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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:

https://www.instagram.com/p/BUCGlqfh-Y9/?taken-by=skirtfixation

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:

Kids Day 8:

Kids Day 9:

Kids Day 10:

Kids Day 11:

Kids Day 12 & 13:

 

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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:

https://www.instagram.com/p/BTjVdtCBv82/?taken-by=skirtfixation

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:

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

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:

https://www.instagram.com/p/BTmmUqhFED7/?taken-by=skirtfixation

Day 3:

Day 4:

Day 5:

https://www.instagram.com/p/BTuV_A2B0Tb/?taken-by=skirtfixation

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!

https://www.instagram.com/p/BGEpqF7wpXQ/?taken-by=skirtfixation

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!

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Me Made May 2016 Week 3

Me Made May Week 3

And here’s the recap of the third week of me taking daily flat lay photographs of my outfit for an event on Instagram called Me Made May.

Saturday May 14: Sailor Top in Nani Iro details here & Jocole A-line Yoga skirt details here.

Sunday May 15: Cambridge Cardigan details here & self-dyed Gabriola skirt details here.

Gone monochromatic in a #juliacardigan #laneraglan #pencilskirt and leggings. #mmmay16 #memademay #memademay16

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Monday May 16: Julia Cardigan details here, new Lane Raglan details here, scuba knit Pencil Skirt details here, unblogged Jocole leggings.

Tuesday May 17: Seafarer Top in Art Gallery Fabrics knit details here, and Aline Yoga knit skirt details here.

Curves on curves today in a #prinaskirt and #peplumtop for #mmmay16 #memademay #memademay16 #agfelements

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Wednesday May 18: Jocole Peplum Top details here, and Ina Skirt details here.

https://www.instagram.com/p/BFlvxd0Qpc4/?taken-by=skirtfixation

Thursday May 19: Jasper Hoodie details here.

https://www.instagram.com/p/BFoUOINQpR5/?taken-by=skirtfixation

Friday May 20: Julia Sweater  details here.

One week left to go!  If you don’t follow us on Instagram, you should!  Just click here.

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Me Made May 2016 Week 2

Me Made May Week 3

Yea!  I made it through another week of Me Made May on Instagram!  If you missed it in real time, here’s what I wore since last Friday, all in one spot with the original blog posts linked too.

Another day, another #laneraglan hoodie. Plus my most colorful #syrahskirt for #memademay #mmmay16 #memademay16

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Saturday May 7: Lane Raglan Hoodie blogged here and Syrah Skirt blogged here.

Sunday May 8: Cheyenne Tunic blogged here and Jocose Yoga A-line skirt blogged here.

Monday May 9: New Lane Raglan blogged here and Ina Skirt blogged here.

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

Tuesday May 10: Halifax Hoodie blogged here.

Wednesday May 11: Union St. Tee blogged here.

The other #unionsttee layered with a slouchy RTW shirt and my refashioned mermaid skirt. #mmmay16 #memademay16 #memademay

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Thursday May 12: Union St. Tee blogged here and refashioned mermaid skirt blogged here.

https://www.instagram.com/p/BFWbndbwpa3/?taken-by=skirtfixation

Friday May 13: Seafarer Top blogged here.

Usually on Fridays we post about our All The Skirts series.  But we’re taking a month long break because our next fabric sponsor, Imagine Gnats, closed her shop for a month due to a surgery.  And we really want you to be able to get fabric from her amazing shop!  So we’ll continue All The Skirts the first Friday in June.

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Me Made May 2016 Week 1

Me Made May Week 3

Usually on Fridays we post about our All The Skirts series.  But we’re taking a month long break because our next fabric sponsor, Imagine Gnats, closed her shop for a month due to a surgery.  And we really want you to be able to get fabric from her amazing shop!  So we’ll continue All The Skirts the first Friday in June.  

I’m participating in an event called Me Made May over on Instagram.  During the month of May I’ll be doing Friday round up posts here on the blog, but if you want to see what I’m wearing that I sewed on a daily basis, follow us on Instagram!  Here’s what I’ve worn so far:

May 1: Cheyenne Tunic and self made tank pattern review here.

May 2: Lane raglan p.j. shirt review here.  Jocole A-line Yoga skirt review here.

May 3: Lane Raglan shirt reviewed here.

https://www.instagram.com/p/BE-9YobQpQ6/?taken-by=skirtfixation

May 4: New Lane Raglan pattern reviewed here and Star Wars clutch for sale here.

May 5: Shake It Off Lane Raglan reviewed here, Jocole pencil skirt reviewed here, Jocole leggings, not blogged, but pattern reviewed here.

May 6: Lane Raglan reviewed here, Jocole A-line yoga skirt, reviewed here.

So are you seeing a trend here?  Let me give you a hint…I really love patterns by Hey June Handmade!  And so my pledge for Me Made May is to wear as many different Hey June Handmade garments in a row as I can without repeats.  I’ll see how many days I can make it.  Then I’ll continue wearing me made clothing for the rest of the month.  Not really a big deal since I make 75% of my clothing.  Last year I did not document all the way through Me Made May due to my refusal to take selfies, and the awkward photos I was trying to come up with!  So this year I’m trying my hand at flat lay photos.  There’s obviously room for improvement, but at least I hope to make it through the Me Made May.

Are you participating in Me Made May?