May 18, 2013

MMM'13 week three wrap-up

Time for another MMM'13 recap! Are you sick of seeing me standing in the same spot yet? I'm surprised that at this point I still have a few items that I haven't worn yet, which will come in handy since we have two full weeks left. Is it just me, or is this May particularly long?

When I was going through my closet at the end of April trying to assess the Me-Made situation in there, I pulled out this skirt and was a bit shocked at what I found. It's Simplicity 2059 AKA the $2 skirt and it's a lightweight rayon challis. It's a little tough to tell here, but it's a bias cut skirt with an off-center seam front and back- you can see the chevron formed by the front seam on my right leg below:

May 13

Well, despite having (I think) let the bias hang before I hemmed this thing back when I made it, it was seriously misshapen when I pulled it out, with parts of the hem hanging almost an inch longer than others. Last weekend I finally took the hem out and straightened and re-hemmed it and now it can return to rotation. I really like this skirt, and the dark brown tones are a nice match for the Miz Mooz boots I picked up at a sample sale at the office for the highway robbery price of $10.

Last weekend I also finished the first of four garments outlined in my MMM'13 pledge. It's another Beignet, but I just don't know. It doesn't compare to my first Beignet love, and I think I overcorrected with this one after the shrinkage fiasco. This one's a size bigger and it's verging on Frumpsville.

May 14

I think possibly moving buttons three through five or so there at the top might help with that wrinkly pooching, but I'm not sure. I've washed and dried it now so I'm going to try it on again and see where we're at before I do anything drastic. This one does have a fun coral lining, and it will be a nice staple for the work wardrobe, but I really have to pin down the fit. I paired it on Tuesday with more bargain finds from the sample sale- the sweater and drapey neck top above might have cost me a dollar together. Maybe. I love sample sales! 

Bonus points for Junie rockin' some mama-made leggings in the pics above and below! I can't even take credit for it either, David dressed her! Way to represent MMM James family!

After I finished fixing the hem on the $2 skirt last weekend, I also took the time to sew some buttons back on the sailor pants I wore on Wednesday. I didn't make them- they're oldies from Express- but I've replaced every button on those babies at least once, so I feel a special handmade connection to them nonetheless. I've also completely lost faith in my drycleaner, because twice now I've taken these pants in and had them returned to me with buttons missing. The first time they were just gone (five of the twelve, necessitating a full-switcheroo). The second time there were only two lost, and they took the time to sew some (non-matching grey plastic) buttons back on, and again, they didn't bother to make a note or tell me about it. I didn't know until I took them off the hanger to wear them months later. Seriously? What is wrong with this situation? It's Dryel for me from now on. But I digress. Sorry.

  May 15

I am actually wearing an item that I legitimately made as well. Well, refashioned, I suppose. The top is from way back in 2010, made during one of Rae's Spring Top Weeks. It was a button-front shirt of David's that he didn't wear any more, so I chopped it up and made it my own. I never wear it anymore, and I certainly never would have picked it out to wear with those pants if it wasn't MMM. I like the look of them together, but sadly that top will now have to be retired. The fabric is weak and has split down at least one of the vertical burnout stripes in the back.

Thursday was my first repeat, but not because I ran out of me-mades. I still have a couple but I wanted to wear some comfy flats after walking around downtown in those platforms above. I've worn them a few times before with no trouble, but for some reason they really bugged me on Wednesday so I built my outfit around my need for comfort and pulled out my old favorite New Look 6030 denim skirt again.

  May 16

Paired with my fun giraffe haircalf Me Too flats and a Nic & Zoe cardigan from- you guessed it!- the sample sale, my feet were happy and my wallet is too!

That fulfilled my pledge this week to wear something me-made four days, but I decided to go for a fifth so I could try the Lisette tunic in a different way. I was curious to see how it might look belted, so for a casual brunch date with the hubby today I wore it like this:

  May 18

I tried it with the belt at my natural waist and also loosely slung at hip level, and ended up going with the latter. I don't love it this way, but I don't really love this top at all, so it's hard to say if it's the styling or not. I feel like it looked better with the ankle-length skinnies and no belt, like I wore it to work the first week of MMM. Maybe over black leggings it would work too? I don't know what it is. I want to like this top and wear it more, but I feel so weird in it for some reason. It just doesn't really feel like me, however it is that I see myself anyway. Ugh- okay, that's enough navel-gazing for one night!

Except not really. Indulge me just a little more? I finished my second me-made today- which means I'm half way through my pledge of four new items! I think I have a plan for the other two, but nothing set in stone yet. In reality, I have a lot of ideas for the things that I would like to make next, but I have yet to commit to anything. Ideas are good though! And I picked up a few new patterns last week during the McCall's & Vogue sale at JoAnn. I think there are some good ones this season! How is MMM'13 going for you? Still sewing new things to add to the rotation? Heading into repeatsville yet?