Me-Made-May: Days 17, 18, 19, 20

Whew! This is going to be a lot of outfits for one little post. Has this month flown by, or what?

Day 17: I wore the lovely Vogue 1174. Lots and lots of pictures here, but here’s one just for this post. Yay for this dress! I’m super pleased with the outcome.

Day 18: Beware – this next one is an outfit fail.  And it doesn’t help that yesterday’s beautiful sunshine was replaced with rainy gloom.

I knew after checking out the photos that it just wasn’t very flattering. It’s not horrible, but it’s not as great as some of the previous looks. And yet, once you leave the house you’ve commited to wear that look all day. Isn’t that the worst, when you’re out there getting through the day, in an outfit that Needs Improvement? That’s the day you’re most likely to run into an ex. Good thing that didn’t happen!

Day 19: The Me-Made item in this photo is my top – a refashioned H&M dress. The original dress was not only tent-like and sacky, but had a bad tendency to static-cling to my backside and legs. Not cute! But as a top, it’s much better.

I chopped off the skirt part and hemmed the bottom but it still looked sacky. To give it more shape, I cut a length of 1/4″ elastic roughy the size of my waist, sewed it into a loop, and then stretched the loop to fit approximately 4″ up from the finished hem. I zigzagged over the elastic to hold it in place around the waistline, and voila!

Actually, I did this top refashioning, a day or two before for my first date with my man. When he asked me out, I was SO excited but couldn’t figure out if it was a friend-date or a real date. So I decided to just dress as cute as possible and hope for the best! I quickly whipped up this ‘new’ top so I’d have something flirty and shiny to lure him in. It’s two years later now so I must have done something right!

Day 20: I love how colours can pop on an overcast day. Case in point – today’s photos! The turquoise wool coat is bright on its own, but looks even more vibrant on this grey morning.

Too bad I didn’t run fast enough for the next one – it looks so promising! Had to include it anyways.

What was cool about this outfit, was that people didn’t think I’d made it. One of my co-workers and I had an entire conversation about the coat, and the whole time she assumed I bought it! (It was only when I proudly pointed out the bound buttonhole, that she realized it was handmade!)

Well, that wasn’t a quick post at all. Thanks for staying with me!

We’re now two-thirds of the way through the Me-Made challenge. And so far, I’ve done it! I’ve worn at least one item created by me, every day. Feeling proud of my handmade wardrobe, and excited to keep it going.

ps. It’s Half Price Notions at Fabricana this long weekend again. Vancouver seamstresses, time to stock up! I’ll be picking up lining, for everything I forgot I needed to line…

pps. Not in Vancouver and still looking for a sale? Colette Patterns is having a sale as well. Sign up for the newsletter to get in on the savings! In fact, if you liked my turquoise wool coat from Day 20, it’s Colette Patterns’ Lady Grey. The big question is, which ones do I need to add to my collection next?

Have an excellent weekend everyone – and an extra special long weekend to my fellow Canadians!

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8 Responses to Me-Made-May: Days 17, 18, 19, 20

  1. Funnygrrl May 21, 2010 at 6:51 am #

    I’m new to your blog…and sewing. Great inspiration! The Lady Grey is beautiful in the teal/turquoise. Wow! My goal is to be able to wear one thing a week that I made. But I’ve got a lot of sewing to do before that happens.
    I am a fellow Canadian but I’ll be spending my long weekend in the States. Any suggestions on purchasing fabric when you don’t really have a specific project in mind and absolutely no stash at home. I’m hoping to take advantage of some great fabric stores in Seattle and Portland.
    Thanks for the inspiration!

  2. Tasia May 21, 2010 at 9:26 am #

    Thanks for stopping by! And enjoy your long weekend in the States, hopefully it will be sunny for you.
    For suggestions on purchasing fabric without a project in mind, here’s my number one tip:
    Make sure you buy enough of each piece! There’s nothing worse than finally deciding what to make, and being just slightly too short.
    When I find something I love but don’t have immediate plans for it, I imagine what type of garment it would be. A dress? Buy at least 3 metres, especially if you’re imagining a full skirt. A skirt? Round up to at least 2 metres, just in case you want it it gathered or pleated. Same for a blouse, I buy an average 2 metres so I can decide later on sleeves, length, collar etc.
    This tip works well if the fabric’s on sale or well priced. If it’s really expensive, you might want to be more selective. In that case, think more about potential projects for the fabric. What was the first thing that came into mind when you fell in love with the fabric? (Wow, that would be a gorgeous _______?) If you’re at a store that sells patterns as well, check out the fabric requirements for a similar style. You don’t have to buy the pattern right away but you’ll at least know that the fabric is enough to do a long sleeve blouse, or a gathered skirt.
    And know that if you estimate wrong, you just might have to get creative when laying out your pattern pieces, or with adding contrast fabric. (Worst case, you’ll end up with a bunch of slim fitting skirts or sleeveless tops). And if you have plenty of leftover fabric once you finally pick out a project, bonus! Time to make a skirt or sleeveless top out of the extra. It’s like a freebie!

    Thanks for asking an excellent question. You’ve given me all kinds of ideas for future posts.
    Hope this was helpful and if you buy anything fabulous, let me know :)

  3. Jessica May 21, 2010 at 1:21 pm #

    Gorgeous! Love the Lady Gray in turquoise, plus the refashioned top and the story that goes with it :-). I can’t believe we’re 2/3 of the way through this challenge already.

  4. Angela May 21, 2010 at 2:46 pm #

    Love those outfits!! Very cute!

  5. Amy May 21, 2010 at 7:17 pm #

    Amazing, Tasia. I don’t know which thing to comment on first. The Vogue Dress is stunning. Lady Grey is gorgeous too!

  6. Megan May 21, 2010 at 8:59 pm #

    Me-Made-May is indeed going by very quickly! I really love your version of Vogue 1174–I don’t usually do strapless, but this looks like a very thorough pattern. Oh, and the Lady Grey jacket looks *amazing* on you :) Thanks for the inspiration!

  7. ~Sherry~ May 21, 2010 at 10:06 pm #

    Hi Tasia – I don’t think your grey day outfit is bad at all!
    Love the refashioned top, and I really like it with pinstripes and jacket too – great outfit!

  8. Ali May 22, 2010 at 12:24 pm #

    Another inspiring round-up of outfits (even Day 18! — what is it you don’t like about it? If memory serves me that’s your amazing Armani skirt, and how can you go wrong?)

    PS Thanks for the tip on edge-stitching on the Marie skirt, I never would have thought of it!