MeMadeMay: week one

“I, ebony h. of the SewStylist blog sign up as a participant of Me-Made-May ’13. I endeavor to wear one sewn, refashioned, tailored, or upcycled item at least 5 days a week during the month of May 2013. I will take pictures of my outfits and post them all at the end of each week.”

I’m so excited to use this opportunity to share some of what I’ve created! And now, without further ado…

ChakraTank-4

Day 1: I like to call this one my Chakra Tank because the round orbs in the center of the print happen to line right up with my heart, navel, and sacral centers. It’s a Tiny Pocket Tank with the tiny pocket omitted.

ChakraTank-3I altered the arc of the neckline at front and back, and I slashed and spread open the back pattern piece, which resulted in a pretty a-line silhouette.

ChakraTank-1

I wore it with an H&M cardigan, MiH jeans, and No.6 clogs.

IkaatDress-2Day 2: This cotton ikat dress is probably the make I’m most proud of, mostly because it looks just as good on the inside as it does right side out. Nothing but french seams here, even around the pockets.

IkaatDress-3It’s the Tiny Pocket Tank again. It’s got the same alterations around the neckline as the Chakra Tank, and of course I lengthened it and added pockets!

IkaatDress photo bomb!IkaatDress photo bomb-2

So, these aren’t the greatest pics of me and the dress, but check out my cat Fig photo bombing! What a card! (Yep, he’s in both shots. Keep looking…)

IkaatDress with coat-2

I wore it with an H&M coat and Loeffler Randall boots.

PrintedPortraitBlouse-4Day 3: I made up this top using the Portrait Blouse pattern from Gertie’s New Book for Better Sewing. It has the most perfect little capped sleeves. Don’t you love how the classic shape looks in this funky print?

PrintedPortraitBlouse-5Here you can see that I didn’t sew the darts all the way down to the bottom hem because I didn’t want the top too clingy around my middle. Also on display is my hand-picked lapped zipper. Well, you probably can’t quite make out the hand-picked part, but trust, it’s there. I did a bunch of hand finishing on this top and in that way learned how much I absolutely love hand sewing. Love! It’s so relaxing, and the perfectly imperfect look of hand stitches is lovely.

PrintedPortraitBlouse-1I wore it with a Zara tank layered underneath, a leopard print scarf from Target, a peacoat from F21, MiH jeans, and Chinese Laundry flats.

PrintedPortraitBlouse close up-2Okay, that’s all for this week! I hope you’ll check back again in seven days for more MMM madness!

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6 thoughts on “MeMadeMay: week one

  1. I just found your blog via Flickr and I love all your outfits here. I commented on your Day 2 dress on Flickr but hadn’t realised it was a Tiny Pocket Tank – amazing! I’ve just made 2 of them (as tanks) and had been thinking of a dress next so thanks for the inspiration!

    • Hey, Kathryn! Thank you; it’s nice to hear that you like what you see. Yes, the Tiny Pocket Tank pattern is amazing in it’s flexibility. Jen actually has a tutorial on making the tank into a dress. She adds a placket at the neckline, though it’s a fairly straight forward adjustment if you simply want to make the tank longer (and probably a little wider over the hips & bum!). Good luck & thanks for stopping by!

    • Thanks, Amy! I could make a dozen versions of that Tiny Pocket Tank pattern, but I am particularly happy with how this dress turned out. And I’m right there with you in the ikat moment, can’t get enough of the stuff.

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