I spent most of last Saturday and Sunday gardening. Sadly, when I'm gardening, I don't look like the ladies in Country Living magazine - wandering around in a floral frock and a sun hat, snipping away at a little gentle dead-heading, and picking beautiful blooms for my immaculately styled eight bedroom cottage.
No, I end up windblown, red faced and sweaty, and tend to get my hands, and everything else come to that, very grubby. Hence, my 'Me Mades' were a refashioned Kiss T-shirt, followed by an old "Me Printed" one, so no photos, you'll be glad to know.
However, Bank Holiday Monday lunchtime, I went out to meet Viv and Kevin from Art Van Go at a local pub so I put on a new Me Made frock, a Tiramisu dress from Cake Patterns
The pattern went together beautifully, and it fits well, with the mock wrap bodice crossing at just the right level for me, and I will definitely make it again, but although I like it, I can't help thinking it's a bit "Mumsy" on me. I'm not sure if it's the fabric - which wasn't bought for this project, I just used it because it happened to be in my stash and I thought it would work as a try-out, so I suppose this is more of a 'wearable muslin' - or maybe it's the length. I did make it a few inches longer than the pattern said, but maybe it would be better if I hadn't. Or maybe it's the styling. I think I'd like it more with a denim jacket and boots. It's probably suitable for a woman of my years, but it just doesn't feel like me - my motto is "Better mutton dressed as lamb, than mutton dressed as mutton".
Anyway, I will definitely make it again, maybe in black and with long sleeves. And wear it with a biker jacket. And tattoos.
Part of the trouble is, whenever I wear dresses and shoes, instead of jeans and boots, I feel like I've been going through the dressing up box and I've gone out as somebody else.
Anyway, on Tuesday I went back to jeans, and a Me Made black gingham shirt.
Not only did I make the shirt, but I also dyed the buttons myself - previously posted here and I made my necklace.
Apologies for the blurry photos, I kept telling my mate Jane that she was zooming too close, but she wouldn't listen.
Yesterday was Spectrum textile group, and I wore a skirt that I made from free fabric that I've had for years
with a little felt flower brooch I made. And, although I was in a skirt and shoes, I felt a bit more like me. Oh, and I made cake too, which tasted, well just like cake - but I forgot to take a photo.
Let's Make It Up - Dave Stewart and Mick Jagger