MMJ: Day Fourteen

I am not in love with today’s outfit – just putting it out there! Initially I had planned to wear a skirt today in order to change things up a little, however it proved to be just a little too short to wear to work. It has finally happened – I’m coming to the end of my finished pieces, so I may have to start recycling items next week. 16 days to go! Continue reading

MMJ: Day Thirteen

Three time’s a charm! Today’s item is the third knit piece I’ve made in the past week. Suffice to say, I am a convert. When I took up sewing again a few years ago, the prospect of stretchy fabrics really daunted me. Now I’ve realized that as long as you use a proper needle and proper tension, it’s smooth sailing and MUCH faster in terms of hemming and finishing seams. Much more forgiving of flaws and errors, too.

The question for today: would you rather pay $60 for this tank top from J Crew…

or $2 for the one I made?!

Following a tutorial from 3 Sweet P’s, I used a tank I already had with a racer back as a template. The tutorial calls for raw edges, but I did bias tape binding because I like a more finished look. I looooove the ruffles! Such a simple addition, but they really make the tank stand out. This fabric was great to work with seeing as how all the stitching is basically invisible. The great news is I still have over a meter left … what to make next?

The goods:
Tank top – Me Made!
Jeans – Warehouse One
Cardi – Old Navy
Kitten heels – Target
Bangle – Reitman’s
Earrings – gifted

Hours worn:
10

Places visited: Work.

Main activities: Working …

Wear again? Yes. Sides may have to be taken in slightly – the fabric stretches quite a bit. All in all, success!

MMJ: Day Twelve

Missed the first two weeks? Click here to start at the beginning!

Another week of Me Made June has commenced. I feel like I’m in the swing of things now, and am still finding it relatively easy to put outfits together. Haven’t had to repeat anything yet! I’m sure I’ll eat my words soon now that I’m tempting fate. That, or my machine will break again!

Today’s item is something I haven’t worn yet this month – self stitched shorts! I haven’t made shorts or pants since high school (who didn’t make pajama pants in Home Ec??), and for some reason pants always tend to scare me. While I’ve stayed away from them so far this challenge, I knew that I’d need to make a few pieces that weren’t skirts/dresses to round out my wardrobe. A co-worker gave me a pattern she had picked up at a garage sale for 25 cents. Nice, I know! Today’s shorts are courtesy of Simplicity 7501 (absolutely OOP), which dates back to 1986. Does that qualify as vintage?? If so, I’ve sewn my first vintage pattern! :) I defintely took the safe route considering this is a Misses/Men’s/Teen boy’s shorts pattern, complete with elastic waist. Ohhhh, yeah. However in their defense, I have seen a LOT of elastic waist skirts, pants, and shorts this season… what’s old is new again.

I rushed with this pattern, and as a result there are a few things that I will be going back and changing. But first,

The Good:
– They fit! They didn’t rip when I sat down, squatted, jumped around, and did a few karate kicks. That’s a plus in my books.
– They’re comfy.
– The fabric I used (midweight cotton broadcloth) cost $2.00!
– They’re navy, which is one of my favorite colors.

The Bad:
– Due to the above-noted rushing, I skipped adding pockets on the sides, which would be nice.
– I attempted to make the waistband lower than called for; as a result I sewed over the rear pockets. Oops!
– I tried to give these a paperbag waist effect; there wasn’t enough fabric to gather so it just looks BAD. I will be going back and making the suggested waistband that is elastic, but lies flat.
– Because I was rushing I didn’t do French seaming on the sides – now when I roll up the legs, you can see the unfinished seams = not cool!

All in all I AM happy with my first attempt at shorts in a decade, so I’m not complaining!

The goods:
Walking shorts – Me made!
Blouse – Joe Fresh
Tank – Smart Set
Infinity scarf – Me Made!
Sandals – Naturalizer
Bangle – beach vendor in Cuba

Hours worn: 9

Places visited: Home, work.

Main activities: Puttering around the house, working the evening away at the computer.

Wear again? For sure, after I make the necessary corrections! Might even try this pattern again in a heavy fabric, since it whipped up so quickly.