Me made may 2014


Above more MMMay14 highlights. If you want to see more (learn about what I made’) check out my instagram!

Me-made-may did changed my life. Sounds like hyperbole, but I really mean it!

You probably guessed that I am quite a shy introvert and I remember  thinking earlier this year, about how nice it would be to have some friends with similar hobbies! Joining instagram and taking part in Me-made-may has made this happen!

The sewing community is just wonderful, supportive and amazing! I was inspired daily by so many ladies who also love to sew! God I love you guys! You are like the friends I always dreamed of having, only but better dressed 😉

Susan of Measure twice / cut once invited me to be part of a Sydney Spoolettes meetup, which was a total blast! As you can imagine I did not leave any fabric shop empty handed. It was just delightful to talk to all these lovely ladies about sewing!

Thanks for the inspiration and support fellow MMMayers, I think we would all do Zo proud!

Also I’m hoping to let the lessons I learnt during MMMay help guide my sewing choices so naturally I had to create a pinterest board with this in mind!

For anyone who is an android/non-iphone user who uses their phone to take photos of the things they makeI recommend this app called Camera ZOOM FX. I used it when taking my MMMay photos (note: I’m not being sponsored by them and have never been given freebies from anyone ever), but I thought it was worth recommending because you can set a timer and set it to take however many photos you need, so I found it pretty handy.

Now because I love you guys SO much here are some outtakes….. Are you ready to see what REAL actual derp looks like Natalie Jane?



So anybody interested in using me as a fashion model feel free to contact me on hahahah ahahahah ha ha

WOA. I may have to take those down. Yikes! *whispering*  ‘it’s on the internet’.


mmmay02‘Me-Made-May’ outfits

A. Bold blue summer dress    B. Orange penguin dress    C. Chevron 60’s dress    D. Mod tulip dress    E. Re-fashioned skirt (not blogged)    F. Magnified dot shift dress    G. Black and white chevron dress    H. Easy leopard skirt


I really don’t know why I haven’t done ‘Me-made-may‘ before! It has seriously given me perspective on wearing handmade and what works for my wardrobe!

Going to make a confession here-….even though I sew, I usually don’t wear handmade things every single day, especially when the weather is colder (but this has to change, jumper and jeans everyday can get boring). I tend to sew summer pieces, so it has been a fun challenge working some of my summer makes into cold-weather outfits! Me-made-may really makes you asses the kind of outfits you wear day-to day, what pieces suit your lifestyle and what handmade pieces you love to wear!

Here are some lessons I have learnt:

1. Layering collared shirts under shift dresses is awesome– This was a brilliant styling revelation to me (for some reason). I love anything with a collar (especially dresses) and it can give your shift dresses a fun new look!

2. I really need to make more skirts and solid coloured separates! When you have a solid skirt you can mix and match seamlessly with almost anything and but it’s often way more fun/less standard than jeans!  I’m so attracted to prints, but for that very reason I really need more solid coloured items in my wardrobe! Natalie Jane of ‘Natalie Jane Handmade’  has this fabulous pink pencil skirt I have been seriously coveting (Btw- this girl really knows how to dress LOVE her MMMay outfits!).

3. Find cardigan alternatives I find cardigans to be a necessary evil in the colder weather.  So cute on other people, but a bit frumpy on me…hmm what to do….I need something to layer over dresses and tops.Something that is not too long or bulky (making all my short sleeved dresses wearable, while adding warmth)….I mentioned this in my last post and the lovely Ginger of ‘Ginger Makes’ mentioned she was thinking of making blazers in heavy knits. Ah, Of course! Blazers! Brilliant!  I have yet to make my own, but I sneakily bought some inexpensive cropped ponti ones and they are brilliant! Now I can show off my handmade skirts and dresses, but still look ‘put together’. I think it’s about time I tackle/sew a cropped jacket or some smart cold weather-layering pieces!

I’d love to follow more sewists on instagram! I’m @kathborup, is that how you write it? I’m a bit of a social media noob 😉

Till next time, keep sewing 🙂




Despite the fact that I never pledged to join, I decided on a whim to be part of the proceedings, even if it was somewhat unoffical.

Zoe has been running “me made may” (where you post pictures of youself wearing your handmade duds) for a long time… I have always enjoyed seeing all you lovely sewing bloggers wear and celebrate the things you make.

I don’t know why I never participated before, but now that I have a fancy new phone, its relativley quick to snap what I’m wearing, even if that means filling instagram up with WAY too many selfies.

It’s really interesting to see which items I have made that I actually find useful and enjoy wearing, it really does give you a new perspective. I am so inspired by the sewing community, it’s filled with friendly lovely people!


2nd of May (Me-made-item: Pleated cotton skirt) I do love a pleated skirt! Here is the blog post for this make I don’t normally wear my skirts this long. I love the print, but I did feel a little ‘frumpy dumpy’ when I went grocery shopping. I had to wear sandals, stockings and I carry a granny trolley because I use it for food shopping, here’s the full look just for laughs…

My style is always cute and sweet rather than sexy. I think it tends to work better for summer clothing. In winter it takes it to a bit of a daggy place?



3rd of May (Me-made-item: Peter pan collar dress) I made this dress back in 2012 (blogged here). A lot of the dresses I made back then are too big for me now, but I’m hanging onto them in-case I go up a size or two. That’s another challenge of sewing for yourself, everyone’s body changes over time and so do our tastes, but this lovely dress is still 100% me. The dress ended up shrinking in the wash, so now it fits me again. I’m not actually a massive fan of cardigans. I like them on other people, just not on me. But whats a girl to do when its cold out and she wants to wear her dress?



4th of May (Me-made-item: Refashioned skirt) Not the most exciting look. But I do love the skirt. It’s the kind of skirt that would look much better with a fitted top or summery crop top, but its COLD, so I opted for a jumper that was a bit boring/conservative! This skirt was a re-fashion. I didn’t blog about it here, because I never blog refashions. I probably should, but I always forget to take a before photo. Anyway this skirt used to be an empire line sundress, I wore it that way too, then one day I chopped off the bodice, added a new zip and hand-stitched it at the waistband. I do love seersucker!



5th of May  (Me-made-item: floral sheath dress)This was the outfit I felt happiest/most stylish in, but I think that has more to do with the leather jacket than the ‘me made’ element of the outfit. The dress is handmade I blogged about it here. I had to layer it under a jumper of course. I never seem to make winter clothing. I don’t like cold weather much. At first I get excited about wearing layers, but it’s not long before I dream of being in a sundress again!


6th of May  (Me-made-item: red denim skirt) Today was my mums birthday so I wore red in her honor! The red skirt I wore is one I made some time ago blogged here. I quite like the button details on the skirt and the sturdy denim It’s made from. But I feel like it’s almost TOO A-line….It was a new look  pattern so I adjusted the crap out of it. This probably accounts for the weird shape!



7th of May (Me-made-item: black blouse)  I had one of those “Blah” days we all have sometimes (terrible hair etc)! I didn’t feel like dressing up (which unlike me, I usually live for dressing up). I am sort of cheating with this one. I did not make the sweater , but I did make the black shirt with the rounded collar, you can see peaking out from under my sweater. I never blogged it, because I made it way before I started blogging. I think I may have been in my teens/early 20s when I made it. The pattern was from a burda magazine.

I gotta say I love all this dressing up, styling outfits etc. I am a total girl at heart and I spend a bit too much  time thinking about clothing and personal style!