May 31, 2013

MMM '13: The Final Days

It's finally at the end!  I won't say I didn't get burnt out, because I totally did.  But unlike last year, I did d actually finish out this challenge, AND managed to get real pictures of my last two outfits for the month!

At this point, you guys know what this shirt looks like, so I was just being goofy.
This shirt was saved unintentionally by switching to a new brand of laundry detergent (I generally buy whatever's on sale at the grocery store).  The smell isn't gone completely, but it's significantly tamed down.  For now.  I highly suspect this will be the last Me-Made-May this shirt will appear in.

I won't lie, I was honestly dreading picking a handmade item for today.  The nasty rainy weather we've had all week killed any chances of skirt wearing and I just did not want to wear one of my poly t-shirts again.  Luckily, when I was blog reading during breakfast, Clio's new linen pants reminded me that I had a pair of my own that I could pull out for my last hurrah!


You might notice that this is the exact same outfit as when I originally made these pants, and that would be because this is the only way I've found to wear these pants that doesn't look like I'm just trying to wear pajamas.  In my head, this look is very hippie-yoga ish, and they look flowy and cool.


Side note: New Glasses!  These are a little bit louder than glasses I usually wear, and honestly they make me feel like I need to step up my fashion game.  If the glasses are going to make a statement, I want the rest of my outfit to do so too.  My boyfriend also pointed out that I sort of look like Kitty from Arrested Development with these glasses.  Not sure if this is a bad thing or a good thing.  In any case, they're corrected for my worsening astigmatism, so I can see better, which is the actual important bit! Yay!

As with last year, participating in Me-Made-May has definitely been a good eye-opener for the state of my sewn wardrobe.  I've definitely come to some realizations and made some decisions for moving forward, but I'm going to mull over them a little more and give them their own post.  For today, I can celebrate successfully completing the challenge!

May 27, 2013

MMM Days 18-27 Update!

.....in which I hit the wall. I had a very lazy weekend on the 18th (besides getting caught biking in a sudden thunderstorm!) and didn't wear any me-mades until Tuesday, which meant I had to come up with four outfits in a row to meet my goal.  The weather heated up so all my long sleeve shirts were out, and I was in trouble. I failed somewhat at pictures, but managed to keep to my goal with one tiny exception...

Tuesday, I managed to pull out the paisley KS3338.


Wednesday, my me-made was a friendship bracelet I made like 10 years ago.  It was a bad morning, what can I say?  It's my one total cop-out for the month.

Thursday,  I rocked the polka dot Renfrew, for the last time unless I can get the smells out of that poly....

Friday, the BF decided to take me to Red Lobster (our favorite "fancy" restaurant) for our five year dating anniversary.  He was still wearing his suit because we went straight from work, so I made sure to dress up so he wouldn't feel overdressed.  Tie-dye skirt to the rescue!  I still love this skirt.

I then failed to upload the pictures until today, so I'm going to go all the way through today's outfits.

Sunday it was cold and nasty, so the garden cardigan got another outing.  I need a new shirt to wear underneath it, as the Old Navy tank under here is gross and shrunk to the point where it wants to show my stomach.

The unintentional halo behind my head there is just a poorly placed lamp.  :)

Today was still a work day for me even if it's a holiday for everyone else, but I was a little bitter about it and didn't feel like getting dressed.  The basic black KS3338 is great for these kind of days because it's so soft, but a little wonky so I can only wear it on days when I don't particularly care what I look like.

I also have to point out my new accessory (let's be honest, my only accessory) that appears after Friday.  It's a necklace the BF got me for my anniversary, and he done good - it's so "me"!  So you'll probably see it popping up a lot from here on out.

Since I managed to do well for the beginning of this week, I only have to manage two more me-made outfits to finish out the month!  I can't lie; I'm always glad to have the choice to throw on whatever I want in the morning without having to think about it once May is over.  However, I always get a lot of insight into the state of my me-made wardrobe, so I'll try to write down what I've learned in my final wrap-up.  Here's to finishing strong!

May 18, 2013

MMM Week 3 Roundup!

It's week 3 already?  We're over halfway through May already? What the what?

On Saturday, I wore a blue scoop-neck Renfrew with a purple tank underneath.  With the way the layers shift, it ends up looking a little Flashdance, because one strap of the tanktop is always hanging out.

This shirt is not one of my favorites.  It's odd, because this neckline should be the same as my polka dot one one, but it seems too high on this one, but not on my other ones.  This is also very cheap poly fabric that clings more than I'd like to everything underneath.  I'll probably keep it as is, but I would eventually like to replace it with a nicer version

On Monday,  I wore my long sleeved pink Renfrew but totally failed to get a picture.  However, the reason I failed to do so is totally justified - I was helping my friend figure out what she was doing wrong in trying to use my old machine that I gave her. Hint:  using the presser foot solves a lot of problems. ;)  I got an apple lager and homemade chicken pot pie for my trouble, so I consider it a fair trade and a fun time.

Tuesday I wore an as-yet unblogged grey sweatshirt skirt with my vintage REO Speedwagon t-shirt.  After wearing it once, I decided that I don't like the hand-sewn hem on this, because it doesn't blend in as well as I  thought it would in such a thick fabric, and it's sporty enough that I want to change it to a machine hem.


Wednesday I went for an old standby, the polka dotted Renfrew that is my favorite version of this pattern to date.  Can we be real here though?  For some reason, this fabric (another poly blend, obtained at an auction back when I was learning to handsew, so at least 15 years ago!) seems to hold odors between washes.   Specifically in the armpit area.  I really love this top and don't want to let it go, but if I can't figure out a solution we only have a limited amount of time left before it just gets too gross. :(
This was a camera self-timer fail.  Also my hair is not orange like this lighting makes it look. :p
Friday I spent all day helping to grade approximately 500 undergraduate second-semester organic chemistry finals.  It was not a looking fabulous kind of day.  :)

Coming up, I think I'm going to just do a roundup post of all the refashions I've been doing (pretty much all my action sewing-wise, but not very exciting individually), and possibly a couple of deep-thinking kind of posts.  Hope everyone's Friday was more interesting than mine!

May 10, 2013

MMM Week 2!

Alright, week 2!  For this week, I've stolen the idea from Modern Vintage Cupcakes to also talk about any changes that need to be made to my me-mades to make me reach for them more often.

Monday:  Was a Monday. Didn't feel like doing much of anything, so I threw on my black KS3338.  The material this is made of is the most comfortable stuff ever.


No real changes that I can actually do for this one, though the armscye is kind of weird and the neck binding is kind of a hot mess.  It was an early make, but the black hides the mistakes enough that it's still wearable for lab work.

Tuesday:  Another long day, another comfort outfit.  My garden cardigan is great for days when I want to be comfy but still cute. (The BF could not be bothered to leave his computer to take a picture, or, you know, keep my head in the shot...)

The only thing that's really annoying on this one is it draping forward when I'm trying to do lab work.  If I have enough of the fabric left I'll make a belt for it; if not, I'll go on the hunt for some sort of brooch or something else to pin it shut.

Wednesday:  Really nice out, wanted to wear something bright and happy, so I pulled out the paisley KS3338.

I think this shirt has shrunk some.  The hemline is right at the top of my jeans, and the bust darts are too high (the whole dart, not just the point).  It may be close to the end of its lifetime with me, but I'll keep it until it's absolutely unwearable because I love the fabric.

Friday:  My last day of teaching for the semester.  I really need to do laundry and the weather wasn't cooperating with my original plan, so I reached for an unblogged refashion I did a while ago.  These pants were too short to wear as they were (flared pants look weird when they're too short), but I figured it was a good chance to try out the skinny pants trend, since those can be ankle length and be just fine.

(No photographer this morning, and this was the picture where it was most obvious that these are khaki skinny pants.  In several of them it just looked like I was wearing a long sweater and no pants!)

No changes yet, though I may have some after more outings.  These pants were originally from at least 5 years ago, so they're pretty worn in general.  This incarnation will most likely be their last.

I feel like this week was all about the low-hanging fruit.  I didn't put "no repeats" in my MMM pledge, but for the sake of this post not being the same four pictures every week, I'm going to try to mix it up.  But for the last week of classes and teaching, I was all about the old favorites.  Hopefully I can keep it up for three more weeks!  I'm loving seeing everyone else's MMM posts; so many new patterns I need to get!

May 5, 2013

MMM '13 - Week One

NOTE: I wrote this all up on Friday, but just didn't get the pictures uploaded until today.

Yes, I realize it's not been a full week, but the month ends on a Friday, and I'd rather have the goofy week (by my count) be at the beginning of the month, rather than at the end when I'd be more likely to say, "Oh those last two days totally don't count."  This way I have this one stunted week, and the rest are nice full weeks.

So you already saw my Day 1 outfit, but I'll post it again cause I can!


Not the best picture, but it's proof.  I also really need to get going on sewing a replacement for that purple shirt.  The holes are getting especially eggregious.

Day 2- Simple but effective.  Polka dot Renfrew for the win.  It's a little see through, so I usually wear a white tanktop underneath like I did here.  I also promise I actually did my hair after this picture, but I had to grab the BF to take pictures before he left for work.

Day three was a old college sweatshirt day, as I started with a dentist appointment at 7 am, then had to proctor and grade 300 organic chemistry exams for the rest of the day.  Fun stuff.

So, 2 out of 3 days is a 66% me-made week, which definitely exceeds my 4 out of 7 for the rest of the weeks (~57%, if you are a math nerd like me), so I call Week 1 a success!

Additionally, I'm all fired up about some completely different sewing plans.  Specifically, I've always had in the back of my mind that my perfect go-to casual dress pattern would be a wrap dress, as my most successful RTW dresses have mostly been this type.  I was looking for something else in my stash and lo and behold, I realized I own Vogue 8379, a Very Easy Vogue, and a simple wrap knit dress pattern.

 This needs to happen this month.  (Even if it is nasty, cold and rainy right now.)  My brain is fried from all the grading, so I'm off!

Bonus kitty picture!  (You can see how huuuuge he is!)


May 2, 2013

MMM Starts and Paying it Forward

Hey guys!  I'm generally planning on just doing weekly round ups for my MMM garments, but I had to start off with a bang for the first day and it was just so darn nice out that I had to share the photos now!


Sorry, I'm facing the sun here...I heart this skirt.  I'm sure you'll see it again this month.

In other news, remember when I was blathering on about buying a cutting table?  Totally didn't happen for a variety of reasons, but last week Freecycle came to the rescue, and I got the exact table I'd been looking at for only the price of the gas to go pick it up.  A couple of the wheels are broken so it takes a bit of jury-rigging to get set up, but it's better than abusing my knees on the bedroom floor by a long shot.  I haven't gotten to give it a proper try yet, but this weekend, it's happening.


   I'd also previously mentioned that when one of my friends heard I had made my own shirt, she expressed interest in buying my old sewing machine off of me.  I'll admit, I had a moment right before she showed up where I wanted to keep it all for myself, but then her excitement at being able to make her own pillows just made it all worth it.  It does mean I'm without a backup machine should something happen to my Interlude, but it also frees me up to look for a different backup or a vintage machine in my goodwill/internet searching. (Featherweight, anyone? :p) It also means I'll have someone else to talk sewing with, or even have sewing days on the weekend with.  If nothing else, I'm hopefully helping to pass the love of sewing on to someone else, and that in itself should be a reward.

Lots to do this month for the end of the semester, but lots of motivation too. Seeing everyone's MMM garments always makes me want to sew!  Here's to a sunny sewing summer!