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!


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

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

  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!!!

  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(

    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!

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

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

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

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

  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!

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