Friday, 23 May 2014

Me Made May 14

Obviously I didn't actually participate in this year's Me Made May. I would have liked to, but reckoned I probably had quite enough on my plate. Plus I wasn't in the mood to whip up a self stitched hospital gown with matching surgical stockings...

But, I have spent a LOT of time on Bloglovin and on the MMM14 Pinterest board, and have really enjoyed following along. I've actually found myself skipping past other posts to get to the MMM ones. I think it's that nice thing of seeing how people actually wear their handmade garments IRL. To read about what works and what doesn't is actually pretty interesting, plus I'm always interested in styling ideas. And let's not forget the ability to nosey in on others' lives!

I haven't really been on Flickr at all but have enjoyed the Pinterest board this year, particularly as it's introduced me to some great new blogs to follow. I am spending a lot of my life currently, on the couch, baby on one arm, iPad in the other, so more blogs = more to read. I have literally been gorging myself on sewing related chat! 

The view, as I type.

I have, however, been joining in spirit this year, and have managed to still wear some me made items. So far, since the baby (still to come up with a nickname for him) arrived, my focus has been on comfort, whatever is clean, and whatever doesn't need ironed. And it needs to be breastfeeding friendly. To that end, I am pleased to say that my 3 MN ruched maternity tops have been in high rotation. They are really comfy and the drapey fabric is easy to feed in, and I can get away without ironing them! They are so comfy, I'm considering hanging onto them even once I am "back to normal". I figure if I can take them up at the front to get rid of the extra length, they might just work.  

Obviously my dressing gown has been used quite a bit, although, ironically it was too hot in hospital to need it, and it's been cooler here again this past week, so it's not had as much use as I expected. 

Sadly, my polo shirt refashions aren't proving as useful as I expected. Not sure why but they are just not that flattering. Maybe they never were. I think the combo of shape (boxy) with fabric type (stable knit) just doesn't work now that I've slimmed down a bit. I may try taking them in, but then suspect they then might not work well for feeding, as they don't stretch. I hope I can make them work somehow, as I really like them.

And that's about it. My wardrobe is very limited right now, with literally 2 pairs of jeggings, and a handful of tops. I hope to rectify that soon (not least because I am struggling to stay on top of ensuring I have something clean to wear each day), but not sure when I will be sewing again. Small Boy actually asked last night when I was going to "make things again. Dresses, and sewing or something"! I can of course, buy stuff, but I am missing sewing - a direct result of reading about it so much - and hoping to get back to it soon.

What are you working on now?

P.S. Does anyone know how to add links on the Blogger iPad app? I can't figure it out...



  1. I remember those long feeds. Without wishing to sound ancient, there were no iPads when I had my babies and I was forced to watch daytime television on the many occasions I couldn't manage turning the pages of a book. I sometimes feel my brain has never recovered! Regarding the links on the blogger iPad app, in short no. I write most of my blog on iPad, import the photos then add all the links and formatting on the PC. I really wish I could do it all on iPad as I much prefer it to a computer, so I will be returning to your comments to see if a more technically advanced person knows :) Happy feeding and reading!

    1. Don't give yourself too hard a time, I didn't even have so much as a smartphone when Small boy was born either. It was TV, a book or staring at the wall for me too!

      If i find anything out re the iPad app I'll let you know. X

  2. Hmm, I have nothing useful to offer on the technology front, I'm afraid. But your little one is just darling...he's making me feel a bit nostalgic for those early days with mine! Glad to hear you're both well and settling into your new normal. oxo

  3. Hi Helen, Well first up, congratulations on your new arrival! Secondly, you won the 4th giveaway for MMM and I tried to email you but it bounced back. Could you flick me an email to and I'll give you all the details :)

  4. Congratulations Helen on your Wee Boy's safe arrival, he's very cute! Your liberty kimono looks so glam - hope you're getting some wear out of it now. And like the others, I find the blogger ap on the ipad a bit annoying too. I'll use it to write text, and maybe insert pics Or screen shots I've taken with the pad, but then have to format the post on our desktop mac as I can't work out the links or make the photos centred! Annoying! Hope you get back into sewing soon, and in the meantime are enjoying your reading - I loved the MMM flickr group this year - I think next year I'll just post to that and do a big roundup at the end of the month. Cheers, Sarah :)


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