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Hello!  Sorry for the radio silence lately…there’s been a bit of extra stress around here the past couple weeks that I’m aiming to adjust to.  And my birthday was yesterday!  I’m 29 now for those who are nosy like me and can’t get past the “she looks like she’s twelve but how old is she really?!”  And no, I’m not worried or paranoid about turning thirty.  It’s all just a number.  I also may be slightly absent for the next week or two as I finish up a paid-for project.  But after that I’ve got many things lined up to make and share, including a better version of that Wiksten Hack Tank tutorial post that I removed.  To the point of today…

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Skirt Week is upon us!

Blue Turtle Skirt

As for this skirt, I’m making myself even do a post in the first place, and that’s only because I put it in with the A-line skirts for Skirt Week.  Yay, Skirt Week!  Boo on this skirt.  I’ll give you some quick details and then let you see my rushed pics that we took just before it was too dark.  I was mad then at anything and everything, but it was the last day to submit a photo, so enjoy my grumpy face in the one pic my head is seen.  (And ignore the wrinkly cardigan I pulled out of the basket of clean clothes right before heading outside.  Yikes…)

BTS outfit

The fabric is not really turtles, but kind of looks like turtles, and that’s fun, so hello, pretend turtles!  It’s a stretch cotton sateen-like fabric from Hancock (I always forget to check labels, sorry!).  I used the Sewaholic Crescent Skirt pattern, View A.  I fully lined it with white Bemberg rayon lining, but I wanted to wear it a few times before settling on where to hem that lining; so I used an overlock stitch on my regular sewing machine as a temporary finish until I make up my mind.  Unrelated: I find it hilarious that it looks like I’m wearing white tights in this pic, but no, I’m really just that pasty! 😀

BTS Lining

I added white piping to the waistband, but I would recommend forgoing the corded piping and just use some fabric strips instead.  The added bulk and dealing with topstitching on the waistband was annoying.

BTS piping and print

Those horizontal wrinkles are from my shirt, by the way–in case you think there’s something funky going on there.  I did a baby hem, but it tried to go mildly “lettuce” on me from the stretch.  Live and learn, I suppose.

BTS Back

The skirt itself isn’t all bad, but my last version of this pattern took some wearing before I learned to like it.  I’m hoping the same happens for this one.

Thanks for looking!  Sorry I’m so dull today.  The cats are at it again, and I’m not looking forward to the “unselfish sewing” I agreed to months ago.  I shall return with a bit more pep in my step! 🙂

me-made-may'13

So, it’s finally over!  As much fun as it was, I’m relieved.  It started to wear on me to take pics and deal with choosing what me-mades I was going to wear each day.  But I can definitely say that I learned quite a bit during the month.  First the round-up:

Day 26–Casual Lady Top

I neglected to get a pic this day, but the top is here if you’re curious.  It was a random cold day, so I wore it with my hand-me-down jeans and zip-up cardigan (shocker…it’s like my daily uniform!).  It was quite comfy since it wasn’t so scorching hot outside.  I haven’t worn it as much as I thought I would, but after this day, I think it will see much more use in the cooler fall/early spring time around here.  I think…

Day 27–Just a Wiksten Tank

Ummm….again I neglected a pic, but I looked just like this, only with shorts instead of pants:

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Day 31: New Tee Yet to Be Blogged

My last day was a new tee I made that will be blogged later once I finish the shorts I have sitting on my ironing board–hopefully in a couple days.

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Also another goofy jump shot.  It wasn’t at all what I was hoping to get, but with ominous storm clouds visibly rolling in, I had to do something quick and this fit the bill.

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And can I just say how hard it is to nail a suitable facial expression for this pose?!  I managed some very put-together smiles while in the air, but it just looked like I was floating weirdly.  Also, by ankles are sore from the 500 jumps I did in ten minutes!

Some Zoe Love

A big, fat thank you to Zoe for organizing this whole Me-Made-May business in the first place!  I’ve only really been following her blog the past year, but her influence on me regarding sustainability in the clothing industry has been huge.  I used to feel a little gross about going into our local thrift store because of a bad experience when I was much younger.  When I began sewing for little man, I decided to take the plunge and start upcycling thrifted adult garments into smaller clothes for Little Man.  After much success (and a learning curve, for sure!), I’ve been looking at the thrift store as a fabric source for myself as well.  But may it be known–around here, you don’t find straight-up fabric–it’s all clothes and blankets and toys.  I’ve learned to go in with a purpose and look for the color and type of fabric I need for a specific project (see this post to see the top that sealed that lesson for me!).  It truly is worth it.  I began to feel conviction about excessive fabric store shopping and hoarding new fabric after following Zoe’s blog for a while–a need for sustainability in the textile industry is a very big deal.  But that’s a post for another day…

What I learned from Me-Made-May ’13:

-It is valuable to take the time needed to create a well-fitting garment.  Otherwise, I’m wasting time and fabric.

-I realized last year that I’m not a dress-maker.  As much as I’d love to wear flowy dresses and skirts, as a mom, I don’t have the energy to worry about my skirt receiving a nice upward gust of wind.  I also gravitate toward jeans/shorts and a shirt anyway.  So that’s what I make, and I should continue on that mission.

-I need to make myself some easy-to-wear comfy clothes that look put together.  On the May days that I couldn’t seem to like any of my me-mades, I ended up in a RTW tank and cardigan.  That was a light-bulb moment for me.

-Taking the time to actually fix my hair from time-to-time isn’t all bad!

-Taking better blog photos is worth the time–even if it means I have to wait a day or two to get the post up.  I’ve been working on it prior to May (hopefully the efforts haven’t gone unnoticed!), but as far as pics of myself go, I’m learning (as is my husband/photographer!).

-In my drive to make some items for summer, I found myself “shopping my stash” and using the old fabrics I had been too afraid to use.  And I don’t regret using them!  Who knew?!  I used a total of five stash fabrics in the past month and a half.  I still have plenty of each left over, but I wasn’t trying to get rid of my stash.  I was just trying not to buy new fabrics.  It’s paid off, because I love seeing that I’ve actually used them and am now able to wear them instead of just seeing them sitting on a shelf.

-After reading others’ posts who committed to no outfit repeats and hated that they couldn’t wear their fave dresses or outfits more than once in the month–I will never be committing to no repeats if I do this challenge in the future.  I also tend to wear my fave clothes more than once before they hit the washer (don’t act like you don’t do it, too! Right??).

There’s probably more that I’ve gained from this, but that’s all I can think of for now.  Thanks for following my Me-Made-May ’13 journey! 🙂