Thursday, 31 May 2012

Me-Made-May'12: Week Four/Five

Blimey! May's been a long month hasn't it!?! But the glorious weather that has unusually graced us for an entire week has made participating in Me-Made-May much more fun. So I tried my hardest to outdo myself for the last leg of this challenge and have ended up with six outfits to share with you. 










Tuesday 22 May

Top - Urban Outfitters
Shoes- Primark

This was the first summery day in May and I think I chose the perfect outfit for it. My skirt was heavy enough to keep me warm until the cool morning wore off, but boy did it feel great to be bare-legged, despite the pasty legs! And how cute is my top...I love it so!























Wednesday 23 May

Me-made – Sorbetto
Skirt, Cardigan & Belt - Primark
Shoes - Office

The weather got even warmer and called for a cool Sorbetto. I've never worn this outfit before, but I seriously love the colour combination and it's a new favourite (weather permitting of course)!























Thursday 24 May

Me-made Tiny Pocket Tank
Jeans - ASOS
Shoes - Primark

Not a lot to say about this outfit other than it's so comfortable - I love a loose top on a hot day!


























Friday 25 May

Me-made – Jersey Tee & Aubergine Ginger 
Belt - Primark
Shoes - Office

Again, another new-to-me outfit. It's not something I would usually put together, but I do think it works and I'm delighted that Me-Made-May has led to new discoveries!























Wednesday 30 May

Me-made Sorbetto
Jeans - ASOS
Shoes - New Look

I had a day off work and this was a perfect outfit for lounging and doing a spot of sewing in - the jeans are super stretchy you see ;o)












Thursday 31 May

Me-made Floral Renfrew
Skirt - Topshop
Shoes- Primark

Aaaaand, we're back to tights weather again...I hope this isn't 'so long' summer! Either way this is a comfy, casual outfit which shows off my stripey Renfrew band. Whoop!

















So my first Me-Made-May has been a bit of a personal victory for me. As Zoe explains it the premise of the challenge is different for everyone, but for me I wanted to a) see if I could actually do it and b) identify gaps in my me-made wardrobe. I managed to fulfill both of these and I'm happy to report that I even out-pledged myself by managing more outfits than I thought possible!

What has Me-Made-May'12 taught me: 

  • Just like the OWOP challenge, Me-Made-May has highlighted my lack of accessorising and hair styling. I'm now beginning to think that this won't ever change, but none of us are perfect so I think I can live with it!
  • I don't wear my me-mades as often as I should as I struggle to get the fit spot on. So I think I need to concentrate way more quality over quantity in the future.
  • I have big, gaping wardrobe gaps people! I tend to live in dresses, yet I hardly have any me-made dresses that I like enough to wear. I'm hoping I can spend the next half of the year rectifying this. I also lack well-fitting skirts, but I think this has more to do with my 'difficult' body shape than the patterns I've tried. So there's no quick fix here!
  • The month has been great for experimenting with outfit combinations and getting a bit creative. I've loved some of the discoveries I've made!
  • Although photographing yourself on a regular basis feels very narcissistic, it's definitely taught me to relax a bit more in front of the camera and not to care about looking picture perfect.

Overall, this has been a positive and enjoyable experience, especially feeling part of a bigger community and connecting with so many other participants. Thank you so much Zoe for hosting such an inspired challenge, I really can't wait to take it up a notch next year! 


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Me-Made-May'12 - Week Three

Me-Made-May'12 - Week Two

Me-Made-May'12 - Week One

28 comments:

  1. Love the outfits and (particularly the 25th and 31st), looking at them as a whole, it looks like you have deliberately chosed a coordinated palette. And your lupin is lovely (snails have eaten mine!)

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    1. Thank you Miriana, especially for noticing the lupin...it's a new addition to our balcony!

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  2. Another selection of very pretty and stylish outfits.I have enjoyed seeing them all...even though we seemed to spend a fair amount of time in Winter garb still!This is my third Me Made and I still have gaps...you will get there and it will be fun making all of those gorgeous dresses over the rest of the summer!

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    1. Thanks Catherine! I look forward to filling in those gaps!

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  3. Beautiful outfits! I love all of them, but particularly 23 and 31. Great job! :) I hope to see some new dresses soon!

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  4. So cute! Despite how you prefer to wear dresses, I think you've done a great job pairing together all your me-made separates. Love all the floral tops, and I especially like your outfit on the 23rd with that orange skirt.

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    1. Thanks very much...it was hard having to spend so long in skirts when I don't feel they particularly flatter me! And I've noticed just how much floral I have...yikes!

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  5. Your outfits this week are so pretty! I love that MMMay forced you to try some outfits you wouldn't normally put together - and with such success!

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    1. Thanks so much...hope the toe's getting better!!!

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  6. Loving your outfits this week! I definitely have the same problem with fit issues. I just have so many projects I want to do I move on to the next thing without perfecting the the piece I am working on, which means I have a few things I spent hours on but never wear because I wouldn't spend a few extra hours making sure the fit was great. Quality over quantity is a great lesson to learn!

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    1. Good to know I'm not alone in this...maybe we need to slow down a bit in future ;o)

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  7. You did raise the bar this week my friend. Loving the color combination. X

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  8. Really great outfits. I can't pick a fav but I love all your floral tops :) And I love your shooooes!

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  9. I just LOVED your styling this May Marie - I think you did an amazing job of pairing unlikely things up that were an absolute knockout together. Your first two pics are perfect examples of contrasting colours complimenting each other beautifully but also being quirky and really original. Bravo!

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  10. Oh my all the tops are beautiful, loving the first one and second most!

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    1. Thank you! Though MMM highlighted my obsession with florals...must do something about that!

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  11. I really love your floral top-the stripey band compliments it so much!
    And the outfit you put together on the 25th is very unexpected, but, still, very well coordinated. I wish I were that bold with my styling. Well done.
    I also very much like your circle skirt-I have a thing for them, and I must certainly put together one for the summer. Good reminder.
    Kisses!
    P.S. Has that beautifully strange plant grown that much from the 25th to the 31st? Phew, they grow up so quickly...

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    1. Thank you very much, you are too kind! Looking forward to seeing a circle skirt from you soon ;o) Oh and although the flower has grown a lot, in the second picture I think we had turned the pot around so you can't see the taller part of the Lupin!

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  12. Marie you have so many lovely makes! Quite a collection of pretty print Sorbettos & not to mention that Renfrew so many of us idolise! I'm so glad your circle skirt came out though, it's super stylish & a really great shape on you. I think these MM months are great for focusing on how we can combine different things together in an outfit & clearly highlight our gaps & where our comfort zone is....
    As for dresses ...maybe it's time to go frock crazy !
    And it was also so great meeting you & Catherine this May - a perfect Me Made month :-)

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    1. I forgot how lovely my circle skirt is too Winnie! I need more of them and it's definitely time to go frock crazy this summer! Our meet-up was most certainly to highlight of MMM!!!

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  13. I love all of these outfits, and absolutely adore your color choices. So fun. You make a killer Sorbetto. Congrats on a beautiful and successful MMM. And have fun makin' those dresses.

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    1. Thank you so much, you're too kind!

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  14. Your outfits are so scrumptious. I loved them all! You pick the best fabrics.

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