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 ’14- Week 3 and a straggler

Look, I found a straggler from Week 2:   Me Mades: Blue checked skirt from menswear shirt, a few years old.

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Screen Shot 2014-05-17 at 9.39.56 AMMe Mades:  Blue Bias Tee appropriate for Brinner and other belly filling activities.

Screen Shot 2014-05-17 at 9.41.17 AMMe Mades: Batik print knit tee. I cut a whole new tee with slightly gathered sleeves and a tucked neckline from a very warped large shirt I got for less than $1.

Screen Shot 2014-05-17 at 9.43.14 AMMe Mades: Aurora Borealis tee, again. (not sick of it yet)

Screen Shot 2014-05-17 at 9.44.10 AMMe Mades: Stretchy denim pencil/jean skirt. Mostly self-drafted with fly-front zip, pockets, and contrast binding inside. I’ll turn it inside out later. New me-made garment per my Pledge.  I’m posing inside my friend Sandy Buffie’s studio at 78th Street.



Me Made May ’14- Week 2

A day late a dollar short- or- awash in a sea of sparkly prom dresses so that’s why I’m behind.  Here’s the wrap-up for MMM’14 week two.  I wore Me-Mades more than two days of the week but missed a couple photos. OOPs.

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Me-Mades: Sportsbra edged with fold over elastic.

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Me-Mades: Floral dress made from Vintage bed sheet.

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Me-Mades: I wore this shirt three times this week. It’s really comfortable. New rayon blouse cut from a vintage menswear floppy shirt of the 1990s. I hacked off the yoke, collar, sleeves and side seams; then I turned it back to front and cut out a new blouse using my trusty Janky basic top pattern and added the collar back to the new front, utilizing the original shirttail hem.  Also worn: Unders made from the same shadow stripe stretch as the sports bra.


Me Made May ’14- Week 1

Me Made May wasn’t too tough to complete as it was a short week.


Me-Mades: Aurora Borealis shirt, 2014.  Made from the top portion of the dress pattern used here. Fabric from Jo-Ann’s.  Unders, made from knit fabric scraps using Zoe’s free pattern. You really get the best, comfiest wedgie-free fit this way!

Als0 wearing: my new custom-made necklace by the very talented Sandy Buffie. Sandy has a jewelry and sculpture studio in the same artist’s building as I do. I gave her an Indian pendant that I have been carrying around for years, and two diamond-shaped beads, and she put it all together with some recycled silk sari strips and chain. It just happened to be done on the day I wore this shirt. Perfect, no?

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Friday in the studio…can you tell that I’m exhausted?

Me-Mades: Silky roses blouse, ca. 2011.  Pattern unknown. The fabric came in a bundle from the thrift store with half a pattern and one piece cut out. I drafted up the rest of the pattern and made facings and made it into a lovely shirt.



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:




Me-Made-May ’13–Week 3

Week three. Where is the time going? No seriously? Wasn’t it just March?

On Thursday I wore my climbing vine lace sweater, knit from bamboo-blend yarn in spring of 2011. After work I had the pleasure of going for Mojitos with my friend Krissie and her super sweet new pup, Pierre. Pierre seriously defies all small-dog stereotypes in that he is very quiet, very calm, and pretty much does whatever you want him to. For some reason this picture makes my head look twice as small as my body. Not the case;  I just photograph exceedingly badly.


I wore my new refashioned peplum top to the Studio on Saturday. I made this from an 80s vintage dress/jacket set from the thrift store that I had to have because of the little pin print. The garments were fully re-utilized except for some scrap. With the majority of the fabric I re-lined one of my old winter jackets. The top of the dress and some scrap were turned into this little peplum top that buttons down the back. It is polyester, however, and does not breathe very well. Photo credits below to Mr. Pants.


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:


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.

Me Made June, Week #3…cont.

I faltered a little this week, but I did okay. Aside from the new shorts I mentioned earlier, I’m getting into rerun territory in MMJ.

The climbing vine sweater made it through the entire day on Tuesday.

The Matryoshka re-fashion was today’s feature. I bought this great printed shirt a while ago that was impossibly small, but I cut apart the motifs and stitched them onto an inexpensive t-shirt with embroidery thread.

Me Made June, Week #3

Frilly Knickers! 

Ok, now that I’ve got some attention… MMJ 2011 seems to be going very well for most of the ladies whose blogs I have seen. These gals are resplendent in some very stylish skirts, dresses, and shirts.   I love seeing other people’s creative ideas for making the most of what is on hand or in the thrift shops. I’ve lived most of my life this way out of necessity, but that doesn’t mean I am going to stop searching for great ideas and new ways to innovate the mix of new and old.



I was home alone last Friday night, and I decided to make…something. Wearing the same couple pairs of sleep shorts all the time gets boring. So I got the pair that fits well, and made a pattern. I dug a little in the top strata of my stash and a couple hours later, Voila!  Two pair of shorts (NO you may not see my exquisitely,freakishly ,white legs in them) for ZERO dollars, since I had everything .


The white and lavender calico is a modern fabric left over from an 18th century theatre project, trimmed with cotton eyelet in bulk from Zinck’s in Berlin, Ohio.  The red/white stripe is a vintage 1940s cotton remnant cast off by the store I work for, with old-stock red rick-rack trim from the same era. Now that I have an easy little pattern to use, I am eager to make more Me-Made loungewear!

Me Made June Week #2

Just a quickie update on the MMJ project. It’s hot. It’s really really hot. I’m uncomfortable and keep wearing the same things. I wore the shirt/skirt conversion twice, and my climbing vine lace sweater once.

I don’t have a proper picture of my sweater and I’m not putting it on again until this heatwave abates.

Thursday was better (and I stayed in and sewed). I dug out my embroidered peasant blouse that I made in 2002 right after college. The fabric is repurposed from an old cotton sheet, and the floral transfer came from a 1940s apron pattern. I wore it with black flipflops and a pair of black/white striped canvas sailor-style capri pants.