Well, I can’t believe it. May is over and it’s time to wrap up Me-Made-May ’15 with pictures from the last three days.
The first of these is a Friday, which had the theme “Your Town”. I picked something that represented this area rather than something specific to my town: clamming and shellfish! Shellfish are a big industry here and for the last few summers, I’ve taken out a recreational clamming license (see here and here), so I tried to take a few shots with some shellfish-related props. My me-made clothing piece is this shirt (which you may remember from Day 16) made from a bedsheet and pajama pattern (M6848 by McCall’s).
Day 30 was two layered Alabama Chanin pieces. The top layer was the Alabama Chanin corset from Alabama Stitch Book you saw on Day 25. The layer beneath is the short fitted dress pattern from Alabama Studio Sewing + Design. It’s a variation of the dress I wore on Day 28. The dress alone wasn’t inspiring me that day, so I thought I would make it more interesting with some layering. I love how they layer pieces in Alabama Studio Sewing + Design, so I decided to go for it, and I loved it! I will say that this type of layered outfit is not your friend in the hottest, most humid weather, though. With the camisole as the base piece, I was wearing three layers on top which got a little bit warm.
While I love these patterns, they are a bit low-cut for me, so I usually wear a camisole or tank top underneath with a higher neckline. Luckily, if you sew up these patterns and feel as I do, you can now check out Alabama Chanin book number four, Alabama Studio Sewing Patterns, which takes you through how to alter patterns, including raising necklines. (Each of the books I’ve just mentioned is written by Natalie Chanin.)
And the final outfit for May? This dress which I copied from a vintage dress. I think the fabric is silk. My husband’s parents were kind enough to give me my pick of his grandmother’s sewing supplies after she passed away, and this is one of the fabrics that she had in her stash. It’s very light and comfortable.
Final thoughts? This was a great challenge both from a sewing and a fashion standpoint. I had to really think about what I had made and how to wear it creatively. I had more makes than I realized, and now I’m inspired to sew even more of my clothing. It was extra mental work to figure out new outfits (I tend to repeat a lot more in my normal daily life), but I think that was good for this set time period. It helped me to think of new ways to wear what I had, and seeing my outfits through the eyes and comments of others helped me to take a new look at them.
This challenge also made me practice thinking through how to take pictures. Thanks go to my photographers, my daughter and my husband. They did a great job!
And thanks to YOU for tuning in throughout the month. I hope you enjoyed it as much as I did.