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ME MADE MAY 2020 ROUNDUP

ME MADE MAY 2020 ROUNDUP

If you sew your own clothes, I am sure you know what Me Made May is. However, if you don’t, no worries I have got you. Me Made May was started by SOZO from So, Zo What do you know. It is a personal challenge among sewists, knitters, crocheters (basically anyone who makes items they wear) to wear their handmade items more often throughout the month. The challenge is meant to encourage makers to develop a better relationship with their handmade wardrobe. Everyone is free to set their specifications on how they intend to go about it. Majority of the participants go ahead and document it on their social media especially over on Instagram.

This is the third time I have taken part in Me Made May, however, it is just this time that I have been able to document what I have won every single day. I have done this daily on my Instagram Page and also a weekly roundup on my Youtube channel.

Here is a playlist of my Me made may videos from my Youtube channel if you prefer to watch.

I was on the fence about taking part until the first day mostly because the whole world has been on lockdown. I rarely look that presentable if I am staying home with nowhere to go. However, I took the plunge and I have successfully worn either an item or complete handmade clothes for the entire month of May. I should say May is also my birthday month (1st May).

Here is a round up of what i wore the entire month grouped into weeks.

WEEK ONE

WEEK TWO

WEEK 3

WEEK FOUR

WEEK FIVE

This challenge is meant to help you develop a better relationship with your handmade wardrobe, however, it also highlights the gaps you have in your wardrobe. It also helps you identify what you may need to improve in regards to your handmade wardrobe. By the end of the challenge, I have identified two key areas I need to put more attention to.

Firstly, I need to deep my toes into jeans making. A well-fitting pair of jeans is an item I struggle to find in the stores and when I do they are quite expensive. I realised when I wore a blouse or top, I could only pair it with my RTW jeans. I have recently purchased the Meghan Nielsen Ash Jeans sewing pattern which is a step in the right direction.

Secondly, I plan to be more intentional whenever I sew up separates such as a skirt or pants that I plan or sew up an item I would be wearing it with. Unless I do this I will be left with wardrobe pieces I have spent time making but never wearing.

All in all, I have enjoyed taking part in me made may and I can not wait for next year. Did you take part in Me Made May? And if so, what lessons have you learnt from the challenge?

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My Summer Holiday Sewing Makes

My Summer Holiday Sewing Makes

I had the opportunity to travel to Uganda during my summer holiday. Just in case you are not aware, I am born and raised in Uganda (a beautiful country located in East African). My family and I relocated to the UK which has turned into our second home. I know I should be talking about my sewing makes for the summer holiday.

If you are a sewist and you have a holiday booked, I am almost certain a handmade wardrobe might be the first thing you think about. Uganda is warm all year round, and most of my handmade clothes favoured the British weather. So I had to come up with sewing plans specifically for that holiday.

Here is the video where I share with you what I sewed up for the holiday. I hope you enjoy it.

I would also like to share with you in detail the patterns I used for my summer holiday makes.

Firstly, I made up three Cami tops using the True Bias – Ogden Cami Pattern, a well-loved sewing pattern in the sewing community. It comes together in pretty much any lightweight fabric however I prefer making it out of viscose fabric.

I also made up this gorgeous unicorn dress for my princess using a pattern from a Burda Style Magazine. Burda 06/2019 #129. It was made out of a cotton poplin fabric.

burda 06/2019 #129

I also hacked the Simplicity 8178 jumpsuit pattern into lightweight summer pants which I wore a lot during the holidays.

Simplicity 8178 Trouser Hack

And the final project I made was the viscose zebra print night robe made using the stoff & Stil kimono pattern.

Stoff & stil Kimono

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True Bias – OgdenCami Dress Hack

True Bias – OgdenCami Dress Hack

I recently joined the team of Minerva Crafts Makers, which is an exciting experience. Just in case you do not have an idea what I am talking about… (i have got you :D). Minerva Crafts is a big online fabric store here in the UK. And it collaborates with a number of sewists by giving them fabric in exchange for a blog post reviewing that fabric.

When I received my very first fabric from them, I got pretty excited and got my thinking hat on. I was inspired by the midi dresses with flounces or ruffles that are everywhere on the high street.

French Connection
Urban Outfitters
Valentino

I decided to hack the True Bias Ogden Cami pattern to recreate a similar style using the Stretch Crepe Fabric that I received from Minerva Crafts. I never thought I would love a midi dress as I tend to opt for either a knee-length or a maxi-dress. However, I was pleasantly surprised to love the dress.

If you are interested to know how I went about hacking the Ogden Cami Pattern into a midi summer dress, here is the link that will take you to the post on the Minerva crafts blog. Enjoy!

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