Me-Made-May: Days 10 and 11

The weather has been gorgeous here in Vancouver! First, a wonderfully warm and sunny weekend, and then two more days of sunshine.

So I haven’t worn my weekend creation yet, as it’s been just too nice out. I’ve just about run out of new items to wear, so I’m starting to recycle items from the first 9 days of May… hope it doesn’t start to get boring!

Day 10: The Armani skirt comes out again. I’m really happy that I finished this skirt in time for Me-Made-May, as it works so well with the rest of my wardrobe. Wonder how many different looks I can work it into…

Day 11: After uploading my pictures, I can see that these two outfits are really similar. Both full skirts, both with printed blouses.

Hmm…I suppose, if you know that a certain silhouette works for your body type (and more importantly, if you feel comfortable in it) then work it as much as possible!

I really like this vest, it’s such a well fitting piece of clothing and helps to anchor an outfit. Like today, this blouse underneath is kind of boxy and shapeless. If I hold my arms out it hangs straight down like a square. But with the vest – instant waistline!

I’d make it again, but am not sure what fabric to make it out of, since I already have this office-style wool check version. What would you suggest? I keep thinking maybe seersucker stripe is the way to go, for summer, but is that too cutesy? Maybe a white-with-tan cotton twill stripe? I just want an excuse to pick out more buttons, that’s all!

AND – here’s a Vogue 1174 update! I have finished the shell, and am working on the foundation and lining.

The built-in foundation is such a great idea! It’s like a corset, but built into the dress, made of hair canvas with boning along the seamlines. That’s a lot of construction! I haven’t seen a pattern with so much structure, ever.

I’m pretty pumped about the finished dress though, not only is the fabric super pretty but I feel confident it won’t fall down. No wardrobe malfunctions for me. So close to finishing this one – my goal is to finish it by the weekend. Wish me luck!

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6 Responses to Me-Made-May: Days 10 and 11

  1. Stacy May 12, 2010 at 7:20 am #

    I totally know what you mean about noticing similarity in outfits. Looking at my Me-Made-May photos, I realize how dependent I am on the wacky-print-blouse-with-A-line-skirt combo. It does work for me, but maybe I need to branch out!

    The Vogue dress is looking great! Maybe you could post some photos of the inside sometime? I’m intrigued by that corset-type construction, but intimidated by it at the same time.

  2. Angela May 12, 2010 at 11:38 am #

    Cute outfits! Love the progress on the dress!

  3. Monet May 12, 2010 at 11:54 am #

    I know I’ve already said this, but I can’t wait to read your full report on the dress…I am so excited to start mine! What a great opportunity to learn about structure (not that I really need all that much support in the bust area, but still)…

  4. ~Sherry~ May 13, 2010 at 2:12 am #

    I’m not really a waistcoat girl, but that’s a great point about it shaping a boxy shirt – I need all the shaping in that area I can get!
    Love the style and fabric of your soon-to-be new dress!

  5. Ali May 13, 2010 at 10:00 am #

    you’re making me want that armani skirt! it’s lovely and so versatile :)

  6. Jessica May 13, 2010 at 2:35 pm #

    Oh man, am I with you on the ‘hm, I only seem to have one silhouette/proportion/look that I use in my outfits …’ and also on the ‘well, I guess I know what works for me’ but I’m wondering, I decided on that look about 5 years ago and maybe my perspective and style has changed?

    Great outfits, by the way! Those are pieces I covet for my wardrobe!