I’ve got the first five days done and I think the first four were probably the worst, because I was away for the bank holiday weekend, and I had packed light. I had only a very limited choice of clothes with me. For the rest of the month I’ll have a lot more flexibility day to day.
I was at work in the morning, and bunked off at lunchtime, to pick up the Gentleman Friend and drive down to Penzance, then go off for a bite to eat and meeting friends in the pub. So I needed to be office appropriate, comfy for driving and casual enough for the pub.
Me Made May 2015 – Day 1
I was wearing the Red Square Skirt and a stretchy black t-shirt top that I had refashioned around Christmas time-ish and totally failed to mention on the blog. The refashion had consisted of opening up the neckline and binding it with some strips of jersey that I had leftover, then deciding I had plenty of binding left and it would look nice to do the same thing to the sleeves. It was a hand-sewing job, which I always enjoy.
We spent a lot of Saturday mooching around the Penwith peninsula. In particular we visited the Holy Well and Celtic Chapel at Madron, and Lamorna Cove.
Day 2 – Madron Baptistry
By the way, I wasn’t twirling, it was a rogue gust of wind that created a Marilyn Monroe moment. I was in my Minnie Mouse circle skirt (pre-blog), the When Two Become One Top and the slightly zebrafied cardigan I refashioned from a jumper dress. You are going to see this cardigan a lot! I did wear my Slouchy Teal Cardigan later, back at the flat, when I was wanting to feel warm and snuggly.
I wasn’t wearing anything massively different on Sunday. This was a day for sauntering into Penzance. I say “sauntering”, because that’s the sort of speed we were doing, but actually the Gentleman Friend made me ride a bicycle. This is not one of my normal natural activities. And I don’t know how well you might know Penzance, but… It. Is. Hilly. My thighs were not thanking me that evening!
Day 3 – Windblown!
I was wearing the Minnie Mouse skirt and the Slightly Zebrafied Cardigan again, but with a different refashioned t-shirt.
This was spent mostly getting the flat departure-ready, going for some lunch and then departing for home. And spending 8 hours in the car, stuck in delightful bank holiday traffic jams. This photo is the best I could manage, once I got home. There are not enough filters in the world to make me look less like I want to murder all other road-users. It was a *very* wearing journey.
Day 4 – Mixing and matching
Repeats all round – Red Squares Skirt, refashioned t-shirt from the previous day and the Slightly Zebrafied Cardigan again.
I’m fairly sure this skirt is on its way out – it’s not a very practical wear, and I don’t really love it. We’ll see if I can get away without needing to wear it again this month.
I was back at work, so you get an office shot. Around this time last year I was posting about the ivy growing into the office through the window. This year, there’s a little bit of ivy growing through the walls into our room… It’s pretty but unnerving.
Day 5 – Brightly coloured!
Today was the Cadfael & Cats Belcarra blouse, and the Squares and Triangles Circle Skirt.
And it was a two-for-one day, because I was teaching dance tonight. I debated with myself whether I had to go me-made for my dance gear, and realised that of course I did. Anything less would have been cheating! So I rifled through my dance gear cupboard, and pulled out a practice baladi dress that must be at least 10 years old and a hip-skirt-thingy (a friend of mine calls them moustache skirts, because of the shape of the fabric when you cut it out). The thingy could do with some embellishment, it’s very plain at the moment.
Day 5 – bonus dance me-made goodness
I loved the colours together- a French navy and bright cyclamen pink. The dress is rather small for me- hardly surprising, given how old it is, but still completely wearable. That’s the wonder of lycra.
Thoughts so far…
I’ve already realised I’m terribly low on cardigans and jumpers. I’m working on improving that, but it’s a slow burn. I’ve also got no coat or jacket, so let’s hope May turns out to be mild! I’m going to have to work a bit harder at the dance teaching outfits, there are two more Tuesday evenings that will require teaching outfits, but I’m fairly sure that will be manageable.
I’m feeling very positive for the rest of the month.