Friday, June 6, 2014

Me Made in May

I wore something Me-Made each day of May, but I was shockingly unsuccessful in taking photos each day.  Rather than boring you with me made Renfrews and other tees, I will share my highlights instead:

 Simplicity 2906 skirt

New Look 6735 Tee and beige Jalie 2908 Jeans 

      Sewaholic Renfrew Tee and Simplicity 3628 jacket

Maria Denmark Kimono Tee and Jalie 2908 Jeans in brown non-stretch denim
McCalls 6654 Maxi Skirt
In surprising news...I have been sewing!  While in London at the end of April, I made it to Walthamstow market on my last day there.  In the first shop I went in, I found this very cool striped knit with little accordion-like pleats/wrinkles.  It was 1pound per yard, so I bought 2 yards.  I thought it would make a cool maxi skirt.  I did actually use a pattern for the skirt which is almost silly, but whatever...It was McCalls 6654, and I made the flared version.  I didn't have enough fabric to match the stripes along the side seams but I think it makes the skirt more RTW ;)  For the hem, I marked it about 2"off of the floor and used my coverstitch machine. 
This is my first maxi skirt.  I am only 5'-2" tall and I have always thought that a maxi skirt would make me look even shorter than I am.  I was reading this blog post by Michelle at Happily Caffeinated, where she mentions in her "Pet Peeve #2" about being annoyed by being told what you should and should NOT wear, and that you can actually pull off whatever you feel comfortable wearing.  So all 5'-2" of me made a maxi skirt.  I cut off several inches from the pattern so it didn't use quite so much fabric, which is a benefit of being short.  I still didn't have enough fabric to match the stripes though.  Now that it's done,  I can see the appeal of a maxi skirt.  Unshaven legs stay hidden as well as post-winter pasty-white legs.  (I don't tan and I am an SPF freak so pale legs are pretty much year round).  When your fabric is pretty or interesting, there is a lot of it in a maxi skirt and it's really shown off.  I had a few small chunks of fabric left which got turned into a skirt for my youngest.  So I got 2 skirts for 2 pounds!  :)
In other news, I have been sewing like crazy, so more garment post are coming!


  1. The maxi is my fave look! I also like the Kimono tee and Jalie pants a lot!

  2. I really love both your skirts. They are very flattering on your figure. Looking forward to seeing what else you have been sewing.

  3. Great me mades... love your maxi skirt.. looks great on you.

  4. Your new outfits look great! I'm also 5'2" and I wear maxi-dresses and -skirts almost all the time.

  5. Nice job on your outfits! Looking forward to seeing what is coming up next too!

  6. Your outfits are lovely - I especially like the maxi skirt. I'm only 5' tall and also wondered whether I should wear/sew them, but you inspired me. I love reading your blog.


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