Tuesday, June 4, 2013

Me-Made May '13 Final Week and Reflections

Me-Made May is done! I am so happy I took part this year.  It made me really appreciate all my homemade clothing and the effort I put into it.  I never ran out of things to wear or got bored with my wardrobe, which is pretty incredible considering I often stare at my closet for upwards of 15 minutes thinking "I hate everything".  I'm sure it helped (okay, it helped a ton) that it is warm out and I love summery clothes, and that is primarily what I sew.  If you remember, I failed spectacularly at Me-Made March 2011.

Here's what I wore the final week! Day 27 I wore my old friend the Colette Sencha. This particular blouse is one of my favorite things I've sewn and I think it will be a wardrobe staple for a long time to come.

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 Day 28 I wore another Colette pattern, the Chantilly dress. This is my #2 favorite out of the four I've made, and I like that I was able to transition it from winter and tights + cardigan to summery with bare arms and sandals. You can see a little peek of the next day's shirt on my ironing board!

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Day 29 I whipped up another Sewaholic Alma with some vintage fabric from my mother in law. My husband thought this top looked a little childish, but I got a ton of compliments on it and even had someone ask me if I bought it from Anthropologie. It was a quick sew and I will probably make a few more with the different sleeve and neckline variations.

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Day 30 was my least favorite outfit of the week. I used to LOVE this dress, but it fits terribly, and fit is one thing I have gotten MUCH better at. I ended up having to pin the straps shorter mid-day because my boobs were hanging out. It's in the "fix" pile, but truthfully I might never get around to it. The fabric is faded and has some stains, and it's just not very well made. It serves to show how much better I have gotten in the last three years.

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And finally, Day 31 I wore my favorite variation of my Swirl dress project. This dress was a pain to make, but it looks really great, inside and outside. It's definitely one of my summer staples.

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So, what was my favorite garment that I wore? I'm going to have to go with my white eyelet Sewaholic Alma. I have worn this blouse a shameful number of times in the last month. I know it's going to be something that will wear out long before I stop loving it and I'll have to painfully part with it. I can always make another, though!

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Yesterday, even though my pledge was over, I still reached for a homemade dress. I've decided for now to stop buying store-bought clothes, and to only buy vintage or make my own. I mean, there will be obvious exceptions like workout gear and underwear, but I'm going to try really hard to limit what I'm buying new. This month has been really great for me, and I'm excited to continue.


  1. You've managed to wear really cute clothes all month, I'm dead impressed! That's a great pledge to make too, I aimed to do the same and have only bought a few new rtw items all year :)
    Freya Mayx

  2. Oooh I love, love, love that swirl dress! I wish I knew how to sew, but I'm absolutely useless with anything involving a needle beyond a cross stitch.

    Thanks for stopping by my blog too :)

  3. So stylish, I LOVE the 29th alma! I enjoyed all your MMM outfits, thanks for sharing them!

  4. seriously girl, you did so good. totally impressed. day 27 is pretty adorable... ;)