Anyway, I'm a bit of a spread sheet nerd, so I did some charts for you! Here's the first one, showing the different Me Made items I wore and the number of times I wore them.
I wore 28 different garments over the course of the month. 7 of them only got one wear each, but my (then) newly completed Afternoon Cardigan got a massive 5 wears. It might have been more, several days it was so cold I added a cardigan or other extra layer part way through the day.
The next chart shows the number of each type of garment included during the month. I wore 6 different tops, 5 different items of knitwear, 3 different dresses and only one pair of trousers. That's because I only have one pair of Me Made trousers!
You can see from this chart that the most worn type of garment was tops. I would normally wear a much higher percentage of dresses than I did in May, but the weather was so awful I spent a lot of time in jeans or leggings with a Me Made top and/or cardigan (usually both).
Trousers formed the smallest percentage, which is not surprising because as mentioned above I only have one Me Made pair of trousers.
So, what have I learned from participating in Me Made May for the first time?
- Wearing a Me Made wardrobe takes planning. To a certain extent any wardrobe takes planning, but when I sew I tend to just make things that take my fancy, rather than considering whether they go with anything else I've already got. Consequently I need to plan outfits a bit more carefully, particularly as my Me Made wardrobe isn't that large.
- This May was unseasonably (and unreasonably!) cold and wet in the UK, so I was less inclined to wear my nice dresses and ended up in the same jersey tops over and over again. I need a better variety of items that can be layered against inclement weather. This may be in the form of knitted cardigans that go with more things I already own.
- I need to appreciate that my lifestyle doesn't warrant lots and lots of dresses. Although I love to wear them and love to make them, dresses aren't always the most appropriate garment.
- I definitely need more Me Made skirts and trousers. I didn't wear ANY skirts, as I only have a couple of Me Made ones and neither were appropriate for the weather or what I fancied wearing. I also missed having a pair of narrow legged trousers to wear.
- With the exception of the spotty top I knocked up the day before we went on holiday, the items I enjoyed wearing the most were the ones I'd taken my time with and fitted and finished properly. Thinking "that will do" when I'm making something equates to it not being worn much once it's finished.
I think it was an excellent way of getting to know my Me Made wardrobe a bit better and identifying gaps.
I'll never be the sort of person who makes ALL their clothes (for example I have absolutely no desire to make underwear, leggings or jeans) but I do enjoy wearing my Me Mades.
What have you learnt from wearing your handmade items? I'd love to know!