June 1, 2013

MMM'13 weeks four & five wrap-up

We made it, friends! MMM'13 is done! No more morning photo sessions! Can I get a collective sigh of relief, or what? I started to write this week four wrap-up last week, but I got distracted and never finished. Sorry! I'll just squash the last two weeks into one so we can all move on with our lives, eh? Warning: it's long!

I kicked off week four with another recently completed dress that I haven't taken the time to properly write about here. It's New Look 6184 (view D) made up in some slightly stretchy cotton sateen in a funky ikat print. Despite David's reaction when he first saw the fabric: "But... it's so ugly!" I love this print and have been holding on to this fabric trying to find the right dress pattern to highlight it without chopping it up too much, or distorting the horizontal stripey-ness of the print. That's not as easy as I thought! I finally settled on this NL pattern, and I'm pretty pleased with the end result. More photos and a full write up to follow. At some point... Anyway, I paired it with an ancient Old Navy cardigan because it's sleeveless, added an old belt and new boots and I was good to go!

 May 20 May 21

Tuesday I had some fun with color. My Emergency Red Skirt had emerged from a life of laundry room exile and was freshly pressed, so I paired it with a sheer sweater by Nic & Zoe. I think this sweater can easily veer into a breezy running barefoot in the surf in wide-leg linen pants kind of style, which isn't really my bag, so I felt like I needed a little bit of something to ground the floaty sheer print. I added a heavily grommeted wide belt, black flats, and red lips. I think that skewed it a little more rock 'n roll, and I felt pretty awesome in this outfit!

I'm surprised that it took me until week four to reach for my Cambie. I've worn this dress a lot since I made it but have been stumped about how to deal with the exposure from the only kind-of-there cap sleeves in my office. (Just so you know, I don't work in a convent or anything, and it's actually probably fine to expose my shoulders in the office. I just feel weird doing so, hence my repeated yammerings about things being sleeveless and therefore problematic.) Anyway, I think I figured out the perfect solution by layering this lightweight sweater over it and adding a cheap thrifted butterfly belt for a bit of color. Add coordinating green and mustard bead necklace, mustard shoes, et voila! Fun, springy, and office appropriate. Also makes me want to make many more Cambies!

May 22 May 23 

By May 23rd I felt like I was running out of me-made garments, but I still had this corduroy skirt. It's (another) New Look 6030, but it's a different view than the red and denim ones. It's shorter, with the addition of the ruffle on the pocket, which makes it feel a little cutesy to me. I do like it, but definitely think it needs boots and the right top to keep it from reading too juvenile. This rtw pink top works okay, and I really want to steal some of the properties of it for a me-made garment some day. The front pintucked panel is some kind of lightweight silky woven material, but the sleeves and the back are a jersey knit in the exact same color. It makes for a super comfortable top!

Friday of week four was spent in jeans and a non-me-made top. It's funny, because I started out the month thinking that my problem would be that my clothes were too casual, but the only days I struggled to dress in me-mades were casual Fridays. In retrospect I guess it makes sense, because I have lots of skirts and dresses that can dress up or down depending on shoes and accessories, but a tee shirt and most of my other me-made tops are a little too casual, even for Friday in my office. They're fine for weekends, but I couldn't be bothered to photograph myself seven days a week. Four was pushing it enough already!

We had a nice long holiday weekend here for Memorial Day, so Monday was a day off work. I did wear my Briar, but styled it pretty much identically to how I photographed it when I made it, so I didn't bother to take another pic.

Which brings us to Tuesday, week five: the home stretch! I broke out my green Beignet for an encore appearance to see if I could figure out another way to wear it. I paired it with this black tie-neck Banana Republic sweater from long ago, a thrifted skinny black patent belt, and my fave Me Too giraffe print haircalf flats. And Junie thinks you should know that she stole the racecar from her brother and was quite proud of her acquisition.

May 28 May 29

This plaid dress (Vogue 1027) was lingering at the back of the closet because it didn't feel quite right for work. I first wore it on Easter Sunday with delicate gold sandals so I couldn't really envision it any other way. I'm not sure these boots were the right choice, but they did help make it feel more casual. I added a chunky-ish multi-strand necklace and considered topping it with a cardigan but decided not to. Interestingly, I didn't feel too exposed at work in this, despite the lowish neckline and the short cap sleeves. I'm a woman of many contradictions, of this I'm aware.

Two days to go, and I realized that I hadn't worn my Alma yet. Probably because I can really only wear it with denim and the combo makes me feel like a cowgirl. I decided to suck it up and just go with it, pairing it with Gap denim trousers, a white cardi and my green Miz Mooz flats just for the hell of it. This was pretty standard attire for me two months ago when I was a working-from-home mama. Now, I feel like it's terribly uninteresting and I wasn't that comfortable in this outfit at work. Weird, eh?

May 30 May 31

And for the final day of MMM'13, it was another casual Friday, much to my dismay. There were a handful of me-made garments left in my closet that I hadn't worn yet, but this was the only one that I felt like could translate to the office. It's a copycat knit top that is almost an exact replica of a black one I bought at Nordstrom some years back. Had it not been MMM, I would have chosen the black one to better match the shoes. Alternately, I suppose I could have gone with different shoes, but these are so comfy and I knew I had to hike from my office to another corporate location across the city and I try to plan accordingly for trips like that after a few ill-prepared treks resulted in sad feet. Also, if you look closely in the glass door of the bookcase, you can see what I'm looking at when this pic was taken. It's a little Junie apparition!

So that's it! Me Made May done! Pledging to wear my me-mades four days a week ended up being a reasonable thing for me to achieve. I probably could have done five and incorporated a weekend day, but for me this year four was plenty. By next May, I would like to have a closet full of me-made items that work well with my lifestyle and then maybe it will be no big deal to go for the full month every day. It's a good goal!

As for the second half of my pledge, things didn't go so well. I set myself a goal to complete four new items during the course of the month, and I only made two that I like and will wear. I completed a third, but it's not going to see the light of day in its current state. I'll be back at some point to share what I did make, and also finally post a thorough review and more pics of the dresses that I made in April but still haven't blogged about.

And once again, a huge thanks to Zoe for being amazing and organizing this month of sewing fanaticism, and hooray for everyone who participated! I'm still getting caught up on all the posts in my reader, and I've barely had time to poke around the flickr group at all this year. I love that there were so many participants, and it's so much fun to see everyone's creations. How did it go for you? Are you exhausted? Can't wait to wear your RTW, or raring to sew some more?