I had the best time participating in Me Made May this year and it's really all because of Instagram (plus my relative free time in comparison to last year). I enjoyed seeing other people's DIY wardrobes and the community of sharing the month created.
I fell into taking photos of my daily outfits flat on the floor because I'm not a selfie taker but I am a very careful arranger. (I spent a lot of time this month standing in my skivvies and taking pictures of my clothes. haha!) I really enjoyed thinking about what I wanted to wear each day, how I would accessorize it and then how to fold and arrange it to show off the garment to best affect. Even though you didn't see me in the outfits, I really did wear everything that I showed. No cheating!
I noticed that a few people on instagram became tired of the month and were ready for it to be over. But for me my enthusiasm only grew. As the month went on, I became excited to share things that my followers probably hadn't seen before, things that were special and unusual. I've been sewing regularly since I was in high school so I have lots of "me made" things to wear. These are just a few of the things in my closet that I have made. I still have tons of fancy-ish dresses, swingy skirts and even handknit sweaters!
May was very hot in LA this year and wardrobe was very light. I would love to do this again in a cold month when I can share some knitted items and long sleeve things. Or maybe I should just move somewhere colder!
Now, for the details on all those "me made" clothes. If you're looking for more info on any of the items you saw during the month, click the links below.
May 2: Green Paisley Dress, McCall's M5621
May 6: Red Striped Dress, Self Drafted
May 8: Blue Pleated Tank, Simplicity 2593.
May 10: Cut Out Back Seersucker Dress, Simplicity 1873 modified
May 11: Tribal Print Skirt, Self Drafted
May 13: Plaid Shorts, Burdastyle Ruby
May 14: Pleat Front Blouse, Vogue 2912
May 15: Chambray Top, Simplicity 2599
May 16: Blue Plaid Dress, Self Drafted
May 19: Gingham Blouse, Style 2727
May 20: Emerald Blouse, McCall's 6512
May 28, Outfit 1: Grey Jumpsuit, McCall's M6083
May 29, Outfit 2: Pink Pleated Top, Simplicity 1661
May 30: Twisted Skirt, Burdastyle
May 31: Tropical Print Maxi Dress, McCall's M5624
Whoa! That's a lot of Me-Mades!!!! My quick count is about 40 things and that's only about half of my wardrobe. If you wonder how I have the time, well, I've been at it for many years, and I don't clean my house as much as I should. :) Also check out my Me Made May 2013 recap. You'll see a few repeats from this month and a few you didn't. I've really enjoyed this month so much I'll probably continue to post occasional outfits on Instagram so if you like, you can follow along with me there for occasional makes from the past! I also made a really fun video on Instagram of all my photos from the month, if you want to see it all in 15 seconds. :)