Making My Own Wardrobe: Me Made May 2016 #mmmay16

I’ve just finished taking part in my first ever Me Made May, and I am proud to say that I dressed handmade for the entire month, wearing 19 dresses and 1 skirt which were all handmade by me. To put this a little more into context, I’ve made 17 of these dresses and the skirt since losing Michael in February. As I’ve said before, dressmaking has been a very necessary distraction and therapy for me this year, and taking part in Me Made May has been a great part of this.

Big thanks to everyone who has followed along with my outfit posts on Instagram and for all of your likes and comments. As I said over on Instagram on my last Me Made May post, your lovely comments have been especially important to me as I’m missing being able to share all of my makes with my biggest fan and greatest supporter, who would have asked me to do a twirl and told me I looked pretty in each new dress because that’s just the kind of awesome husband he was.

I’ve also really enjoyed seeing everyone else’s makes as there are so many incredibly talented dressmakers with excellent taste in fabric out there, and it’s been fun to meet lots more enthusiastic sewists. It’s a lovely online community to be part of!

So, on to the dresses! I’ve given details of the dress patterns and fabrics I’ve used below, but I haven’t included links because, y’know, 31 outfits is a lot to tag! But please ask if there is anything you want a source for.

Day 1 – Mortmain dress by Gather in Cotton & Steel Aqua Buttons fabric from the Homebody range

Day 2 – Bettine dress by Tilly & The Buttons in apple print double gauze fabric

Day 3 – Mortmain dress by Gather in owl print barkcloth fabric

Day 4 – Emery dress by Christine Haynes in Cotton & Steel Aqua Fernbrook fabric

Day 5 – Flora dress by By Hand London in Michael Miller Atomic fabric

Day 6 – Betty dress by Sew Over It in scallop print barkcloth fabric

Day 7 – Bettine dress by Tilly & The Buttons in Makower Landscapes fabric

Day 8 – Mortmain dress by Gather in Cath Kidston sausage dog print fabric

Day 9 – Emery dress by Christine Haynes in Cotton & Steel Picnic fabric

Day 10 – Betty dress by Sew Over it made from a ticket print duvet cover

Day 11 – Mortmain dress by Gather in Cotton & Steel Arrows fabric from the Mustang range

Day 12 – Elisalex dress in floral print broadcloth fabric

Day 13 – Bettine dress by Tilly & The Buttons in yellow geometric fabric

Day 14 – Delphine skirt by Tilly & The Buttons in Cath Kidston Bramley Sprig fabric

Day 15 – Margot pyjamas by Tilly & The Buttons made from a vintage sheet

Day 16 – Bettine dress by Tilly & The Buttons in apple print double gauze fabric

Day 17 – I took the day off from Me Made May as I was in my dressing gown enjoying a spa break and much needed recharge with my bestie!

Day 18 – Emery dress by Christine Haynes in Cotton & Steel Zephyr fabric

Day 19 – Circle skirt dress made in a dressmaking workshop in floral print fabric

Day 20 – Emery dress by Christine Haynes refashioned from my bridesmaid dresses

Day 21 – Emery dress by Christine Haynes in Cotton & Steel Aqua Fernbrook fabric

Day 22 – Dress with Elisalex bodice (By Hand London) and Emery skirt (Christine Haynes) in Robert Kaufman Sealed With a Kiss fabric

Day 23 – Mortmain dress by Gather in Cotton & Steel Aqua Buttons fabric from the Homebody range

Day 24 –  Emery dress by Christine Haynes in Cotton & Steel Picnic fabric

Day 25 – Elisalex dress by By Hand London in bold floral broadcloth fabric

Day 26 – Flora dress by By Hand London in Michael Miller Atomic fabric

Day 27 – Mortmain dress by Gather in owl print barkcloth fabric

Day 28 – Kim dress by By Hand London in Michael Miller Cats & Dots fabric

Day 29 – Mortmain dress by Gather in Cath Kidston sausage dog print fabric

Day 30 – Dress with Elisalex bodice (By Hand London) and Emery skirt (Christine Haynes) in Tula Pink Freefall fabric

Day 31 – Dress with Elisalex bodice (By Hand London) and Emery skirt (Christine Haynes) in Robert Kaufman Sealed With a Kiss fabric

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Phew – that’s a lot of pictures of me!!!

So will I be abandoning all of my ready-to-wear clothes in favour of handmade from now on? Not quite! I love the process of dressmaking and being able to create my own clothes, from choosing the boldest novelty prints I can find, to making something that actually fits (which still surprises me each time I finish a new dress!), and the proud feeling it leaves you with to say “Thanks, I made it” when someone compliments you on your dress.

Having said all that, over the past few years I had built up quite a lovely collection of great quality dresses which I will certainly continue to wear – in particular, anything by Bryony & Co, Emily & Fin and Cath Kidston will always have a special place in my wardrobe! It has made me re-evaluate a few of the lesser quality dresses in my collection which perhaps don’t fit me so well and I will be having a small clear out, but nothing drastic.

I have lots more lovely fabrics sitting in my stash waiting to be made which I have just unpacked at my new studio, and I can’t wait to get sewing in my new workspace.

Lucy x

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5 thoughts on “Making My Own Wardrobe: Me Made May 2016 #mmmay16

  1. Lynsey says:

    Wow, I love all of your dresses, they are beautiful. I am trying to break out of dull colours and go more bold. Sewing = Sanity! I don’t have a blog but get great inspiration from from others. Thank you for sharing, Lynsey

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  2. Cat says:

    Beautiful dresses and your positive attitude since losing Michael is really very moving. Do you have a favourite dress?

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    • smileandmake says:

      Thank you Cat. I don’t have one favourite but there a few that I’ve definitely worn the most – the picnic basket Emery, the arrow print Mortmain and the atomic print Flora x

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