Me Made May Thoughts

It’s now the first day of June and Me Made May is over. How did I do with my pledge?

‘I, Andie of https://sewprettyinpink.wordpress.com, sign up as a participant of Me-Made-May ’16. I endeavour to wear at least three handmade garments each day for the duration of May 2016’

Well, I accomplished it without an issue. I thought about what it would take for me to achieve a fully handmade wardrobe by next May so that none of the items I wear need to be RTW. That doesn’t mean I have to toss my favourite remaining RTW dresses, blazers, sweaters, and tops, but that I wouldn’t need to wear them because I have enough handmade items to fill those gaps. Most of the items I came up with were in my plan before May, but some were actually surprising to me.

Top five things I should be sewing:

  1. Sweaters and blazers. I wear them with every outfit, because I love layers. I am prone to being cold and would prefer to have an extra layer of protection rather than be shivering in AC in the summer. Specifically, I need white and black sweaters and blazers in different shapes and styles for different looks.
  2. Bras. It’s kind of nuts that I need bras when I sew so many, but all of my bras have wires poking out, because the underwire channeling isn’t great quality in my opinion. The channeling I am used to from my Elomi bras is thicker and better. I have some channeling from a local source and from Arte Crafts so I will see if those work. I will try to fix the bras I have, but going forward want them to be better quality. I also really need to sew a gothic arch for comfort to see if that helps a bit of pain in the centre front after wearing it for a full day.
  3. Skirts. This was not expected since I have a lot of skirts. Turns out I need some more solid coloured skirts for patterned tops. I had a difficult time matching some recent tops I made to the skirts in my closet.
  4. Dresses. Again, not expected at all. Previously, I thought I was all done with dresses and should just be making skirts and tops. On the cruise, we would wear formal wear for dinners. I didn’t bring a huge amount of dresses and realized that I should make a couple of formal dresses for events or even a night on the town. I have nothing that fits my current body that I would consider formal. I also don’t have a little black dress and never have really had anything that would be considered a little black dress. I’d love to make one.
  5. Swimsuit. It was in my sewing plan to make a swimsuit. I brought a swimsuit for the cruise and never even entertained wearing it. I just don’t get the bust support I need in RTW swimsuits. I want to start going to the pool for low-impact exercise. In order to do that, I need to have a swimsuit I feel comfortable in. (edit: good timing, because it is swimwear month over at the Curvy Sewing Collective!)

I think Me Made May is a great way to reevaluate your wardrobe and think about what pieces you might be missing in it. I love taking part. I didn’t document every outfit. I find that part exhausting and not always practical, but as Zoe points out that’s not necessary to take part.

Here are some outfits I wore:

 

Me-Made-May 2016 and Progress Report

I cannot believe it’s almost time for Me-Made-May’16. I feel like this year has flown by like crazy! In the past year my handmade wardrobe has expanded like crazy. I almost have no RTW garments left in my closet. Last year, I accomplished my goal of wearing at least one handmade garment a day. This year I am upping that this year!

‘I, Andie of https://sewprettyinpink.wordpress.com, sign up as a participant of Me-Made-May ’16. I endeavour to wear at least three handmade garments each day for the duration of May 2016’

Three handmade garments a day! That can be easily accomplished I think, because I have a ton of new knickers! This weekend I made 13 more pairs of Barrie Briefs (shown below; there are two red pairs with black lace). I have over 20 pairs of handmade knickers in my wardrobe now. I am pretty proud of that.

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Along with all of these, my handmade bras and leggings end up being three pieces alone. I could actually pledge to wear four pieces…or even five… but I was already tripling my pledge from last year…

I am not making an extra pledge of making stuff during the month and I will not be posting my daily outfits on instagram either. Part of May is our honeymoon so I may not even be able to post half the month and I certainly don’t expect to finish much when I return, because I definitely expect to be exhausted when I return. I will take pictures, though, and post a round up at the end of the month. I will probably also report that I should have made the pledge of four or five pieces, because I have so much handmade stuff. 😉

Our honeymoon is less than a month away and I am so incredibly excited. It snowed here in Toronto this weekend (10-15 cm!) and I teased myself by looking at the weather in Amsterdam. 15 degrees celcius! Curses! April should be better weather here.

Let’s talk an update on the honeymoon wardrobe:

Outerwear

My Waffle Patterns Pepernoot Coat muslin has been made. I still need to make the final pattern alterations and cut it out in the final fabric. I expect to get that all done this week and start sewing. I will not be making the detachable fur trim until after the honeymoon, though. I won’t need that on a Spring coat.

Pants

I have one pair of Misty Jeans made along with my first version. I have two more cut out with fun pockets:

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Bonus makes: several pairs of leggings.

Tops

I will not be getting the Style Arc Skye top done before I go. Just too many issues that are making me not want to sew it at all. I’ve decided to put it away for now.

I got the Eva top and Cate’s Cousin Top done. I also refashioned a dress into a top using the Jenna Cardi top hack.

I have some more to share in this category, but you have to wait a week for that. 😉

Blazers/Cardigans

I made my Decades Everyday Three’s a Charm jacket last week and can’t wait to share. I didn’t take pictures this weekend as I had planned because the weather was terrible. Hopefully this week will allow for that. If not, I will have to take them inside. Here is the picture of the finished product I shared on IG for a preview.

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I would love to get one more of these done with the alterations I need to make, but I probably won’t get to that!

For cardigans, I have my Jenna cardi in blue merino.

Skirts

I will not be getting a Style Arc Candice Skirt done since my material was directional in the wrong direction. 😦 D’oh! I’ll try out the pattern later once I find some good fabric.

I made two Tenterhook Pattern Snapdragon skirts. I wrote a review of the pattern on the Curvy Sewing Collective and it went up last week. Check it out.

I have three Cake Pavlova skirts cut out that I will get done at some point, too. I will be trying out some pleating details on them, too, and side-seam pockets.

Lingerie

I made several bras so far. I’d really like to get one more done using the pattern from the Prep School Bra and the blush bra tulle kit from Emerald Studio. We’ll see. I feel like two pairs of jeans, three skirts, and a coat will be enough for the next few weeks!

I made around 20 Barrie Briefs. Good amount for the trip!

I made one pair of Going Rogue socks and one pair of tights using part of that pattern and would love to make more, but I doubt I will have the time and I am running out of materials. That will wait until after the honeymoon.

To sum up…

What I made:

  1. 1 pair of pants
  2. Several pairs of leggings
  3. Three tops (plus a bonus amount of tops to be revealed next week!)
  4. 1 blazer
  5. 1 cardigan
  6. 2 skirts
  7. Several bras
  8. Over 20 knickers
  9. 1 pair of socks
  10. 1 pair of tights

(WTF, that’s a lot of stuff….)

What got shelved:

  1. Style Arc Skye Top
  2. Style Arc Candice Skirt

What is left to do:

  1. Two pairs of Misty Jeans
  2. Pepernoot Coat
  3. Three Pavlova Skirts
  4. One more bra (if I have time)

I better get back to sewing…phew…