Me Made May – Week Three

A more successful week of pictures! And an excellent week as it was also my birthday!

So we resume Me Made Made on Saturday. Matthew’s friend came to visit so we headed into Cambridge. It was such a beautiful day, perfect for the Varsity rooftop terrace – it would have been rude not to really!

I wore one of my all time favourites. This dress is New Look pattern 6262 in a pretty, soft, floral viscose. Check out my earlier pattern review for this one if you’re interested. 

  
On Sunday we went for a wander round Ickworth. I wore my Aztec print New Look 6053 skirt which I love and need to make more of. I run away screaming from anything remotely bodycon, but I found this fitted skirt flattering because of the darts. 

I tried out a couple of trends at the same time too – the slogan tee and long long cardigan, both from H&M. Not sure if the top is too cringe but I love the cardigan that was like a cape in the breeze. 

   
 Skipping a few days forward (my bad) to Thursday and my birthday! Such a beautiful sunny day, cheers weatherman. I wore this pretty purple dress to work. It’s New Look 6124 in a polyester panama fabric and a lot more flattering than I initially thought it would be!

  
Since it was my birthday I went for a double me-made day – why not? In the evening I wore my beautiful and bright Sigma dress from Papercut Patterns (review available in an earlier post). 

  
On Friday I headed North back home again and went out for tea with the whole family to celebrate. I got a candle in my pudding and everyone sang happy birthday to me in the restaurant – hello bright red face!!

I wore my grid print New Look 6095 shift dress with a H&M little black jacket and M&S heels. The heels are necessary with my family. At 5’10” I’m not exactly short, but I do feel it with the boys all being over 6 foot!

   
 

And that’s it for week three! Last one to come next week!   

Me Made May – Week Two

And what a great week it was! Not quite a full week of handmade though. I didn’t ever fully commit – although actually that might have just been on Instagram (@fee_smith in case you’re interested), but hey four days are better than none!

So, beginning with Saturday, I went for my current favourites. These shorts are the first I’ve ever made and I’m amazed at how well they turned out! They are Simplicity Cynthia Rowley pattern and I’d highly recommend it! Check out my pattern review post if you’re interested.

I wore these for a great day back at home in the Lakes with the uni girls. It was so much fun my face ached from laughing so much. Take me back to uni and living with these girls! 
 
Up next we have this little crop top. I made this using New Look 6217, which should really be a full length top. This pretty floral viscose fabric was just something I had leftover from a dress I made and I didn’t have quite enough for the full length, so cropped was how it had to be! 
   

  

First handmade workwear of the week was this teal shift dress in polyester panama. Check out my earlier post to hear me absolutely rave about this pattern – I love it! 

  
And to finish off week 2 I wore this handmade skirt for drinks on Friday night. I went for a browse in River Island on my lunch and they have skirts in at the moment that are exactly the same shape but with a zip down the front. I love it when that happens. Maybe I’ll make another using this pattern and pop a zip in. 

  
Thanks for reading, pop back for week 3!

Me Made May – Week One

As is fairly standard for me, I joined Me Made May a little late – well, a day late. So for the first day for me but the second for everyone else this is what I wore:  

This dress must have been one of the first I made. I was back up north at home for the weekend and thought if I’ve got any chance of managing this I’d best start way back in the archives. 

This is the Cynthia Rowley for Simplicity pattern 2443 in a fairly thick jersey fabric. It’s so comfy and I even bothered to sew the pockets in on this one. I should really wear it more.

   
 
The second day of my week featured a self-drafted, loose-fitting top with an exposed zipper at the back. I made this years ago and based it on a top I already had from Topshop. Because it’s loose-fitting and I didn’t include any darts (schoolboy error right there) it, like most of my self-drafted stuff, doesn’t fit very well. I think I can pretty much get away with it though – at least I hope so! My cardigan is also handmade/handknitted by my lovely Gran. And it happened to be a pretty much exact colour match – winner.

    
It’s a similar story on day three – a badly self-drafted crop top that I keep meaning to alter, with it’s poor fit hidden beneath another of my Gran’s great cardigans.  

  
Day four was my first me made May day at work. This is going to be the challenge. Don’t get me wrong, I wear handmade stuff to work all the time so that’s not an issue. My problem is going to be that I don’t really have a month’s work-wear made! Maybe I’ll have to make a black pencil skirt and just wear it all the time with different tops. We’ll see. 

This dress is one of my most regulars and is the New Look 6143. I’m wearing it with a necklace from Topshop and jacket from George (yes, as in George at Asda – how nice is it?!)

   
 

Polkadots, pleats and a Peter Pan collar for my next day of me made May. I think this is such a sweet pattern and it fits so well! This one is Simplicity Lisette 1419 in a polkadot polycotton. This is another of my handmade workwear rotation.

  
My final outfit for the week, guest star: Poppy the King Charles Cavalier, the best little dog. 

And this is when I realise I’ve already repeated a pattern and it’s only week one… Another New Look 6143, this time in a crepe fabric. At least this one doesn’t have sleeves. 

And that’s my week one of Me Made May! If I haven’t completely bored you come back next week for week two of the challenge.

So Sigma, So Bright

 Styling up my newly finished Sigma Dress for a night out. The bright and bold print calls for minimal accessories, so I’ve gone with some of my favourite New Look black heels and a silver statement necklace I picked up at a London market.

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I love the shape of this dress, but it’s a bit short for casual-wear I think! This will be added to the going-out section of the wardrobe, perfect to take me through spring into summer.

Styling up the Grid

My grid print shift dress ready for Saturday night drinks.

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This one was made using New Look pattern 9065 (yes, again) and some gorgeous grid print crepe fabric from Remnant Kings. Stay tuned for shorts in the same material – hopefully!

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Worn with…

Leather jacket – Topshop

Necklace – a London market

Boots – New Look

Bag – Accessorize

It’s a Shirt 

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Hot off the sewing machine, this is how I styled my very newly finished chiffon shirt for today’s Sunday pub lunch at The Bull Inn. Delicious food and no washing up – what’s not to love?!

I love how the pastel purple of the chiffon brings a bit of colour to the rest of this monochrome outfit, and the white of the collar and front band looks great with my little white bag!

Jacket: H&M

Shirt: Handmade

Jeans: Monsoon

Boots: New Look

Bag: Accessorize

 

 

A Weekend in London Town

Styling handmade in the capital…

What I wore during my weekend in London.

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Tapestry skirt: Handmade; Top: H&M; Coat: Primark; Necklace: New Look

The outfit I wore to see Cats, which was brilliant! Nicole Scherzinger was AMAZING!! What a voice. And the dancing was just incredible. Definitely recommend seeing this.

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Co-Ord: Handmade; Coat: boohoo.com; Necklace & Bag: Accessorize

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We wandered round by the Eye, Big Ben, the Houses of Parliament and Buckingham Palace, and obvs got photos outside them… It would be rude not to!

We did the Aquarium too (even though I hate fish). Loved the penguins though!

And then after being preached to about reducing the amount of fish in our diets, we went for dinner at Sushi Samba!

My first taste of sushi and it was incredible, as were the views from Heron Tower over London.

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Cocktails at Mahiki… Dress: H&M

…And Saturday was a repeat outfit because I love it so much! See my earlier post for full details on this one.

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Amazing weekend. London, I’ll be back soon.

A Spotty Dress and a Fedora

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Hats are my new favourite accessory.

I’ll be honest, I didn’t think they’d suit me or that I’d be able to pull them off, but hey I’ve decided I like them. I’ve even bought two now: this fedora from H&M and a little bowler hat from boohoo.com. Not only do they look good but they keep my head warm and mean I don’t have to bother doing my hair – what’s not to love?!

Dress: Made by me

Cardigan: Made by my Gran

Belt & Fedora: H&M

Necklace: Accessorize

Boots: New Look