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Me Made May 2016


I have also signed up to participate in Me Made May this year. I thought that its no use making myself a lovely home-sewn wardrobe if I’m not gong to take pride in the things I have sewn.

In the spirit in which the event is intended I’m not going to be frantically be making something new all month. I’m going to get some of the things I have already made out of the wardrobe, and take pride in the fact I have made them. I will be posting pictures on my Instagram and my Twitter feeds. I wont be taking photos every day as I hate selfies but I will be posting things to keep myself going.

‘I, Mel Keable of MelMakesMelBakes, sign up as a participant of Me-Made-May ’16. I endeavour to wear at least one home-made item or item with significant alterations made by me each day for the duration of May 2016’

Here are the offerings from day one and two!


A variation on Gertie’s “Pin Up Sweater” (to be blogged later this week) and a panelled half circle skirt.


The finished Portrait Blouse (Quest for a cotton Blouse – part 1 and 2) and a simple pencil skirt.

Spring Cleaning My Life!

Right, time for drastic action!

I have had a few things happen recently that have left me feeling really low, self conscious and with low self esteem. We all have those days, or weeks. But I have made a few decisions on how to improve things. Small things I can do that make the big problems seem less bad.

Firstly, I am really really tired of wearing clothing I hate. I’m not talking about the odd thing that lurks in the back of your wardrobe hoping it might get an outing again one day. I’m talking about clothing I wear every single week. Clothing that makes me feel fat, ugly, and like I look ridiculous. Those unflattering, ill ditto g things that I wear simply, because I have to wear something. I’m sure you have stuff like that knocking about too.

How can I expect to feel good about myself or really have a good time, when that’s my starting point when I leave the house? Well no more! I have just had a massive clear out of my wardrobe. Every item of clothing I don’t like, or that doesn’t fit is going. Here’s the terrifyingly large pile. Why am I cluttering up my life like this?


Sorry for the bad picture quality I took it in a rush before by doing things up into several bin bags.

The first batch has already gone to the charity shop. Meanwhile those that have decent sized panels of material are being chopped up in order to recycle the fabric.


Instead of a skirt that made my hips and waist look enormous – I now have some beautiful black lace. Maybe this will be a lace top, or the side panels of some vintage high waisted pants. Who knows! What an exciting feeling.


There are a few items knocking about that I really like and with a few minor tweaks could become wearable. I might right a post about simple alterations soon.

I am determined not to fall back into this habit. So next up is the simple matter of sewing myself a new wardrobe of clothing. No more I’ll fitting generic clothing from the shops for me. From now on its fabric I love and styles I love.IMAG1927

Here’s my fabric stash to get me inspired! Thankfully it’s as big as the clothing pile I’m getting rid of…

Getting Motivated

Greetings to whomever may have stumbled upon this!

Back in November I took a long hard look at my life, and I realised that for various reasons I had stopped doing a lot of the things I enjoyed. Life had gotten in the way (as it often does). I had stopped cooking, experimenting with new recipes, baking and making bread, sewing, crochet, knitting, making jewellery and just generally spending time being crafty and creative.

These are all things that I used to think of as defining part of me, that I loved and took pride in. I want to start doing all these things again. So here are the five steps to getting myself motivated to do these things again.

1. A Veggie Box

I have signed up to a fortnightly veggie box from Riverford. As far as I am concerned what can be more inspiring than a delicious box of good quality fresh vegetables arriving in your door step? It makes me plan my meals around good fresh veg, and experiment with new things. Like the fabulous Oca/New Zealand Yam below (I had never heard of it before either).


Riverford just happened to be the company that worked best for me. I wish I lived more rurally and could support a local farm.

veggie box

2. Learning Dressmaking

I have always loved crafting and sewing and have yearned to learn to sew my own clothing. I have had the occasional dabble with altering unflattering garments and copying the odd stretch jersey dress. However I have never really learned the skills behind dress making, or how to work from a pattern.

To give me a kick start I bought a copy of ‘Gertie’s New Book For Better Sewing’ intending to work through some of the patterns and pattern adjustments inside. By some strange coincidence without knowing this, my flatmate gave me a copy of ‘Gertie Sews Vintage Casual’ for my birthday. So know I have many gorgeous, glamorous vintage inspired patterns to work my way through.


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3. Making Time

Perhaps the biggest challenge of all! We all know what its like having a busy life and working and running around, finding time for hobbies is all too easily lost. I am making an effort to set aside an hour a day to try and pursue baking and crafting. This can take any form from working on a new sewing project or cooking a good dinner, to reading about a new sewing technique before bed, or even simple looking at pintrest for inspiration.

As long as I am taking a little bit of time for myself and working on things it counts.

4. A Playlist

I have made myself a playlist to help get me in the mood when working and cooking. It sounds like a very silly and simple thing to do, but at the end of a long day listening to some songs which pick me up helps me feel that bit more motivated.

5. Starting a Blog!

Yup this post is the first step in achieving number five. The last few months the four things above have really helped and I have been enjoying cooking and crafting again. However, I was looking for something to help keep me going. I thought that if I start posting about the things I am working on; the lessons in sewing I am learning and the recipes I am testing and developing it will give me an added incentive to keep going.

So this blog will aim to record my crafty adventures. I am hoping to post something every week or two to help me keep momentum. I can promise a nice mix of adventures, disasters and lessons along the way.