Plans for Planning

This week has been relatively productive. I managed to finish a few things that I’ve been meaning to get to for a while now.

First up: refashioned panties. A while ago I was helping the fiance’s mother clean out some old clothes from the attic. We both went through them and donated some and stored the rest back in the attic. I was allowed to have free reign over things I wanted to wear or wanted to re-purpose for the fabric. I picked a small pile of things and finally got around to starting the re-purposing. I made 2 different styles of panties (along with the thong from last week) out of a pair of pants that were 100% rayon. The fabric was practically new, aside from some holes in the bottom where it looks like the unlucky owner leaned/sat on something that ripped little holes in it. So it had a lot of potential for undies.

I went with a standard bikini brief cut (slightly more coverage) and a slightly higher cut leg bikini style (slightly less coverage), and black cotton jersey for the lining and a black stretch lace on both.

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I haven’t started on any of the other items yet, but I’m still figuring out plans for some of them.

I also managed to bang out a new Grainline Studios Linden shirt. I used a stable knit that is a mystery blend as I got it from a church destash. I’m pretty sure it is some sort of wool blend, based on the feel of it, but I can’t be sure. Anyway, I chose short sleeves because I didn’t have enough fabric for long sleeves, but I actually like the short sleeves on this one. I also didn’t use a neck band or bottom band, but just folded them under and stitched them in place. AND the best part? I lengthened it and made it a high low split hem! I really like how this detail came out.

I sized up on this one to be sure it would fit nicely, since the fabric has little to no stretch. I don’t think I necessarily needed to size up, now that it’s all finished, but I like things a little over sized anyway, so I’m totally fine with how loose fitting it came out.

I have a few more linden sweatshirts planned for the fall. I will also do an in depth review of the pattern in the near future, so stay tuned for that!

After all this sewing for me, I did do a little work for the shop too. I finished an order of one pair of sheer white mesh undies. Nothing too exciting there, but it’s a very popular item in my shop.

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The new item for the shop that I hinted at last week? Yeah, I finished that too, and it came out just as I imagined it. It’s made from a beautiful black and purple and pink floral print crepe double knit. It’s a pretty stable knit with some stretch (maybe 10%) but it’s perfect for bras. I also used black power mesh, black scallop lace, and black elastics, straps, and findings. I love it!

I plan to make a whole line that matches that bra, but it’s been stormy out so my blood pressure has been too low to sit at my sewing machine or to stand and cut things out. I’m hoping to get at least a pair of matching underwear finished by next week, if not a couple matching pairs.

I’ve been making good progress on knitting my fiance’s Christmas Sweater (The Drangey Pullover by Stephen West). I’m already finished with the yoke and halfway done with the body! I’ve also started on a child sweater (the flax sweater by tin can knits) for my cousins 6th birthday later this month. I may be a little ambitious with that deadline, but if anything I can give it to him for Christmas.

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Other than that I’ve been starting on my plans for my fall capsule wardrobe. It looks like I’ll be making a lot of layering pieces mainly. I have plans for at least 4 cardigans (and maybe 2 different styles of blazers). I’m also hoping to get a few pairs of leggings and pants finished. I desperately need to replace some of my rtw leggings as they’re ready to fall apart from being worn and washed so many times. However, I’m on a fabric buying ban and only using stash fabric due to having student loan debts dumped on me after I was told they were taken care of, as well as saving for my wedding, and wedding dress.

Speaking of my wedding dress, have a mentioned that I’m planning on making it myself from scratch? Yeah, I may be a little crazy, but I’m also very determined. So right now I’m looking at lace and lace appliques online and trying to gauge how much I should set aside for the materials of the dress. I’m also sketching up some of the lace appliques, trying to figure out placement ideas and if they’d work well with other appliques I’ve found. Here’s a little sneak peek of that (I’ve got plenty more started):

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Have you started on your fall wardrobe plans yet? What’s the “hole” in your fall wardrobe that you’ll need to be making first? Mine is definitely cardigans!

#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 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!)

#Mmmay17 Week 1 Round Up and Overview

So week one of me made may has come to a close and I can definitely see gaping holes in my me made wardrobe already. Now, I’m not very surprised at this, as I’ve only starting making clothes for myself in august/September of this last year. So I don’t have many things finished, and a bunch of things I finished, either didn’t fit, or I used the wrong fabric combination for the pattern. So my me made wardrobe is very small.

I already knew I needed more tshirts and needed to start making some leggings, as I practically live in those. I have quite a few dresses, which is fine, but the weather is a bit too chilly still for me to be wearing lightweight dresses every day.

Recap: Top Left: Day 1:  Deer and Doe Plantain Tee in a Seafoam Rayon Blend knit fabric with a curved hem and a vneck, a me made blue stretch lace bra with a pair of rayon spandex blend stretch lace edged thong. Rtw Leggings.
Top Middle: Day 2: Upcycle/refashioned velvet dress with pockets! Paired with the same rayon spandex blend fabric and stretch lace edging but in full bikini style panties.
Top Right: Day 3: Deer and Doe Plantain Tee in a Marled Navy and White Light Weight Sweater Knit (similar here), with a curved hem and cuffs on the sleeves. rtw bra, panties, and leggings.
Bottom Left: Day 4: Colette Patterns Wren Dress in an ITY Knit in a mulberry/maroon color, full circle skirt bottom, lengthened the bodice by a couple inches. Hand knit socks, and rtw bra and panties.
Bottom Middle: Day 6: Deer and Doe Plantain tee in a lightweight pastel blue burnout jersey, lengthened with a curved hem and a vneck. rtw leggings, and panties. me made bra.
Bottom Right: Day 7: Colette Patterns/Seamwork Magazine Perry Dress as a crop top, paired with a rtw skirt and panties, blue stretch lace me made bra.

So I made it for 6 out of 7 days. Which is pretty darn good. I missed day 5 due to mental health, and just wore my standard rtw leggings and oversized tshirt.

I’m seeing a lot of dresses in the next week or repeat outfits. I’ll be traveling next weekend to Tennessee by car for a wedding, so I’m not sure if I’ll be able to document my outfits or wear me made items for those travel days. I’m working on a dress to wear to the wedding that I’m hoping to have finished before we have to leave, but that depends on when my new sewing machine comes in.

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Overall, Me Made May has made me realize that I really like comfy cozy clothes that aren’t really noteworthy or instagram ready. And my me made items are more in that instagram ready zone, mostly. The clothes I make are more in line with how I’d like to dress: pulled together, while still being simple, easy, comfy, and can be mixed and matched easily or dressed up or dressed down. My problem is actually wearing clothes like this in my day to day life, I feel like I’m “Wasting” these outfits because on most days I never leave the house and hardly leave the basement. So I guess I have more of a mental block with my style and clothing choice than anything else. It’s made me take more time in getting ready and more mindful with picking out my outfits.

I don’t think it’s necessarily a bad thing that I’m taking more time with what I’m wearing, I’m sure my boyfriend thinks it’s a good thing haha. But it’s interesting. I’m hoping by the end of the month it’ll be a little easier and more streamlined, less hassle with trying to put outfits together.

What have you all discovered in the first week of me made may? Have you made any discoveries on your personal style choices verses your sewing choices?

Me Made May Day 2

Day two! Today was going to be a low key day of chilling in the house and cutting out fabric to sew for when my new sewing machine arrives. So I wanted something low key, but I still wanted to feel pretty, you know?

So, I picked out this dress from my closet, which doesn’t get enough attention anymore. This isn’t made from scratch, but it is an upcycle.

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This dress was originally a friends grandmother or aunt’s dress that was destined for the thrift store, but I was allowed to rifle through Continue reading “Me Made May Day 2”