Me-Made May: Days 19 - 25

Days 19 - 23 - n/a.  May's been a rocky month for me, physically.  This week in particular, left me very unmotivated.  Coincidentally, Brandon was out of the country on business so, there were no occasions worthy of pretty dresses...

Moving on... ;P

Dress: Simplicity 2584, blogged here
Belt: Brooks Brothers Factory Store (Sorry about the weird up-tail. It was wrapped in an infinity but, apparently came undone after lunch.)
Shoes: Clarks
Clutch: Target
Necklace: J Crew Factory

Day 24 - White Lace Shift Dress - Worn to pick up Brandon after his flight and to lunch. It's official. I hate this dress.  That morning, I saw a post on Kendi Everyday where she had paired a cute white dress with casual brown accessories and an olive jacket.  Well, I wasn't about to throw on an olive jacket in the southern heat but, I thought the brown accents would be just the trick to town down the "fanciness" of this lace dress.  It did, I suppose but, I also think it made it look like a county wedding dress... not my thing.  Then, the leather seats in our car alerted me to just how short it is so, apparently said country-style wedding is happening in Vegas... really not my thing.  I've decided I like the idea of this dress but, not this execution so, I'm ripping out the zipper and throwing the fabric in my stash for other uses.  The next time I make a white dress, it will be out of a more casual fabric.  Save for my wedding dress, of course ;) 

Dress: New Look 6886/Butterick 4757, blogged here
Shoes: Clarks
Clutch: Target
Earrings: Target
Bonus shot of the University campus

Day 25 - Betty's Picnic Dress - Worn to a British Festival at a lovely local university and the mall for a bit of window shopping.  Completely contrast to the day before, I love this one!  I knew the fair would be sunny and hot so, I thought a cotton sundress would be perfect for the event.  Save for uncovered, and therefore sunburned, shoulders (ouch!), it was. :)

Previous Me-Made Posts:
Me-Made May: Days 1 - 11
Me-Made May: Days 12 - 18

Me-Made May: Days 12 - 18

Day 12 - n/a
Day 13 - n/a
Day 14 - n/a
Day 15 - "Here Comes the Sun" pleated skirt - I wore this for an emergency run to the vet (no worries, CoCo's fine now :) but, came down with a migraine after and didn't get a photo.  I want to love this skirt.  I  love the yellow but, the pockets will not lay flat.  The skirt seems too heavy for the waistband and when it slides down, the pockets buckle.  I don't know if it would be better to hand sew a waist-stay to the band or to just sew the pockets shut.

Vogue 8380
Dress: Vogue 8380, blogged here
Clutch: Target
Shoes: Brooks Brothers
Jewelry: Target & Ten Thousand Villages

Day 16 - "That Cozy Blue Dress" - I had an appointment for a cut and color so, I needed something comfortable without a collar that could accidentally get dyed.  I still love. this. dress.  It's just so ridiculously cozy.  It's certainly not the most elegant garment I own but, it's perfect for maintaining a hint of polish on days when I just need to be comfortable.  It's also the perfect dress for wearing on cleaner housework days since it could not be less restrictive :)

Simplicity 2582
Top: Simplicity 2582, blogged here
Shorts: American Eagle
Jewelry: Target & Ten Thousand Villages

Day 17 - "Summer Breeze" Top - A lazy day around the house (with a quick pop to Whole Foods) calls for casual clothing.  This is a pretty boring but, typical outfit for me when lounging about the house.  I really should have given more thought to fit when I made this top.  The bodice needs to be lowered by roughly an inch, below the neckline.  Despite the ill fit and sloppy gathers, this cap is too cool (lawn!!) and comfortable to not wear regularly.  I do need to work on what to pair it with though.  I have no idea what bottoms work with an empire silhouette.
Day 18 - n/a

Previous Me-Made posts:
Me-Made May: Days 1 - 11

Me-Made May: Days 1 - 11

My Me-Made May is off to a slow start but, I'm attempting to keep my efforts honest so I can see just how well my self-made wardrobe actually fits into my daily life (ie. no poofy sundresses just to clean the house).

I definitely made the right call keeping my pledge to 4 garments a week.  I just haven't made enough items to do more.  Especially not practical ones...  Here are my thoughts so far:

Day 1 - Nothing
Day 2 - Nada
Day 3 - Simplicity 3571 (unblogged) ... me-made pj bottoms.  Though I hardly count these as actually MMM wears, I do like the reminder that these are some of my favorite pj bottoms and they've actually limited the number of RTW bottoms I've since purchased (That number is 2 btw).  Also, they're some of my oldest me-made items so, it makes me quite happy that they're still hanging in there.
Day 4 - Another Simplicity 3571 (unblogged) Ditto

Day 5 - Zip

Me-Made May Day 6

Day 6 - Raspberry Renfrew - If you caught the post last week, you saw this was a bit of panic necessity sewing.  May decided to throw cooler weather at me and remind me I have a bad habit of sewing sundresses... not so 50F appropriate.  The long-sleeve/cowl-neck combo was perfect for this weather but, looking at the photos, I see the jersey was definitely the wrong choice for the pattern.  The shirt will get worn again (and again) but, it will most likely be an indoors-only top.
Day 7 - None
Day 8 - None

Simplicity 2246Simplicity 2339

Day 9 - Blue Herringbone ShirtdressContrary to Monday, our southern spring is back in full swing.  I needed to be dressed cool and comfortably for a day of chores and errands.  This shirt dress has certainly remained a go-to in my wardrobe.  On occasion, I feel it looks frumpy on the hanger but, I never fail to get compliments on it polish when I opt to wear it out (I always wear a belt).  I'd like to experiment more with accessories to liven it up a bit though.  I really like the tan woven belt with it but, I generally wear tan shoes too and that, in my mind, makes it a bit too traditional.  Classic but, not very youthful.
Day 10 - Blue/White Seersucker Gingham Shirt (unblogged) - Normally, I'd say it's a bit early to break out the seersucker but, we've been doing a fair bit of work on the house so, I wanted to stay cool.  Unfortunately, now that I know more about fit, I realize this shirt doesn't.  We over-fitted the shirt all around and did not compensate for mobility.  If I were to make this pattern again, I'd need to add pleats to the shoulders so I can comfortably move my arms and let out the bust area to prevent the ever-dreaded gaposis.  By the way, Friday's theme was sewing or your creative space so, I shared a little peak into my new sewing room and at an upcoming project :)

McCall 4440

Day 11 - Blue Seashell Sundress - I'm still pretty pleased with this dress and I'm sure it will continue to get regular wear.  It's comfortable, I can wear a standard bra and it's fairly easy to accessorize (the busy print has me convinced minimal accessories are best).  I love the nautical print but, we stopped in Brooks Brothers yesterday (where I did a bit of snoop-shopping for an upcoming project) and I was keenly aware that I was wearing quilting cotton.  I'm sure no one else would have guessed but, I think I'll avoid quilting fabrics for any future dresses.

That's one full week down, three to go!  Is anyone else off to a slow start?

Happy sewing! x

Finished Object: Raspberry Renfrew

So, at 0:00EST on xxxxxx, how many of you heard a giddy squeal?
That was me.
I'd been struggling, trying to think of a project that I could do solely on my serger (the movers packed that in its original box, thank goodness) but, I kept coming up blank.  I know it's ideal for knits but, even knits need hems.  Then, Marianna posted her fantastic Renfrew and it occurred to me - Renfrews don't need hems!  Sure, it would have been optimal to have a straight-stitch available for topstitching and shoulder seams but, who would argue over such teeny details?
Not I!
Instead, I set up my serger asap and set to work on my very first Renfrew!  (My very first Sewaholic pattern, for that matter.)

I starting writing the above post back in January after reading Marianna's post, hit save, and dashed to the sewing room.  But, when I sat down to actually sew to Renfrew in question, I discovered that while the movers had packed my serger in it's original box, they had neglected to pack the pedal with it.  It wasn't until late April that Brandon finally found it.  (We'd unpacked everything but, somehow a few of my sewing items got tossed in an antique steam trunk.  What's really odd is that we didn't inherit said steam trunk until several weeks after we moved...)

By then, my standard machine had been repaired and I was back to working on wovens.  Excited as I was to have my serger working again, spring had pushed the long-sleeved Renfrew I'd cut far out of my mind.  That is, until May decided to bring out the rain and drop the temperature 20-30 degrees.

I know panic sewing for Me-Made May is discouraged but, I'm going to call this filling a gap.  I did state that I would focus on separates this month so, I don't really feel like I'm cheating.  Just ignore the fact that I wasn't able to participate until I finished it :/

My feelings on this garment were mixed throughout the process.  Lately, I've not been much of a t-shirt person.      I purchased this pattern because so many of you made so many great looking shirts but, really, I was concerned it would be too much work for me to want to make multiples of something so casual.  And, on one hand, it was.  To start, I won't tell you how long it took me to sew the elastic onto the shoulder seam (tip: baste the elastic at either end, then sew from the middle out, using a walking foot).  Then, because my jersey was so stretchy and slippery, no amount of basting or pinning could make any of my seams line up.  Ironing this fabric was quite a pain too and it wanted to shine no matter what heat setting or pressing cloth I used.

Then, I tried it on.  So. Frickin. Comfortable.  Seriously, between the oh-so-soft rayon jersey and the cozy (but shapely) cut, this shirt almost feels indecent - like I'm wearing pajamas to the grocery store.  Yet, at the grocery, I was complimented on how "divine" it was.

Now having seen the photos, the fit is as I expected but, not what I wanted.  But, that's what you get when you ignore the bit about "stable knits" and instead grab a drapey jersey because it's a pretty color.  The fabric droops and drags the shirt down a bit and it clings here and there in ways I don't want shirts to cling but, that won't stop it from getting regular wear.  Even if it's just at home doing chores - I need clothes for those days too.

Definitely need a sway back adjustment and a stable knit next time.
SN: I'm not usually a fan of the high bun but, it's hard to argue it's practicallity for rainy bad-hair days ;)

I also see more of these in my future, though I plan to listen to Tasia's fabric recommendation this time ;)  So, if you have store recommendations for natural, colorful stable knits, lemme hear them!

Any other necessity sewers for MMM out there?

Happy sewing! x

Stash/spending notes:
Fabric:  >2 yards Mild Cherry Rayon Jersey Knit from stash - $4.80 from Fabric Mart
Pattern:  Sewaholic 1201  from stash - ~$13
Year:  2012
Notions:  ~8" clear elastic from stash - ~$.06 from Fashion Sewing Supply
Time to complete:  5 or 6 hours over the weekend?
First worn:  6 May 2013
Wear again?  Yep! It's too cozy not to
Total cost:  ~$18