Get ready for a serious streak of blue and grey!
DAY 27: Sweater Renfrew (Jan. 2013) and Blue 2451 (Winter 2010)
Reflections: I really liked how this outfit looked, but the sweater was driving me crazy. If I even moved my arms, the neckline would lift an inch off my shoulders. It’s just too narrow and the shoulders are too sloped. The knit I used doesn’t have much stretch to it, either.
AM Activity: I had the day off, but ended up going on a morning run anyway.
DAY 28: Unblogged Wiksten tank (May 2013)
Reflections: I’m still trying to get through my stash of fabric, and decided to use a scrap of white linen as the top part of a Wiksten tank. I used a woven ikat cotton for the bottom part. I loved wearing this tank, although it was a bit lower than I was expecting. Now that I’ve been clipping my neckline seam allowance on this pattern, it’s much larger and I don’t need lower the neckline and arm holes by 1/2″ anymore.
AM Activity: none
DAY 29: Grey days dress (July 2012)
Reflections: This is a sturdy, sturdy dress. I used black cotton twill and a stretch denim scrap. Not only is the waistband interfaced, it’s self-lined. I didn’t know about grading seams at that point. I’d like to use another fabric for the waistband lining as well as grade the seams. The hem could get a refresh too, I triple-stitched it but I think a blind stitch would look nicer.
AM Activity: Writing in my journal
DAY 30: Vogue 1247 top (May 2013, unblogged)
Reflections: I loved wearing this top, even more than it’s orange sister. I’ve really learned a lot about handling fabric since I made my original version, and I already knew this top worked for me. I thought the horizontal lines would show up a lot more but they just kind of obscure the seams of the shirt. I guess it’s an excuse to make another version.
AM activity: none
DAY 31: Pilgrim Portfolio top (Feb/Mar 2013)
Reflections: I finally got the motivation to re-do the waistband on the pair of pants I’ve been working on for a couple of months. It would have been amazing to finish out the month wearing pants (PANTS!) I made, but it would have required panic sewing and serious homework neglect. Instead, I gave a garment I wore once and ignored a second chance. It was intended as a stash-bust/trial run of the Lisette Portfolio dress. I remain ambivalent; I like the general idea of it but it just feels frumpy when I’m wearing it. Part of the problem might be that it seems to be designed for someone much shorter than I. I added a 2.5″ band at the bottom. Another issue might be fabric; I used a very lightweight cotton. Perhaps a weightier fabric would make this design hang better? Anyway, even if it’s not my favorite garment, I think it’s a fitting way to end Me-Made-May: experimenting!
AM activity: Much ironing.
My final thoughts on Me-Made-May? It was a really lovely way to connect with other sewists. I thought I read every sewing blog on the planet and was amped to find new ones! I also enjoyed benchmarking my sewing improvements; since last year, I’ve gotten more intentional about what I sew, better at choosing fabrics, better at fit, and I’ve been working really hard at taking my time. The projects I’ve made in the last year are noticeably better than older projects, and that’s a great feeling. My goal for getting up early in the mornings was a useful exercise that had mixed results. I got up early most days but choosing an outfit and documenting it really did eat up most of the time. The nice thing is, I’ve fallen into a routine where I get up an hour earlier than I was before MMM.
I was inspired by Gillian’s MMM palette challenge and wanted to see what colors I’d been gravitating towards. It appears to be near-neons, neutrals, and nothing in between. Should be helpful for wardrobe planning, no? Have you ever taken stock of your self-made color palette?
Welp, after all that documentation, I’m pretty tired of seeing my own face! Maybe after I’m done with homework and moving, I’ll work on some accessories or house stuff to give myself a break from… myself. Hope you had a great Me-Made-May!