me made may

Me Made May ’15

It’s really May! This is my second year participating in Me Made May and my first outfit is comfy and quick since the scramble for getting the kids up and out of the house for school is a little hectic..hence the sleepy look on my face in the photos.

may1 lemon drop and claudia pants collage

The top is AMH’s Lemon Drop Tunic in knit from Girl Charlee, bought more than a year ago. Finally able to use- notice the placement of the design..late night sewing strikes and had to fiddle with getting the remaining yardage to fit since I added 3″ to the length without checking to see if it would work with the yardage. Luckily, the stretch was two-way.

mmmay15 day 1 front

The pants are a pdf version of the Claudia Pant by Style Arc. I’ve fallen in love with their aesthetic, but not with how much ease was added for what is supposed to be a ‘cigarette pant’ which makes me think of the close/snug fit that Audrey Hepburn made famous.

mmmay15 day 1 back

#stylearcpatterns #claudiapant finished. Way too big for the size that fit my measurements, had to take it in more than an inch in a few places.  May just reprint in a smaller size and see if that saves trouble. Super comfy in the stretch #bengaline I fou

They were made with a stretch bengaline from Joann’s. Super comfy but had to take in more than an inch all over and more in some places. Also got rid of the seam on the front pant leg. They’re still a bit too loose for my liking in certain places, but they’ll do as a wearable muslin and plan to make them in a smaller size when getting back around to trying again. And I took a *very* deep hem which basically took care of eliminating the hem dart- I’m 5’8″ so these had a lot of extra length. Next time I’ll take away some length at the lengthen/shorten line, as well.

Looking through the wardrobe for this month made it clear that a lot of the tops/dresses are more suited to cooler weather. This time of year in San Antonio can be scorching hot with the occasional mild day, so I’ll keep my fingers crossed. More bottoms are desperately needed, too. Here is the photo from Instagram, lots of blue..need to work on that:

Quick pic of #memade clothes since #mmmay15 starts tomorrow, could've sworn there was another week in April!  Good news? I have enough for every day. Bad news? Nearly a third is suited to cooler weather.  And I have a most decided leaning towards blue ton

My pledge was to wear handmade at least four times a week, shouldn’t be a problem unless the weather stays in the 80+ degree range. Looking forward to seeing everyone’s makes, this is such an exciting month and new patterns and interesting wardrobes are always fun to see. If there is sewing done this month, it’s with the thought of having a unified and easily mixed and matched wardrobe.


Me Made May

Me Made May has kept me on my toes this month. If you’ve never heard of it, here is the link that explains what it’s all about. Participating this month has been a challenge and a wonderful learning experience. Having less of a wardrobe to choose from has made it obvious it’s very smart to have pieces that are easily mixed and matched to extend wear. My closet will soon be getting a thorough culling. There is one more day, but while I’m in the mood here is a quick roundup of this months favorites:
may 30 Me Made May Jacket J with striped Plantain tee collage
Jacket J from Happy Homemade Sew Chic
may 28 #mmmay14 hot pink hollyburn skirt front
Sewaholic Hollyburn Skirt in hot pink linen, Deer and Doe Plantain Tee
may 27 mmmay14 new look 6120 nani iro collage
New Look 6120 (modified) in Nani Iro double gauze- holy cats, I have a new obsession. Double gauze is the bees’ knees. Bought from Miss Matatabi, fast shipping, too!
may1 linen weekend getaway #mmmay14
Liesl and Co. Weekend Getaway Dress in Yarn-dyed Linen
may 15 #mmmay14 wrap dress close
Dress 1a from Simple Modern Sewing, made sleeveless in Yarn-dyed Linen, loved that I tried layering since this really makes it more wearable through the year!
may 22 #mmmay14 moneta striped dress colorblocked
Yay, Moneta– love this pattern, so very comfy. Both knit fabrics came from Girl Charlee
may 14 #mmmay14 floral dress collage
Dress R from Stylish Dress Book I actually hated this dress and never wore it until I put on a belt- totally changed my mind. Although, fabric with better drape would be more flattering.
may 7 moneta knit dress collage #mmmay14
Another Moneta, fabric from Girl Charlee.
may 30 #mmmay14 dress with belt and jacket J full
Jacket J from Happy Homemade Sew Chic and my (super comfy!) Frankenpattern dress of Simplicity 1882 and 1652.
There are a few more but I’ll stop here, you can find more on my flickr and everyone else’s on the Pinterest board for Me Made May ’14.