Wednesday, May 31, 2017

Me-Made-May 2017: End of Month Roundup

Hey y'all! Here's the second half of my Me-Made-May for 2017.... check out my round-up of the first half of the month here.


I always enjoy this endeavor, and particularly love seeing how people style their handmade items for everyday wear. I do get a little bit weary of taking the daily photos, but it's fun anyway.

This particular May was a bit weird for me. Because of a combination of weather (hot, torrential rain), activities (working from home, working on cleaning up my home), and future circumstances (moving to the exact opposite climate from my current one), my month was quite casual (let's be honest: casual = slobby) and less of a learning experience than it might have been otherwise.

Besides my revelation about needing some me-made stretchy pants, I feel like it's hard to judge the state of my wardrobe based on this month. I didn't wear many of my handmade items: dressier things, office-appropriate gear, cool weather wear. Ah, well.

I also found it difficult to keep up with my two garments three times per week pledge. I think because it's been so hot, it's been more about stripping down layers rather than adding them. Sometimes I cheated and counted days that I wore two handmade items separately (i.e. I wore one thing, sweated through it, then changed into another later in the day), although that was obviously not the intent of my pledge. Thinking about it, though, I don't think I'll have any problems with layering 2, 3 or 4 handmade pieces come cooler weather.

Ok, enough navel gazing! On to the outfits:

Week 3


**Day 18: I wore my brand new, just finished, not yet blogged Style Arc Elani tunic with RTW leggings, continuing the stretchy pants trend from earlier in the month.


**Day 19: My stripe-tastic Style Arc Blaire shirtdress got me through a bunch of errands. I got caught in the rain, so it got a bit soggy. I changed into jeans and my Style Arc Ethel shirt to grab dinner later on. A double Style Arc day.


Day 20: Headed to Bangkok's weekend market in my Wardrobe by Me Akinori dress. I need to make another one of these... I love it!


Day 21: As the kids these day say, I could not even with a photo of my face/hair situation on this day spent organizing my pattern collection, sorting though junk drawers, etc. But I did wear my Snapdragon Studios Summer Jazz Dress all day, an insanely comfy dress, perfect for taking care of business.

Week 4


Day 22: Running errands in my Named Clothing Sointu Kimono Tee, which I love, but the ponte is a little bit heavy for Bangkok's weather.


**Day 23: I met up with a friend for lunch and wore my just made batik Named Ninni culottes because she loves traditional fabrics from the region. I paired them with my black cropped Liesl + Co Bento Tee.


***Day 24: Travel day! I headed to Singapore in the comfy combination of my Named Alexandria trousers and a not-yet-blogged Kommatia Patterns relaxed v-neck t-shirt, with my orange Helen's Closet Blackwood Cardigan for the chilly plane ride.



**Day 25: Bopping around Singapore (some hawker food, some fabric shopping on Arab St., and a bit of the Botanic Gardens), I wore a not-yet-blogged Hey June Santa Fe top in a wicking fabric to keep cool. Then later, for dinner (bak kut teh!), I changed into my Style Arc Adeline dress, and Tim wore his fishy McCall's 6044.


**Day 26: I met up with the lovely Fiona for a bit of fabric shopping and lunch wearing my black linen Ninni culottes and custom-print Bento Tee.


Day 27: Running around town, back in Bangkok, doing errands in my Sewing Workshop San Diego tunic and RTW leggings. Got caught in a massive thunderstorm and had to practically swim down my street to get home!

Day 28: I didn't get a photo this day; I just couldn't deal. But I wore my panda Prefontaine shorts and  an old t-shirt while doing crap around the house: cleaning out our storage area, dividing up fabric scraps (quilt-worthy, big enough for pockets and interior waistbands, stuff to be donated/recycled).

Week 5


**Day 29: I wore a not-yet-blogged, but so well-loved it already has a stain Cashmerette Concord t-shirt and my Morgan jeans (tester version). I kinda wanted to wear these jeans around a bit more to diagnose the problems to determine if they're worth tweaking or if I should just make a new pair from the final pattern (this pair is made from the first round of testing and many changes were made since!). Ok, let's be honest: I'll definitely make a new pair, but will feel guilty unless I make a valiant effort to make it so this pair doesn't slide halfway down my butt after a half hour of wear.

**Day 30: So what if I pulled those Morgan jeans off the floor and put them on again? Who's gonna stop me? On this penultimate day of May, I wore them with my Hot Patterns Shirt Tail Tee. And topped them with my hot off the sewing machine, to-be-blogged Style Arc Coral Cardigan.



Day 31: Bringing it home in one of my faded favorites, my purple batik Marilla Walker Maya top. Paired with an ancient RTW stretchy knit pencil skirt.

Fin.

See ya next year!

21 comments:

  1. You have an awesome wardrobe that you can mix and match, dress up or dress down. I say you have a well rounded wardrobe.

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    1. Thanks, Mariela! I am pretty happy with it right now. I'll definitely have to reassess any holes once I move to a cooler climate, though!

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  2. I never don't pull my jeans off the door and wear them the next day. It's my MO. I love that Maya top. Its been fun seeing all your outfits. Good luck with your move!

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    1. I definitely did the same thing with jeans back in the States, but in Bangkok's climate you usually get only one wear out of a pair of pants and then they MUST be washed. So sweaty.

      Thanks!! :-)

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  3. Wow! You are talented! What a lovely Me Made May!

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  4. Me Made May: Crazy Life Transition Edition! Although you may have felt comfy/slobby some of the time, I was always loving your eye for color and prints! You are a really fun MMMay account to follow, Meg!

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    1. Thanks, Inder! I've been admiring your pencil skirt and cardigan work wardrobe... business casual office wardrobe goals!

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  5. Thanks so much for this post. We are similar in shape and style, though I am much shorter. Now I have a long list of patterns to try. You are just feeding my habit! Thanks.

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    1. Ha ha, sorry, I am a bit of a pattern junkie. ;-)

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  6. Always enjoy your style and the photos from Day 27 just made me laugh 😂

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    1. Thanks, Jen! I aim to please ;-)

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  7. Day 27 is obviously my favorite. Outfits from 24 and 30 are really catching my eye - they just look like such normal everyday wear. Which, i think is quite the achievement (but that is coming from someone who just spent hours trying to cut out squares for the most basic pillows ever so .... grain of salt...) It will be so interesting to see what you wear next year for the month - i bet some favorites will repeat but you will definitely be layering! and wearing boots?! booties?! jackets?! scarves?! boy oh boy.... ;)

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    1. Haha, so does that mean my other outfits don't look like normal every day wear?

      It'll be fun to see how things change - So many layers! and I am really looking forward to busting out my scarf collection!

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  8. How do you look so good in so many different kinds of outfits?? I love that you resist the uniform and play with a broad range of proportions. Seeing outfits side by side and looking stunning that conventional wisdom might say wouldn't flatter the same person is an important reminder that conventional wisdom is not to be trusted.

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    1. Thanks so much, Hélène!! I definitely don't have a uniform ;-) I like experimenting with different shapes and styles. I don't really subscribe to what I'm "supposed to" wear as an almost plus size pear shape. There are somethings I personally don't like to wear (low waists, ruffles, bows, tiny flowers, peter pan collars), but I resist the idea that I should be limited to certain shapes or styles.

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  9. Fantastic collection! You have a lot of beautiful outfits to choose from. I love the Zadie dress on you. I just bought that pattern. And, the Concord- T-shirt in pink looks great on you with the jeans. I am going to get that pattern as well. Thanks for your wonderful blog and all the time and effort you give to it. I enjoy it and it helps me make decisions in my sewing.

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    1. Thanks, Barb! Zadie and Concord are both great patterns. I'm glad you enjoy the blog! I love writing it (and sewing/wearing the clothes, obviously!).

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  10. Fantastic collection! You have a lot of beautiful outfits to choose from. I love the Zadie dress on you. I just bought that pattern. And, the Concord- T-shirt in pink looks great on you with the jeans.I am going to get that pattern as well. Thanks for your wonderful blog and all the time and effort you give to it. I enjoy it and it helps me make decisions in my sewing. ��

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  11. You had a busy May, but you did it in style! And the bedraggled photo made me smile!!

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    1. Thanks, Philippa! Glad you got a kick out of my before and after photos ;-)

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