Packing and Prepping

My boyfriend and I leave for California tomorrow. We will be there until the 25th, so I’m not sure what my posting schedule will be like while I’m there. But in the mean time I’ve been working on more projects.

I finished 2 pairs of leggings, using the Patterns 4 Pirates Peg Legs pattern with the contoured waistband. I had to take some length out of the leg and the waistband because they were clearly made for a much taller person than I (being only 5’0″ that isn’t that surprising).

The first pair is a black mystery knit that I found at a church destash for free. It’s nice and thick and has a similar feel to athletic leggings and has quite a bit of stretch in both directions. My second pair is a grey and black chevron print fabric I purchased not long ago from Denverfabrics.com, it’s a double knit 58% Polyester 30% Rayon 10% Nylon 2% Lycra blend. They feel very nice and thick, they have a good amount of stretch, though I almost feel like I should/could have sized up for this pair as there’s a bit of a wiggle dance to get them on over my hips.

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They feel nice on, but definitely feel closer to athletic/compression leggings due to the thickness and how fitted they are. I lined the front waistband with the same fabric and this might have been a mistake as it has made it thicker and less stretchy. I knew it would lessen the stretch some, but I guess I didn’t realize by how much.

So for my next pair, which I’ll be using a black athletic “performance” fabric from Joann’s. I think I’ll size up for those and take a bit more length off the leg around the knee area (As it’s a tad loose there) and a tad more off the height of the waistband since they still sit high on my waist.

I’ve spent the day packing and folding laundry. My boyfriend has decided he was going to get his hair cut and dyed blue and save packing all for tomorrow morning before we have to go to the airport for our flight. We have an evening flight, but still, that’s cutting it pretty close. My clothes are packed, I’m taking my favorite 2 handmade tshirts: my seafoam plantain and my purple hemlock; and my maroon wren dress, my charcoal high waist shorts from the Mia Jeans pattern, and some handmade undies and bras. Everything else is rtw.

I’m packing a pair of socks to knit on and my current shawl WIP, the Zostera shawl in Loops & threads woolike ice blue and denim blue. I plan to visit a local yarn shop while in California, so I may start something new while I’m there, or on the flight home.

What do you usually pack for vacations? Do you have a me made vacation capsule? If you did, what would you include in your vacation capsule wardrobe?

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So How Did Me Made May Go?

I think it went fantastically.

There were ups and downs and it made me a lot more conscious of what I was wearing/putting on my body and what I constantly reached for in my wardrobe.

I knew my gaps before I started, and I still agree with those, but I think I found a few more. My first gaps that I need to fill are: more comfy tshirts (preferably some darker colored ones, as all my me mades are light and almost all my rtw are dark), LEGGINGS (because I live in them, though that might change now with the finding of a new pattern this week…). The other gaps I found were: layering pieces, I really need some cardigans, cropped and regular length, and some sweaters to layer over my dresses, as well as more cool weather appropriate dresses. All of my dresses are for mid summer weather, they’re lightweight and either short sleeved or sleeveless.

I know if I were to do this challenge again in the winter, I’d have almost nothing to wear. So I do think that will be my next focus, once I get a few more warm weather items busted out (I’m looking at you shorts and tank tops and summer dresses!)

I also know that I need to find patterns that work with what’s in my fabric stash, I have a lot of wovens in my stash and hardly any knits. So I really need to figure out how to stash bust these wovens and actually wear them.

Most Worn From Me Made May 2017:

Me Made Bras and Undies, of course. But as far as actual clothes go here are the top 4:

  1. My Seafoam Rayon vneck Plantain tee, which I wore a total of 5 times this month
  2. My Periwinkle Short Sleeved Hemlock Tee in a purple sweater knit, I wore this a total of 3 times
  3. My Marled Blue Sweater Using the Plantain tee pattern, I wore this one 3 times as well.
  4. My Maroon Wren Dress, I wore this 2 times, and would have worn it more if the weather was a tad warmer.

So you can see the trend here of what I prefer to wear from day to day: tshirts

Right now I’m focusing on things I’d want to wear and take with me on vacation in a couple weeks. My boyfriend and I will be in California for 1 1/2 weeks. I know I’ll be packing my plantain tee, hemlock, and maroon wren dress, as mentioned above in my top 4. I’ll be taking the new shorts I just finished and I’m hoping to whip up a bunch more me made undies to take with me. I’ve been thinking about making myself another bra as well, so I might try to get that finished before the trip too.

Will You continue to wear me made items as often as you did during the challenge?

While I definitely think I’ll be wearing me made items a lot more than I was before me made may, I don’t think I’ll be wearing me mades every day. I am hoping to keep up with maybe 2 or 3 items a week.

What new goals do you have for your me made wardrobe now that this challenge is over?

I really want to swap out my entire underwear drawer with me made undies. I don’t think this is going to be too difficult due to undies being very quick to sew up. I also need to get rid of a lot of my rtw undies as they’re pretty old and ratty at this point. So my goal is to make a new pair for every pair I throw out (or, more realistically, throw out a pair for every pair I make haha).

Another goal I have is to be more conscious of what I wear from day to day and to not just go back to over sized men’s tshirts and leggings every day. I want to wear things that make me feel better about my body and not just hide my body. I’m hoping this will get easier as I make more items for myself, but right now I do have to make a conscious effort to not grab those comfy tees and leggings every morning.

Did Me Made May affect you in a way you weren’t expecting?

Yes. While making me more conscious of what I was wearing, it also made me more conscious of my body as well. I have gotten into the habit of hiding my body under my clothes, and that just wasn’t something I could do during this challenge. So it was hard for me to deal with but at the moment, I am feeling a bit better about my body, but it’s still very hard.

It also put into perspective how unrealistic my style goals were. While they weren’t crazy out there, I did find myself preferring comfort over style and my goal “Aesthetic” was more style and still comfortable, but not as much as what I like to wear. So will I be wearing jeans and button down shirts or nice blouses on a daily basis? Not any time in the near future! But I have learned to think more creatively about finding a middle ground. I have the Sew Over It City Break Capsule Ebook and have made a pair of shorts from the Mia Jeans Pattern and definitely plan to make a pair of full pants from them, so those I think are the perfect compromise between cute (but uncomfortable) jeans and my go to leggings. They’re stylish, but still extremely comfortable and actually flattering. As far as nice blouses go, I think I just need to go towards something looser and more casual, so I do want to make the Alex Shirt Pattern from that same Sew Over It Ebook, which is a very oversized button down shirt. I feel like styles like that and maybe the archer shirt and popover variation could be some good go to patterns for me, as they have a relaxed fit and should be comfortable, but also look a little more stylish than a baggy men’s tshirt. 😉

This also ended up being my most productive month creatively so far this year. I filled up the list space on my planner with all the finished items from this month. It was a very busy month for my etsy shop, and for myself as well, so it was shocking that I got so much finished with everything going on. My sewing machine was broken for almost the first 2 weeks of the month, then I was on a road trip and had to prep and pack for that, so that took up 4 days (one day to pack, 3 days for the trip), and the general social activity in my regular life, so half the time during the weekends we were out away from the house and so I wasn’t making anything then either. So it’s amazing how much I got done! I’m very proud of myself.

Overall, if you are interested in doing a challenge like this but aren’t sure if you can do it, I say just go for it. You won’t know until you try, and if you don’t meet your goal by the end, then you’ll have learned what you need to do for next time!

 

#mmmay17 the final stretch!

I didn’t get a photo of my outfit yesterday, but I did wear me made items. I wore my periwinkle purple short sleeve hemlock tee with a me made bra and some rtw undies and rtw galaxy leggings. My boyfriend and I went down to his sister and her husbands house for a very chill game and grill day. I haven’t been feeling all that well since saturday, I think I’m catching something as I’ve been overly warm, so I must be running a fever. So I just sat around and knit and chatted a bit.

Today I wore a me made bra, my marled sweater knit plantain tee. and some rtw leggings and undies.

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I finished my Tennessee souvenir socks. So now all of my Souvenir yarn (from that trip at least) has been used! It didn’t even have the change to be added to my stash. I’m very happy about that as I’m trying to use as much of my stash as possible this year. So the fact that I bought 2 skeins and they immediately were used is very satisfying.

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Tennessee socks and a peek at my galaxy leggings and a bit of my hemlock tee

I also managed to finish my Sew Over City Break Mia Jeans in charcoal ponte as shorts. I love them! They ended up a tad shorter than I wanted, but they’re still wearable for me. I made a size 10 and graded down to a size 8 in the waist and for the waistband. They fit pretty darn well. I cut out a second pair with the remaining fabric but I cut a straight size 8 so I can compare the fit. Once I figure out which size I like better I plan to make a full length skinny jean in some black ponte I have in my stash.

For these shorts, I still need to iron the waistband and the leg cuffs, as well as do some top stitching to the seams. But they’re basically finished and wearable at this point. The fit on these is pretty spot on to the measurements stated in the pattern. They are higher waisted on me because I am short, only 5’0″ so they sit higher than stated. Next time I think I’ll take the waist in a tad so it sits closer to my actual waist, as it’s a tad loose.

I definitely think these will be packed in my suitcase for my trip to California in a few weeks! I’ll probably be packing my hemlock tee, seafoam plantain tee, as well as my wren dresses and maybe my comic book sweetheart halter neck dress, along with some other rtw things.

I’ve started another pair of socks, I’m using the left over knit picks felici in the slumber party colorway and making myself a pair of shortie socks with contrasting heels, toes, and cuffs. I’m using Loops and Threads brand Woolike yarn in the Ice Blue colorway.

What me made items do you pack for vacations? Do you have any pattern recommendations for comfy travel wear?

#mmmay17 last full week recap!

Lots of repeats this week, but that just shows me the things I’ve made and love and obviously need to make more of!

SO here’s the recap:

Monday: Maroon/Mulberry Wren Dress in ITY knit from fabric.com

Tuesday: Cropped plantain tee with cap sleeves and vneck in a rayon knit from fabric.com

Wednesday: Short sleeved Hemlock tee in a periwinkle lightweight sweater knit that I got for free from a Church destash and a me made bra

Thursday: Moneta Crop top out of the same periwinkle sweater knit

Friday: Me made undies

Saturday: me made bra

Sunday: Seafoam plantain tee with vneck in a rayon knit from fabric.com

So a pretty successful week. I’ve finished a lot of sewing, finished knitting a shawl, and started a new shawl and am nearly finished with a pair of socks I’ve been knitting.

I’ve started my Sew Over It Mia Jeans shorts in a charcoal ponte roma knit. I just need to hem them and make a button hole and stitch the button on. They’re just as I wanted them to be and are definitely a much better fitting version of the rtw ones that I loved. I’ll post more in depth about the pattern and the shorts once they’re finished.

How are you all feeling about me made may?

Day 23 #mmmay17 Almost Over

The end of me made may is nearing very quickly. I’m not sure what this means for my outfits, if I’ll try to keep incorporating something me made daily, or if I’ll go back to mostly wearing rtw leggings and tshirt and only wearing my absolute favorite me made items.

Me Made May has made me much more intentional in my outfits and planning them out, which is something I haven’t done in years. I just throw on what makes me most comfortable that day. So it should be interesting. I think as I make more daily/lounge wear items, I’ll end up wearing more me made because of that.

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Today I am wearing another plantain tee by deer and doe, this one has a vneck, cap sleeves, and is cropped in length. The rest of my outfit is rtw. I love these pants, but I don’t wear them nearly enough. They were a gift from my boyfriend a few birthdays ago. They’re super stretchy with an exposed golden zipper in front and it has elastic ruching at the back of the waist which makes them super comfy and probably the only high waist pants I’ll ever get to fit that I don’t make myself.

I also may not have gotten dressed until like 430pm. Oops.

I was working on an order to get it finished and packaged so the boyfriend could drop it off at the post office after he got home from work. So I got that done and then changed into this outfit.

I had a sewing “helper” today as well. A very whiny needy one, at that. She’s definitely feeling the “loneliness” in the house. She’s a shy scaredy cat, but she needs love and attention a lot throughout the day and needs to be around people for most of the day. She she was meowing at me all day, I got creative and set some of her toys up in the boyfriends dresser so she could entertain herself while I got work done.

I also got a good amount of knitting on my shawl done, I finished the first garter section and started the first lace section. I’m planning to finish the lace section tonight, it’s only 18 rows. So that’s cool. I’m very excited about it and can’t wait to see it progress. I’ve had major shawl fever lately. I’ve been wanting to make a lot of different ones, my main obsession right now is Stephen West’s Exploration Station. I have added his WestKnits BestKnits vol.1: Shawls to my birthday wishlist, and I’m hoping I’ll get it, and if not I’ll be buying it for myself. I’m really feeling the blue/grey/black color palette (but let’s be real, when am I not feeling that color palette?). So I really want to make it in varying shades of grey and maybe 2 different blues, a lighter one and a bright royal blue. I would honestly make every single shawl in that book, so I definitely think it’s worth it.

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So, what are you looking forward to making soon? Do you have any big plans that are making you really excited?

MMMay17 Week 3 recap

This week was a little bit of a fail for me made may. Mainly because of my mental state. I did wear me made undies or bra everyday though. So that’s something I guess.

Today I grabbed for my woven hemlock tee, but I’m not a fan of the fit on me. It’s just a bit too tent like on me and I should have just finished the armhole seams with a zigzag stitch instead of doing a french seam, as the seam is a bit too bulky and sits oddly. So I took it off and swapped for my seafoam vneck plantain tee. I’m also wearing a me made bra today.

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Now for the recap:

Monday: only me made undies

Tuesday: Me made undies and bra with a periwinkle purple linden sweatshirt and rtw leggings.

Wednesday: Black and white polka dot sweetheart halter neck dress.

Thursday: me made bra. I attempted to wear a me made shirt (burda styles wrap front blouse in magenta chiffon), but wore it for a couple minutes tops and then switched to a rtw baggy tshirt and leggings.

Friday: Me made undies. rtw leggings and tshirt

Saturday: me made bra and undies and my marled blue sweater long sleeve plantain tee with rtw leggings

Sunday: me made bra, seafoam vneck plantain tee with rtw leggings and undies.

Overall, not terrible, especially given the circumstances. Hopefully this next week will be better. I’m thinking I’ll be wearing more dresses next week, but don’t take my word on it.

Things I’ve finished in the past week:

I finished 2 slave leia bras, 3 pairs of undies, and a nude mesh bra I’ll be finishing tonight (I just need to sew the clasps on and then sew the underwire in) So it was a pretty productive week for the shop.

I also finished my linden sweatshirt, moneta crop top, and woven hemlock sweatshirt. I also finished knitting the body of a sweater I’ve been working on (so not exactly a finished object, but it was a big deal and a big part of the project that’s not finished)

I have 2 more bras and a pair of undies to finish for the shop this week, and I have a new thong design I’d like to finish and add to the shop this week as well.

Sewing plans:

Cutting out another linden sweatshirt, cutting out some shorty peg leg leggings (testing some adjustments to the pattern), taping together the Mia Jeans pdf from the sew over it city break capsule ebook (and washing some fabric for it), work on knitting my souvenir socks and shawl that I started.

All in all I’ll be keeping myself busy over the next week. What are your sewing and knitting plans for the next week?

#mmmay17 Day 20 in which I left the house *gasp*

Yes, you read that correctly, I actually left the house today. And I only changed outfits once before I finally went out. I was going to wear another sweetheart halter dress I had made, but it was surprisingly cool out today, so I went with rtw leggings, me made undies, me made bra, and my marled blue sweater knit plantain tee.

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I was exhausted from after going out to joann’s, there were a lot of people there. I picked up the things I needed and a few other things I wanted, a total of 3 yards of fabric, so not much. 2 things for orders and 2 things for myself. I was supposed to head over to the tattoo parlor after Joann’s but I was wiped out and I could tell the boyfriend was as well, he was up at 5:30AM to catch a train to New York to fix things for work, so he didn’t get much sleep and was tired from the travel and dealing with the frustration of fixing things at work. So I decided to skip the tattoo place (I was just going to make the appointment, because my anxiety is weird and I had to do it in person because phone calls are the devil or something). We just got back and I’m drinking my tea and the boyfriend is already passed out on the couch, so I think I made a good call.

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I’ll be spending today cutting and prepping things for orders and maybe some knitting and hopefully get some reading time in. I should probably do a little meal prep as well. I picked up some ponte roma fabric in charcoal and navy blue. I’m planning to print out the Mia Jeans pattern from the City Break Capsule Wardrobe by Sew Over It. I bought this e-pattern book pretty much as soon as it launched. I loved all the patterns in it, though I probably will never make the skirt just because that style doesn’t fit my body type at all. But other than that I love it. They are stretchy skinny jeans that are a mid rise. So I wanted to take that pattern and test the fit and sizing out in a pair or two of shorts. Once I get the sizing right I’ll most likely make a full length pant too. I’m excited for it and hopefully the pattern doesn’t need too much adjusting for me. I’m assuming I’ll be grading up the hips and maybe a full seat adjustment. But I’m just going to do the grading up, as that’s pretty standard for me with all patterns, and if I need some extra booty room I’ll do the FSA for the second pair.

We might go over to the tattoo place tomorrow afternoon, but I guess it all depends on how we feel. I’m still not feeling myself, but I’m hoping this next week will be a nice recharge for me.

#mmmay17 week 2 overview/recap

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Recap of Week 2 of Me Made May.

Day 1: My blue wren dress, I love this pattern and need to get working on more, I have the fabric for 2 more and have another bit of fabric coming in for one more.

Day 2: A Stone Grey waffle/thermal knit long sleeve plantain tee with a me made bra and rtw leggings and undies. super simple and comfy, basically my daily uniform: comfy tee and leggings

Day 3: My red with white hearts sweetheart halter neck dress, very 50’s pinup girl. I love love love this pattern and have made 3 so far, I have many more planned.

Day 4: A light grey vneck short sleeved plantain tee with me made bra and undies and some rtw leggings. my daily uniform, as usual.

Day 5: Road trip! Periwinkle short sleeved hemlock tee with arm bands instead of sleeves, me made undies and rtw leggings.

Day 6: me made undies with rtw dress.

Day 7: seafoam plantain tee with me made undies and rtw leggings. my favorite me made top yet.

Overall not bad! There’s definitely a trend that I need to take advantage of and make some more clothing for my daily uniform. I’ll definitely be making more plantain tees, short and long sleeve hemlock tees, and I need to get my butt moving and make some leggings.

I have a few new shirts I’ve finished making during week 2 that I will most likely be wearing this week. I’ll mainly be working on etsy orders as I’ve got quite a pile to get through and ship out this week. I need to cut out some neck and arm bindings for some shirts I have mostly finished, so I may do that and get those done with week as well.

How has your me made may pledge been going? Is it harder than you thought? Have you discovered which patterns you reach for over and over again?

#mmmay17 things are coming together

For my outfit today I opted for comfy, as usual. I paired my me made bra and undies with my first version of the plantain tee (in a lightweight grey heather rayon jersey), and a pair of rtw leggings.

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I was either baking, sewing, or packing all day today. Prepping for our 16 hour car ride to Tennessee. I finished the dress I had originally planned to wear to the wedding we we’re going to, but I’m not so sure if I’ll actually be wearing it there or not. I just think the colors and print are a bit too over powering on me and they just wash me out. I packed a back up dress just in case I don’t want to wear this one, but I’m still not sure. (Is till hadn’t pressed the hems in the photo below, so ignore that)

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I also finished a short sleeved hemlock tee, Basically I just added arm bands instead of the sleeves in the pattern and I absolutely love how it came out. I will definitely be making more of these in the future. It’s a mystery periwinkle purple sweater knit fabric that I got for free in a church destash. There was quite a bit of it, so I managed to get a moneta crop top (colette patterns moneta dress), the hemlock tee, and a grainline studios linden sweatshirt out of it, with some left over still! I’ll have to see what I can do with the rest of fabric, I may be able to squeeze out another moneta crop top if I like how it ends up fitting. So I managed to finish the hemlock and the linden sweatshirt (I just need to topstitch the neckband on the linden and then it’s done). I decided to add a neckband to the moneta, so I still have to cut that out and stitch it on, but everything else is finished with that.

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I probably won’t be able to update until monday. But I’ll be wearing me made all weekend! I’ll be wearing the hemlock top (above) with some rtw leggings, on Saturday I’ll be either wearing the dress I made or my back up plus a pair of me made undies. And Sunday I’ll be wearing my seafoam vneck plantain tee with my me made bra and undies and rtw leggings.

So here’s to hoping this weekend and this trip go well!

#mmmay17 Day 9 in which progress is made

My new sewing machine has arrived! So now I can get to working on some new things to wear for the rest of the week/month.

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I’ve been working on pinning and sewing things since it arrived at around 4pm today. I had a whole pile of things cut out and ready. I had 5 pairs of underwear, 5 shirts, and 4 orders, and my dress for this weekend, as well as a woven hemlock that just needed hemming.

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So I’ve got my work cut out for me (haha pun intended). I have a moneta crop top, a linden sweatshirt, a knit hemlock, a plantain tee tank, and a bra crop top.

I just need to add the zipper, buttons and button holes, and hem and press the dress I’ll be wearing to a wedding this weekend. So I’m hoping to get that done tomorrow as well as sewing the stretch lace on 4 of the thongs (the 5th one still needs a waistband).

And for my outfit for the day, I went simple and comfy because I was going to be working on things all day. So I went for my long sleeved plantain tee in a very very lightweight waffle/thermal knit in a stone grey color. Plus a me made bra with my rtw leggings and undies.

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I also finished knitting a pair of socks I’ve been working on for the last month. They’re the Lavender Socks in Knit Picks Stroll Fingering in the Sapphire heather colorway.

They look awesome on, the pattern was fun to knit, but I did not like working with the stroll yarn. It’s my first time working with stroll fingering, but I definitely will not be making more socks out of it, I’ll probably still use it for contrasting toes and heels on socks, but definitely not the full sock again. On a side note, I caught sight of a bunny outside the window today and the cat quickly caught on to the fact that I found something outside and came to watch.

So a bunch of sewing progress was made today and I’m very excited to hopefully have some finished objects to show off tomorrow! (plus I could use some more things to wear before I start repeating outfits already!)