Floral Rayon Charlie Caftan

YASSSS!  It's caftan weather!!!  Well... sort of.  Man, it's been a rainy summer here in Ottawa!  Now - before making this, I had never actually worn a caftan. HOWEVER - I have lusted after them something fierce, and just haven't found the right one. Thank goodness for the amazing Heather-Lou over at Closet Case Patterns.  Fabrications (local Ottawa fabric shop) teased this pattern a week before it's release in their IG page, and Gillian over at Crafting a Rainbow commented "please be a caftan!" to which I nearly lost my mind because that was the exact thing I needed to add to my summer sewing list.  ANYWAYS!  I literally bought this pattern the moment I got the email newsletter announcing it's release, printed it the following day, and had it sewn and ready to wear the following weekend.  Behold - the Charlie Caftan!



Floral & Striped Ebony Dresses

What?!?  Two blog posts in as many days?  I have a ridiculous backlog of things I've been meaning to post, so I'm working through them while chillin' inside with the AC on since it's a million degrees + humidity outside this weekend.  Central air conditioning is pretty fantastic you guys.  Also, we rearranged the living room yesterday and I'm really diggin' it.  Wee!  

Ok, back to sewing.  This is a sewing blog after all!  Back in mid-winter when the Closet Case Ebony T-Shirt & Dress pattern came out I scooped up some knits I had in my stash and sewed up a couple different ones.



Navy Dotted Alder Shirtdress

Another dress I made in the winter, and I'm just getting around to blogging it now!  I bought the Alder Shirtdress pattern a while ago and have fabric I bought with a birthday gift card last August.  It took me a while to get up the courage to sew something with a collar...  I don't know why I waited so long... it really wasn't that hard!  Please don't mind my pasty-white skin, I took these photos back in March!  Also, I'm just really pasty ;)



Les Fleurs Cleo Skirt

Now, everyone and their grandma has at least some of this fabric.  But seriously - who can blame them? It is SO DAMN BEAUTIFUL.  When this stuff first arrived at one of the local fabric shops, it was gone within hours of their instagram post about it.  Seriously!  I went in 3 hours after the post and the whole bold was GONE.  So, I ordered this fabric online from Rifle Paper Co. with a boxing day deal and waited patiently for it to arrive.  Then it sat on my shelf for a few months because I was too worried to ruin it, and hadn't quite decided on the right pattern that would show off the fabric nicely.

Made By Rae released her Cleo Skirt pattern at the end of January and I figured it would be a great pattern for the fabric.  Simple, comfortable (woo elastic waist!), and would work really well with the drape of the rayon.



Me-Made-May 2017 Final Wrap-Up & Last Few Days

IT'S DONE!!! FINALLY DONE!  I get excited about MMMay every year, but by the end of it I am so darn glad that it's over - mostly because the selfies get annoying, and my IG feed is just other people taking selfies.  Not that I don't enjoy it - it's just gets repetitive after a couple weeks and it is SO difficult to keep up with what everyone is doing!

Anyways - this year's MMMay was a great success.  My me-made wardrobe has expanded pretty significantly since last year (thanks to having my own sewing room, and feeling much more confident in my skills) and I didn't have as much trouble finding things to wear every morning - even with the crazy weather we've been having.  As with last year, I found that I need more semi-casual tops to pair with jeans - or I just need to make my own damn jeans (something I keep putting off!)

So, here's a summary of the last three days and links back to the past 4 weeks of Me-Made-May 2017.

Week 5ish:

Day 31:  Dotted Willow Tank Dress

I actually finished off the week wearing me-made tops - the red chambray willow tank I wore last Friday and the geometric burnout scout tee from last Tuesday :)

ALSO!  I didn't post about these, since I haven't finished making all the pairs I have cut up, but I made a few pairs of Scrundlewear!  Which I wore under most of my flowy skirts and dresses.  I had been looking for some new boyshorts since they provide a bit more butt-coverage in case of a gust of wind - but all of the ones I found in-store had centre-seams.  WHO the HELL wants a centre-seam up their centre-seam?!?!  No thank you.  So I made my own - and they are THE most comfortable pair of underpants I have ever worn - hands down.  I splurged on some meundies a while ago and I thought those were the best you could get. The best part about making your own undies?  You can make them from scraps!  I have so many knit scraps stashed away, I could probably make a months-worth of my own underpants.  Here's a peek at the first three pairs I made:

Anyways - all this to say that while MMMay is fun, it does get a bit boring towards the end of the month. However - the goal of wearing almost all me-made clothing is a great one to keep working towards, and I'm finding it to be a great way to push myself to try new things.


Me-Made-May 2017: Week 4 Wrap-Up

Almost there!  Like last year, I'm getting a bit sick of this... but it hasn't been as difficult this year since my me-made wardrobe has grown quite significantly!  Here's what I wore for Week 4:

Day 22:  Blue-Stripe Hudson Pants
Day 23:  Green dot fit'n'flare dress (pre-dates this blog)
Day 24:  Geometric burnout scout tee (new this past week!)
Day 25:  Cat Lady Emery Dress
Day 26:  Red chambray Willow Tank (also new this week!)
Day 27:  Grey unfinished Lark Tee (not blogged)
Day 28:  Constellation Carolyn PJ Shorts, Floral Lark Tee


Me-Made-May 2017: Week 3 Wrap-Up

Week 3 done already?  This month is just flying by!  Here's a wrap-up of what I wore this past week.

Day 15:  Cat-Lady Emery Dress
Day 16:  Orchid print A-Frame Skirt
Day 17:  Polka-dot Willow Dress (not blogged)
Day 18:  Seamwork Catarina Dress
Day 19:  Floral Lark Tee
Day 20:  Purple Aztec Hudson Pants
Day 21:  Rainy Day Linden Sweatshirt (not blogged yet - still so new!)


Me-Made-May 2017: Week 2 Wrap-Up

Week two is done and in the books - we're just about halfway there!  Here's a quickie summary of what I wore this week.

Day 8:   Cleo Skirt in Rifle Paper Co. Rayon (not blogged yet)
Day 9:   Alder Shirtdress in navy & black shirting cotton (also not blogged yet)
Day 10: Marigold Dress in black & white floral rayon (yep, haven't blogged this one yet either!)
Day 11: Hudson Pants in purple aztec print
Day 12: Fishy Scout Tee
Day 13: Shiny purple Scrundlewear hot pants, self-drafted cocoon cardigan (yeah, neither of these are blogged either!)
Day 14: Raindrop print Linden Sweatshirt (I literally made this sweater this morning, so obviously not blogged yet either)

Well dang, I have some blogging to do!  I'm starting to get sick of the daily selfies.... but I'm still doing alright in terms of picking something out to wear every day!  My me-made wardrobe has grown by leaps and bounds since last MMMay so it's been much easier to have some variety.  I'm finding it hardest on days I want to wear jeans... so I'm taking that as a sign to make my own damn jeans (seriously I've been putting it off for over a year) and to make some casual tops!


Me-Made-May 2017: Week 1 Wrap-Up

Weee!  I made it through the first week successfully!  I even had a couple days where I wore more than one me-made, not counting my new Kelly Anorak.  If I were feeling lazy, I could have just counted that as my one-daily me-made, but I figured that would be kind of cheating.  Anyways - here's a summary of what I wore for the first week:

2) Polka-dot Willow Tank Dress (not yet blogged!), Kelly Anorak, Aires Leggings
7) Blue-Strip Hudson Pants (yes, again!)

Woo!  A total of 8 different me-mades!  Some are just so great, they get multiple wears through the week ;)

I've also been successful with not buying any new fabric for garment making purposes!  Although, it has been kind of challenging as there have been SO many gorgeous spring and summer fabrics released recently.  This might be more of a challenge than I was bargaining for!

Orchid-Print A-Frame Pencil Skirt

Happy May!!  As most of you already know, Me Made May started last week!  To kick it off, I wore one of my favourite recent makes - my orchid-print a-frame pencil skirt.  I love this skirt so dang much!  The fabric was an impulse buy from Blackbird Fabrics, and I knew I needed a great pencil skirt made with it.