I cannot even believe that it’s been one year since Me Made May 2017. How time flies! So many things have changed since then, that when I browsed through last year’s roundup posts to see what I was wearing, I was stunned. Not only did I move to a new apartment back in my hometown, but we also lost our dog, Boulis. During Me Made May last year he had his leg amputation and the last photograph I have of him with all his limps was for one of my handmade outfits, the day of his operation. My heart broke when I saw that photo, because a few months later he passed away.
This year’s pledge
This year is finding me in a whole different place, both in my personal and in my work life. I don’t know if I’m happier, but I’m certainly different. I was contemplating what my pledge for 2018 should be, because my closet is now 99% handmade clothes, which I tend to wear anyway. But on the other hand I didn’t want to stress myself too much, so I decided to just use this wonderful movement to show love to some clothes that I might have neglected and grab the opportunity to get dressed up every morning. I still struggle with that and I’ll admit there are often days when I don’t even get out of my pajamas. But putting on actual clothes makes so much difference in my mood and in my productivity, that I just need to push myself and try to get better at that.
To start off the month, I wore my pink Samantha dress, but I styled it a bit different than usual. May 1st is “International Workers Day” in Greece and hence a bank holiday and Greeks usually grab this opportunity to go out and celebrate spring. We have barbecues, make wreaths out of flowers and go on picnics. This year we decided to stay at home and have a casual day, relaxing and spending quality time together. I worked a bit on my ‘Pink Collection’ plans and Jim had to study, but after that we went out with Malou and enjoyed the sunshine. So I paired my Samantha with my blue Lacoste sneakers, which I love, and it was the perfect outfit. It was also the first time I went out with bare legs this year, hoorayy!!
For the second day, I wore an oldie but goodie. My Coco dress by Tilly and the Buttons, which I hacked a bit to add ruffled sleeves (see Abi’s tutorial on how to do that here). I made it last year and it is without a doubt one of my most worn garments!
The third day was a bit chillier so the jeans had to come out. I wore my RTW pair of jeans, because I haven’t yet found the courage nor the time to make a handmade pair. It is on my list though, I promise! I paired them with my pink Alex shirt by Sew Over It and a RTW cardigan to keep me warm. I love this outfit so much!
For May 4th I opted for a special outfit. This is a jumpsuit that Hattie and I are releasing as a pattern very soon and we both adore it. We were supposed to keep it a secret, but that would have meant that we wouldn’t be able to wear it at all during May. So one day, while talking on the phone, we decided that life is just too short and we should do what makes us happy. So we both wore our versions that day. Mine is the first ever toile I made and it is by no means perfect (I had to unpick it and make adjustments more than 4 times) but I still enjoy wearing it. It is my “effortlessly stylish” look.
The next way was the gloomiest, rainiest day of the month. I barely left the house, it was raining all day long and was too cold for bare legs. My Mabel skirt by Colette patterns and Chestnut sweater by Cocowawa crafts came to the rescue. I didn’t even wear makeup that day, hence the cheeky pose with Malou. This shot was taken after I’ve been cleaning the house for 6 hours and I was simply exhausted.
And then came Sunday, which was even colder than the previous day. We eat at my parents that day, so I put on make up to look more decent and wore my Ultimate Shift Dress with a red RTW cardigan. And of course the tights were a must…
The sun came out briefly today and I had some errands to run, so I took advantage and wore my new jumpsuit. This is the second version of the pattern that we are releasing soon and I think it is my absolute favorite. It is not as fitted as the other one, so it’s perfect for those days when you don’t feel like showing too much of your tummy area. The tie belt cinches the waist and provides shaping and I like to turn over the hem to create a little cuff effect.
And these was the roundup of the first of Me Made May 2018. I hope you enjoyed seeing my outfits. It’s certainly funny for me to see what I wear and how I look everyday, depending on the weather or my mood, but it’s also so helpful to have this “diary” of outfits. You can look back and see what you wear more often so that you identify the gaps in your wardrobe and know what you need to sew next.
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Have a lovely week,