Me Made May ’14- Week 5

Ah, the final week of May! Stay tuned for the Me-Made-May ’14 wrap up and conclusions…

Screen Shot 2014-06-02 at 7.45.08 AMMe Mades: Moire print bloomers/short pajamas.These are from a chunk of inexpensive but decent quality remnant cotton I got at Zinck’s down in Berlin,Ohio a while back. The trim is what was left from a vintage skirt refashion. Actually worn for Day 27, but the Cosmos watching extended past midnight.

Screen Shot 2014-06-02 at 7.44.52 AMMe Mades:Vintage floral dirndl skirt refashion. Unders made from the SoZo pattern. This skirt had been languishing in the “need to work on to make usable” pile for over a year. I am so glad I finished it because it is extremely comfortable to wear. The fabric doesn’t stick and it seems to hold a press pretty well.

Screen Shot 2014-06-02 at 7.44.34 AMMe Mades:Leaf print skirt made from a questionable/borderline hideous men’s shirt from the thrift store. Once I hacked it into a skirt and sewed the pocket back on, i was really happy with it.

Screen Shot 2014-06-02 at 7.44.08 AMMe Mades:Stretchy denim pencil/jean skirtworn to see comedian Eddie Izzard at the Palace. Loge seats, baby! (Mr.Pants occasionally gets free tickets to stuff through his work)

Screen Shot 2014-06-02 at 7.43.44 AMMe Mades:Ikat inspired rayon dress. And to quote Mr. Eddie Izzard. “Et, Voila!” Also I can write backwards in French.

Me-Made-May 2014

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Edit: D’oh! the correct Instagram is @cynicalcarnivale. Durr. 

For the third year in a row, I will be participating in Me-Made-May. The brainchild of the lovely and talented Zoe, stitchers across the inter-webs pledge to wear self-made garments throughout the month of May and then share photos with the world.  This year, ‘I, Margaret of ‘Senjiva Studio, sign up as a participant of Me-Made-May ’14. I endeavour to wear at least two Me-Made items or outfits per week for the duration of May 2014,  and to make at least one new item and restyle a thrift store garment. ‘ 

I will be blogging weekly about the previous weeks’ “me-mades;” and posting additionally on Instagram @cynicalcarnivale with the tag  #MMM14.  Feel free to follow as I beg those around me to take photos of my outfits.  A few photos from last year:

 

 

 

If you can think it, you might do it.

Is it too late to make my sewing resolutions for the year? Last year’s went about 50% out the window. I decided to take a page from another blogger and choose a certain few patterns to make up this year, rather than just say “I’m gonna make pants” or something similar.  Not only that, but I am doing fit-muslins so that I can perfect the fit to my particular body and then have a pattern that I can use frequently to reproduce basic garments, like I have done with my pajama/shorty pattern.

Six patterns below  were chosen for several reasons: to fill gaps in my wardrobe, to perfect the fit on difficult to buy garments, and fulfill my need for appropriately sized vintage garments.  The reason for so many Simplicity patterns is simply that they went on sale for $1 apiece.  The two Decades of Style patterns were a bachelorette gift from my infinitely fashionable friend Rachel of Re/Dress, an awesomely positive plus-sized fashion company.  I have already started on muslins for the pencil skirt and pants.  Wish me luck!

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Me-Made-May ’13–Week 2

Right-O. So it’s almost the end of week three, but in my defense, there have been a LOT of bridesmaids and suit-wearers needing my attention to get them ready for events these last few weeks. Wedding season waits for nobody!  But, I’ve taken today off and here are my Me-Mades for the second week of May:

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I made these two dresses from the same 1980s “easy” pattern, with some fussing to adjust for length and full bust. The original pattern called for some jersey material, but when has that ever stopped me? The blue dress is made from a vintage bedsheet. I added bust darts as well as pockets (that’s why my hand looks like it’s gone). I think I wore these dresses every week last summer.

Black dress with stripey tote after Taco Thursday with my friend. Yay Happy Hour!

Black dress with stripey tote after Taco Thursday Happy Hour. 

The black dress is from the same pattern, but has no darts and no pockets. The fabric is some soft, drapey rayon blend from Joann Fabrics with a self-belt. Also worn, Me-Made denim stripe tote bag that I use every single day. In fact, I made this bag a year ago and it is holding up very well. Patternless and customized with an interior phone pocket made from recycled upholstery samples and vintage rick-rack trim. Also it has a loop for my keys to hook onto, lest I spend all my time digging in the bottomless pit of my tote. The exterior pocket has a reclaimed zipper from an ugly wool jumper that I repurposed for a fashion client.