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Me Made May 2018 Week 3

Me Made May week 3 by Skirt Fixation

Over on Instagram (follow us here!) we are participating in Me Made May.  For this event, sewists all around the world wear the clothes they made themselves and share it.  Here is what I’ve been wearing.

Shirt: Union St. Tee by Hey June Patterns in double brushed poly fabric from CaliFabrics reviewed here.

Skirt: Sandbridge Skirt by Hey June Patterns in baby wale corduroy from CaliFabrics reviewed here.

Do you ever have this problem? Sometimes when I refashion garments, I can’t UNSEE the old one. For example, this just looks like 3 of Mr. Skirt Fixation’s shirts! Perhaps it the handsome Mr. SF I can’t get out of my mind’s eye? 😉 . . Skirt pattern: Tiered maxi skirt from @patternemporium_kate Skirt fabric: Mr. Skirt Fixation’s button down shirts. Shirt pattern: peplum top from @jocolepatterns Shirt fabric: @artgalleryfabrics solid knit . . #mmmay18 #sewblueandwhite #pdfpattern #sewistsofinstagram #memademay2018 #memademay #memadeeveryday #memademay18 #isewmyownclothes #handmadewardrobe #sewmodest #skirtsewing #skirtpattern #sewingskirts #upcycled #upcycledskirt #pdfpattern #sewingforme #sewinglyf #sewsewsew #sewcialists #sewersgonnasew #makersgonnamake #wearefabrics

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Tiered Maxi skirt by Pattern Emporium reviewed here.

Peplum Top by Jocole in Art Gallery Fabric solid knit reviewed here.

Fancy Sailor Top in super soft Nani Iro double gauze reviewed here.

Pencil skirt in embossed scuba knit from JoAnn Fabrics reviewed here.

Confession: when I designed the Runway Skirt, the midi length was my least favorite. But now I wear this one ALL the time! What do you think of midi length? . . Skirt pattern: #runwayskirt by #savvypatterns Skirt fabric: #blithefabrics by @katarinaroccella for @artgalleryfabrics Shirt pattern: #laneraglan by @heyjunehandmade Shirt fabric: 2 different black knit fabrics that are fading unevenly! This was my muslin of the update, and it desperately needs replacing…maybe it should be my Me Made item for this week? 😂 . . #mmmay18 #memademay18 #memademay #memademay2018 #memadeeveryday #patterndesigner #pdfpattern #pdfpatternsewing #selfcaresewing #sewersgonnasew #makersgonnamake #sewsewsew #sewingisselfcare #skirtsewing #sewingskirts #sewingtall #sewingforme #sewcialists #sewistsofinstagram #apparelsewing #modestskirt #sewmodest #selfishsewing #wearefabrics

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Runway skirt by Savvy Patterns in Art Gallery Fabrics Blithe knit fabric and Blithe voile fabric for the godets.  Reviewed here.

Black Lane Raglan by Hey June Patterns that just won’t go away!  I’m going to get some of this fabric to replace it though.  Soon…

Me Made May week 3 by Skirt Fixation

The photo above is what I wore on the next day of Me Made May.  Sort of.  And I never got it posted to Instagram.  It was one of those days!  I spent the morning in the goat barn with a doe who was having trouble kidding.  Around lunchtime, I had a lunch meeting that simply could not be avoided.  So I showered, threw on this maxi skirt refashioned from a dress (see the original post here) and my white Union St. Tee in Riley Blake Designs white knit fabric.  As soon as I returned, I was back in the barn in my chore clothes until just before supper.  Another shower, and I put on my pajamas for the rest of the evening!  Ah, such is life!

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Hampton Hoodie by Peekaboo Pattern Shop in Art Gallery Fabrics Petal and Plume knit fabric.

Style J denim maxi skirt in khaki.

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Runway Skirt by Savvy Patterns in Art Gallery Fabrics Observer knit fabric with cream rayon challis for the godets.

Cheyenne Tunic by Hey June Patterns in fine chambray from CaliFabrics reviewed here.

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And from yesterday, the Mermaid Maxi Skirt in Art Gallery Fabrics Millie Fleur knit fabric.

And my favorite new basic, the Union St. Tee by Hey June Patterns in chocolate Dana modal knit fabric.

That’s it for this week!  See you next week…

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A new Grace Tankini and Me Made May Week 2

Grace Tankini by Savvy Patterns sewn by Skirt Fixation for Savvy Patterns

Here’s the week 2 round up of what I’ve been wearing for Me Made May.  You can follow us daily on Instagram here.

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Seafarer shirt by Sew Much Ado in Soulful knit fabric by Art Gallery Fabrics reviewed here.

Jocole A-line maxi skirt reviewed here.

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Sandbridge Skirt by Hey June Patterns in Floral Denim from Fabric.com reviewed here.

Peplum top by Jocole Patterns in Art Gallery Fabrics deep ocean knit reviewed here.

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Fancy Sailor top in Millie Fleur line drawings bluing fabric reviewed here.

Knit maxi skirt from Jocole patterns in cocoa knit fabric reviewed here.

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Seafarer top by Sew Much Ado in Fleet and Flourish knit fabric reviewed here.

Syrah skirt in ombre knit fabric from JoAnn Fabrics reviewed here.

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Santa Fe top by Hey June Patterns in double brushed poly from Girl Charlee reviewed here.

Denim maxi skirt from Style J.  If you don’t want to sew your own denim skirts, we can definitely recommend these!

Newest make: a Grace Tankini! When @raspberrycreekfabrics released their new swim and board shorts fabrics, I got busy planning. Swipe for a closer look at this awesome fabric. Tips for sewing swimwear in my story highlights. . . Pattern: #gracetankini by #savvypatterns Fabrics: Bubbles and Stripes swimwear fabrics from @raspberrycreekfabrics . . #mmmay18 #memademay #memademay2018 #swimwearsewing #swimsuitsewing #diytankini #sewmodest #ruchedswimsuit #sewingswimwear #sewingswimsuits #tankiniswimwear #sewingforme #sewingisselfcare #fabricmanipulation #modestswimwear #modestswimsuit #modesttankini #nursingfriendly #sewsewsew #sewcialists #sewistsofinstagram #sewingpatterns #pdfpattern #pdfpatternsewing #patterndesigner

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Grace Tankini from Savvy Patterns.  This is the thing I sewed for the week, and I’ll tell you ALLLLLL about it and the amazing fabric from Raspberry Creek Fabrics in then next post.  Believe me, this one needs it’s own post!

Cheyenne Tunic by Hey June Patterns in Fleet & Flourish voile fabric from Art Gallery Fabrics reviewed here.

Knit maxi skirt from Jocole patterns in cocoa knit fabric reviewed here.

So that’s it for week 2!  Let me know what you think in the comments below.

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Me Made May 2018 Week 1

Key Largo Top sewn by Skirt Fixation

As promised, for anyone who doesn’t follow us on Instagram, here’s the round up of Audrey’s weekly outfits.  It’s fun to look back and see what I wore in past years, and the different ways to pair items of clothing.  Stick around to the end of the post to see if I met my goal for the week!!!

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Sandbridge Skirt by Hey June Patterns pattern review here.

Willamette Shirt by Hey June Pattern pattern review here.

Mountain Pose Pants by Hey June Patterns.

Simple Maxi skirt pattern by Simple Simon & Co reviewed here in Art Gallery Fabrics aloe mist knit.

Marlene shirt pattern; reviewed here in Riley Blake Designs striped knit.

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Lane Raglan pattern by Hey June Patterns in double brushed poly (here’s a similar fabric) reviewed here.

Jocole pencil skirt in scuba knit from JoAnn Fabrics (here’s a similar, no prettier, fabric! reviewed here.

Mountain Pose Pants by Hey June Patterns in black jersey from JoAnn Fabrics.

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Lane Raglan pattern by Hey June Patterns in black knit.

Jocole pencil skirt in striped knit (I think it’s this exact one) reviewed here.

Union St. Tee by Hey June Patterns refashioned from a skirt (see it here.)

Style J denim maxi skirt.

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Runway Skirt by Savvy Patterns in woven brushed modal from CaliFabrics reviewed here.

Key Largo Top by Hey June Patterns with ruffle sleeves hack in floral viscose poplin from La Mercerie.

And if you’re following along, you know that I’ve accomplished at least 1 week’s sewing project for me goal for May.  Also, this seems to be a new color palette for me, but I’m totally in love with this fabric.  It’s lightweight, doesn’t wrinkle horribly, and drapes and flows beautifully.

Key Largo Top sewn by Skirt Fixation

In my opinion, it’s the perfect fabric for this pattern.  I highly recommend either and both of these!

Key Largo Top sewn by Skirt Fixation

For some reason, I’ve been attracted to the warm color palette for the first time in my wardrobe.  I love wearing navy blues and blacks, but recently I’ve wanted all the reds, oranges, and yellows.  So keep your eyes on this space to see how long this lasts.

Key Largo Top sewn by Skirt Fixation

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2018 Goals Update – April

April goals update by Skirt Fixation

Instead of waiting until the end of the year to check in on our sewing resolutions, I thought it would help stay on track to check in throughout the year.  So check up #1!

April goals update by Skirt Fixation

For the women’s make 9 challenge, I’ve sewn myself 4 items.  That means I’m ahead of the curve for staying on track.  Here are the links to the posts:

Woven Runway Skirt

Ventian Skirt (technically, I wanted to do a maxi, but after my chambray midi version, I’m not sure I want to do a maxi.  The fit is not great, but I think it’s the inseam pockets that I’m not loving, so I might do a maxi with the patch pockets and see if I like that better.)

Cheyenne Tunic

Lane Raglan

April goals update by Skirt Fixation

For the men’s make 9 challenge, I’ve sewn 3 items.  This means I’m right on schedule, but I’ve still got a couple of hard makes left.  Like pants.  Here is the link to the post:

Finlayson Sweater

Ha, I’m realizing that I haven’t blogged the turtleneck or the flannel Marco shirt.  Here’s a photo of it on the dashing Mr. Skirt Fixation to make up for that oversight.

April goals update by Skirt Fixation

2018 RTW Fast update:  No clothing purchases from me, but this is not a big surprise.  I have not purchased clothing for myself for several years!  I love sewing…

Another goal I added in after the original post was to use the Stash Shrinker spreadsheet from my friend Michelle at Sew Journers to help address the condition of my fabric stash.  Basically, you choose a multiplier, and use the spreadsheet to sew that amount of yards of fabric compared to the amount of yards of fabric you buy.  I decided to chose an extremely high multiplier of 5 and stay on a very strict diet until I sewed 100 yards of fabric at which point I would lower the multiplier.  Well, there’s good news and bad news…I can lower the multiplier now, but I didn’t stick with the not buying goal.  So I’ve lowered the multiplier to 3, and I’ll try to catch up on the amount of yardage bought!  

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A mini goal I’m doing is following along with Project Run & Play’s Let’s Sew A Rainbow event.  I’ve decided to sew something from the stash for one of the kids each week in the color of the week.  It’s green week, and I’ve sewed along every week so far!  I’ll do a post at the end with all the garments, but if you want to see sneak peeks, you should follow us on Instagram.

And now that we’re up to May, it’s time for Me Made May!  I’ll try to do a roundup of my posts here weekly like I did last year.  And the year beforeBut I’m hoping to challenge myself by sewing a garment for myself every week during May.  Last year I used Me Made May as an opportunity to identify the holes and gaps in my handmade wardrobe, but I never did anything about it!  So here’s to achieving that goal!

That’s all for today!  Thanks for sticking around for all the sewing and skirt fun.

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Me Made May Week 4

Me Made May skirt outfits from Skirt Fixation

 

 

Wrapping up Me Made May today!  Some thoughts on the event and my wardrobe at the end of the pictures!

Me Made May Day 22:

This striped Jocole knit pencil skirt is super comfortable and it matches my gray Sante Fe top perfectly!  I wear both these a lot.

Day 22 Verdict:

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Perfect outfit for summer months!  Everyone needs a Sante Fe top!  And this pattern is on SALE for 15% off right now with the code SANTEFE15

Me Made May Day 23:

This was the very first v-neck Union Street Tee I made.  Well, the very 1st any v-neck tee I made!  And I love it!

Day 23 Verdict:

Me Made May skirt outfits from Skirt Fixation

Love this shirt, here’s my review of the pattern.

Me Made May Day 24:

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I sewed up the Wildflower Top from Blank Slate Patterns and even modified it to become nursing friendly.

Day 24 Verdict:

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Unfortunately, this version didn’t work!  Bur I think with some changes I could get this to work out.  It would be such a good shirt for nursing!

Me Made May Day 25:

I wore my Jocole Peplum Top.  This version was originally my wearable muslin.

Day 25 Verdict:

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As with the other peplum top I wore this week, my waistline is not quite back to normal right now, and I’m going to keep blaming it on having a baby for several more months!

Me Made May Day 26:

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This is my favorite skirt refashion ever!  And my black Lane Raglan  that I still wear ALL THE TIME!

Day 26 Verdict:

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These two are in constant rotation!

Me Made May Day 27:

This navy blue Seafarer Top I made (unblogged) goes with just about everything in my skirt wardrobe!  And this skirt is reviewed here.

Day 27 Verdict:

Me Made May skirt outfits from Skirt Fixation

Mr. Skirt Fixation just purged his closet again…I think it’s time to make another one of these skirts!

Me Made May Day 28:

I love this Cheyenne Tunic in Art Gallery Fabrics voile so much!  And this Syrah skirt is dreamy too!

Day 28 Verdict:

Me Made May skirt outfits from Skirt Fixation

I’m pretty sure that if these two garments ever wear out I’ll just make exact replicas so I can always wear them!

Me Made May Day 29:

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This Sante Fe top  was the 2nd one I made.  And I wore it with my Jocole yoga A-line skirt.

Day 29 Verdict:

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The fabric I used for this shirt was closeout from Hancock Fabrics, and it doesn’t have good recovery.  This shirt gets pretty stretched out.

Me Made May Day 30:

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My new Seafarer top (again!!!) and a refashioned skirt from several years ago.

Day 30 Verdict:

Me Made May skirt outfits from Skirt Fixation

When it’s good, it’s good!

Me Made May Day 31:

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A brand new Syrah Skirt (blog post coming soon!) made from this fantastic shibori dyed knit fabric from JoAnn (affiliate link) and (surprise, surprise) that same navy Seafarer!

Day 31 Verdict:

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What I learned from Me Made May 2017:

I need to replace quite a few of the garments I made when I was learning to sew knits.

I need to sew with more solid colors more so I can pair things better.

I’m actually running short on Me Made skirts!

I need to find(or draft?) a good denim skirt pattern.

Do you have any suggestions for my “Me Made” wardrobe?

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Me Made May Week 3

Me Made May outfits from Skirt Fixation

I forgot to post the “Me Mades” I’ve been wearing here on the blog!  So you get week 3 today and week 4 a little later.

Me Made May Day 14:

I love the Runway Skirt from the cover of the pattern, and since the godets are cream rather than white, I made myself a new Union St. Tee to match!  (affiliate link)

Day 14 Verdict:

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I love both of these garments lots and lots!  I tried to wear a store bought sweater vest with it, but it did’t fit!  Just be time to make one!

Me Made May Day 15:

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Wearing the 1st Syrah Skirt I made, and my Jocole peplum in super soft Art Gallery Fabrics knit fabric!

Day 15 Verdict:

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I will probably wait a few more months before putting this top back in my regular wardrobe.

Me Made May Day 16:

My Lane Raglan (affiliate link) in black that I wear ALL. THE. TIME. and a refashioned skirt.

Day 16 Verdict:

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This skirt is going to have to go!  And the Lane Raglan is getting worn from so much wear…time to make another one!

Me Made May Day 17:

Guess what, another Syrah Skirt from my very 1st Cali Fabrics blog post, and my wearable muslin (unblogged, I think!) of the Granville Shirt.

Day 17 Verdict:

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Time to sew a button back on!  And wait a few months to wear it again…

Me Made May Day 18:

One of my very favorite striped Lane Raglans, (affiliate link) and my black Jocole Yoga Skirt.

Day 18 Verdict:

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It’s soooo hard to get rid of a favorite shirt…but this one needs some repair before I wear it again in public…if ever!

Me Made May Day 19:

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I chose my very comfortable Seafarer Top in the very lovely Art Gallery Fabric floral. (affiliate link)

Day 19 Verdict:

Me Made May outfits from Skirt Fixation

This pattern and this fabric is one of my favorite combinations!

Me Made May Day 20:

I just had to wear this Runway Skirt again when I got to go to Quilt Market for a few hours because I knew April Rhodes, who designed this Observer knit fabric (affiliate link) would be there showing her newest lines of fabric!

Day 20 Verdict:

Me Made May outfits from Skirt Fixation

I also wore a new Seafarer Top I made myself just for the occasion!

Me Made May Day 21:

Day 21: a maxi skirt in gorgeous @alisonglass fabric and a #viviennetop . . #mmmay17 #memademay #flirtingtheissue

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This very lovely Flirting The Issue skirt and a Vivienne Top I made for Allegra.

Day 21 Verdict:

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The Vivienne Top didn’t work out for me…but I really do need a dressy black shirt, so stay tuned!!

My kids have also been wearing Momma Made clothing too! Here’s what I got:

Kids Momma Mades Day 14:

My sweet girl in her #mommade outfit today. #mommmay #mommmay17 #minimemademay #polinadress #pencilskirt #vintagefabric

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Kids Momma Mades Day 15:

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Kids Momma Mades Day 17:

Kids Momma Mades Day 18:

Kids Momma Mades Day 19:

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Kids Momma Mades Day 20:

Kids Momma Mades Day 21:

 

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Me Made May 2017 Week 2

Me Made May with Skirt Fixation

Continuing on with Me Made May, we’ve been posting our skirt outfits over on Instagram.  (If you want to see them in real time, follow us here.)

Me Made May Day 6:

Day 6 verdict:

Me Made May with Skirt Fixation

To reward myself for getting rid of several garments last week I sewed up a new Union St. Tee for myself.  (affiliate link) in double brushed poly from Raspberry Creek Fabrics.  It’s dreamy!

Me Made May Day 7:

Day 7 verdict:

Me Made May with Skirt Fixation

This is my Cheyenne Tunic (reviewed here) and a Runway Skirt.  Both are keepers, I just need to repair the hem!

Me Made May Day 8

Day 8 verdict:

Me Made May with Skirt Fixation

I put on this Julia Sweater in hopes of loving it again.  But it’s definitely seen it’s best days and going to have to go.  The Jocole yoga skirt is a keeper.

Me Made May Day 9:

Day 9 verdict:

Me Made May with Skirt Fixation

I’m not sure what happened to my Julia Cardigan, but it’s completely unwearable and stretched out of shape beyond repair.  I guess that’s what I get for using cheaper fabric.  The scuba tank in great, and the Nani Iro skirt is divine…so they are both staying in my wardrobe.

Me Made May Day 10:

Day 10 verdict:

Me Made May with Skirt Fixation

Still in love with my Sailor Top in Mille Fleur fabrics!  It took me quite a few times to get this shirt to fit my tall, wide-shouldered self, but we’re there now!

Me Made May Day 11:

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Day 11 verdict:

Me Made May with Skirt Fixation

This Seafarer shirt is proof that when you have a good pattern and you use top quality fabric, you’ll get a garment you can wear and wear and wear!

Me Made May Day 12:

Day 12 verdict:

Me Made May with Skirt Fixation

And since I threw away some more garments, I made myself the new Willamette Shirt!  (Read my review here.)

Me Made May Day 13:

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Day 13 verdict:

Me Made May with Skirt Fixation

This Hampton Hoodie fits great and still gets lots of wears even though I accidentally threw it in the wash with something red that stained some of the feathers pinkish!

The kid have been wearing Momma Made clothes too!  Check it out:

Kids Day 6:

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Kids Day 7:

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Me Made May Week 1

Just like last year, I’m participating in Me Made May.  As a refresher, Me Made May is an event where people who sew their clothes wear them for the month of May.  Everyone personalizes it to what works for them, and I’m doing the same.  This year I’m using the Me Made May event to assess my wardrobe, looking for handmade gaps and to determine what I wear and don’t wear and why.  Then I’ll summon up the courage to get rid of the things that don’t work…even though I made them!  For some reason I have a really hard time getting rid of garments I made.  I’ll summarize each week here, and let you know how it goes.

Me Made May Day 1:

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Day 1 verdict:

This is the Marlene Shirt and the nursing modification works really good!  But I’ll probably use it on a different shirt in the future, or lower the armscyle on this shirt if I make another one.

Me Made May Day 2:

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Day 2 verdict:  This Santa Fe top is a keeper!  And the Jocole a line yoga skirt works great too.

Me Made May Day 3:

Day 3 verdict:

This Lonetree Vest is absolutely amazing!  I don’t think I’ll ever get rid of it, since I used top quality Art Gallery Fabrics canvas and made 3 muslins before sewing it up so the fit is perfect.  This ombre Syrah Skirt is one of my absolute favorites too.  I just need to repair the hem.  My double needle and I are not good friends right now!

Me Made May Day 4:

Day 4 verdict:

The Mountain Pose Yoga Pants need repairs, for some reason my machine has a little trouble sewing the knit stitch in long continuous lines…and starts to skip after a while.  The Jocole pencil skirt and Halifax Hoodie are always in constant rotation and good shape!

Me Made May Day 5:

Day 5 verdict:

I really do like the collar of this Parisian top and it’s shape, but it’s old, pilling and the collar is off center.  So I might make this pattern again, and pay special attention to collar placement, use better fabric, and lower the arm cycle and widen the shoulders a bit.  I’ve got a couple other cardigans, and only a few things to wear this Julia Cardigan with, so it’s going to have to go.

I’m also posting pictures of my kids wearing handmades every day over on Instagram, so if you want to see it as it happens, follow us on Instagram!  Here’s what my kids wore this week:

Day 1:

I spy 2 barefoot knights in #mommadeclothes for #mommmay and #minimemademay !!! . . #knighthoodie #parachutesweatpants

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Day 2:

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Day 3:

Day 4:

Day 5:

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There you have it!  See you next week…

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Me Made May Week 5 & Wrap Up

Me Made May Week 3

The final outfits for Me Made May on Instagram are posted, so I thought since I made it through the event on I’d go ahead and complete the process here on the blog too.  (If you are on Instagram, you can follow us here.)

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Saturday, May 28: Union St Tee details here.  Interestingly, this was the only full outfit repeat in the whole month!

Sunday, May 29: Cheyenne Tunic details here, Lane Raglan turned sleeveless layering piece details here.

Oh nothin, just a new #syrahskirt I sewed for myself… #mmmay16 #memademay2016 #memademay #unionsttee #newfavoriteoutfit

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Monday, May 30: Union St. Tee details here, ombre Syrah Skirt, blog post coming soon!

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Tuesday, May 31: Renfrew top details here, Marigold skirt details here.

Thoughts on Me Made May:

Me Made May is an event that is held on Instagram in May.  The purpose is to promote handmade clothing in contrast to factory/third world country sewn garments.  As with our Buy or DIY skirts series, it illustrated very well the advantages of sewing your own clothing.  Many seamstresses who participate grow tired of posting selfies in their handmade duds, and indeed that was the very reason I dropped out of Me Made May last year.  I don’t do selfies, but I do wear handmade clothing (almost) every day.  So this year I thought I’d try flat lay photos to show what I was wearing each day.  I learned some things about flat lay photo layouts through the process:

  • My most “liked” photo was this one I’m guessing people liked the fabric of the top and the color combination.
  • My most commented on photo was this one due to questions about the fabric and pattern sources.  I’m guessing the bright colors caught everyone’s eye as they were scrolling.
  • My personal favorite outfit was this one…probably because it is new!
  • Shoes look better when laid like this with one on it’s side.
  • Lighting matters
  • Wrinkles matter

That’s about it!  Got any other tips for flat lay photos for me?  How about handmade clothes?  Or Me Made May?

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Me Made May 2016 Week 4

Alright, this is the final week of Me Made May!  I may or may not post what I wore on the final 4 days of May here on the blog, so if you must know, follow us on Instagram.

Saturday, May 21: Hampton Hoodie in Art Gallery Fabrics knit.  Full details here.

Double gauze #granvilleshirt & @alisonglass maxi skirt for #mmmay16 #memademay #memademay2016

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Sunday, May 22: Granville Shirt details here and Anna Maria Horner maxi skirt details here.

https://www.instagram.com/p/BFwJIgmQpU9/?taken-by=skirtfixation

Monday, May 23: New Lane Raglan details here & striped Jocole pencil skirt details here.

https://www.instagram.com/p/BFyoC1KQpTj/?taken-by=skirtfixation

Tuesday, May 24: Jocole Peplum top, details here.

#parisantop & RTW skirt for #mmmay16 #memademay #memademay2016

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Wednesday, May 25: Parisian top details here.

Classic B&W today in a #peplumtop and #yogamaxiskirt Both patterns by @jocolepatterns #mmmay16 #memademay #memademay2016

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Thursday, May 26: Jocole Peplum top details here, and Jocole Yoga Maxi Skirt details here.

https://www.instagram.com/p/BF6U0nAwpZl/?taken-by=skirtfixation

Friday, May 27: Blue Sailor Top details here, and Jocole Yoga Maxi Skirt details here.

Happy weekend everyone!