Me Made May – Week 2 Roundup

11 May

I know what you’re thinking – two posts in one day? Is the world really in the process of ending? Is Jesus coming back (no, actually, that was supposed to happen last May, except we all know SOMEONE didn’t bother to show up to his own damn party)? At any rate, I hope y’all love meee because you’re going to have to look at my mug twice today, teehee.

I left off last Friday, so we’ll pick this up starting Saturday!

Shoes: Steve Madden
Excuse my disgusting sewing room floor, I hate vacuuming!
Ooh, but see my iPhone!? Landon bought me an early birthday present! He is the best πŸ™‚ I’m on Instagram now if you want to follow me πŸ™‚

Dress: Simplicity 4170
Cowboy Boots: courtesy of my mom’s closet πŸ™‚
Necklace: Fire Finch, here in Nashville
This is actually the very first dress I made with a pattern – so it’s super pre-blog (I think I made this in 2006). Don’t get too terribly excited about how good it looks, though – the original bodice was total shit – I didn’t line it, didn’t gather under the bust (lolwut), inserted the zipper rather terribly by hand, etc. The bodice you see now is what happened after I learned some skills 6 months later, ripped it off, and re-made. It’s still kind of amateur looking, but that’s ok!

Dress: Vogue 1086
Cardigan: Thrifted, reconstructed by me
Belt: Handmade
Necklace: Thrifted bracelet, reconstructed into a necklace by me
Shoes: Target

Top: Jalie 2921
Skirt: Express
Sweater: Free People, sized down quite a bit by me (it’s supposed to be loose-fitting)
Shoes: Steve Madden

Top: Simplicity 4400
Skirt: Thrifted, sized down & repaired (the shirring at the waistband was completely busted so I sewed in new elastic… does this count as Me-Made?)
Belt: Thrifted
Shoes: Jessica Simpson
Earrings: Thrifted
The light was really bad that morning, so here you get to see the side & crawl space of my ugly house!

Top: Sewaholic Renfrew
Skirt: Colette Ginger
Cardigan: Thrifted
Belt: Thrifted
Feather Earrings: Tennessee Renaissance Festival
Shoes: Giani Bernini

5/11 (today!)
Top: Jalie 2921
Trousers: Vogue 2925
Shoes: Walmart (lol yep)
Scarf: Flea market

If you don’t recognize my top, that’s because it’s very new & very un-blogged! This top was actually the whole reason why I bought the Jalie pattern – I thought it looked quite similar to Colette’s Jasmine pattern, except in a nice knit instead of bias-cut woven. I’m not going to make a separate post for this top, just because I would basically be repeating my last one, but I will go over the minor pattern changes I made:
– I shortened the neck ties quite drastically. I can’t give you a real measurement – I just put on the pink top, pinned the ties until I liked the length, and copied that to my pattern piece.
– Instead of arranging the ties as suggested by the pattern (through a hole in the front seam, tied, or fastened with a buckle), I wrapped a small piece of matching bias tape around them & sewed it into place by hand.
– Took in a little bit at the side seams to make it more fitted.
– Shortened the sleeves to cap sleeves.
– Top-stitched the hem & sleeve hems with a double needle in matching blue thread.

I am rather pleased with the result! Although, it is quite sailor-y so I definitely run the risk of looking really costume-y… I think I kind of look costume-y in this outfit, actually, but IDGAF.

Oh, I should probably talk about that ADORABLE dog standing behind me… that’s Turtle πŸ™‚ She is the dog of my bestie/life partner, Morgan (the one who moved to Macedonia!). Her mother is keeping Turtle while Morgan is fulfilling her time at the Peace Corps. Anyway, she’s actually out of town visiting Morgan, & the originaly dogsitter had some medical problems so I’m taking care of the dogs for her until then! I just love Turtle, she’s such a little sweetie (and Percy, the other dog, was lounging on the steps directly behind my camera FYI πŸ™‚ I’ll try to get a picture of her at some point). This also explains why I’m suddenly standing in an area with an amazing garden backdrop – it’s her house! And look – you can see my little truck in the background πŸ™‚

Me & Turtle :)
Man, I love this dog. She’s such a ham.

21 Responses to “Me Made May – Week 2 Roundup”

  1. K-Line May 11, 2012 at 12:45 pm #

    I can’t tell you which outfit I like best – cuz they’re all adorable! I’m going with 5/9. I love how the embroidery on the top complements your tattoo.

    • Amy May 11, 2012 at 2:53 pm #

      I agree!

  2. gingermakes May 11, 2012 at 12:59 pm #

    Doggie!! Aww, Turtle… she’s so sweet! OK, OK, back to the photos– super cute! I LOVE your new Jalie top– the white/blue combo platter is so saucy, esp with your trousers! Love!

  3. lillywarner May 11, 2012 at 2:04 pm #

    Okay, first of all, I like the crawl space backdrop. The light is nice there and the backdrop is kind of cool and gritty. Also, I knew I liked you…you are a truck driver too! Of course all the outfits are wonderful as well. So inspiring. Some day!

  4. stacyverb May 11, 2012 at 2:28 pm #

    I’m having fun exploring your blog after surfing over here from Sunni’s. Basically, I love all your clothes and your style. πŸ™‚ Adding you to my Google Reader.

  5. HouseOFpinheiro (@HouseOFpinheiro) May 11, 2012 at 3:14 pm #

    So cute x

  6. Marie May 11, 2012 at 4:21 pm #

    First off, you look adorable in every single outfit…but how friggin cute do you look on day 9!?! It’s the cutest, most amazing outfit!

  7. misscrayolacreepy May 11, 2012 at 4:58 pm #

    The Bombshell is probably my all time fav that you have made!

    I am now following you on Instagram! πŸ™‚

  8. Jo May 11, 2012 at 7:10 pm #

    So much cuteness, I love all your outfits, and I admit, am totally jealous πŸ˜€

  9. Nadia May 12, 2012 at 12:54 am #

    I love your day 11 outfit!! Espechially the jeans. πŸ™‚

  10. MarilΓ³ May 12, 2012 at 6:03 am #

    I love your outfits! Specially the green blouse with the red skirt! and of course your super bombshell.

  11. Casey May 12, 2012 at 7:01 am #

    I think the outfit with the red polka dot skirt is my favorite!!! And the ones of you with Turtle (who is sooo much better behaved with picture-taking than my four-month-old terror. lol.). Great outfits; I love seeing how others work their self-sewn items into their daily wardrobes.

    Also: after all your knit-top making and influencing me in the past 6-12 months, I have finally bought some decent knit fabric and it’s winding it’s way to me as I type. Which means that hopefully soon (and after rereading your tips on working with knits πŸ˜‰ I’ll have some self-made knit tops. I’m going to be using the Sewaholic pattern, but now that you’ve made that Jalie one a couple times I’m eyeing that… πŸ˜‰

  12. sorbetsurprise May 12, 2012 at 7:26 am #

    I love your new sailor-y top! I don’t think it looks like a costume but then I have fund myself wearing bits of previous fancy dress costumes in every day life! Maybe I am costumey too!

  13. sallie May 12, 2012 at 9:08 am #

    You always look so cute!! I love your polka dot skirt with the turquoise top – adorable!

  14. Helen's Sewing Adventures May 12, 2012 at 12:43 pm #

    Great outfits. Love the new top BTW! I don’t think it looks too costumey either. Taking party in MMM, I’m starting to realise I’m seriously lacking in tops! Must sew more…

  15. tinygoldenpins May 12, 2012 at 3:05 pm #

    I love all your outfits so much! They just suit you — it’s great to know who you are and how to dress yourself. (That came out sort of weird, but I hope you know what I mean!)

  16. Meg @ Mood May 13, 2012 at 8:05 am #

    Love all the outfits, and of course love the adorable beagle. (We’re big dog lovers here at Mood.)

  17. Becca May 13, 2012 at 10:52 am #

    All of your outfits are adorable! I really love the green striped Renfrew, and it looks perfect paired with that yellow cardigan. My favorite is your outfit from 5/9. The turquoise and red is such a beautiful combination. And your Jalie top looks very cute. I don’t think it looks costume-y

    Also, What a cute and sweet-looking dog turtle is! I love beagles.

  18. stephanie u. May 14, 2012 at 11:16 am #

    I am dying over your bombshell.

  19. symondezyn May 14, 2012 at 2:31 pm #

    All your outfits look spectacular! Love the bombshell of course, and your Renfrew/Ginger combo is stellar on you!! Turtle… isn’t that the most precious doggie name ever??? so cute!! πŸ™‚


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