I hate when I have to many projects planned and for some reason I decide to work on a completely unplanned project. For some reason, those planned projects don’t have the same appeal as an “on the fly” project. Probably because those planned projects have the whole planned element. I thought them out so perfectly and when I make them I expect perfection. On the fly kind of projects are completed with the “let’s get it done” mentality.
Okay, that was a lot to explain that I’ve been working on “on the fly” stuff rather than planned. I’m proud to say this post is about one of those neglected planned projects. You’re probably wondering what finally got my ass into gear. Well it’s Revenge of the 5th my friends. Yesterday was “May the 4th” and I realized I have the perfect project to complete for the following day.
Last project (Sleep Shirt) was my first try with an appliqué. Granted, it is not fun to sew those guys on but I’m not one to be deterred. I decided to cut an AT-AT Walker from the remaining Star Wars fabric I have from JoAnn’s. For non-nerds, the AT-AT Walkers are used by the bad guys and they look like big mechanical animals.
I drew up a tank top. I decided not to use a pattern. A simple tank should be easy enough to create.
I used more leftovers as the top of the tank. I didn’t want a full black shirt with an appliqué. I wanted something with a little more matching. The front and back both have the Star Wars fabric at the very top. I had to get creative for the back since I was using leftovers. I used four pieces to create the back. I don’t think it’s a big deal and it looks fine. I also cut strips of the fabric to create a trim on the arms and the neck for a nice clean look.
The bottom is a soft rayon/poly blend that I also picked up from JoAnn’s. I cut from the outside edge of the top pieces and down at a widening angle to the desired length to make the bottom nice and roomy. The bottom is also rounded and the front is a tid-bit shorter than the back.
I ironed my appliqué on the bottom and then stitched around the edges. It’s not perfect because there are so many angles around the Walker. Still no big deal. The thread blends pretty well with the fabric.
That’s it! I have a new Star Wars tank top. Pretty comfy and quick to make. I need to quick dragging my feet on things! lol
Time to finish out Me-Made-May. It’s gone really well! I’m so much happier not taking photos in the morning and trying to find a photo where I’m not making a weird face. Fast and quick mmm17 shots peeps. Totally the way to go.
Day Sixteen & Seventeen:
Butterfly Simplicity 1364 top and RTW pants
Day Eighteen & Nineteen:
B5526 black shirt, RTW speckled pants
Nerdy Colette Sorbetto, Jamie Jeans by Named Patterns
Day Twenty & Twenty-One:
Simone by Victory Patterns <– love this dress
Tie-dye maxi refashioned from a bunch of tie-dye shirts
Day Twenty-Two & Twenty-Three:
Colette Sorbetto in ITY Knit, RTW Sweater and Jeans
Simplicity 1364 blue sweater, B5613 geometric skirt (wish I had more of that fabric)
Day Twenty-Four & Twenty-Five:
Blackout Colette Sorbetto, Refashioned maxi dress to skirt
Animal print Simone by Victory Patterns
Day Twenty-Six & Twenty-Seven:
B5526 Blurple Shirt & RTW jeans
Franken-style Simplicity 1692 (BTW this starts the moment that I only took pics of my handmade items. I swore I wore pants in the rest of these)
Day Twenty-Eight & Twenty-Nine:
B5526 Blue “Bob Ross” shirt
Simplicity 1692 Granny Chic shirt
Day Thirty & Thirty-One:
Toaster Sweater with 3/4 sleeves
Briar Tee by Megan Nielsen. This one is actually for Project: Sew My Style so you’ll see a full post for it later this month
Entire Month in a Teeny Picture!
This was the best Me-Made-May! I didn’t feel panicked on what to wear every morning. Most days are me-made anymore so it didn’t seem like a strenuous activity. Part of my “cool” attitude is the amount of clothes I’ve made over the past year. They’re all clothes I like to wear. I don’t feel “eh, whatevs, that’ll do” about them.
When I was first learning how to sew, I felt the need to produce quantity not quality. I think mostly I was trying to understand the whole clothes making process and understanding these crazy foreign words in the instructions of patterns. All in all ,I feel that I’m getting better at picking patterns that fit my style and personality. I’m learning how to make clothes fit properly and that I feel good in.
I’m happily making my way to my wardrobe being entirely me-made. I think this MMM17 really made that apparent Woo-hoo! *happy dance* Did you participate in Me-Made-May? Do you plan on it in the future? What’s your favorite part of the process?
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:
Polka Dot Simplicity 1425 peplum top and RTW black pants
Multi-color Colete Sorbetto and RTW grey pants
Day Three & Four:
Floral Bridgetown Dress from Sew House 7
Briar Tee by Megan Nielsen
Day Five & Six:
Floral skirt Butterick 5613 and RTW green sweater
Butterick 5526 Blurple popover and RTW sorts
Day Seven & Eight:
Sew House 7 floral Toaster Sweater, RTW jeans and tank
Vogue 9001 maxi dress
Day Nine & Ten:
Blackout Colette Sorbetto and RTW skirt I hacked about 8″ from.
Jamie-Made capris and RTW tank top
Day Eleven & Twelve:
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:
Victory Simone top and RTW capris turned shorts
Butterick 5526 and RTW jeans
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.
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!
The month flies by when you look at it that way. So here’s my break down:
35 separate pieces of Jamie-mades
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?
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:
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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?