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My Me-Made-May 2020 | Second wardrobe capsule round-up

2/3rd of May is finished! This means 2/3 of my wardrobe capsules for My Me-Made-May 2020 are done. Just like last year, I created three wardrobe capsules for me-made-may.
Below you can read how it went with my second wardrobe capsule and how my third capsule looks.

My Me-Made-May 2020

My second capsule “Blue & Brown”: it worked!

Yes! I managed to dress 10 days with 10 different outfits using 10 garments. In fact, it wasn’t difficult at all because I had plenty of combination choices. More about this later.

Blue & Brown capsule wardrobe
Blue & Brown

I documented nine outfits with a post on Instagram. Click on the links of the days. Below you see my overview starting with day 1 in the right bottom corner.

My Me-Made-May 2020

How did I feel about the “Blue & Brown” capsule?

Well, I have some mixed feelings about this capsule. First, I am enthusiastic about the mix of the two colours. Like I said when I composed this capsule I don’t naturally gravitate to blue but I was surprised how good the blue garments were combinable with the brownish. Also, the “dress like a crayon” blue outfit pleased me a lot!

Dress like a crayon
Dress like a crayon 💙

Secondly however, I am not so thrilled about the capsule an-sich. More specific about the type of garments I selected. Although there are no strict rules on how you compose your capsule I experienced now that selecting only tops and bottoms makes it less exciting.
The putting together of my capsule is always a quick job. I select some candidates of garments around a theme and make up some possible combinations in my head. Then, when I reach 10 I go for it.
Being in the daily flow of this Blue & Brown capsule with 3 skirts and 7 tops it became a little dull. Because it was not really a challenge to make new looks and I felt like I had to repeat ( 5x the faux wrap skirt!) some items a lot! A good lesson for my next capsule: select at least 1 one-piece (dress or jumpsuit).

New combinations?

All these outfits are new combinations! I’ve never worn them before. How am I so certain about that? Because most of these garments have some kind “I am a poor lonesome cowboy”-status in my wardrobe. I did wear them in the past but always in other fixed combinations. So, bringing together “two lonesome cowboys” is absolutely the win of this Blue & Brown capsule.
My favourite is wearing the Venus Robe as a top!

Venus Robe Sew That Pattern

My third capsule: Everything goes!

For the third capsule of My Me-Made-May 2020, I made up two rules.
1. It has to be 100% me-made.
2. As I have my lesson learned, it has to contain at least 1 dress or jumpsuit.

My Me-Made-May 2020

For the top layer, I selected the Venus Robe (n° 2). I thought that was fun that this garment was part of every capsule for this year’s me-made-may.

Bonus

Again, I give myself permission to change any of these garments with a freshly new made one within the next 10 days! Unfortunately, I didn’t manage sewing something new during the last capsule but maybe now…

Sloppy Josephine Tee Papercut Patterns

On the first day of my ‘Everything goes’ capsule, I wear my fresh-off-the-machine Sloppy Josephine Tee with one of my oldest A-line skirts.

How is your Me-Made-May 2020 going?

My Me-Made-May 2020 | First wardrobe capsule round-up

In these weird corona times, it seems like time crawls and sprints at the same time. It feels like Me-Made-May 2020 only started and yet, I’ve already finished my first wardrobe capsule for this year! This means I’ve worn 10 different outfits created out of the 10 items I chose to fill my ‘A little orange 🍑’ capsule.
Below, below you can read how it went and how my second wardrobe capsule for Me-Made-May 2020 will look.

Me-Made-May Wardrobe Capsule
A glimpse of my second wardrobe capsule for Me-Made-May 2020

Did I succeed in my ‘A little orange 🍑’ capsule?

I did! I managed to dress 10 days with 10 different outfits using 10 garments.

Me-Made-May Wardrobe Capsule

I documented my outfit every day with a photo on Instagram. Below you see them with Day 1 in the right bottom corner.

Me-Made-May Wardrobe Capsule
Nine ‘A little orange 🍑’ outfits

How did I feel about it?

It took me some time to get used to this capsule. Why? I see two reasons:
1) This is the 4th capsule I created so I had to dig deep into my closet to find 10 pieces that I could coordinate around a ‘not-used-before’ theme. Although I did a quick check when I selected the garments I didn’t feel very confident I could make it work for 10 days.
2) The month started with some cooler days (the weather in Belgium is fickle). So, on these days I had to wear several layers to keep myself warm. This meant wearing the soft pinkish-orangish cache-coeur with which I have a love-hate relationship. But due to the many compliments I received, it grew on me and I even selected it 3 times.

After a few days, I got really enthusiastic about this capsule and in my head, I was preparing a lot of combinations to wear. A thing that helps is that you put your selected garments on a separate clothing rail so that, in the morning, you see all your options in a blink of the eye.

The selected items for the ‘A little orange 🍑’ wardrobe capsule

New combinations?

Except for the 2 days I wore my one-pieces (dress or jumpsuit), all the other combinations were new for me. Really, I never wore them together before. So this whole wardrobe capsule exercise sets indeed a new eye on your wardrobe. Mission accomplished!

Me-Made-May Wardrobe Capsule
A new favourite combination: cachecoeur and pleather Hollyburn skirt.

My second capsule: Blue & Brown

For my second capsule of this year’s Me-Made-May, I selected 10 items within the ‘Blue & Brown’ theme. Brown is a colour I prefer but blue not so much so I’m a bit excited about the outcome.
As I am the ‘master’ of my wardrobe capsule, in other words, I make the rules 😉 I selected the Venus kimono (n° 1) again. This time for its brown colour.

This capsule is 90% me-made. The short-sleeve blue top (n° 2) is the only rtw garment. But I hope to replace it with a new-made one!

Blue & Brown
Joker!

I’m allowed to replace one of the selected garments with a newly made garment during this period. I may have some sewing-time in the next ten days!

On the first day of the Blue & Brown capsule, I wore my Seamwork Astoria Top with the blue faux wrap skirt from Knipmode.

My Me-Made-May 2020

Even in corona times, a new month starts. So it’s the beginning of May and that means that the sewing community is celebrating one of it’s finest challenges: Me-Made-May. It’s the 11th edition this year and I’m happy that Zoe, the founder and hostess, decided to go through with it even if the world is upside-down at the moment. You can read what she means by a “Gentle-Me-Made-May” on her blog!

Me-Made-May 2020

My Me-Made-May history

This is my fifth Me-Made-May (hurray!). Why do I love participating?
* I enjoy wearing and sharing my makes!
* I love seeing what all of you in this sewing community has been making.

Back in 2016, when I didn’t have this blog yet, I documented my MMMay16 only on IG. But from 2017 onwards you can read all about my MMMay17, MMMay18, and MMMay19 on this blog.

As I already wear at least one me-made garment every day I decided to level up my pledge last year. So, I created three wardrobe capsules to wear during May 2019. And I could only select garments out of these capsules. I loved this so much last year so I decided to give it another shot this year.

My Me-Made-May 2020 pledge

I, Wis from www.whatisew.be and @wis_g, sign up as a participant of Me-Made-May 2020. I endeavour to wear at least one me-made garment each day for the duration of May 2020.
I do not pick random garments each morning but I select garments out of wardrobe capsules I create especially for this May 2020.

Me-Made-May 2020

What is a wardrobe capsule?

The Me-Made-May wardrobe capsule I use is based on the 10 x 10 style challenge from Lee Vosburgh from StyleBee. “The concept is essentially a mini capsule closet of 10 items that you work with for 10 days, creating new looks and styling your clothes in ways you might not otherwise try.”

The rules are simple:

  1. 10 pieces
  2. 10 outfits
  3. 10 days

Create 10 outfits with the 10 pieces you selected to wear the next 10 days. Just what I need to take my Me-Made-May 2020 challenge to the next level. I’m going to create three consecutive capsules with outfits to wear between 2-11 May, 12-21 May, and 22-31 May. More, these capsules will be different than those from last year. Will I succeed?

My first capsule: A little orange 🍑

Me-Made-May 2020
A “little” orange 🍑

I browsed through my closet and came out with 10 garments that could fill my ‘A little orange’ capsule. As I am the master of these capsules I can interpret ‘orange’ however I want!
For the next 10 days, there aren’t that many parameters I had to think about as I am working from home. Only the weather is a little unpredictable so some warmer layers should be selected.
This capsule is 80% me-made. There are two (very old) rtw tops. This no surprise for me because (solid) tops are the big gap in my self-made wardrobe.

On the first day of my ‘A little Orange’ capsule, I wear my Moneta dress and the two rtw tops to keep warm on this chilly day.

Me-Made-May 2020

And, how are you living your Me-Made-May 2020?