Burda magazines off FB marketplace with some interesting knit tops, watch this space!

Evaluating my wardrobe regularly surely is good, and I’m getting to the point where I’m liking a lot of the stuff in my wardrobe and better at identifying (and making) gaps. However, don’t be fooled. I still have days when I have nothing to wear.

Sewn: Lumberjack Outfit

Neither of these pieces were actually planned to be made, but all of a sudden here they are and I’m a lumberjack. And I’m OK with that. Maybe it’s time for me to start pressing wild flowers and have afternoon tea with scones? Or hang around in bars?

If I were to hang around in bars, this would probably not be my chosen outfit. The trousers are sewn specifically for work. You see I work in a facility under construction. When we go out there it’s full-on construction worker mode, with a hardhat, safety shoes, goggles, gloves and high visibility jacket, all of which I have through my job. As I don’t do much actual construction work I don’t have any “worker trousers”, but instead wear my own as we are not allowed to be bare-legged on the construction site. The issue is that I don’t have many trousers, so I had to make some.

Pockets are key, so I added all kinds of them, all of the patch variety. Front back and on both thighs. They’re still pockets on tight trousers, but small stuff can be carried there.

The shirt was made as a wearable muslin, and therefore not perfect. The most obvious flaw is that I placed the buttonholes too far from the edge making them look off and also making the shirt a bit tighter than intended. I still like the style of the shirt, it appeals to my inner 90s teenager.

Soundtrack to post: I’m a Lumberjack by Monty Python.

Materials used:

The trousers are the Pinda pants from Waffle Patterns. I have made them in the past and the fit is pretty good on me without much alterations. However, my first pair were made using the size indicated by my measurements, they turned out way too big. I added all the pockets I could find and skipped sewing the leg darts to get a more boot cut look instead of slim legs. The pattern instructions are really easy to follow and I want to do my best to remember this as the fly instruction is clear and easy to follow.
Notes for next time:

  • Reduce bulk in the front.
  • Make belt loops a bit larger.
  • Make the back waistband with a centre seam as to pull it in, as needed.

The fabric is a stretch denim I found in the remnant bin at Ohlssons Tyger. Notions used are a zipper for the fly and a button.

The shirt is New Look 6407. I made an FBA and managed to squeeze out the long-sleeved version even though my fabric didn’t reach the yardage of the required amount. The instructions were a bit lackluster, especially for the sleeve cuffs. They are not my best work, but I really couldn’t figure out how New Look meant for me to put them in.
Notes for next time:

  • Get the order right in sewing the collar.
  • Work more on the cuffs.
  • Put the buttons and buttonholes more to the center front

The shirt fabric is from Stoff och Stil, where I found it in the remnant bin, the shirt buttons were found in my stash.