Me-Made May – 20 Days and 20 Hats

Hi,

Have you noticed all the Me-Made May posts and tweets? If you don’t know, it’s a me-made challenge launched by Zoe of So, Zo… What do you know? a few years ago. The challenge is to wear something that you made everyday. I made my pledge via Instagram and never got around to make an official pledge on Zoe’s blog. I’ve participated the past two years as well. For those two years, It was more of a challenge to see if I could even do it.

But now that I have more me-made clothes, it was a great opportunity to see where were the “holes” in my wardrobe. Also, about a week into May, I realized that I had worn a different hat everyday and I decided to add my own personal challenge – wear a different hat everyday in the month of May. Here’s my round-up of the first 20 days.

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Starting at the top left:

  1. My Spring for Cotton dress from a vintage Simplicity pattern (fabric from Stonemountain & Daughter Fabrics) and fascinator. I got the feathered piece from All Things Vintage in Oakland, and attached it to a headband. I’ll be writing a post about attaching that feather piece to a headband next week.
  2. Red and black jersey Alabama Chanin tunic (red fabric from East Bay Depot for Creative Reuse, black from Stonemountain) and necklace and a hat I got in Santa Monica several years ago.
  3. Blue Hummingbird peplum top (fabric from Stonemountain & Daughter Fabrics) and linen hat I got a Loehmann’s
  4. Tunic from a French sewing book Sewing Chic (fabric from Britex Fabrics, sleeve fabric from a Bay Area Sewists fabric swap), black wool hat I got for $1 from Urban Outfitters about five years ago
  5. Wool cape from a 1980s Vogue pattern (fabric from Britex), vintage wool hat with ostrich feather pom pom I got more than 20 years ago. It’s one of my favorite vintage hats.
  6. (second row) Floral Chardon Skirt (fabric from my mom’s stash) and black wool beret from Loehmann’s
  7. Jacket from Vogue pattern (fabric from Discount Fabrics), small vintage black wool beret with braid detail
  8. The Trench from Christine Haynes first book Chic & Simple Sewing (fabric from East Bay Depot), black wool hat with buckle detail (it was a chilly week so wool hats were good
  9. Striped top from Japanese sewing book She Wears the Pants (fabric from Discount Fabrics) and skirt from Basic Black (black cotton pique from Stonemountain & Daughter), vintage black beret from All Things Vintage
  10. Knit top from a Big Four pattern (imported Italian knit remnant from Britex Fabrics) and a hat I made from a Vogue pattern using home dec fabric from Joann’s and ribbons from Britex Fabrics
  11. My Red Velvet Chevron Dress, rayon knit from Stonemountain & Daughter Fabrics, with a vintage straw hat
  12. Another Trench from Christine Haynes book (fabric from East Bay Depot) and purple Kangol hat one of my sisters gave me for my birthday several years ago.
  13. Black-and-white Chardon skirt (fabric from Seattle) and another vintage hat from All Things Vintage
  14. Bias-cut skirt (fabric from Britex Fabrics) and a hat from Urban Outfitters, trimmed with ribbon from Britex Fabrics
  15. Alabama Chanin wrap (fabric from Stonemountain, embroidery thread from Lacis) and vintage beret from an Etsy seller
  16. (bottom row) Bluegingerdoll Dress (fabric from East Bay Depot) and straw hat
  17. Rayon knit top (fabric from Britex Fabrics) and fleece beret (fabric from Joann’s) from modified Simplicity pattern
  18. My skirt from Basic Black (repeat from Day 9) and Kangol beret from a charity shop
  19. My skirt with a yoke (B5756, fabric from Britex) and a navy vintage hat
  20. The Anna Dress I made for Sewing Indie Month last year (fabric from Britex), and a black vintage straw hat with a veil

So what did I discover after 20 days of Me-Made May? Well, I have plenty of skirts and dresses to wear to work but very few casual things for the weekend. I had to repeat two tops this past weekend – my blue hummingbird top and my striped top from She Wears the Pants.

Also, we’ve been having unseasonably cool weather this month and I hardly have anything for cold weather. Most of things I’ve made have been cotton or cotton/lycra blends – not exactly clothes for 55-degree mornings. I’ll keep all of this in mind as I consider upcoming sewing projects.

Oh, and another thing I noticed is that my face looks rather fat in some photos – a reminder that I’ve gained about ten pounds over the past year because I stopped going to the gym. Yep, I used to go to the gym during my lunch break but after my promotion, I got really busy and thus, no gym. Clearly, I need more exercise so I hope to be less sedentary in the next six months. Wish me luck! [Note: This is not a ploy for people to comment, oh, your face isn’t fat, etc. The fact is that I’ve gained weight and I now have less ease in some of my clothes.]

I don’t know if I’ll participate in Me-Made May next year. I have to admit that I got tired of taking photos about a week into it, and stopped taking photos for a quite a few days after week three. Maybe if I do it next year, I’ll reconsider taking photos every day. After all, it’s not a requirement. That said, I do enjoy seeing what other people wear and what they’ve made. I’ve seen such lovely dresses by Pips of the girl in teacup, 100 percent me-made outfits (from undergarments to tops and skirts) on Emily’s Instagram account (@dressingtherole) – she blogs at Dressing the Role, pretty dresses, tops, and skirts by Heather on her IG account (@knitnbee) – see her Week 3 Roundup, and many more.

Happy sewing!

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Me Made May 2014: Days 2-12

9 days of Me Made May 2014 - csews.com

On the first of May I committed to five days a week of wearing something I sewed for Me Made May 2014. (If you haven’t heard about MMM14, read about on So Zo’s blog.) On Day 1 I wore a skirt I made a few years ago. All the photos were taken with my iPhone – so apologies for low-quality photos. I posted most of these photos on my Instagram account (@csews).

Here’s a rundown what I wore for the next several days, starting with this red dress on Day 2. I wore this number to a magazine awards event in Los Angeles. (The magazine I work for was nominated for several awards and we won four! I and three other staff members flew down for the event.) The evening began with cocktails so that’s why I’m holding a glass of red wine here.

Me Made May 2014 - red dress - vintage pattern - csews.com

I wore my vintage hat (black velvet and white woven fabric), which I got at All Things Vintage in Oakland, along with my new shoes – black with white trim! (Yes, they a bit too pointy for my feet but I figured they would be OK for a few hours. I needed something with a vintage look to go with the outfit. I found these low-heeled Bandolino pumps at DSW in San Francisco.) I made the dress a few years ago from this 1957 McCalls pattern. The fabric is a cotton woven, quilt weight, red with tiny white polka dots. This dress has a side zipper and I made the belt using the same fabric.

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Back then I didn’t really know what I was doing as I graded up in the shoulders and hip area. I didn’t now anything about tracing patterns and just cut the actual pattern [wince] and didn’t make a muslin [gasp]. Yep – this was the muslin. In fact I had never made a muslin of anything back then. Heheh. #ignoranceisbliss

From what I recall, my neckline adjustments were slightly off so I had to make some pretty small seam allowances to make it work. Plus it took me f-o-r-e-v-e-r to figure out how to interpret the instructions for that middle pleated detail in the center of the bodice. Even now I stare at it and I don’t remember how I did it! I was slimmer when I made this dress so at the moment there’s not a whole lot of ease in the hip area. 😉 There is plenty of room to walk because of a pleat in the skirt back. It’s not uncomfortable but a little more ease would be better. I need to get back to the gym!

On Day 3 I wore this cotton voile skirt I made last year. On the last day of my LA trip I had the pleasure of meeting Kathy (@nerdyseamstress on Twitter and @thenerdyseamstress on Instagram) who blogs at The Nerdy Seamstress. We follow each other on social media and arranged to meet at Republique, a great place for brunch, and then went to The Fabric Store to do a little shopping. We each wore skirts we made that day. (You can read about my skirt here.)

Kathy of the Nerdy Seamstress and Chuleenan wearing Me Made May skirts

On Day 4 I wore my Hummingbird peplum, a Cake Patterns top, which I made last year. (You can read about it here.)

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On Day 5 I wore this hat, which I made from some home dec fabric I got on sale at Joann’s and trimmed with Petersham ribbon from Britex Fabrics in San Francisco. (Yes, this is a selfie, thus my shoulder looks odd – a little Quasimodo, eh?)

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On Day 6 I wore this bias cut skirt. The fabric is from Discount Fabrics in San Francisco.

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Day 7 – The Trench, pattern from Christine Haynes first book Chic and Simple Sewing, which I blogged about here. This one is from a handwoven cotton – very thick, like home dec – and trimmed with bias tape I made from striped silk fabric. I also added a cuff detail in the same striped fabric.

I’ve been a long-time fan of Christine’s and even interviewed her when she released her first of her patterns in 2012. You can read that Q&A here.

The Trench- Christine Haynes pattern

Day 8, my other Trench – this one in wool, trimmed with a bias tape made from tiny hounds-tooth wool fabric. You can read about that Trench here.

The Trench - Christine Haynes pattern - csews.com

Day 9, my hand-sewn bolero from black jersey, pattern from Alabama Studio Sewing + Design book by Natalie Chanin. Sorry you can’t see much detail in this badly lit photo. For some reason I never got around to blogging about this bolero.

Bolero - Alabama Studio Sewing + Design  - csews.com

Days 10 and 11, I didn’t wear anything I made and Day 12 I wore my Emery Dress – one of my more feminine dresses (lace trim, embroidery on the collar). This is also a Christine Haynes pattern. You can read about my experience making this dress (and see better photos!) here. The fabric is cotton voile is a remnant I got from Britex Fabrics. I also got this cute hat on sale at All Things Vintage. I love the hats at this shop run by two ladies with excellent taste. Nearly every time I go there I buy another hat!

Emery Dress - Me Made May 2014 - Day 12 - csews.com

Thanks for visiting! And if you’re participating in Me Made May and have worn anything by the designers mentioned above, please let me know. I’d love to see what you made!

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Me Made May 2014

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I’ve been debating whether or not I should participate in Me Made May this year. I don’t really have enough handmade clothes for each day. But reading a post by Leila of Three Dresses finally convinced me. She pledged to wear something handmade five days a week. So I immediately thought, Yes! That’s doable!

So here’s my pledge: As a participant of Me Made May 2014, I pledge to wear at least one handmade item five days a week.

Today I wore a bias cut skirt I made from a lovely cotton print I got from Britex Fabrics about five years ago. I think that’s when I made this skirt. It’s been washed enough times so that the cotton feels very soft.

(I’m currently on a business trip in LA so I’m attempting my first post using my iPhone. Tomorrow I plan on wearing a dress from a 1957 McCall’s pattern.)

Are you participating in Me Made May? I’d love to see what you’re wearing!

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Me Made May 2013 – Final Post

Here are the things I wore from May 22 to May 31 for Me Made May 2013. I did repeat a couple items but I wore them with different things.

I wore 18 different hats on the first 21 days. I think over that next 10 days I wore maybe another four that I hadn’t worn in the previous weeks. I wasn’t paying close attention. But I do have more hats than what I wore over the past month. I guess you could say hats are my favorite accessory. ;o)

Thanks to all the folks at work who took photos of my outfits on various weekdays: Cailan, Diane, Donna, Jeffrey, Kari, Karmah, and Marsha. You’re all good sports – especially Donna, who took the most photos towards the end!

Day 22: I make this rayon knit jacket about four years ago (Issey Miyake Vogue pattern). It was a pretty windy day. Hat: Vintage wool felt with an ostrich feather pom-pom.
Day 22: I make this rayon knit jacket about four years ago (Issey Miyake Vogue pattern). It was a pretty windy day. Hat: Vintage wool felt with an ostrich feather pom-pom.
Day 23: I made this jacket from Christine Haynes book Chic & Simple Sewing. The fabric is a herringbone corduroy I got at the East Bay Depot for Creative Reuse.
Day 23: I made this jacket from Christine Haynes book Chic & Simple Sewing. The fabric is a herringbone corduroy I got at the East Bay Depot for Creative Reuse.
Day 24: I wore my hat again. I used an upholstery fabric sample. The pattern is by Patricia Underwood for Vogue.
Day 24: I wore my hat again. I used an upholstery fabric sample I got at the East Bay Depot for Creative Reuse in Oakland a few years ago. The pattern is by Patricia Underwood for Vogue.
Day 26: Handsewn knit skirt. Hat: straw with a leather band
Day 26: Handsewn knit skirt. Hat: Tightly woven straw with a leather band.
Day 25: Hand-pleated Petersham flower.
Day 25: Hand-pleated Petersham flower.
Day 26: Handsewn knit skirt. Hat: straw with a leather band
Day 26: Handsewn knit skirt. Hat: straw with a leather band
Day 27: I made this mini-infinity scarf from this silk remnant. Hat: corduroy cap from the Gap.
Day 27: I made this mini-infinity scarf from this silk remnant. Hat: corduroy cap from the Gap.
Day 28: I made this jacket - The Trench - from Christine Haynes book Chic & Simple Sewing. I made the bias tape for it as well. The skirt is RTW but I added the lace trim.
Day 28: I made this jacket – The Trench – from Christine Haynes book Chic & Simple Sewing. I made the bias tape for it as well. The skirt is RTW but I added the lace trim. Hat: vintage – I added the lace trim and made a hat pin from the same lace.
Day 29: I made this sleeveless top from Christine Hayes Sassy Librarian Blouse Craftsy class (pattern comes with the class). Hat: vintage wool - I use a hat pin in the back to keep in in place.
Day 29: I made this sleeveless top from Christine Hayes Sassy Librarian Blouse Craftsy class (the PDF pattern comes with the class). I wore this top on Day 8. Hat: vintage wool beret – I used a hat pin in the back to keep in in place.
Day 31: Handsewn bolero, tunic, and skirt from a Natalie Chanin pattern. I also made the necklace from ropes of black knit fabric. Hat: vintage - I added an ostrich feather to the original Petersham trim.
Day 31: Handsewn bolero, tunic, and skirt from Natalie Chanin patterns in her 2012 book Alabama Studio Sewing + Design. I also made the necklace from ropes of black knit fabric. Hat: vintage wool felt – I added an ostrich feather to the original Petersham trim.
Day 31 - Linen blend pants from a Vogue pattern (these pants have an elastic waist and pockets). Hat: straw
Day 31 – Linen blend pants from a Vogue pattern (these pants have an elastic waist and pockets). Hat: straw trimmed with grosgrain.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

My Unofficial Me Made May 2013 – Week 3

Hey, I made it to Week 3 of Me Made May 2013! As I mentioned in my previous post (“My Unofficial Me Made May Participation: Weeks 1 and 2“), I’m unofficially participating in this handmade wearable challenge.  So far I’ve only had one repeat – wearing my red hat twice. But I think I’ll be running out of things I’ve made pretty soon. Meanwhile, here’s a recap of what I wore on days 15 through 21.

Day 15 - Wool cape made from a 1980s Vogue pattern I got for 25 cents
Day 15 – Wool cape (fabric from Britex Fabrics). I used a 1980s Vogue pattern 1980s I got for 25 cents.

Day 15:  The mornings can be chilly in San Francisco – so on this work day I wore this as my coat. The hat is a cotton Kangol my youngest sister got me for my birthday a few years ago.

Day 16 - Wearing my trench coat, which I made from Christine Haynes book Chic & Simple Sewing
Day 16 – Wearing my trench coat, which I made from Christine Haynes book Chic & Simple Sewing

Day 16:  I wore one of my favorite jackets. I got the wool fabrics from the East Bay Depot for Creative Reuse – the bias tape is a wool houndstooth. I love the big pockets on this coat. I like to wear this wool hat with it. I got the hat on sale for $1 at Urban Outfitters about six years ago. Now I wish I bought more!

Day 17 - Cotton print bias cut skirt - fabric from Britex Fabrics
Day 17 – Cotton print bias cut skirt – fabric from Britex Fabrics in San Francisco

Day 17: I love the fabric on this skirt. I wore a thick-brimmed black vintage straw hat and a vintage bracelet with this skirt.

Day 18 - knit top
Day 18 – knit top

Day 18: The fabric for this top was an imported cotton stretch knit from Italy, which I bought as a remnant from Britex Fabrics in San Francisco. It was going to be a really hot Saturday and I wanted to keep my arms covered. (I wore this sun hat all day – keeping my face in the shade as I listened to a lot of good performances at the Malcolm X Jazz Festival in Oakland.)

I initially had a piece of wide elastic at the bottom of this top but it didn’t look very good on me. It was too poofy on the hips so I took out the elastic and I either belt it or tie a knot like I did here.

Day 19 - My repeat day - I wore this hat again.
Day 19 – My repeat day – I wore this hat again.

Day 19: I also wore this hat on Day 4, More details on the hat are in my first Me Made May post.

Day 20 - Knit tunic and bolero - pattern from the book Alabama Studio Sewing + Design
Day 20 – Knit tunic and bolero – pattern from the book Alabama Studio Sewing + Design

Day 20: I wore my red knit tunic (hand pleating on the neckline!) with the black knit bolero, which I wore on Day 10. The hat is a really lovely vintage hat with wool lace that was made in France. I use a hat pin that I stick through a pony tail in the back to keep it in place.

Day 21 - Vest I made from home dec remnant I got a Britex Fabrics
Day 21 – Vest I made from home dec remnant I got a Britex Fabrics

Day 21: I wore this vest with a vintage velvet hat.

And that concludes Week 3 of my unofficial Me Made May 2013 participation. I’m not so sure how much longer I’ll be keeping this up but it’s been fun so far. It’s also been a good opportunity to show my hat collection. I’ve worn 18 different hats over the past 21 days!

I’ve drafted people at work to take my picture at the office. On the weekends, it’s been hubby or a mirror. ;o)

 

My Unofficial Me Made May 2013 Participation: Weeks 1 & 2

I hadn’t planned on participating in Me Made May challenge but it just so happened that I was wearing a dress I made on May 1 so on an impulse I decided to see how many days in a row I could wear something I made. So here’s what I’ve worn so far in my unofficial participation. On weekdays, I drafted people at work to take my picture. Those photos were taken after sitting on public transportation or sitting at my desk. So sometimes my outfits are wrinkled.

And you can see some of my hat collection – I wear hats everyday.

Day 1 - my dress using pattern from BurdaStyle Sewing Vintage Modern book
Day 1 – my dress using pattern from BurdaStyle Sewing Vintage Modern book

Day 1: This dress was a finalist in the BurdaStyle Sewing Vintage Modern contest. I blogged about making the dress [“Making a Dress from the Book: BurdaStyle Sewing Vintage Modern” and “Nitty Gritty Dress Details“] and photographing it for my contest entry [“Preparing for a Fashion Photo Shoot” and “My First Fashion Photo Shoot for a Dress“].

The vintage hat I’m wearing has a veil, which you can see floating in the breeze. I got it at All Things Vintage in Oakland, a lovely shop run by two lovely ladies. I also made a crinoline for this dress, which got a little scratchy wearing it all day at work. Next time I’ll wear a slip in addition to the crinoline!

Day 2, my dress from a vintage pattern
Day 2, my dress from a vintage pattern

Day 2: We were having a heat wave in the Bay Area that week so I decided to wear my red cotton polka dot dress (fabric from Britex Fabrics). I made this dress from a vintage pattern that I graded a size up in the shoulder and hip areas.

I mentioned this dress in my post “Choosing the Right Interfacing.” This dress has a fabric belt, which I also made. I wore it with a vintage hat made out of velvet and white straw as you can see in the image below.

Details of the fabric and the hat and shoes I wore
Day 2: Details of the fabric and the hat and shoes I wore with the dress.

 

Day 3 - Colette Patterns Jasmine top
Day 3 – Colette Patterns Jasmine top worn with my hat made from paper fiber

Day 3: I made this top from cotton shirting fabric, which seemed like a good idea at the time but the fabric was a little too crisp. This bias-cut shirt would have looked better if I had used a fabric wit more drape to it. I wrote about it twice: “Making Colette Patterns Jasmine Top – Part 1” and “Making Colette Patterns Jasmine top – Part 2.”

Day 4 - a hat I made from a Vogue pattern
Day 4 – a hat I made from a Vogue pattern

Day 4: I wore this hat I made from V8405 a couple years ago. It’s made from home dec fabric I got on sale (50 percent off!) from Joann’s and trimmed with two grosgrain ribbons I got at Britex Fabrics in San Francisco – the striped ribbon is on top of a solid wine red grosgrain.

Day 5: Top I made with knit fabric I bought at Britex Fabrics
Day 5: Top I made with knit fabric I bought at Britex Fabrics

Day 5: I love this fabric – I think it was an import from Japan. It goes will with my straw hat, which came trimmed with brown grosgrain.

Day 6: Hat with covered button
Day 6: Hat with covered button

Day 6: I made this hat from less than a yard of upholstery fabric scrap. I wrote about it in this post “Sewing a Patricia Underwood Vogue Hat.” Unfortunately, the pattern is now out of print. But you may be able to find it on Etsy or eBay.

Day 7: My embroidered wrap
Day 7: My embroidered wrap

Day 7: I began embroidering this spirals on this black knit fabric in October. The idea is from Natalie Chanin’s inspiring book Alabama Studio Sewing + Design. Then I took a break from it in November and then finished it in December. I wrote about it as a work in progress [“The Embroidered Wrap“] but never posted an image of the finished version. So here it is! I wore it with a necklace made out of ropes of knit fabric that I tied into knots – also an idea from Chanin’s book.

Day 8: My Sassy Librarian Blouse - completed!
Day 8: My Sassy Librarian Blouse – completed!

Day 8: I finally finished my Sassy Librarian Blouse! This was a Craftsy class by Christine Haynes. The PDF pattern was included as part of the class. I’ll be writing a post about making this top soon!

Day 9: Hand-sewn skirt - pattern from the book Alabama Studio Sewing + Design
Day 9: Hand-sewn skirt – pattern from Alabama Studio Sewing + Design
Dark blue vintage hat trimmed with petersham ribbon
Dark blue vintage hat trimmed with petersham ribbon

Day 9: This knit fabric skirt is made from a pattern in Natalie Chanin’s book Alabama Studio Sewing + Design. The seams are felled. I like how it matches my sweater. I wore it with this vintage hat.

Day 10: My hand-sewn bolero, pattern from Alabama Studio Sewing + Design
Day 10: My hand-sewn bolero, pattern from Alabama Studio Sewing + Design

Day 10: This bolero was made with a double layer of this black knit fabric. I embellished the sleeves and the edges with a cretan stitch. I wore it with this wool hat. The heat wave was over so it was cool enough to wear this hat.

Day 11: Plum knit top
Day 11: Plum knit top

Day 11: This was a Saturday so I decided to wear the first knit top I made. The interfacing I used was a bit too stiff so I don’t wear it very much. Also the sleeves can get a little annoying because they are so wide at the bottom. The edges can just dip down into your food as you’re eating if you don’t watch out. ;o)

Day 12: Wrap top, pattern by Christine Haynes
Day 12: Wrap top, pattern by Christine Haynes

Day 12: This top is from a pattern in the book Chic & Simple Sewing by Christine Haynes. I made this using fabric I got for a couple dollars from the East Bay Depot for Creative Reuse. This fabric had a lot of drape to it, which didn’t quite work for this top. This is sort of a muslin, really. If I make it again, I’ll use a more crisp fabric that won’t have a tendency to gape across the bust. I’m wearing a pin in the middle so I won’t flash my bra in the front there.

Day 13: Bias cut skirt and vintage hat
Day 13: Bias cut skirt and vintage hat

Day 13: I love the fabric on this skirt. The fabric is from Discount Fabrics in San Francisco. I usually wear it with one of my vintage hats and a vintage bracelet.

 

Day 13: My trench coat, pattern from Chic & Simple Sewing
Day 14: My trench coat, pattern from Chic & Simple Sewing

 Day 14: I wore one of my favorite pieces I made from Christine Haynes book Chic & Simple Sewing. I made the bias tape and added the cuffs to the sleeves. On this particular day I wore it with this vintage hat, which was made in France, according to the information inside the hat. I love the trimming – wool lace and velvet ribbon.

And that’s the first two weeks of Me Made May 2013! I’m not sure how many handmade things I’ve got left – or if I’ll resort to repeating (or making something new?) but you’ll find out at the end of the month – or just follow my Twitter feed(@csewsalot) and see if I’ve tweeted any more #memademay tweets. You can also see my Me Made May photos on Instagram at csews.