So a couple weeks ago the Sewcialist group from Toronto, decided to get together for a fancy sewing outing. It was a chance to see the Dior Exhibit happening at the ROM, have high tea, and of course, wear our fancy me-mades.
Now I have to say that I don’t really sew fancy clothes. Like most sewists, I made a nice party dress or two when I first started sewing- but that was in high school, and those dresses definitely wouldn’t fit me or suit me anymore. So I took this outing as a great opportunity to make something a little more challenging for myself (after weeks of sewing super quick and easy Jordy & Tuesday samples!)
It was about that time again where I needed to sew something that wasn’t a bra, and this time I settled on something that felt very fall to me – a wrap top. Something that is light, but cosy, that wraps you up, but doesn’t smother you in warmth just yet.
Specifically, I settled on the Elmira Wrap Top pattern from Colette, in my favourite Scarlet Bamboo!
Another week of May just sailing past. This time I took as many photos as last week- not too bad lol! It’s always amazing to me how much things change in May- the month always starts out cold, in sweaters and jackets and jeans- then by three weeks in you can sunbath in your bikini some days. Maybe that’s just how sporadic the weather is here in Southern Ontario, but I’m completely soaking up all this warm weather! There’s nothing better than knowing that you have all of summer ahead of you 🙂
So to start off this week I wore one of my favourite pretty bras- my Lily of the Valley – I have to say that I don’t often wear the garter belt that I made to go with this set (since I don’t usually wear stockings) but I do wear the matching panties all the time. It’s one of the only white bra and panty sets that I’ve really fallen in love with, usually white isn’t my favourite, but I think the lace and the cut out details really make this shine!
Next I wore another favourite- and I would say that this is my all-time favourite- My Black Beauty bra! I also did an Exposing the Unders on this bra for my Sunday post. I’ve used this base pattern for quite a few of my other favourite bras, including the foam sets I made the week before, and my chartreuse & black set.
Next I wore a clothing make! It was the perfect day because it was so sunny and warm, so nice and breezy! I really love this dress, I made it at the end of the summer last year and got as much wear out of it as I could before the weather got too cold, but I’m really looking forward to having it in my wardrobe this summer! It’s the Tank Dress from Sew Caroline, and I made it with this printed rayon, so it’s so super soft and flowy and I added a little placket detail in the front, just to give it that something extra when you’re up closer 🙂
And last but not least for this week of wears- My Snow White bra. Another classic of mine. This bra deserves a wear every once in a while. I usually wear it on a special day or when I want something that makes me feel really held in. A longline just isn’t practical and comfortable for my everyday- but definitely so for a special day 🙂
And there we have it! Another week of May passing by- and I have to say- maybe it’s the warm weather, or just more time passing, but I’m definitely getting more and more energized and getting so many projects moving and of course my brain is buzzing with a million ideas and things that I want to do! It’s going to be a big summer of projects for me!
Do you have any summer projects that you’re looking forward to?
Also I used to do some posts on my blog called ‘Saturday Life’ where I took pictures through my week of what I was doing and posted life updates. I don’t know if I would do posts exactly like that again but would you be interested in content like that again? Just something I’ve been rolling around in my mind.
As always, I love hearing from you 🙂
Week 2 of Me Made May has come and gone, and I have to admit that I wasn’t quite as good at taking pictures of all my me-mades this week. I do wear me-mades every day, but a lot of the time they are repeats, or not super photo worthy (like my really old but really comfy sweat pants!). And some days I just don’t feel like having my picture taken. But of the days I remembered to capture: this is what I wore!
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?
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I decided it was time to do a little selfish sewing 🙂 With my trip to Barcelona last month, and Me Made May coming up I wanted to think of a perfect addition to my spring/summer wardrobe. I wanted something light, something simple, something comfortable and easy to wear.. and I thought about how much I love and wear my two Ogden Cami’s that I made last fall.. and it hit me- an Ogden Cami dress!
I made this dress with a lightweight drapy rayon that I found at Fabricland- and I just couldn’t resist this fabric! It has a perfect super-soft feel and neutral colours but with birds! YAY!
This is probably one of the most simple pattern hacks that you can do too! I simply extended the pattern- I measured on myself how long I wanted the dress to be from the centre front, then I extended the centre front of the pattern piece to that length, and the same at the back but 1″ longer, just to accommodate for going over my butt- as you must. At the side seams I just let them gently continue at the angle they were going which gave me a slightly flared by not-too-much volume skirt. I also gave the hem a little curve, just so it was a bit more dynamic. – perfect and super simple- I’m already dreaming of the next one I want to make!
This dress is like secret pyjamas- SO comfy- especially if you just wear it on it’s own. But when I was taking these pictures on holiday it was perfect because it got nice and warm in the day, but when the sun was going down I needed long sleeves- so I paired it with a denim shirt overtop that I could tie around my waist in the day- and get a little more shape too 🙂
I wore this dress all over the city- and I felt so good in it! I can’t wait until it warms up enough in Ontario to wear it for Me Made May! I’m sure by the end of May I will squeeze it in! But I still consider this to be a make for my Me-Made-May pledge.
I’m taking Me-Made-May pretty casually this year- normally I do a pledge post and think about what I want to do and make, but this year I’m just winging it. I’m going to do my normal- one different me-made item everyday of May, and try to post it on instagram, with weekly round-ups on the blog which I think I will post on Wednesday. And then for the Sunday posts- I might do a little more clothing sewing- but I’ll definitely be making a bra set for next week- because it has been WAY too long since I’ve made a bra- I think I’m going into withdrawal!
What about you? What are you doing for Me-Made-May? How is your pledge going? Finding any gaps in your wardrobe?
I always love to hear from you!