This MMM I pledged to wear at least one me-made item for 5 days a week for the month of May. This week saw me with one non-me made day and also saw me sporting a lot of pink and red!
May 6, 2013
It was delightfully sunny and warm that day and I wore one of my very favourite 'pyjama' dress: a Frankenpatterned version of Simplicity 3673. I used the bodice from Simplicity 3673 and self-drafted the midriff band and skirt. The fabric features a fantastically bright and bold Hawaiian print. It's wonderfully comfortable and has a great bohemian feel.
May 7, 2013
This was my first non-me made day, although my dress was handmade. It is a Vogue sample from one of my favourite fabric stores and was a birthday gift from my mother-in-law. It's a beautiful watercolour-style printed linen and is fully lined. Decadence!
May 8, 2013
I wore one of my very favourite skirts: a white linen wrap skirt made from Butterick 5763. I made this last summer, but did not get around to blogging about it. Is is so comfortable and breezy and is fully lined in pale pink Swiss dot. I paired it with another unblogged item: my pink Miette; the second cardigan I ever knit. It's made of a pretty bamboo yarn and is quite drapey. My pink stripe tee was picked up for $6 from Joe Fresh.
May 9, 2013
Earlier in the week, I had some dedicated sewing time and was able to stitch up a pair of red capris. My local Fabricland is having their annual birthday sale and I picked up this red twill, as well as some hot pink, for $6 / metre! I used my TNT Butterick 4552. The blouse was made last week, when I made my Market Skirt. It's another Sorbetto to add to my collection and is made from white Swiss Dot. I used Jasmine for the sleeves and cuffs.
May 10, 2013
A cold and rainy day called for comfortable me-mades: my resurrected and very comfortable Eva Dress 3322 sailor trousers, my rosey Jasmine blouse, and my pink Miette. I made the rose Jasmine blouse last summer; it's sleeveless and made with a pretty dark pink cabbage-style rose on a cream background.
Through documenting my MMM outfits, I've realized that I have quite a lot of me-mades that are yet unblogged. I'm thinking I should get Mrs. Singer to stand in for me and organize a marathon photographing session.
Do you blog everything you make? Are their certain things that make 'the cut' and certain things that do not?
Friday, May 10, 2013
Sunday, May 5, 2013
I officially LOVE my Fashionary! It is a wonderful way to document my Me-Made-May progress and I really enjoy seeing my drawings all in a row, full of colours and patterns that make me happy. Thank you so much for your lovely compliments about my drawing skills - I assure you, the helpful templates included make a huge difference.
May 2, 2013
I wore one of my very favourite dresses: my Wildwood Flower Dress. It's hard to believe that I made it almost three years ago! It is one of my most consistently worn summer dresses and I am sad that I have never been able to track down more of the fabric. I used a lovely vintage pattern, American Weekly 9104, and ruthlessly hacked off 24" off them hem in order for it to be knee length. I paired it with a new coral cardigan I found at Old Navy for $9 and my trusty white Keds.
May 3, 2013
Friday saw me wearing two me-mades (and mostly unblogged) - hooray! Last year I found this great panel of Elvis fabric and whipped it up into a Sorbetto. It's one of my favourite Sorbettos! I paired it with my denim McCall's 5590 and an aqua crochet shrug I picked up last year.
May 4, 2013
Saturday was comfy and casual in my new red Simplicity 3753. This one is a mish mash of a View A & C and made from tone-on-tone stripe fabric from Girl Charlee. My capris are Butterick 4552, which were originally trousers that I shortened. I made them with a dark wash denim with a slight stretch. I don't have a blue pencil crayon dark enough to show the lovely colour!
May 5, 2013
I finally have a 'live' photo for you! I was lucky enough to spend several hours on Saturday sewing and my Market Skirt was one of the things I made. The fabric is a dark pink polka dot cotton that I recently bought. Essentially, it is a self-drafted dirndl skirt with big pockets - perfect for running errands and shopping, which is how I spent my day. I also managed another outfit totally made up of me-mades; my top is a Sorbetto I made out of an old cotton bedsheet and some vintage piping.
Friday, May 3, 2013
I am so sad to hear that the 'powers that be' at Global TV have decided not to renew Bomb Girls for a 3rd season! This is a terrific show that shows us a pivotal part of our history - not only as a nation, but as women. I love that the show is lead by strong female characters. It's so refreshing and, sadly, unusual, in today's entertainment.
If you love the show and would like to see it return, made your voice heard here.
Wednesday, May 1, 2013
My Fashionary arrived! As I mentioned before, I was so inspired by Carolyn's project, that I immediately snapped up my own copy. As soon as it arrived, I immediately began drawing. I had wanted to document my outfits this year and now I find I will need a second Fashionary to keep track of my design ideas! Miss G. loved mine so much that I am definitely ordering a copy just for her.
Another unexpected bonus of my Fashionary is that I can use it to document my outfits for Me-Made-May 2013. I have an inherent dislike of self-portraits and typically feel quite awkward posing. However, clever Tors posted this guide on Pinterest, so perhaps I may become more comfortable. Looking at my drawings so far, I'm delighted that I am wearing almost exclusively me-made items. I am; however, chagrined to notice that not a single one of these have been blogged! Shame on me - LOL!
Monday saw me wearing one of my very favourite 'pyjama dresses' (knit dresses that are ridiculously comfortable yet leave me looking polished.) This one is made from my TNT Simplicity 3673. I used black knit for the skirt, including all the darts for shaping, as well as a pretty design feature, and the bodice is made from white ruffled knit. To top it off is my Triple Leaf Cardigan, which is a mish-mash of two patterns: my cardigan 'sloper' and triple leaf lace from the Kimberly Cardigan. It's knitted in decadent Knit Pick's Comfy Worsted in Marina.
On Tuesday, I wore a recent make: my cotton/slub silk blend red circle skirt. I think this may be one of my very favourite skirts I have ever made. I used Butterick 5763, another TNT, cutting 2 pieces instead of one, gathering then and joined it to a waistband. The drape of the fabric is fantastic!! So swishy and soft! My blouse is another Jasmine made with pretty white fabric with an all-over hummingbird print.
Today marks the first day of Me-Made-May 2013 and I had pledged to wear at least one me-made garment 5 days per week. I am happy to say that I am wearing two me-mades and one thrifted item. Yay, me! (LOL!). I have always loved sailor-style trousers and my Eva Dress 3322 have been recently rescucitated. I had previously deemed them wadders for the Sew Victory Sew-Along, but after some careful tapering and a good spin in a hot dryer, they fit beautifully!
My cardigan is knit from my 'sloper,' Drops Designs 100-32. I used Knit Picks Shine Worsted in Cream. While I like this yarn - it is beautifully soft! - it does shed a lot and I prefer the matte finish of Comfy Worsted. My red & cream striped tee was a recent thrift for $5 and my headscarf is Mr G's red bandana.
While I will try to get some 'live' photos of my MMM outfits, my sketches will more than likely be the standard. I will also post my MMM outfits 1-2 times per week, so as not to bore you!