Sunday, May 26, 2013

MMM Week 4 Wrap-Up

Home stretch! Only a couple more days left in the month.  I know I'm a little late on this post, but I had a really busy weekend with Mike's brother's wedding that I'm just getting around to it now.

Still loving my homemade clothes, still sucking hard at taking photos.  I resorted to selfies this week.

Day 18,  I spent most of the day running around and doing errands, and I wore my chambray Colette Sencha blouse again with pink Gap jeans.  Later that night we went to a friend's birthday party and I changed into a non-me made dress.

Day 19, I was pretty lazy and spent a large portion of the day in pajamas.  Later that night, we headed to Chicago to see the Shins play at the Aragon Ballroom. It's a nearly 2-hour drive, so I wanted to wear something that would not wrinkle, and also be cool and floaty since it's always approximately 120 degrees in the Aragon.  I wore my blue chain-print Butterick Retro, which I have worn and you have seen a million times, so I didn't take a picture.

Day 20 was super hot and sunny, so I wore my Bernie Dexter ripoff Paris dress. I love this dress a lot.  My version was $170 less than the original! You can also see a peek of the curtains I made in the background. P.S. brand new carpet!!

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On Day 21, I wore my pink and white striped derby dress again.  I'd worn it previously this month, but it was my first time wearing it to work!

Day 22 got chilly, so I wore jeans and blouse that I never blogged about. It's a McCalls pattern from the 70's, and I used my Marc Jacobs bird-print silk that I got at Mood. I'm not 100% happy with it. The elastic waist is too tight, and I did a godawful job hemming it. I will get around to fixing them eventually. The sleeves turned out really sweet and I'm super proud of them. The cuffs look great.

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Day 23 was also cold, and I wore my Simplicity 40's Retro reissue pattern blouse I made when I had the flu, for the first time. I don't know why it took me so long to wear it, but it is cute and I DO like it, I just am not sure that skinny jeans are the best thing to pair it with. I wish I had a navy skirt.

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And finally, Day 24 I was a failure and wore jeans and a tee for the drive up to the wedding, and then a J. Crew dress to the rehearsal dinner.

Something I was NOT a failure at this week was vintage shopping. I tried to make a dress for the wedding (more on that later) but it was a disaster. I tried on everything in my closet, but I didn't want to wear any of it. Which meant an emergency trip to my old standby, Antiques on 2nd. It's never let me down, and it sure didn't this time either. I first found this dress for $38, which is kind of plain, but I love the shape and the sheer overlay, and I have plenty of accessories to make it more exciting.

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Then I saw this one for $20, and although I'm not 100% sold on the length, it fits great and I can always shorten it. For $20, I couldn't leave it there.

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I ended up finding The Dress, hanging all by it's lonesome, with no price tag. I was super scared I wouldn't be able to afford it, but they offered it to me for $48. Um, YES.  Come to me.

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So I wore that one to the wedding. I felt like Zooey Deschanel in 500 Days of Summer. It is by far my favorite thing I've ever worn. Now, onto the last week of MMM!  I also still need to blog about my 4th Chantilly, and another Sewaholic Alma that I started on today. Happy Memorial Day!

11 comments:

  1. Wow, that last dress is gorgeous! Well, they all are, but that one especially. :)

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  2. Great outfits! I love the French dress so much :) xxx

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  3. That dress is positively **SWOON** worthy! Great finds all of them! I always love your me mades, and I admire your ability to comfortably wear pretty dresses so much. I often end up slouching around in jeans. Oh, and by the way, that dress is SO GORGEOUS!!!

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  4. Wow, the two last vintage dresses in particular are stunning! And sooo well priced! I wouldn't be able to afford something like that in the vintage shop in my town :o(

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    1. It's not a vintage shop, it's a huge antique mall that mostly has furniture, books, and knick knacks. Some of the booths occasionally have clothes. The vintage clothing shops here are way overpriced too!

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  5. Amazing vintage finds! And I love that Paris print dress you made and wish it were mine!

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    1. You sew, right? You could easily make one! It's Michael Miller "Paris Ville" fabric. I got it on Etsy.

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  6. Woah! Those are some amazing vintage dresses in beautiful colours!

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  7. Love the bird print top! And those vintage dresses. Gorgeous! I wish vintage was that cheap in Australia.

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  8. I love those vintage dresses, love coral chiffon. You have inspired me to get out my 70s blouse pattern, I love your parrots version. Want one!

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  9. You look great, what amazing me-made garments! I especially love that birdy blouse and the mustard one looks very nice too.

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