Me Made May 2016 – I’ve Signed Up, Have You?



It’s that time of year again! How did it come around so quickly?! Time for all the sewing bloggers (and non-bloggers!) to prep their wardrobes ready for the wonderful challenge that is Me Made May 2016. Last year I found this a bit of a struggle because I had to keep washing and wearing the same few items and I got pretty bored of them by the end of the month. This year I have made a lot more items and have several tops, which was my main wardrobe hole last time, so hopefully it will be fairly easy. I do tend to wear me made clothes several times a week anyway.

So, here’s my pledge:

I, Bonnie from Summer Sun Bear, sign up as a participant of Me-Made-May ’16. I endeavour to wear at least one item of me made clothing each day for the duration of May 2016, not including PJs or underwear.

I would love to get to the stage where I could wear entirely me mades, but I haven’t tackled trousers or cardigans yet – wardrobe hole identified and acknowledged.

Last year I entirely failed to document any of MMMay past the first week, so I’m not going to promise anything, but my plan is to instagram a photo every day and then possibly write a roll up post either weekly or at the end of the month. Will see how it goes! The main thing is that I wear the clothes and enjoy the experience. Come and join the instagram party – I’m @summersunbear :)

Have you signed up for Me Made May 2016? Are you looking forward to it? I know I am!

Cute Lambs, Sewing Withdrawal and Me Made May



I am lucky enough to be dating a man whose uncles own a sheep farm in Wales, so I spent my bank holiday with some extremely cute lambs :) A few of them have been separated out from the herd for one reason or another, so they need bottle-feeding 3-4 times a day and needless to say I was a pretty willing volunteer. There were also a few tottering calves and lots of mums-to-be milling around, all watched over by the eagle-eyed sheep dogs. I love taking my camera round the farm, there are so many opportunities for interesting pictures.

When I wasn’t busy with the lambs I had a few welding lessons – to get the whole farm experience! Turns out I’m pretty handy with the ol’ welding if I do say so myself. All in all, not the best weekend to start wearing all my precious me-made clothes really. But I made a pledge and I certainly wasn’t going to fail in the first week, so I wore the ones that wash well and could be covered up by a huge coat to save them from the mud. Perhaps this is a wardrobe hole I need to consider – homemade clothes I dislike enough I’m happy to let a lamb dribble milk all over them… Anyway, here’s what I’ve been wearing so far!

I had a great time on the farm, but during the lulls I was really itching to get back to my sewing machine! Do any of you get withdrawal symptoms from sewing? I knew I had the makings of a cream Mathilde blouse sitting on my sewing bench and I desperately wanted to start it! Perhaps I need to take a trailer full of sewing supplies with me wherever I go so I can get my fix. Like a lot of bloggers out there, sewing is my therapy, so I get really frustrated when I can’t pick it up.

Well I’m back now and I’ve just cut out all my pieces so I’m ready to go. Still can’t decide if I should put sleeves on it yet though, what do you think? I love the Mathilde sleeves, but I’m planning to gather the front instead of pin-tucks, so I think the sleeves as well might make it a bit billowy. I reckon I’ll make it and try it on without sleeves and see how it looks. Got plenty of fabric, so maybe I can try both.

How are your Me Made Mays going? Finding any wardrobe holes yet?

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Me Made May 2015


With my Moneta coming out wearable, I finally feel able to sign up for Me Made May! Here’s my pledge:

“I, Bonnie of Summer Sun Bear sign up as a participant of Me Made May ’15. I endeavour to wear one me-made item per day for the duration of May 2015.”

I’m looking forward to challenging myself and hoping that the holes in my wardrobe will spur me on to make some new stuff. I’ve listed the finished items I have below, but I also have a couple of things in the pipeline. Not all of them have been blogged yet, so you’ll have to guess what they look like 😉

Red Wool Skirt


Corduroy Skirt

Tana Lawn Flower Skirt

Leaves Skirt


Black Patterned Top

Black and Cream Swirl Skirt


Coral Zig-Zag Moneta Dress