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The Start of Me Made May

by | May 10, 2017 | Sewing Projects | 3 comments

Hi All!


I can’t believe it’s already May. I think I do this every year- It starts with Fall and I love the crisp cool weather, then it’s winter and I’m like- this is cool, I like this- then it’s still winter.. and I think it will never end and just accept that it will last forever, when suddenly I stop thinking about it and poof! It’s May again, and just like that- warmer weather, longer days and summer almost here! And for the last 3 years I’ve had Me-Made-May to jumpstart me into my Spring/Summer wardrobe, and think again about all the things I love wearing when I’m not having to bundle up for warmth.


This is what I’ve been wearing so far for the first week and a bit:


Grey Bamboo Bra Set 

I’ve been a little more lax with my goal this year, and although I still wear me-mades everyday- some days I might miss the photo- I used this set as my Day 1 & 2- it is still an everyday go-to bra

Black Lace & Print Thong

This was a favourite make from the #SewPantyParty, and I’m a bit surprised to be honest, because I’ve never been a thong person before- I thought they looked a bit like torture- but then I found a new style and tweaked the pattern to my liking, and WOW- they are so comfy and easy to wear- I’m pretty amazed.

Chartreuse & Black Bra

I wear this bra all the time, it’s a classic in my rotation, simple, easy to wear and I wear the matching panties a lot too- because I also love a nice bikini cut underwear.

Off-the-Shoulder Striped Bethioua

This is technically my mom’s sweater, and we share it. It has this kind of cosy, slouchy feel, but I also feel kind of chic in it- I think it’s the black and white stripes. I wore it one day in Barcelona with red lipstick and I felt like I had a nice style. I think this one will be a keeper in my wardrobe.

Ogden Cami Dress

This was my Sunday post make- and my most recent clothing make. It hasn’t actually been warm enough here to wear it yet, but I did make it before my trip and photographed it in Barcelona. I love this dress, it’s so easy and comfortable- and honestly making this pattern into a dress I have a million more ideas of how this could be pattern-hacked, and changed for so many more beautiful things!

Off-the-Shoulder Lane Raglan

So I clearly have something for the ‘off-the-shoulder’ styles and this has been a staple in my wardrobe. It’s so soft and so easy- grey goes with everything. This photo was taken in the back alleys of downtown Belleville, while mom & I were taking a break to walk Gibby – I love finding cool little things like this 🙂

Parisian Bra Set 

This is a real classic Emerald Erin set. This is when I first discovered my favourite bra fabric- Bra Tulle– and I made some of my best bras ever. This bra was a favourite of many- and one that I keep for special occasions, when I’m feeling a little more feminine and fancy 🙂

I’ve had a bit of a slow start to May, in fact, I’ve had a bit of a slow few weeks. Before my family trip to Barcelona, I was really pouring it on, going full steam ahead, 24/7 to get as much as I could done, not just prepping the shop and trip planning, but also working on some of my pattern projects. Then the trip happened, and it was 15 days of go-go-go fun exciting activities everyday, which was amazing and such a fantastic experience! But, as the person who was doing the lions share of planning, navigating and guiding – it was a bit much- especially for my introverted self. So naturally, as I came down from my travel adrenaline rush on the flight home, I caught the latest version of the plague, and was pretty much a snuffling mess for the next two weeks.

Now it’s been a couple days since my cold is over, and I still feel, tired? maybe, or still a bit burnt out? And I’ve realized that- even though I’m technically over my cold and not snuffling anymore- I still need a little extra down-time. I’m really trying not to feel guilty about this, or super stressed at how much slower my Spring business and blog goals are going, because I know that there is no point, and this is just what I need. Despite my best efforts, I’m not super-human, I’m actually one of those humans who could comfortably sleep 9-10 hours a day, and enjoys lots of extra alone time in the quiet.

I know that I have a never-ending list of goals, and so many amazing things coming up in the next few months, but I also know that I’m going to have to take them one step at a time – at least for the next couple of weeks ; )

Do you struggle with this too? Are you having a good start to spring?

I always love talking to you in the comments!




  1. Mary Roberts

    Even extroverts, such as myself, need down time. I’ve learned over the years that holidaying with people, even if you love & adore them can be exhausting. I’ve arrived at the conclusion it’s because you are “on” all the time which never happens in real life. I get this way even traveling with my husband of 30+ years. Be kind to yourself.

  2. Kay

    I would have never guessed that you were an introvert since you can openly post pictures here and your blog voice is just so great. I’m one of those sleep for 9-10 hours a day with lots of slow time too and sometimes I feel so guilty for not being one of those sleep for 4 hours and be super productive during the day people.

    Maybe you should do a day/week in your life post or something. I would be super interested in seeing what your schedule looks like.

    • Emerald Erin

      Hi Kay! I know, it’s a strange paradox! For me, it’s much more about where I get my energy from. I love spending time with people, talking, connecting, and being social- and I’m fairly outgoing in a group- but it really drains all my energy, so I have to be very careful that I keep a balance of social time and alone time. I find it helps that I work alone mostly (or just with my mom and Gibby!)- I have my own little studio, and otherwise I have a lot of computer work, which is pretty solitary. I really like the idea of a day or week in the life- I’ll definitely think of that in the future! <3


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