Sewaholic AlmaLast summer on the Anthropologie website I saw a yellow top paired with jean shorts & a floral statement necklace. It immediately reminded me of my yellow eyelet Alma and this similar necklace I really liked but didn’t wear too often. This is also the top that started me wearing yellow again. (I was so glad I took this picture in front of this rhododendron bush because just a few days later about half the flowers had fallen off)
Day 28Today was another cool day that caused me to dip into my cold weather wardrobe. Despite really liking this top I hope this will be the last time I wear it until fall. This is one of those fabrics that made me ignore fiber content – I loved the navy & green wide stripes with silver threads separating them so much that I ignored that it’s 98% poly.
Deer & Doe ChardonI normally don’t wear a lot of black and sew even less but I really like this skirt. I think it’s because despite being a black chambray, the white cross-threads makes it appear grey. I have a couple of Andi Satterlund’s cropped sweaters planned that will be perfect to pair with this skirt come fall. Assuming of course, that they’re done in time!
Day 30This was one of those makes that after wearing it I immediately wanted to wear it again. Always a good sign for my closet, but not so great for my pledge this year. I managed to restrain myself until today and see this getting a lot of wear this summer.
Sewaholic Renfrew & Jamie Christina Mission MaxiFinally the weather warmed up enough to wear my latest dress! In my mind a bright orange print requires lots of sunshine and high temperatures, or at least Seattle high, to be worn. But when headed off to class in the morning I wasn’t sure how the day would turn out so I threw a Renfrew over it. Briefly during the afternoon the dress was perfect on its own but I was glad to have the tee for most of the day.
Overall I’d call Me-Made-May 2014 a success. In fact during the first few days of June I automatically went for me mades while getting dressed. Sure, I had to check photos a couple times to check I didn’t wear the exact same thing twice but there were also some past favorites that didn’t get to come out and play. Sometimes it just comes down to what’s newest and shiniest. As for my hope to finish a couple pairs of jeans… that’s what Jeans June & July is for. I did get work done on my Jamie’s but got ahead of myself and topstitched when I should have basted to check for fit. I debated including a photo but I fear there’s too much excess fabric in the crotch for the internet.
Separates & JeansLast year I felt I needed more non-Renfrew tops and I think over the last year I improved that. I would like to continue in this direction. That said when wearing separates they were usually paired with RTW. Despite being pretty satisfied with my RTW jeans, I want to
Deer & Doe & Indies
Last year I wore lots of Sewaholic so it made sense that those were the patterns I wore most this year - 13 times. The #2 pattern company did surprise me as I only tried a Deer & Doe pattern last fall and yet wore one 10 times this month. Clearly I’ve found another favorite! In general I seem to wear more indie patterns than the Big 4, partially because I find those are the patterns I tend to make (or plan to make) multiples of. I guess it’s my way of justifying the higher cost compared to the 99¢ sales at the big box stores.
In general I’m happy to see that I wear a high percentage of what I make which when it all boils down spells out success. I didn’t include any me-made PJs this year because they’d be my most worn garments and would totally skew any results. It’s been a long time since I’ve bought any RTW and haven’t felt like I’m missing out. (The only exception was my much loved Seattle Seahawks Super Bowl Championship locker room tee. Not exactly something I could make on my own or as a proud member of the 12th Man miss out on!) That’s not to say I don’t wear RTW anymore, I just have really high standards and often run in to problems with things fitting correctly. All reasons why I started sewing my own clothes in the first place! I hope everyone achieved their goals for the month and got tons of inspiration for future makes, I know I did!