Monday, May 31, 2010

Me-Made-May Days 29, 30 and 31

Me Made May Day 29

Today is the last day of Me-Made-May. I can't quite believe that it's over and that tommorow I can get dressed without having to think about whether I'm wearing something that I've sewn. It has definitely been a challenge and I'm excited about wearing whatever I want again. Visiting the Flickr group and seeing everyone else's take on MMM has been really interesting and I found some great new blogs.

Me Made May Day 30

(who is a genius) has already thought up the next sewing/crafting related challenge, Self-Stitched-September, so if you want in on the fun visit her post and sign up.

Me Made May Day 31

Friday, May 28, 2010

Me-Made-May Days 27 and 28

Me Made May Day 27

It continues to pour down with rain. The sun porch is filled with buckets (at least it's the only room in the house that has a leaky roof) and right now I'm wearing a pair of tights with two pairs of socks over the top but I'm still quite enjoying the downpour.

On Thurday I wore my navy pencil skirt, and a navy cardigan, navy coat and navy gloves. There would have been more, if I hadn't put a hole in my navy tights and my navy shoes were appropriate for rain. Obviously, navy is my black. On a semi-related note, when I was in high school there was a girl who only wore one colour at a time. So some days she would be head to toe red and others head to toe green etc. I always thought she looked amazing and admired her dedication.

Me Made May Day 28

Today, I wore my grey gored skirt while doing some baking. Baking rivals sewing as one of my favourite things to do. I especially love making biscuits on rainy days. They're so delicious warm out of the oven.
My Mum made me the apron for Christmas (so I'm wearing something me made and something Mum made). It has polka dots, a pocket, vintage buttons and the fabric looks like a 50's novelty print with fish, flowers and shells on it. It's so perfect for me.

Thursday, May 27, 2010

Me-Made-May Days 25 and 26

Me Made May Day 25

It's now been raining heavily for four solid days which explains my boring outfits (since my main objective has been staying warm) and my even messier than normal hair.
I wore my grey wool dress on day 25 and my polka dot blouse on day 26. I didn't get a picture of day 26 because by the time I got home it was dark and I was tired (and I'm lazy). I have actually been doing some sewing but I doubt I will get anything finished before the end of May.

Tuesday, May 25, 2010

Me-Made-May Days 23 and 24

Me Made May Day 23

I'm quite glad MMM is over in a week because it's getting cold here. It's been raining the past few days and it's hard finding me made things to wear that are winter appropriate. I've also been really busy and haven't had time to do any sewing so I'm pretty much just repeating my outfits. Don't get me wrong, I've really enjoyed doing it and it has been a challenge. I love looking at the MMM Flickr group and seeing what everyone else is wearing. I'm definitely more motivated to sew and wear more of the things I make. I really admire those doing MMM who have made all the things they are wearing.

Me Made May Day 24

Sunday, May 23, 2010

Me-Made-May Days 21 and 22

Me Made May Day 21

Having run out of clothes that I've sewn that I actually wear has made me dig up some long forgotten projects. The dress I'm wearing below I made over a year ago but have never worn. The bodice doesn't fit properly and I was too lazy to try and fix it.
May is going scarily fast but with only nine days left I'm starting to miss wearing my vintage dresses.

Me Made May Day 22

Thursday, May 20, 2010

Me-Made-May Days 19 and 20

Me Made May Day 19

I was actually wearing my green polka dot dress on day 19 but my camera died before I could take a photo. I also wore the above pyjamas. I made them in sewing class when I was 13. I don't know which is more embarassing; the fact I still wear these or the fact that I haven't grown at all since I was 13.

Me Made May Day 20

Day 20 or I like to ignore style rules by wearing clashing patterns and brown and black together.

Brumby, a fellow kiwi, has opened and Etsy Emporium and is hosting a giveaway to celebrate. Visit here to enter. I hope I win because I kind of love this dress , even though the colour would look awful with my pale skin.

Tuesday, May 18, 2010

Me-Made-May Day 18

Me Made May Day 18

I wore my rooster dress today, plus about four other layers because it was rainy and cold. I'm smiling because I'm actually one of those horrible people that loves winter. Miserable weather makes me happy. I love rain, I love gloves and I love soup. I blame it on being born in July.

Monday, May 17, 2010

Me-Made-May Days 16 and 17

Me Made May Day 17

Today I wore a pencil skirt that I finally finished yesterday. And just for a change I'm wearing polka dots. Taking photos of my outfits every day has made me realise I wear red and/or polka dots a lot.
It actually rained all day so this is what I was wearing under my coat.

Me Made May Day 16

Sunday I spent catching up with uni work and cleaning. I wore the dress I finished last week.

Friday, May 14, 2010

Me-Made-May Day 14 and 15

Me Made May Day 14

Things I have learned so far during MMM: Updating every day is hard and I should really sew more separates.
I wore this to uni on Friday. I know lots of people dislike polka dots because they are 'too cutesy' but if you couldn't already tell I love them (on that note I don't even know why 'cutesy' is an insult).

Me Made May Day 15

I wore this on day 15 to Helga's blogger meet up where I was my usual shy, socially awkward self. Groups of people intimidate me. The theme was red/white so luckily I had a red dress that I had made. I know it doesn't look like it but I did actually iron it before I went out.

Thursday, May 13, 2010

Me-Made-May Days 12 and 13

For day 12 I wore Simplicity 1192 for the second time this month. Please excuse the terrible picture, I had just come home and I was really tired.

Me Made May Day 12

Today I wore a blouse made from an old sheet. I don't really like it because the collar doesn't sit right, but I am fast running out of things to wear. It's quite good that I am being forced to wear things I don't normally because sometimes I spend ages sewing something and then don't actually end up wearing it.

Me Made May Day 13

Tuesday, May 11, 2010

Me-Made-May Day 11

Me Made May Day Eleven

This is what I wore to uni today. It isn't a very good picture of it but I think this version of Butterick 8459 is my favourite dress that I've sewn. The colours are actually a lot brighter and there are two rows of fabric covered buttons down the front. Said to me by someone today when they found out I'd made this dress, "What? Even the buttons?"

Monday, May 10, 2010

Me-Made-May Day 10

Me Made May Day 10

I finished this dress yesterday and wore it to uni today. The bodice is from Butterick 5032 and the skirt is just a rectangle with a box pleat in the front and four more pleats around the sides. I made it using some grey wool blend type fabric I got at Stash reHash. I left it a bit roomy in the bodice so that in the middle of winter (or now) I can wear a thermal and a jersey underneath it. I'm pretty happy about the way it turned out but mostly I'm just glad to have something slightly warmer to wear for MMM than summer dresses.

Sunday, May 9, 2010

Me-Made-May Day Nine

Me Made May Day Nine

Today I wore my gored skirt (again). I can't think of anything interesting to say because trying to understand Karl Popper is making my brain melt.

P.S. This is a neenish tart, Helga!
Neenish Tart

P.P.S. Happy Mother's Day Mum!

Saturday, May 8, 2010

Me-Made-May Day Eight

Me Made May Day Eight

This was my lazy Saturday outfit. I spent the day reading and baking banana bread and neenish tarts. The skirt is a simple gathered one I made a while ago using vintage fabric. I don't tend to wear it that much because the colour of the flowers seems to clash with most of the clothes I own. It might get some more wear during Me-Made-May though, when I start to run out of clothes.

Friday, May 7, 2010

Me-Made-May Day Seven

Me Made May Day Seven

For day seven I wore a me made back button blouse. After uni I went to Spotlight and the op shop. I was slightly embarassed at the op shop when I bought a back button blouse and blue vintage gloves while I was wearing um... a back button blouse and blue vintage gloves. I'm nothing if not predictable.
My thought process at the op shop went something like this: Look blue gloves. But I already have blue gloves. I'm actually wearing blue gloves right now. I don't have ones that are this exact shade of blue though. What if I need this exact shade to co-ordinate with an outfit? They are only $4. $4 is the same amount I paid for that horrible cheese scone I bought the other day. These are way better than a cheese scone. I must buy them.
I then found the blouse and repeated it again. This is how you end up with a drawer filled with gloves and too many cute vintage blouses.

Op shop finds

Thursday, May 6, 2010

Me-Made-May Day Six

Me Made May Day Six

I wore Simplicity 3542 today. This was the first vintage pattern I ever sewed so it has the dubious honour of being the dress that turned me into a vintage pattern addict.
I wore it to uni and on the bus on my way home the bus driver said to me, "It's so refreshing to see someone dressed like that." It made me laugh because I thought I looked pretty normal today (in comparasion to what I usually look like) but apparently not.

The hem looks uneven because the crinoline I was wearing was all bunched on one side which I didn't realise until later.

Wednesday, May 5, 2010

Me-Made-May Day Five

Me Made May Day Five

Today, I wore Butterick 5032 to uni and my volunteer job. I had a pretty good day because I got an old Ralta portable hair dryer for free.

Ralta Hairdryer Case

I love the case, it looks like a hat box.

Ralta Hair Dryer

I tried it when I got home and it still works.


I think it's from the 60s based on the hairstyles in the little booklet that came with it.

Tuesday, May 4, 2010

Me-Made-May Day Four

Me Made May Day Four

Today I wore a me made dress (Butterick 9826) to uni. I feel like I have it pretty easy compared to some of the other Me-Made-Mayers who are working because they probably have dress codes that they have to work around. None of my sewn clothes would be very work appropriate but luckily I can wear what I like to uni.

Monday, May 3, 2010

Me-Made-May Day Three

Me Made May Day Three

Today I wore Butterick 8459 to uni. Sorry about the bad photo, I only managed to take one and then my camera promptly died.
I have lots of sewing plans but haven't managed to get anything done since the start of May. Hopefully I can sew a few more things soon so I don't have to start repeating outfits.

Sunday, May 2, 2010

Me-Made-May Day Two

Me Made May Day Two

For day two of Me-Made-May I wore a me made dress to the Shabby Chic Market. There was some great stuff there so I had to limit myself to only three things. I saw two lovely and really reasonably priced vintage swimsuits but I stopped myself from buying them because I already have a gorgeous one (and I hardly ever go swimming). I did buy a broderie anglaise back button blouse, some red shoes and a layered petticoat. I was quite surprised about how reasonable the prices were, these only cost me $23 altogether.



Saturday, May 1, 2010

And so it begins

Me Made May Day One

My rule for Me-Made-May : Wear one me made item for every day of May.

For day one I wore a me made gored skirt. I had an exam on this afternoon so I wanted to wear something reasonably comfortable. Like always I was completely overdressed for the occasion, most people showed up in their trackpants.

Things I have learnt so far after the first day of Me-Made-May: My sewn wardrobe is made up almost exclusively of impractical and inapropriate clothes.

Please excuse my rather rumpled look in the photo. I had just come home from having spent seven hours at uni. That's my 'I'm so exhausted and relieved my exams are over I can't think straight' face.