#MeMadeMay completed

I have taken part in this a few times before but – hooray – this is the first time I have actually managed to complete the challenge!
Yes , this a May I wore something me made every single day of the month, and some days I even wore two things / outfits.

I also posted every day on Instagram


It hasn’t been a “ normal” month , so maybe that’s why I have managed this.
With lockdown followed by slight easing of restrictions my usual socialising, gym going and if possible holidaying lifestyle has completely changed. Maybe this is why I have completed the challenge?

Activities  have been different – and clothing will no doubt reflect this. The weather has also been amazing ( for the U.K.)  which tends to make t easier for me to wear me made  as I seem to make a lot of warm weather clothes.

So what have I observed about what I wear from my Me Made items?

1. There have been some  day to day pattens that keep popping up in what I choose to wear – and most of these could be called basics. The SCOUT TEE was worn in various fabrics 12 times and the Linden  sweatshirt photographed 4 times ( although I know I slipped the pink one on in the evenings sometimes too!)

2. I wear a lot of shorts and tops especially when the weather is good and I am walking every day! This is probably not totally representative of the “old normal”  but it does mean I have bought a metre of fabric to make some more shorts for myself ( I only have one pair I have made myself)


3. I like wearing dresses when it’s hot. No news to me.  But even when I have been “Staying At Home” I like to put a dress on in the garden or in the late afternoon ( preferably to enjoy a drink on the patio)


4 Me Made gaps in my wardrobe are trousers. When the weather was cooler I wore trousers ( RTW)  . I have to admit though that although I couldn’t reach for any I had made myself, I didn’t lack choice

5. Make more basics

And onwards to June!




Woven tops


I decided to keep it simple and concentrate on the two patterns I had already made – the Seamwork Akita and the Grainline Scout Tee.

The result is -lots of tops!

So the final make tally

Scout Tee : 4

Akita top : 4

Its a draw! ( though I do have 2 Scouts I can add from my wardrobe)

and here they are

Scout Tees

Blue and white flower viscose


white cheese cloth


Multi coloured paisley viscose


Blue cheesecloth


Akita tops

white bordraise anglais


White cheesecloth


Teal in something drapey from the stash


Blue – poly?



So  I’m pretty pleased with my output vs plans and ready to pack

Woven tops – what to make?

I have been looking  for inspiration for quick and easy lightweight woven tops.

Why  woven ? I want to make them in a lightweight cotton or viscose to be cool in a hot humid climate.

Why quick and easy? I need a few by early 2020 as I’m off to Sri Lanka for a holiday

This also means I want to follow the suggestion of a more modest style to be sympathetic to the local culture, so ideally with short or capped sleeves. This definitely rules out the numerous Ogden tees I made this year, and whilst the SOI camis which I also wear sightseeing in Europe may be suitable on occasion, they are not ideal.

The first pattern that sprung to mind was the Grainline Scout Tee.

I have already made a few of these , and it certainly fits the required criteria. I also found an option to ring the changes by adding petal sleeves.

Then I also found a number of blog posts praising the Seamwork Akita top. I subscribe to Seamwork but this was not a pattern I had previously decided to download. It did however look very straightforward – it is one pattern piece only!

My plans are to make tops primarily in a blue and white palette to go with the shorts, culottes and skirts I am packing . Hopefully easy mix and match wardrobe for travelling, and sightseeing which will include towns, temples, walking and safaris.


All the fabrics above are ready and waiting in my house.

I have made a start and have completed 2 tops – one from each pattern. The Scout Tee has once again turned out well. The only modification I make to this is to shorten it slightly as I am only 5’ 2”.


I decided to make the Akita out of the white broderaise anglais ( which is an off cut passed down to me by my mum. I have the suspicion the fabric is probably 50 years old!) . It did not have enough length for the single piece Akita pattern piece, but I saw that another blogger after making her first Akita modified her second by creating a shoulder seam. I am pleased with the finished Akita top. It gives some arm coverage, and with the front bust darts there is a bit of shaping.


Other  modifications I needed to make to the pattern were

1. I shortened it slightly ( as for the Scout Tee)

2. I adjusted the position of the bust darts. The points were too low for me . This is not a standard adjustment I make ( if anything I would often need to lower the bust apex point in indie patterns)

You should also note if you consider making this top that whilst the one piece pattern makes it a really quick easy sew, it’s not particularly economical on fabric layout as you need length but not width of fabric .a result  Alos importantly – this means that any directional pattern is upside down on the back , so think carefully before cutting. This can of course be overcome by the simple addition of a shoulder seam as I have done.

So the fact that I already own both of these patterns at no cost has tipped me towards making up these, but if anyone has any suggestions for other patterns that fit the criteria – even slightly more complicated so they have a bit of added interest value, – please comment with your suggestions below