Whats the take-home message from Me Made Ma
? KNITS KNITS KNITS. I’ve been sewing knits since I started sewing 1.5 years ago
, and I have no intention of stopping. Its what I like to wear and the main reason I started sewing. The really nice thing is that the blogosphere seems to have caught the knit craze, so I have a lot more patterns and inspiration to work with than I did a year and half ago. In fact, I made up
EIGHT new knit items during MMM! Shit, ya’ll. I can’t count.
New SBCC 314 for the first day of MMM (so I guess I technically made it the last day of April)
Moneta V1 (which shortened horribly in the first washing even though I pre-washed. ugh)
Moneta V2, still rocking on
Dixie DIY Summer Concert Tee V1 (wearing it as we speak/type/read…whatever)
A self drafted pencil skirt
A cardigan hacked from a T-shirt pattern
Dixie DIY Summer Concert Tee V2
And finally… Moneta V3
In other news, I should probably sew some cardigans. I had one me-made cardigan prior to the start of MMMay and sewed up 2 more during the month. However, I fell under the alluring spell of ALL THE PRINTS so those two cardigans ended up being not-that-practical. When I am not in crazed-sewing mode (happens occasionally due to inspiration overload), I try to sew dresses and tops in prints, all else in solids (and typically neutrals) so that things can be mixed and matched. I wore a non-me-made gray cardigan 11 days during me-made-made, so clearly this is a gap in my me-made wardrobe! I could also use a few me-made black and white cardis. And maaaaaaaaaaaybe a solid dress or two so that I have something to wear with the printed cardigans.
RTW cardigans in need of copying!
In general, MMM showed me that I don’t really NEED many more clothes. I have a lot of stuff that I didn’t wear during MMM2014 (see MMM2013 posts for evidence) and the act of taking a photo of my clothing every day forced me to realize that I am pretty lazy dresser (see: KNITS KNITS KNITS). A few tops that go with jeans, some easy to wear dresses, leggings, and cardigans pretty much get me through the week. I think that having about 2 weeks worth of outfits to rotate through, with some special occasion stuff and some active wear would greatly simply and improve my life. Right now, my
closet is seriously OOCT (out of control) because I haven’t yet purged the RTW clothing that I no longer wear. This is on my agenda for the weekend. Are there any great closet organizers out there that want to lend some advice? This is my most dreaded task.
I’ve also given some thought to things I DON’T want to sew (for now). I’ve finally found some RTW jeans that fit decently well, so I’ve put sewing jeans on the back-burner for the time being. I used to HAVE to wear pants to work, but recent change in positions means I can basically wear whatever I feel like wearing (which is AMAZING!!!). Bras? Someday, but for now RTW will be fine. Anything structured/fitted? I have never worn that kind of stuff, so why sew it? I would like to do a few projects to expand my sewing skills, but the thought of sewing something I won’t wear just for the sake of it isn’t appealing to me right now.
So, what am I planning to sew (was all this anti-sewing talk worrying you?)? I’ve got a few things up my sleeve…
I’m working on perfecting this kinda self -drafted/cobbled-together dress pattern so I can make a few more out of linen this summer.
SHOES are totally still happening, people. Anyone want to jump on the shoe making bandwagon with me?
Knitting! Yep, I’ma kinda scared, but hopefully I can figure this sweater out with enough googling (the Myrna from Andi Satterlund, any tips?)
And, as always, I could use more active wear!
‘I, Megan @ TheGreenViolet.blogspot.com, sign up as a participant of Me-Made-May ’14. I endeavour to wear one Me-Made item each day for the duration of May 2014. Additionally, I will strive to create some more field-work-appropriate garments. ‘
So, MMM14? Mission (mostly) accomplished! I would be remiss if I didn’t mention the second half of my pledge, which I totally didn’t accomplish, but with GOOD reason. Around the 1st of May I received the exciting news that some of my work responsibilities would change due to a colleague’s retirement (I only wish I could call this a promotion- more work but same title and same pay). I am doing almost no field work now (I haven’t done any since the start of May) and am officially in charge of all GIS/graphics needs for our small office. It has been SO nice to have the change of pace and the change of outfits. No more pants required!