Me-Made-May 2014 Wrap-Up

Oh the things we start with the best intentions. My first week and a half of MMM started well. I dutifully picked my outfits and even did what I said and posted them to my Instagram.

Have I mentioned that I love my Mabel? I think it’s time to make another one. Or twelve.

Then things got weird.  The second full week of May was OMG-crunch-time for Dallas Comic Con, and it was one of those weeks when I woke up at 5:30am to sew before work and hit my craft table again when I got home after my workout. Prettying myself up for Instagram was not on my brain that week, or the following week when I realized I only had two weeks to finish my costumes for A-Kon O_o.

Costumes totally count for MMM, right? Rogue photo by Alan Tijernia. Ms. Marvel photo by Javier Micarelli.

Still, I did make efforts to meet my goal of wearing me-made items at least 3 days a week. Most of the time, though, that meant sliding into either my Renfrew or my Tofino pants the second I got home.

I realized as I went through the month that while I’m churning out a lot of projects, I still don’t have as many basic wardrobe staples as I’d like. I’m guilty of what Tasia refers to as “making frosting.” I have lots of pretty, fun things to wear, but not functional, everyday pieces. The items that I wear the most are my Mabel skirt, my recent skater dress, my Alma tops, my Tofino pants, and my Cambie dress on the days that I need to look a bit more professional.

Hanging out with my mom on Mother’s Day in my first Alma blouse.

With that in mind, I decided to alter my project list through the end of the year. Here are the basics I’m hoping to make:

  • 3-5 blouses: This is something that I really want to focus on over the next few months. My blouse collection is minimal, and I need more separates to wear with my me-made projects as well as my RTW clothes.
  • 3 more skirts: I really need more office-friendly skirts. I’m thinking a pencil skirt, an A-line skirt, and at least one more Mabel.
  • 3-5 more dresses: I’m slowly realizing that I really like dresses for work, especially knit dresses. It’s super easy to just grab a cardigan and ballet flats and be ready to go for work. I’d like to make another skater dress, another Moneta (I’ll blog about my first one soon), and another Cambie for sure. I’d also love to hack a Renfrew into a cowl-neck dress (like this beauty. Or this one)! And make another Macaron for work. Just because.
  • Trousers: I’ve been avoiding this for months because I’m terrified to fit pants, but it’s time. I’m down to 2 pairs of trousers for work and they’re both pretty much threadbare. I’m thinking Colette’s Juniper, since I have the pattern. Does anyone else have experience with this pattern?
  • Coat: The beau and I will likely venture North this winter to visit family for the holidays, and my go-to coat is starting to show its age. I’d love to make Colette’s Anise. I have the pattern and the BF’s mom gifted me some lovely wool for Christmas last year.

I don’t expect to get through all of these, but I am hoping to put a good dent in them. I probably won’t make any more costumes this year after Dragon Con, which will free up a good chunk of time and money to devote to these.

For those of you who participated in MMM, how did your challenge go? Do you have any must-makes now that it’s over?

MMMay Week 1: May 1-7

As promised, here’s a round-up of my me-made creations from the first week of May!

I kicked off the month with my new Mabel skirt. I had Friday off of work, so I paired it with one of my old college shirts for a leisurely day of food trucks and fabric shopping.

mabel skirt
Such comfort. Much booty. Wow.

My next self-made wear was on Saturday, May 3rd, also known as Free Comic Book Day! I had to work all day (plays world’s smallest violin), but I still wanted to share my geek pride. I opted to wear my Marvel Macaron with a black cardigan. It went over quite well. Several of my co-workers and the weekend police officers liked it.

I can’t decide whether the pattern placement of Thor’s hand is brilliant or terrible. I’m going with the first.

Mabel got another wear on May 5th. This time, I wore it with a black cowl neck tank and a blue cardigan. This may be my favorite work outfit to date. It’s so comfortable but still manages to look put together. I definitely have plans to make more Mabels and more knit tops over the summer.

mabel front
Occasionally I dress like a grown-up.

I completely forgot to document this the day of, but I also wore my Renfrew on Wednesday, May 7th. I wore it with a RTW black knit maxi and a purple cardigan. I’m still quite fond of my Renfrew, but I really want to make another version that’s a bit lighter and more fitted.

That wraps up my first week of Me-Made-May 2014! I’m hoping to wrangle out a new knit dress this week, so hopefully it’ll be in the rotation as well. Are any of you participating in MMMay this year? How’s your challenge going so far?

Me Made May 2014 Challenge


May is quickly approaching and with it brings the Me-Made-May Challenge! MMM is a challenge for sewists/knitters/crocheters/upcyclers to wear and love their creations. This is something that I’ve been floundering a bit with in my RTW fasting challenge, so I’m hoping that participating will help me identify holes in my wardrobe and help me get more comfortable wearing my self-made garments on a regular basis.

I have two major goals with this challenge:

  1. To wear 3 me-made garments per week.
  2. To document my wears.

My Instagram (@thegeekyseamstress) has been sorely neglected since I created it, so I’ll post my outfits over there as well as on Twitter (@mindy_nickel). Every Friday in May I’ll post a recap here of my outfits for the week. I can’t wait to see how this goes!

Are any of you participating in Me-Made-May this year? What are your goals?

P.S. I promise part two of my undergarments post is coming soon. I found out about a new technique that I want to try  before I post it 🙂