Me Made May

Me-Made-May 2017 Part One

We’ve made it halfway through Me-Made-May guys!  I’ve decided to participate a little differently this year.  I’m still taking morning pics everyday but I’m not included in them.  I found the whole “let’s look perky/semi-pretty” at 6 something in the morning absolutely dreadful.  I’ve seen other people take pics of their clothes only.  Genius!  The other change I’m making is, only doing a couple blog posts about the festivities.  Usually I do a weekly round-up but I’m not feeling it this year.  I do love Me-Made-May but it was requiring too much time and concentration.  I’ve become very lazy… who we kidding. I’ve always been lazy! I just found a better way to lazy-it-up.

Without further ado… my first half of ME MADE MAY!

Day One & Two:

1&2

  • Polka Dot Simplicity 1425 peplum top and RTW black pants
  • Multi-color Colete Sorbetto and RTW grey pants

Day Three & Four:

3 & 4

  • Floral Bridgetown Dress from Sew House 7
  • Briar Tee by Megan Nielsen

Day Five & Six:

5 & 6

  • Floral skirt Butterick 5613 and RTW green sweater
  • Butterick 5526 Blurple popover and RTW sorts

Day Seven & Eight:

7 & 8

  • Sew House 7 floral Toaster Sweater, RTW jeans and tank
  • Vogue 9001 maxi dress

Day Nine & Ten:

9 & 10

  • Blackout Colette Sorbetto and RTW skirt I hacked about 8″ from.
  • Jamie-Made capris and RTW tank top

Day Eleven & Twelve:

11 & 12

  • Sewaholic Thurlows in a light-weight denim and RTW bright pink tank
  • Butterick 5526 popover and Jamie Jeans by Named Patterns. Ultimate fav outfit!

Day Thirteen & Fourteen:

14 & 14

  • Victory Simone top and RTW capris turned shorts
  • Butterick 5526 and RTW jeans

Day Fifteen:

Day 15

  • Refashioned jeans to maxi skirt and RTW scarf and t-shirt.

Well that brings us up to speed.  I do have to say that this year I don’t feel as challenged to pick out a new outfit everyday.  I think my army of Jamie-Mades has grown quite considerably and is making my me-made-everyday a reality.  I’ve really been enjoying checking out everyone’s clothes via Instagram.  You can check me out daily at @Jamie_L_Mac.

Me Made May ’16 Recap

It’s time to recap my second year of Me Made May participation. First let’s take a quick look back.

‘I, Jamie from Mac’s Crafts www,jamielmac.wordpress.com and @jamie_l_mac , sign up as a participant of Me-Made-May ’16. I endeavour to wear one handmade “JamieMade” item each day for the duration of May 2016’

So excited to participate in my second me-made-may!
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The month flies by when you look at it that way. So here’s my break down:

  • 35 separate pieces of Jamie-mades
  • 14 tops/blouses
  • 8 skirts
  • 6 trousers/shorts
  • 3 accessories
  • 2 dresses
  • 1 jacket

Four of those items were new makes for the month. Which isn’t too bad for me especially after all the trouble I had with the maxi dress and I’m a slow sewist. So what did I learn this year from Me-Made-May?

I need more tops to go with some of my separates. I couldn’t wear a few of my skirts because the tops I would normally wear them with are sweaters. It’s just too hot where I live now for sweaters in May. I think if I had an arsenal of Sorbettos in a rainbow of colors I would be covered. I’ll put that on my to-do list.

I feel like I’m still struggling by the end of the month. There’s certain items I love and those are the first to get worn. The final week is a scrounge of items I have left.

I’m a better sewist now. When I am getting to those scrounged for items, I realize that I don’t wear them all that often because the construction is a bit shotty, the fabric choice was poor or I didn’t know how to fit things properly. One good example of bad fit is my black and white plaid cotton shirt. The shoulder seam is on my arm and not my shoulder. That kind of thing drives me crazy now but when I first made it I was so chuffed with myself for cranking out a shirt.

I assume as I continue with the Me Made May participation my wardrobe will easily be able and ready to handle the month. Let’s hope 3rd times the charm. Looking forward to next year. If you participated, how did your month go? If you didn’t, what’s the hold up?

Me Made May ’16 Week 3

I love Me Made May because it’s fun to see everyone’s me-made’s but I sure am glad that the month is winding down. I’ve been trying to keep busy and post not only my weekly roundup but also a new me-made once a week. I’m currently working on a maxi dress that I believe is getting the better of me. I’m going to have to cut the front of the bodice again because it’s just not looking it’s best and I happen to have leftover fabric. This dress also calls for horsehair braid which will be a new exciting venture for me. Keep your fingers crossed that I can get this guy knocked out!

Here’s the recap:

Day 15:


Butterfly tank top. This was the first pic I took and it amused me enough that I went with it. I don’t wear this shirt all that often because the straps and tie are a bit fussy. I did get a compliment from a passerby though so maybe I should put it into rotation more often. That giant fuzzball by my hand would be Freckles.

Day 16:


Denim Thurlows. I really am so proud of these. They have a decent fit, they’re comfortable and the front pockets are deep. I can easily put my phone in there when I walk and not worry about it trying to jump ship. Starting at the ear at the bottom clockwise: Kat, Felix and Freckles.

Day 17:


Swish and Flick skirt and Blackout Sorbetto. I don’t know why the smug face but let’s just say it’s from my entire outfit being me-made.

Day 18:


Maroon chiffon maxi. This one is too fun to wear. It has great body when I walk and I get tons of compliments on it. Plus look at the twirl! Bad news is the kids love to hang out under my maxi skirts and that’s a no-no with chiffon. A kitty claw snag would leave me heart broken.

Day 19:


Black button down. This is made from the same fabric as my Blackout Sorbetto. It doesn’t wrinkle so it never needs ironing and it’s got that wicking stuff in it. Plus it looks totally grown-up and work like.

Day 20:


Workout capris. I don’t wear these ones as much as my other workout capris. The fabric is a little rough. The print was too awesome to pass up though. It was kind of an impulse fabric buy in NYC.

Day 21:


Geometric skirt. This skirt has big pockets and pockets make me happy. I don’t know why I haven’t made more like it. I love this fabric. It’s got a little bit of stretch and it’s kinda stiff so the skirt holds volume. I wish I had more to make a pair of Thurlow shorts.

As I mentioned, the month’s almost over. How is everyone else getting along with only 1 full week left?

Me Made May ’16 Week 2 

Another week down and another assortment of me mades. I have one repeat this week but it’s accompanied by something new for the month. I have to say taking a pic a day starts to make me analyze my face and wonder why it makes the movements it does. That’s my nonchalant face? I look annoyed. My happy face is all squishy, where do my eyes go. Oh well. Self analyzing aside, behold! Week 2!

Day 8:

Safari Simone. Super comfy and soft. This was my second Simone. The first was a top and the second I decided to go the length. Eventually I’ll make another with the piping included on the placket. New challenges!

Day 9:

Butterfly blouse Simplicity 1364. This was part of Fail February. I couldn’t give up on the top. I pulled out the thick bias tape I made and replaced it with a light cotton I had in my stash. I did this for the arms and the neckline. It fixed the weird stiffness in the bands but the neckline was too big. I pulled the extra fabric in the front and measured it. The easiest way to fix it was to add a pleat. It did mean pulling the bias tape off in this section, cutting it down, adding the pleat and reattaching the tape. Totally worth it!

Day 10:


Teal maxi skirt unblogged. This guy was reworked a little recently. The waistband piece was stretched out and heading south on one side. It was lopsided. I ripped off the waist piece, evened it out and sewed it back on. I guess Me Made May is giving me a reason to fix some issues.

Day 11:


Workout capris. Excuse the head chop on this one. I had just got done exercising and it was gross. But everyone is rewarded with a Felix.

Day 12:


Little grey jacket and little grey Kat butt. Also, my blackout Sorbetto for a second time this month. I don’t wear this a lot. This is the same way I wear it every time. It makes it a little boring.

Day 13:


Hawaiian print shirt Simplicity 1106. Made this out of rayon blend. It’s soft and light on hot days. Plus it’s bright and has a crazy print that makes me happy.

Day 14:

Simone in skulls. Two Simones in one week. This was my first. The skull fabric came from NYC. It took me forever to decided what the perfect pattern would be to make this. I finally settled on the Simone and so happy I did. Felix again. Little camera hog.

Me Made May ’16 Week 1

As I mentioned in my last post, I’m participating in Me Made May. I participated last year too which you can check out last year’s recap here. It’s never too late to join in which you can do over at So, Zo. Onward with the first week!

Day 1:

Tie-dye patchwork skirt. I made this out of multiple tie-dye shirts. You can also see Freckles little feet in this pic. You’ll see all my fuzzy kids throughout the month.

Day 2:

Granny chic floral top. This is a vintage reprint pattern. It’s comfortable and light to wear on hot days. Pretty sure that’s Felix, one of my ginger twins.

Day 3:

Nerdy Sorbetto top. This was my first Sorbetto (I have 3). The neck is a little wide and I’ve adjusted that for future Sorbettos. Kat, Felix, Freckles (L to R)

Day 4:

Han Solo Jamie Jeans. Unfortunately made out of crap fabric. You can kinda see the Rebel logo on the back pockets. I think these pants go in the holiday category with my pumpkin and holiday skirt.

Day 5:

Blackout Sorbetto and purple Thurlows. This is my most worn Sorbetto. It’s made out of workwear fabric. It doesn’t wrinkle and wicks away sweat. The Thurlows are made out of leftover purple suiting from Mood in NYC. I think I could have went a little smaller but they’re comfy and still look nice. That would be Frankie admiring my me-made awesomeness.

Day 6:

Pink maxi. This is one of my first Jamie-made item and it’s also unblogged. This picture shows what happens when I wear maxi skirts. Someone always holes up underneath it. This time it was Frankie and Felix is on his way to join in.

Day 7:

Denim maxi. This one is one of my favorites and unblogged. It took forever to make because my machine did not like the heavy denim. There was a lot of cussing but I made it through. My face shows I’m already getting fed up with a pic a day. I forget how annoying that piece is.

That’s it for the first week! Looking forward to upcoming weeks. Anyone else have a bit of anxiety every morning? I keep forgetting I have so much me-made stuff to choose from and I worry that it will be the day that I have to wear a repeat.