May 11, 2013

MMM'13 week two wrap-up

Well, MMM'13 week two is over, (or soon will be, depending on how you count the weeks) and things are getting exciting! I'm already starting to feel the challenge as I watch my me-mades move from my closet to the laundry, where they have a tendency to sit for extended periods of time. I've got to start getting my wash and iron on, or I'll have nothing to wear for the second half of the month!

Once again this week I didn't quite live up to my own requirements for the challenge. I could go put on a me-made t-shirt and count today (Saturday) but for me the real challenge is in getting my me-mades into my work wardrobe so I'm not going to bother with that. I'm wishing that I had a few more me-made blouses or tops to wear, especially on casual Friday when jeans are the office norm. I have a couple but they're either not exactly office appropriate, or not really my favorite shapes anymore, so that's been a sticking point. I'm thinking more Almas are in order, and I have some chiffon that I'm dying to make into a cute little summery blouse.

But anyway, as usual, my life contains more plans than time. So here's what I wore this week:

May 6

It was my green Beignet on Monday, and it fits much better now that I've let it out a bit and moved the buttons. No breath-holding required! Paired with the ever-versatile striped sailor tee and flat mary-jane Miz Mooz shoes I was comfortable and still felt stylish and put-together.

Juniper!

Tuesday morning my helpers were back and eager to get in on the photo-taking action. Lincoln always wants to be in charge of the remote, and as you can see above- now Junie's first reaction to seeing the camera tripod come out is to go stand in my favorite (only) well-lit picture taking location.

May 7

This is my beloved Tiramisu, paired with a perfectly complementary pair of purple Franco Sarto shoes that I found at Nordstrom Rack. The belt is from Target, and coordinates better in person than it appears to in the photo.

On Wednesday I wore Ships Ahoy! It's one of two dresses that I've completed recently but haven't had time to properly blog about.

May 8

It's Simplicity 2177 (here's my review on PR) and I chose the pattern specifically to make use of this border print cotton that I found on clearance a couple years ago. I'm still searching for some navy flats to pair with it, so for this outfit I went with these metallic studded ones by Me Too, a hard-to-see but truly there silver metal belt that I thrifted, a me-made necklace, and basic navy cardi. This dress is sleeveless so it will be fun for summer all alone, but I can't have exposed shoulders at work, so be-cardigan-ed it shall remain on weekdays.

This next one is admittedly a bit of a cheat as I didn't make anything that I'm wearing. HOWEVER, if it wasn't for my little sewing hobby/obsession/passion, I wouldn't still have the skirt or the top in my closet at all. I relegated the Michael Stars wrap top to my bin of knit fabrics years ago, thinking that I could salvage the fabric for a future kid's top or something, as I didn't wear it often. I found it when I was moving my sewing room recently and decided to give it another shot. That, in case you're keeping track, is yet another point for fabric hoarding. Wheee!

May 9

The skirt is from Old Navy and I've had it forever. It was the palest of pale yellows, which wasn't great for me and my yellowish skin tone. Since I've been dying all kinds of stuff lately in an attempt to give things a new leash on life, one day I decided to throw this skirt in a red dye bath and see what happened. I was hoping for more of a lipstick red, but as you can see, it ended up pink. There are parts that didn't pick up the dye at all, like the poly ribbon at the hem, the button and zipper closure, and the burnout sections of the fabric. That's cool with me, because it means I can get away with pairing this with my mustard yellow pumps from Target (long ago), and I do think it's now a better color for me to wear. So hooray for the make-do-and-mend mentality so persistant in the sewing community. I'm now much more inclined now to try to alter or adjust garments that aren't working for me, rather than just tossing them in the Goodwill pile.

Since I pledged for four days of me-mades per week, I had intended not to count Thursday's cheat and wear something me-made on Friday, but it didn't work out. As I mentioned above, I need to get better about doing laundry and make myself some new tops so I can get in on the casual Friday action a little more easily. Things were also complicated by the fact that there was a Mother's Day celebration at Lincoln's preschool, so I wanted to look nice but also wear jeans- first world problems, etc. I was also up for many hours in the early morning because Junie wouldn't sleep, so in the end, exhaustion won out over my good intentions. Luckily, Lincoln offered redemption in the form of a custom handmade brooch that I was proud to pin to my off-the-rack top of shame.

Mother's Day Celebration at Creative Minds Academy

The bunny ears and Ziplock bag bow tie are from Lincoln's most recent accessory collection which, despite appearances, was NOT sponsored by Playboy. The kids performed a rousing rendition of Some Korean Song About Bunnies, complete with hopping and hand movements and general adorableness.

Lincoln as bow-tied bunny

We devoured plates of international cuisine and desserts galore while the kiddos serenaded us in no less than four languages and spelled MOM and LOVE with their bodies, causing the hearts of all of us helpless mommies to melt into puddles of goo all over the floor. It was precious.

So that's week two wrapped! I'm having so much fun checking out everyone's outfits on their blogs (trying, at least- I'm way behind!) and in the Flickr group (which has 399 members! Awesome!). How is MMM going for you if you're participating? Feeling the strain yet? Is laundry the bane of your existence too? I feel like those piles NEVER go away!