Me Made May: Week One

Are you participating in Me Made May? I participated last year but I didn’t really have enough sewn clothing to really fill out the whole month. I’ve worked hard to add projects to my wardrobe that I actually wear since last MMMay and this month I’m really excited to share them!

Day 1: Ginger jeans by Closet Case Files. My first pair of jeans and I wear them ALL the time! Jeans were a big mental hurdle for me sewing-wise and I can’t wait to make another pair. I’m also wearing self-striping socks from Canon Hand Dyes.

Day 2: Zebra Catarina by Seamwork Magazine. My fabric is a poly crepe and I really need to make another Catarina with wider straps and in some kind of nice, drapey natural fiber for summer.

Day 3: Simplicity 1364 with a simple ponte pencil skirt based loosely on Delia Creates hack. My top is a knit fabric, but the pattern calls for a a woven. I removed the darts, back closure, and a touch of width from the pattern to make a boatneck, sleeveless shell. My skirt is pretty plain; black ponte pencil skirt that is pretty much a tube with negative ease through the length.

Day 4: Brooklyn by Seamwork Magazine. I love  this skirt! The fabric is a lightweight Pendleton wool suiting that I picked up in the sale room at Stonemountain & Daughter last year (they still had at least one bolt when I was there a few weeks ago). I plan on making a ton of these with and without the box pleat in the front.

Day 5: Simplicity 2255 with a stand-up collar and no sleeves. I really like this button up shirt even though I need to take time and do a full bust adjustment on the next one. Stand up collars aren’t very common in RTW but I like them quite a bit, and the print reads retro 80s to me because of the geometric pattern.

Day 6: Ginger jeans again and my very favorite knit cardigan, the Acer Cardigan by Amy Christoffers. Acer is the cardigan that made me a Sweater Knitter. Amy Christoffers has a pretty and classic design stance and I’m a huge fan of her patterns. If you’re an advanced beginner or intermediate knitter with some projects under your knitting belt you can definitely follow one of her patterns.

Day 7: Butterick B5526 in a plaid cotton gauze. This shirt is in heavy rotation! It’s super comfy to wear and goes with a lot of things in my wardrobe. There’s no option for plain, short sleeves in the pattern so I ended up cutting a longer sleeve, removing quite a bit of width, and adjusting the length once the sleeve was set-in. It’s a winner.





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