The Third Week of MMM ’12

Well! This week was mostly blue and white with a chance of red. Looking at everyone else’s colorful outfits on the flickr pool has got me inspired to try out some other colors for my next sewing projects. After, that is, I finish my dark navy Minoru and tomato red skirt that are in the works.

Day 14: I wore a tank I’d made using a lovely piece of silk that I scored at a fabric swap. I was in the height of my Cynthia Rowley for Simplicity craze and made this tank really fast. I used to just start sewing without looking at the finished measurements or making muslins; this is a good example of how different from real life a pattern can look on a package. Even if it is a bit wide, the fabric drapes nicely and I should wear it more often than I do!

Day 15: I refashioned this last year during Me-Made-March 2011.  (You can see the before/after image here on our flickr account.) This shirt has definitely been one of my more successful refashions! A lot of the other ones from Me-Made-March didn’t survive out the year.

Day 16: Ah, the Melville dress. I’ve probably said enough about this beauty in my blog post on it, but it’s worth noting that it was comfortable to wear throughout the work day. Pattern is Vogue 1236.

Day 17: My sleeveless blouse (seen on Day 10) made a reappearance with thrifted jeans. I just really, really wanted to wear it again!

Day 18: A huge triumph! I managed to refashion a dress I made quite hastily during Me-Made-March last year into something I’m more likely to wear. It didn’t take too much – I just removed the aggressive little cutout sleeves et voila! The original is here if you’d like to see what it looked like before going under the seam ripper. The pattern is Simplicity 2281.

Day 19: I made another version of the shirt I wore on Day 11. I actually prefer the fit on this one and the construction is better as well. It’s pretty festive for being an embellished t-shirt! Pattern is Simplicity 2554.

Learnings from Week 3: My self-made wardrobe is much deeper than I thought!  I was pretty certain I’d have to re-wear a lot of things this week and I ended up not needing to (with the exception of the Burda blouse, although I wore it because I was just so excited about it.) Happy Week 4, MMMers and MMM appreciators!

Melville dress

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Hello folks! Nathan was reading Moby Dick to me as I worked on this project. Hence, it is called the Melville dress. I think the tie-dye pattern is very oceanic, don’t you?

I used Vogue 1236, one of the DKNY patterns. For something that’s so simple and fast to make, I really like the end result! I made some minor adjustments – widening the sash, taking in the bust and adding an inch or two to the hips. There is a lot of ease everywhere except for the hips, depending on your measurements.

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Melville dress is being worn today for the Me-Made-May challenge, which you can see here. You can also check out our photo pool here and see the awesome outfits everyone else has been putting together!