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Me-Made-May …the rest of the month

Hey look, it’s June. Perhaps I should post the rest of my Me-Made-May updates. I’ve read other bloggers mention that they get burned out taking a photo everyday during May. I can certainly understand that having now (tried) to do that myself. I also got tired of writing the updates, but that might be because I had so many repeats, or just that I wear jeans and a t-shirt most of the time and it’s not very exciting to write about. Regardless, here’s the rest of the month.

May 15-threeDay 15 Me-Mades: Another raglan t-shirt

This is another old shirt from the depths of my closet. It’s a little short for my current tastes and feels  a bit blah, so it doesn’t get worn much. The fabric is some sort of squishy stretchy polyester, and it was a bear to sew. Those three buttons there aren’t functional at all, I just needed something to cover up the ripples in that seam. And of course, one button was lost in the laundry the last time I washed this. So now it’s really not going to get much wear, at least not until I find some new buttons.

IMG_1862Day 16 Me-Mades: Stripey Renfrew

Yup, still loving this shirt.

IMG_1873Day 17 Me-Mades: Knockoff GAP t-shirt

Another repeat, but hey, it’s a really comfortable t-shirt.

Day 18 Me-Mades: Knockoff GAP t-shirt

I totally didn’t get a picture today. But the shirt I wore is exactly the same pattern as yesterday, just in plain gray fabric.

IMG_1899Day 19 Me-Mades: Twisty Dress

New dress! New dress! Finished at the last minute the night before, no less.

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Day 20 Me-Mades: Drapey cowl shirt

Somewhere in the depths of my studio is the pattern for this shirt. But I don’t care if I ever find it, because I’m not making another one of these. I realized, when I put this shirt on, why it’s languished in the back of my dresser drawer for so long. I hate the way it looks on me. It’s not terribly comfortable, and I feel like it makes my shoulders look really broad. Plus, it’s too short, so I spent the whole day tugging at the hem. The only thing that made it at all wearable was the jacket I wore over it. Yup, this one’s gotta go.

Day 21 Me-Mades: Er, no picture again. I got busy. Same t-shirt as day 6.

IMG_1985Day 22 Me-Mades: New shirt! Not blogged about yet.

Day 23 Me-Mades: Um, day 23 appears to have fallen into a black hole. Can’t find the picture I took, and can’t remember what I wore. Oops.

IMG_1998Day 24 Me-Mades: Raglan t-shirt

Nothing very exciting, just another raglan t-shirt. Really, I had no idea how many shirts I’d made off this pattern until doing this challenge. In the interest of variety I think I need to try some new patterns.

Day 25 Me-Mades: This is the last day with no picture, I promise. I just wore a gray t-shirt again, off my Knockoff GAP T-shirt pattern. I think I wore that shirt 3 or 4 times this months and never managed to photograph it. That’s okay though, it’s pretty uninspiring. Just your basic gray t-shirt.

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Day 26 Me-Mades: Cotton gauze button-up shirt.

This is one of those nearly finished projects that I find buried in my studio and can’t for the life of me figure out why I never finished it. This shirt was completely done except for buttons and buttonholes. Needless to say, that was a quick fix. I plan on making another one shortly and will blog about both then.

IMG_2006Day 27 Me-Mades: Throwback sleeveless blouse

My husband told me I looked like a throwback to the 80’s in this, and it would be a good gardening shirt. That’s his way of saying he doesn’t want to have to be seen in public with me when I’m wearing this. Really, it doesn’t fit well enough for me to wear it out anyway. The armholes are way too loose. But still, I didn’t think the fabric was that bad. Oh well. It’s comfortable and breezy, so it actually does make a good gardening shirt.

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Day 28 Me-Mades: Geometric Twisty top

This is the first top I made off one of my favorite Butterick patterns. I’ve since tweaked it and made it up as a dress. I still like the original top, though it is a bit short these days.

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Day 29 Me-Mades: Another new, unblogged about shirt!

Well I guess this means I have something else to write about now that May is over.

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Day 30 Me-Mades: Ariadne tunic, and white cardighan, modified nursing cami

The cardighan is pretty old (at least 10 years), and made from a Lose Hinse pattern. It’s pretty basic, but I like it. I opted to just put two buttons near the neck for closure, instead of all down the button band. And while I didn’t make kiddo’s outfit, it is from the thrift store. Seriously, that’s the best place for buying baby clothes without going broke.

IMG_2118Day 31 Me-Mades: Long sleeved raglan t-shirt for me, and mama-made pants for the boy, along with a grandma-modified onesie!

Last day!! My top is completely boring, but I made up for it with kiddo’s clothes. I made the pants, and my mom added the matching long sleeves to his onesie. And she embroidered  the ducky on the front.

Phew! I survived, but I’m glad May is over. The challenge was great for making me think about what I wear, and for getting me to clean out my closet a bit. I dug out some tops that I haven’t worn in years, and for good reason mostly. This also helped me narrow down some areas for future sewing. There was something really satisfying about knowing I had on at least one thing I’d made myself every single day last month. This has really re-charged my desire to sew more of my own clothes. So here’s a big thank you to Zoe for hosting Me-Made-May 2013!

And now I feel the overwhelming desire to sew something that will require no pictures of me…

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Me-Made-May Week 2

I’m a little late getting this posted. But better late than never, here’s week two.

IMG_1648Day 8 Me-Mades: Stripey Renfrew

New top! Which I’ve already worn three times since making it. Sigh. Must make a few more.

Carolyn May 9-fourDay 9 Me-Mades: Twisty Top

One of my dressy t-shirts. Yes, t-shirts can be dressy. I wish I could claim the jacket as a me-made, but it’s actually from Kohl’s. I love it though, and wear it all the time. I think I need to either make a pattern off it, or find a pattern for something similar.

IMG_1793Day 10 Me-Mades: Knockoff GAP t-shirt

This Friday’s theme is “Sewing, Knitting, Creating Space”. So here’s a little corner of my studio. The rest of the room is too much of a disaster zone to photograph right now, but this is my favorite corner anyway. On the wall above my sewing machine is a picture of my son when he was 1 day old, and my awesome giant wood scissors. Best yard sale find ever. Oh, and the shirt, which is really hard to make out in this photo is a another of my Knockoff GAP t-shirts made in a washed out grayish camo print.

IMG_1605Day 11 Me-Mades: Stripey Renfrew

I actually didn’t get around to taking a photo today. But since my outfit is exactly the same as day three, I’m just reusing that picture.

DSCN1538Day 12 Me -Mades: Kimono sleeve t-shirt, modified nursing cami

Again, duplicate outfit. But I did actually get a new picture. With my mom and my son. Seeing as it’s Mother’s Day and all… The onesie with the necktie that kiddo is wearing is my mom’s work. She added the sleeves and the tie to a plain white onesie.

IMG_1771Day 13 Me-Mades: Ariadne tunic

I realize now that all three of my Ariadne tunic tops are made up in very busy prints that make it nearly impossible to actually see the design of the shirt. One of these days I might get around to making one in a solid fabric.

IMG_1782Day 14 Me-Mades:Knockoff GAP t-shirt

This is how I look when I’ve been pulling weeds for the last hour, in the sun, in 80+ degree weather. That smile is forced. But hey, at least the t-shirt is comfy.

And there we go, week two. Not very exciting. But I am enjoying the challenge. Even if I do just live in jeans and t-shirts 90 percent of the time, there’s still something very satisfying about knowing that I made at least one thing I’m wearing every single day. Also, I’m starting to feel much less attached to a good portion of my purchased clothes. There may be a closet purge coming up in my near future.

Me-Made-May Week 1

This is my first time participating in Me-Made-May and so far I love it. The challenge is forcing me to think a little more about what I have to wear and what I’d like to sew, and it’s already inspired me to dig out some old me-mades and modify one of them to be more wearable.

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Day 1 Me-mades: Long sleeved raglan t-shirt (Stretch & Sew #205), me-modified nursing camisole

It’s snowing here. Again. And apparently one of the holes in my me-made wardrobe is colder weather clothing. I found my options for getting dressed this morning a little limited.

The shirt is pretty old – I think maybe from the early 2000’s? Can’t recall. The pattern is the long sleeve version of Stretch & Sew 205. The fabric is some sort of lightweight knit, though not one with a ton of stretch. I like the shirt well enough, although I made it in the days before I started putting neckbands and hembands on most of my shirt, so looking at it now the finish seems a little rough. The modified nursing cami is hidden under the shirt. It’s not something I’ve blogged about, but I’ve made/modified several of these so far and wear them all the time. I should probably write something explaining what the heck a modified nursing cami is.

Good thing I don't take myself too seriously...

Good thing I don’t take myself too seriously…

Day 2 Me-mades: Ariadne tunic, modified nursing cami

While this picture doesn’t do much for it, the Ariadne tunic pattern by Tanit-Isis is fantastic. I made a few of these last year while I was pregnant. I loved making something with enough ease that I could get away with wearing it for a good chunk of my pregnancy, enough length to hide my maternity jeans, and it would still be wearable and look good after I had my son. The only thing I changed from the pattern was to omit the keyhole in the back, and to use one size larger for the hem band, to accommodate my hips.

IMG_1605Day 3 Me-Mades: Renfrew top (not yet blogged about)

I’m probably one of the last people on the internet to try out Sewaholic’s Renfrew pattern. Too bad I waited so long, as I really like it. This is the first one I’ve made, and I’ve since made a few minor modifications that I’ll post about soon.

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Day 4 Me Mades: Kimono sleeve t-shirt, modified nursing cami

Another t-shirt. Nothing terribly exciting today, except for my awesome lime green converse. Yes, I love my shoes.

IMG_1618Day 5 Me Mades: Knockoff GAP t-shirt, Short sleeved raglan t-shirt (Stretch & Sew #205)

I started the day in one of my knockoff GAP t-shirts (as of yet not blogged about), but my son managed to spit-up on me before I took a picture of it. So, onto the next me-made shirt. The one pictured is what I spent the rest of the day in. It’s another raglan from one of my favorite patterns. I’m not sure I love the fabric though. It’s certainly comfortable, but the print is a little off from what I normally gravitate to. I may just need to warm up to it a little more.

IMG_1628Day 6 Me Mades: Stripey shirt

This shirt is so old I don’t even remember what pattern I used. Probably a Stretch & Sew pattern, if I had to guess. It actually had long sleeves up until Sunday evening. I finally realized that the sleeve length paired with the very lightweight knit is what had kept me from wearing it much. I shortened the sleeves and finished the cuffs with bands made from the bit of cut-off sleeves. It’s amazing what a difference that made. I actually like this shirt again! Which is good, because it’s just been taking up drawer space for several years now.

IMG_1642Day 7 Me-Mades: Knockoff GAP t-shirt, modified nursing cami

This is the “whoops, I forgot to take a photo until nighttime” picture. I’ve got four or five t-shirts made from my knockoff pattern. For a while it was my go-to t-shirt pattern. This version is out of a very soft drapey rayon blend knit. Doesn’t wear great (the shirt is already pilling a bit), but it feels wonderful.

So one week down, and I think the only me-made things I’ve worn are t-shirts and camisoles. Perhaps I should consider varying my wardrobe a bit more. I actually do have some me-made dresses, skirts, trousers, and jackets. I just don’t seem to wear them as much. Well, and there are still quite a few things in my closet that don’t fit my post-baby body. Might be time for some refashioning and new sewing.

And it’s almost May…

Just under the wire…

‘I, Lyn of poofytail, sign up as a participant of Me-Made-May ’13. I endeavour to wear at least one handmade garment each day for the duration of May 2013.’

This is my first year participating, so I thought I’d better keep it simple. Hopefully this challenge will help me find (and maybe fill) the holes in my handmade wardrobe.

And in other fun news, I finally learned how to add widgets to the sidebar. Yay!