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Me-Made-May seems such a long time away now, but I still owed you pictures of the second part of my DIY 10x10 challenge. Me-May-Made is an annual challenged in the maker community when we pledge to wear our hand-made wardrobe more than we usually do, be it one item each day or entirely hand-made throughout the month. My personal challenge this year was inspired by the Style Bee 10x10 Challenges, where you need to choose 10 items to be styled into 10 outfits over 10 days. So I decided to put together 3 capsules in May, which consisted of at least 70% hand-made, and style them into different outfits, each containing at least one handmade item each day. I was partially successful in my challenge, and I achieved two of the there capsules. I continued to wear all handmade for the remaining 10 days, I just could not figure out a theme to build a capsule around it with my remaining hand-made items.
You have already seen my Black/White/Red one, and here is the navy-based one now. You can check out the details on my chosen items in this post.
What do you do when you are in an unfamiliar city where you don't know anyone, hundreds of miles away from home?
Why, you find the nearest fabric shop, of course!
This is exactly what I did when I was travelling to a conference in Chicago in May 2018. I have been dreaming of going to America for a very long time, but for various reasons, it took so long for me to get there for the very first time. An architect friend who used to live in America once told me that it's the most beautiful city in the States (her views, please don't get up in arms!), so I was particularly excited to start my American adventures here.
Spoiler alert: I loved it, though it took me a bit to get acclimatised to the 'bigger is better' way that applies to just about everything over there.
Before I left, I did a bit of research to find some local fabric shops, but I could not find a lot of blogs with recommendations. There are of course Yelp and Google listings, but I wanted to get some views from sewing people. I also asked questions on IG and stalked #chicagosews tag, but not a lot of luck until the very last minute (read on for the whole story).
So, although I only visited two shops, they were something else, and I just had to write a post and save my impressions for other visitors.
May has been the busiest month for me for a very long time. I was travelling to three different countries in the past three weeks, and doing Me-Made-May at the same time. Yup, halfway through it and I'm still in the handmade capsule wardrobe space. However, I am only just catching up on sharing the resulting outfits with you guys (some bits and pieces on Instagram, but I just could not make me take pictures every day).
So, remember how I was aiming to do three capsule wardrobes throughout May, the first of which was based on black/white/reds? Well, I am back with my nicely photographed and accessorised outfits.
So, without further ado...
I was starting to get a bit worried I might be losing my sewing friends over the abundance of capsuling and style related posts lately. But fear not, handmade lovers, this post will actually talk about a project I made with my own two hands, and well, my sewing machine. I have been dreaming about […]
Today I was listening to the Love to Sew podcast episode with Zoe Edwards, the creator of Me Made May. She was discussing about the philosophy of the movement and why it needs to be fun and useful, but also make you push yourself, it’s a challenge after all. Well, after the first stint of […]
I have definitely left this Me-Made-May 2018 pledge to the very last minute. I'm in Chicago at the moment with work, speaking at a sustainability conference (sorry, just had to brag a bit) and it's 6 PM here, but in the UK is already midnight and therefore already May.
It's been a super extra early start today, up since 5am and a 9 hours flight, so do pardon me if I am slightly incoherent. It's been a bit mad lately so I did not have the time to prepare and shoot for this post in time at home, but I did pack the lot with me, so took the pics in my hotel room in Chicago juts now. I do feel a bit chuffed with my jet-setting ways, I must confess.
So, to make things official, here is my pledge.
I can’t tell if the Style Bee Spring 10×10 challenge whizzed by because I enjoyed it so much or because it made getting dressed in the mornings so much easier, or both. In any case, the fact is that it’s already over. But the good news is that I have a lot of outfits to share […]
This is a bit of a milestone for me, as I am taking part in the now famous 10×10 Challenge for the first time this year. You might have heard Helen and Caroline talking about it on the Love to Sew podcast a while ago. Or you might even have done it yourself. As someone […]
Well, you can't say I didn't give this whole print thing an honest go! I used to think that it's because I just hadn't found the right print but when I did, I'll fall in love.
So what better way to find that perfect print than a print on demand service, right? You might already be familiar with Spoonflower, as many people in the sewing community use them. I never tried them, but recently I was contacted by a company called Cotton Bee to give their print on demand service a go.
This little number was the result of this collaboration.
So, did it make me fall in love with prints?
There is nothing wrong with my spelling, in case you were wondering, just a bit of French. It's also a little nod to a song that sends me back to my childhood (I'll add the video at the end) and I thought it made for a cute pun - keep on reading to see where I'm coming from.
So why am I turning Francophone on you all of a sudden?
Well, it's because I am taking part in my second ever blog tour (the activewear one a few weeks ago was the first) for a new to me French pattern company, called PM Patterns. I have waxed lyrical about how much I love Indie French patterns and so when I saw the call for the blog tour, I jumped right on it. I was very pleased to be chosen, so here I am sharing my make with you.
So let me tell you more about PM patterns...