So, it is July 7 and I am finally getting back around to wrapping up my 2013 Me-Made May posts. Week 3 started off strong, pairing my gray blouse with one of my favorite RTW skirts that I picked up at a GAP outlet store years ago. I seem to shy away from bright articles of clothing (which is something I want to discuss with you soon), but this skirt manages to pair nicely with many pieces of my wardrobe. Likewise, this light neutral gray blouse I made last year, while I have been mostly wearing it with denim pants or skirts, has the ability to be paired with most colors in my wardrobe.
Ah, yes. My first knit shirt. This bamboo-cotton jersey blend is starting to look old, even though it is only a couple of years since I stitched it together. I do not know if it is the organic bamboo, but his jersey pills very easily. It is also clear that the pattern allows for more wearing ease than I would prefer. Pairing it with nice trousers (with a self-altered waistband!) and a vest (albeit an ill-fitting one) helped make this shirt more presentable. I had been hoping to get through MMM13 without relying on this shirt, but I clearly started to run out of options.
You’ve seen this skirt before. The shirt is a semi-me-made garment. It is RTW and has always been a little loose. I finally got up the courage to try altering the shirt side seams and armhole seams. I was mostly successful. The alteration was not the cleanest, but even though I notice some odd fitting when I initially pull it on, it is not something that is noticeable in general to others.
And then I went on a long MMM13 hiatus. A combination of school, work, and life got in my way and I woke up a little stressed trying to meet my MMM13 challenge. I continued to work on two projects, a knitted short-sleeve shirt/sweater and the Cambie Dress below. At the least, my goal was to wear the Cambie Dress by the end of the month and I succeeded!
A few construction notes on the Cambie Dress. I have had the pattern for over a year and finally dove in. With the exception of the waistband interfacing, the entire dress and lining meet the stashbusting challenge! I used the same king-sized bed sheet that I is featured on the corset shown at the top of my blog. The lining is a patchwork of a brown cotton (which I used up completely) and a maroon cotton bed sheet. But you’d never know. 🙂
I love the pear-shaped design of the pattern, I did not have to make any bust or waist or hip adjustments. The only pattern adjustment I made was to the shoulder seam. Initially the sleeves were too loose around my shoulders, so I added another 3/4″ to the seam allowance and it fit perfectly.
Having clothes that truly fit is such a treat. There is no odd gaping or bunching from being too loose or too tight. I feel comfortable and more confident in clothes that I have made because I am not worrying about having to adjust this or that every time I walk or sit down. It is like a second skin at times. And I think people notice that. I am humbled by the number of compliments I have received on some of my Me-Made clothes. –You think this shirt is from Banana Republic? Really? Wow, thank you!
As I have mentioned in a few of these posts, many of my existing Me-made clothes have limited range. The colors or shapes only match a couple of other clothes, which limits my ability to choose outfits to fit a variety of weather or social settings. This summer I am committed to evaluating my wardrobe color trends (inspired by Gillian at Crafting A Rainbow and Morgan at at Crab & Bee). I need to make sure my fabric stash choices line up with my wardrobe palette or else I am going to have a bunch of things I can only wear with one other garment. (This is a problem I had with impulse shopping for RTW clothes too.)