DIY Fashion & Jewellery


May 4, 2016

Me-Made-May 2016

For the first time, I feel like I have a good base to participate in Me-Made-May, especially since I currently seem to be on a sewing spree! I’ve been so inspired by all the incredibly talented women I’ve met over the last two years, and have slowly increased my handmade wardrobe. Since I wrote my  Spring Sewing Plans post, the list of patterns on my to-make list has definitely changed. After taking the darling ranges dress class at Needlework, I quickly made a second. Not only does this dress come together quickly, it’s enjoyable to sew (nothing too stressful, other than maybe the buttonholes), and it’s so comfortable to wear! I’ve also sewn a few butterick 5948s (wearing my sleeveless one today!), and Cali Faye’s pocket skirt (pictured above – a great wardrobe staple and I have fabric for a second one ready to go!). Between the small amount of sewn and knit items I’ve made, I’m feeling confident about my pledge and goals. It’s been so awesome seeing everyone’s outfits posted on instagram only four days in and has really motivated me to try some new patterns. My sewing queue keeps getting longer every day!

My Pledge:

I, Dana of, sign up as a participant of Me-Made-May ’16. I endeavour to wear at least one handmade item, sewn or knit, each day for the duration of May 2016 and also sew three new garment pieces. 

My Goals:

  • Finish sewing the garments I already have cut out – this includes the alder shirtdress I’ve had cut out for a few weeks now
  • Begin sewing with knits – I’m taking Needlework’s legging class tonight and looking forward to applying what I’ve learned and making some knit garments (particularly Grainline’s Linden sweatshirt and the Hemlock!)
  • Organize and simplify my current wardrobe (using tips from Danielle’s post here)

Hopefully, I’ll be able to make some good progress on my knitting this month. The summer knitalong begins Sunday and I’m very excited about the pattern and yarn I’m using (I’ve started swatching for it last night and loved the texture of the yarn – a cotton silk blend).  Warmer weather also means more time hanging outside in the back yard knitting, so I’m hoping to finish my Penguono sweater and continue working on my Pi shawl as well (the never-ending shawl, as I like to call it!). And in case you missed it, you can read about my Spring Knitting Plans here that I posted a few weeks ago.

I’ve been posting my daily outfits on my personal instagram if you’d like to follow along and posting a recap here on the blog on June 1st!

Are you participating in Me-Made-May this year? 


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