Me Made May – Week 4 Roundup

25 May

I wish I could say that this was the last week of MMM’12, but May is a sneaky little month that manages to have 5 weeks crammed into it. So here’s to week 4 – we’re, uh, 4/5th of the way through!

Top: Thrifted, resized by me
Shorts: Simplicity 5110
Earrings: Thrifted
Shoes: Converse
Sweet Shadez: Pangea (Nashville)
Getting ready to ride Tour de Nash! Don’t worry, I (begrudgingly)wore a helmet – it’s in my back bike basket 🙂

Dress: Simplicity 8345
Belt: Thrifted
Necklace: Bracelet I converted into a necklace
In my sewing room – I was pretty sick of taking daily pictures at this point!

Dress: Vogue 1227
Cardigan: Thrifted
Belt: Thrifted
Shoes: Target
Necklace: Antique, restored by InVintage.
My birthday! 😀 Since I couldn’t wear a dress called “The Bombshell” to work (I mean, our dress code is sorta lax but it ain’t that lax!), I wore last year’s birthday dress. Also, that necklace is my very favorite piece of jewelry I own – and the most expensive one to boot (and by “most expensive” I mean it was still less than $50 because I normally buy my jewelry at the flea market lol).

Dress: Vogue 1174
Bolero: Thrifted
Shoes: Nine West
-CONFESSION- I made this dress over 2 years ago & I have only worn it once (twice if you count me putting it on for pictures)! I just really hate the way I look in strapless dresses. Inspired by MMM’12, I pulled it out of the closet, dug in my scrap bin for the rest of the blue satin, and made a halter neck strap. Now it is much more wearable 🙂 Yay!

Vogue 1174 w/ halter strap
Here it is without the bolero 🙂

Dress: Simplicity 2412
Belt: Handmade
Necklace: Fire Finch (Nashville)
Shoes: Nine West

Dress: Simplicity 3061
Belt: Thrifted
Shoes: Jessica Simpson
Earrings: Pangea (Nashville)
I pretty much always wear this dress with a nautical flair, so this time I tried to go in a different direction. I think I like it!

5-25 (today!)
Dress: Vogue 1117
Belt: Thrifted
Shoes: Steve Madden
I love this dress so so so much, but the poor thing really doesn’t get as much wear as it deserves – I made the mistake of lining it with polyester lining! Ew, so hot! Oh well, that’s me – suffering in the name of Looking Good.
ALSO: Bonus! I got this fabric from Gorgeous Fabrics, and it is mad cheap right now – someone go buy the rest of her yardage!

I’m pretty bored with taking pictures of myself every day – it seems so redundant and, I dunno, kind of narcissistic (which is how I feel about most fashion blogging in general, SORRY). I will be glad to put this project to end next week!

As a side note, I counted my remaining handmade garments and I definitely have more unworn pieces than there are days left in May. Right now I’m trying to decide if I should pull this project into another week or so, just to wear ALL my shizz, or consider a month good enough & move on. I haven’t repeated any outfits – I just own a metric shit ton of clothes – and I really miss some of the stuff I wore at the beginning of the month.

With that being said, I am going on vacation starting tomorrow at the buttcrack of dawn. SO EXCITED. We’re going to the beeeeach! And I bought a cute bathing suit! (For the 3 of you who are worried about my cat being left alone – don’t worry, I got a housesitter 🙂 Wow that sounds so grown-up haha). I’ll still be documenting MMM’12 in the Flickr group – hopefully all with pictures ~on the beach~ haha – but the blog will probably be nice & silent for the next few days.

Have a great weekend – holiday or not 🙂


36 Responses to “Me Made May – Week 4 Roundup”

  1. Marie May 25, 2012 at 10:00 am #

    Hope you had a great birthday Lauren and I’m very jealous of your holiday! I’m looking forward to your beach pics ;o) Your outfits are pretty as a picture, just like always, but I know what you mean taking photos becoming tiresome…and I only signed up for a few days a week! Anyway, I also love your blue Vogue dress, so glad you found a way to amend it to your taste!!!

    • Sarah D. May 25, 2012 at 10:07 am #

      I seriously want to make every single one of these dresses. Your prolific sewing is such an inspiration! I totally need more cute, fitted dresses in my life. I just received Sewaholic’s Cambie pattern, however, so I can rectify the situation soon 🙂

  2. Tasha @ By gum, by golly! May 25, 2012 at 10:13 am #

    I think it would take me 5 years to have enough items to wear everyday for a month that I sewed. lol You have such a great you-made wardrobe. It’s fun seeing the different ways you’re styling things. I really like the plaid belt with the Simplicity 3061 dress!

    Have a safe and wonderful vacation!!

  3. Andrea May 25, 2012 at 10:14 am #

    Wow, I’m so impressed you have enough handmade clothes to last more than a month straight. It’s not just the sheer number that you’ve made, but the fact that they’re all so WEARABLE! I’ve made quite a few garments but I get queasy just thinking about how mistake-riddled or impractical most of them are. Boo. Working on it, though! Have a great trip.

  4. Anonymous May 25, 2012 at 10:23 am #

    Which beach are you going to? Love all the outfits!

    • LLADYBIRD May 25, 2012 at 10:26 am #

      Santa Rosa Beach, in Florida! I’ve never been before, but I spent a LOT of summers in Destin and they are right next to each other 😀

  5. Joanne May 25, 2012 at 10:26 am #

    ” I just own a metric shit ton of clothes” YES you do! Blimey – and I love all of them. Never mind lurking your wardrobe… I feel the need to pop over the atlantic and all out steal it. Lovely selection – keep going I say!

  6. Jill May 25, 2012 at 10:31 am #

    Ohhh, you’re going to my neck of the woods, where I grew up! Kinda near, I grew up in Pensacola. Don’t miss going to The Red Bar in Grayton Beach, great food and live music.

    • LLADYBIRD May 25, 2012 at 10:37 am #

      Cool, I’ll check it out!

      If anyone has reccs for shopping (like cool thrift/antiques stores – I’m not really a “mall” person haha) or fun stuff to do, I’d love to hear them! 🙂

  7. Claire (aka Seemane) May 25, 2012 at 10:53 am #

    Ahhh… have a fab beach-holiday Lauren :)! B)

  8. Cynthia May 25, 2012 at 12:50 pm #

    Thanks for the fabric heads up, I picked up 3 yards 🙂

  9. Fiona May 25, 2012 at 1:13 pm #

    I really really love Vogue 1174! That may have to be a future project for me. Love what you’ve done with the piping on yours. I wish my outfits looked that well put together everyday!

  10. Fiona May 25, 2012 at 1:14 pm #

    P.S. Happy belated Birthday!

  11. Kitty Cat Stevens May 25, 2012 at 1:47 pm #

    ohmygosh lauren you are so adorable! one of my absolute favorite summer outfits is SUPER similar to the first one you are wearing =] i didn’t make it to tour de nash because of work (womp womp) but i hope you had fun! and happy freaking birthday to you!

  12. Stacy @ Stacyverb May 25, 2012 at 2:27 pm #

    Basically, I want all of your clothes. 🙂 I haven’t seen a dud outfit from you yet. Have fun at the beach!

  13. gingermakes May 25, 2012 at 2:34 pm #

    Hey gal, I love all of your outfits! I’m glad I get to see them all (even if we’re all kinda over MMM). The red top and shorts outfit is adorable, and I LOVE the halter strap addition to your blue dress– it’s so cute! I hope you wear it all the time now!

  14. Helen May 25, 2012 at 2:39 pm #

    I’m not sure which outfit I like best but I love the sewing room photo – matching a pretty dress with a “I have scissors so don’t mess with me” pose!! love it!

    Enjoy the beach!

  15. Seraphinalina May 25, 2012 at 2:44 pm #

    The documentation aspect is what held me back from MMM. It’s got to be tiring near the end. I like the weekly round up and you have so many pretty dresses. So many.

  16. Amy May 25, 2012 at 2:53 pm #

    Enjoy your vacation! And, I feel you on the holy-crap-a-month-is-a-long-time-to-worry-about-taking-photos-of-yourself-everyday.

  17. Debi May 25, 2012 at 4:03 pm #

    YAY to Vogue 1174 getting a new lease on life! I love it with the halter strap!!!

  18. Julia May 25, 2012 at 8:05 pm #

    You are the freakin’ BEST! I am so excited to get my patterns in the mail and start being a lean, mean sewing machine like you. I love the high waisted shorts too, I need to make some myself. Do you think shorts are hard for a beginner?

    • LLADYBIRD May 27, 2012 at 5:15 pm #

      I don’t think shorts are hard for a beginner- the construction is pretty easy:) maybe consider making a pair that have a side zip, as opposed to the fort fly- unless you’re feeling ambitious! Might be a little fiddly but I think you can do it 😀

  19. Jo May 25, 2012 at 8:22 pm #

    Sweet outfits! I can’t choose, they are all so cute 🙂

  20. diya May 26, 2012 at 1:23 am #

    you are a super seamstress.. amazing to see your wardrobe so much overflowing with super handmade dresses..

  21. sallie May 26, 2012 at 8:31 am #

    Happy Birthday!! And Eeeeee!! Happy Beach Vacay! I think this was a good MMM week for you – all your looks are stellar. I enjoyed each and every one and was eagerly scrolling down to the next one!

  22. modechocolat May 27, 2012 at 3:07 pm #

    With the sun, the flower is invaded your outfits and it is a treat! Your outfits are awesome! Congratulations!

  23. Rochelle New May 27, 2012 at 6:33 pm #

    Love love love the Vogue 1174 dress! Looks great as a halter, though I can’t imagine it looking bad on you without. I feel the same about strapless dresses. Not a fan. Simplicity 3061 is also fab 🙂

  24. grenouille78 May 27, 2012 at 7:59 pm #

    Seriously, you are too cute for words. And you have an awesome knack for choosing patterns that look good on you!

  25. Sarah W. May 28, 2012 at 8:34 pm #

    Lauren, you make amazing clothes! And I love all these dresses!

  26. Deb Koobakii May 28, 2012 at 11:54 pm #

    You’re like a little pocket rocket Lauren, your life must be flat out. Your blue Vogue dress, in my opinion, has an air of sophistication on you, so glad you resurrected this make.

  27. theperfectnose May 31, 2012 at 11:58 pm #

    Vintage style isn’t my thing but I really love the floral fabrics you’ve used. They really make those dresses pop.

  28. Noas' Libellule June 1, 2012 at 10:34 am #

    This is so impressive! I love the patterns and the fabric, well done you!

  29. mancunianvintage July 1, 2012 at 2:27 pm #

    Wow you have got some SERIOUS skills missy! All your outfits look fab, nice work 🙂

  30. missjoiedevivre July 6, 2012 at 2:08 am #

    I’ve been following your blog for ages but have never really been the commenting type. But I have to say that of all the sewing blogs I follow (and there are a lot) yours in the most inspirational. I am madly in love with everything you make and your style is exactly what I aim for in my own sewing – tailored, shaped silhouettes with waists, some vintage inspiration, and lots of bright colours and prints. Reading your Me-Made posts reminded me how much I love your stuff and thought I should finally emerge from crazy silent online stalker to crazy commenting online stalker and let you know! I’ll know I’ve succeeded in my wardrobe endeavours when I like my clothes as much as I like yours 🙂

    • LLADYBIRD July 6, 2012 at 8:46 am #

      Well, thank you! I’m glad I can inspire you 🙂


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