Saturday, May 19, 2018

Watch Me Now Ensemble

MeMadeMay'18, Day #19

 Here's some posters of me walking the backyard runway.

~ yeah ~

~ twirl ~

~ pause ~

~ behind the scenes ~

Now for the business part.  The dress is a flop from the Park Bench Willow Grove Pattern.  I modified the heck out of it as it came out as a gigantic sack. And you know I like oversized clothes.  The fabric is printed linen.

Because I don't especially care for the dress on its own, I keep trying different things over it.  This time, I'm wearing my version of the Sewing Workshop's Veranda Dress which came about through a complicated mind-melding process of the pattern and my pinterest pin seen here.   If you just can't get enough, you can see/read the post here.

With all that said and done,  I don't think this ensemble is a roaring success, but it isn't a flaming flop either.  It's okay.  The coral dress is still seeking something.

~ Trippen shoes from ebay ~

Friday, May 18, 2018

Too Much To Dream Ensemble

on MeMadeMay'18, Day #18

~ actually it's todays workout wear ~
 Maybe with a 60s sort of vibe?

~ or camo? ~

Well, the jacket is from Tina Givens Gypsy Jacket pattern, modified and made in linen.  The camisole is self-drafted, made from organza.  And the pants are self-drafted as well, made in cotton.  I have never worn these things together before.  Will I again? 

~ I'll have to think about it ~

The shoes are not from ebay, but old ones of mine that were originally black.  I painted them with some heavy metal paints that go verdigris with applications of this and that.  They are also ready to retire, but I luv them so...

Thursday, May 17, 2018

Kimono Me Now (with Oxfords)

MeMadeMay'18, Day #17

~ in poster version ~

Reached back in the vault for this one.  Made along while ago and revamped as I grew and it didn't.  The top went from wrap around to meeting in the center.  Still groovy though.

~ and in real life ~

The fabric is a crinkle cotton, lightweight, soft and comfy.

~ my goodness those shoes look like Mack trucks! ~

Must've been the angle...
They are not from ebay.  I don't remember where they came from, but they are old.  I know they were wrecked-up suede and I painted them with acrylic paints.  I had some lavender grosgrain ribbon that I used for the laces.  They are comfortable, but beginning to show they're age.  Do you think it's time they were retired?

Wednesday, May 16, 2018

"What are you wearing?!"

on MeMadeMay'18, Day 16

~ I'm postered ~

Yes, that's it.  This sort of just grew on me.  It doesn't quite work, but it's not all bad either.  Those shoes bug me the worst.  Too cloggy.  Everything else is semi-transparent, gauze, lace or chiffon.   Oh well.

~ here I am again, less poster-ized ~

(Ugh, don't look at those shoes.)   

Okay, I had to go to the wayback machine to get this stuff I made and never wore much.   The top is from the Folkwear Greek Island Dress pattern.  The navy gauze dress I renewed in 2011 back when I started Project Minima and then again today, when I raised the side slits to hip height.  The navy gauze pants were also renewed in 2011 by lengthening them with lace I had on hand and the addition of tiny blueberry buttons.

 If you'd like to see some close up pix of the individual pieces, continue after the break:

Tuesday, May 15, 2018

How What I Wore Brought Up Rocky & Bullwinkle

on MeMadeMay'18, Day#15

~ you've seen this top before ~

But believe it or not, I've never, ever worn it with this matching dress before!
Wossamotta U?, I say to myself.

~ taking off now, just like Rocket J. Squirrel ~

Okay then.  

The dress is from Tina Givens Poppy Slip pattern and the top is self-drafted.  The scribble fabric is a hunter green/putty color print nylon sheer knit by Halston.  It weighs nothing.   I'm wearing pale gray yoga capris that I refashioned (like the black ones I had on yesterday) by adding a ruffle from scrap fabric.

~ worn with Frye sandals from ebay ~


Monday, May 14, 2018

My Madeline Dress Works Out

on MeMadeMay'18, Day#14
~ and so do I ~

This dress is my version of what that French story-book character, Madeline always wore.


~ "Madeline" by Ludwig Bemelmans  ~

Mine is made out of black cotton eyelet fabric.  When it got a bit too snug, I made some changes by added the pale gray cotton eyelet I found in my stash.  If you want, you can read how I found my inner Madeline here.

~ now I've poster edged myself ~

ooo.  The pants were old tight yoga capri length pants.  I cut out and made the ruffle from an old t-shirt and sewed that baby on.  Voila.  Now I have whatever you want to call them.

Please note:  these are not my exercise shoes.  I change when I get to the exercise place.  I mean really.

~ Jeffrey Campbell oxfords from ebay ~

And that's a wrap.  Only 1/2 a month to go...

Sunday, May 13, 2018

All Linen, All Tina Givens Patterns...

for MeMadeMay '18, Day #13

~ it's periwinkle! ~

adapted from Tina Givens Melody dress pattern.  I mostly just changed the neckline.

~ and 2 slips ~

The striped linen is made from Tina Givens Sugar Slip pattern and the white linen gauze underneath is made from Tina Givens free Priscilla slip pattern.

~ complete with Jeffrey Campbell boots from ebay ~

I'm going to join the gang at Patti's Not Dead Yet Style, Catherine's I Will Wear What I Like, and Cherie's Shoe & Tell when they all go live.  Come on by.

Saturday, May 12, 2018

Art and MeMadeMay'18

on Day #12

~ here I am as a painting ~

~ and just as me ~

Quelle différence, eh?

I'm wearing the first of three Tina Givens Serena dress patterns I made (and adapted).  This one using navy jersey and linen.  As you can see it's oversized which I like and it's the same on the back as the front - only in reverse, if you get my drift.  

~ with Bjorndal clogs from ebay ~

Friday, May 11, 2018

MeMadeMay'18 Marches On

Day #11
~ in all linen ~

And again, I've never worn these two items together before.  tsk-tsk.  The wrap-around dress is made from the book Simple Modern Sewing.   Sizing runs very small, so I did have to enlarge the pattern generally and while at it, I raised the waist to empire style.

~ showing off my bloomers ~

The bloomers are from Tina Givens Greta pants pattern.  I think the only change I made was to use a drawstring at the waist rather than elastic.  You can see me wearing them with the Greta dress here.

~ and Skecher shoes from ebay ~

Thursday, May 10, 2018

Not Every Ensemble is a Poster Child

for MeMadeMay'18, Day #10.

~ yeah, see what I mean? ~

Even though I posterized it in photoshop.   
Do you even want to know what I have on?

Well, let's take another look-see.

~ hmmm... ~

Okay then.  The top dress is a fix-it-up-because-it-doesn't-quite-work Tina Givens April Dress pattern made from unused bed linens.   The underdress is self-drafted and made from a fancy white linen tablecloth that had scalloped edges.   The necklace is a grosgrain ribbon that was fastened onto gold elastic and tied onto a gift.

~ very old hand-painted monk-strap shoes ~

No, they did not come from ebay, but deep within my closet along time ago when they were messed up black suede.  I used various colors of acrylic paint and voila.

over and out.

Wednesday, May 9, 2018

Just Can't Beat Bloomers, I Say

and that goes double on MeMadeMay'18, Day #9!

~ Sure, I'll drink to that. ~

Now wearing my workout ensemble from this morning.  A donated open weave linen tablecloth turned bloomers adapted from Tina Givens Lainey Pants pattern.  And a striped crepe tunic originally based on Tina Givens free Bloom Dress pattern and then morphed as I sewed.


~ whoa, is that a bee on my arm? ~

I never wore these two pieces together before and look how lovely they "go" together.   That's what I love about MeMadeMay.  It makes me come up with combos I never would've put together otherwise.

~ close-up of the textures/colors ~

And finally

~ my Doc Martens Mary Janes from ebay ~

Tuesday, May 8, 2018

You Can't Keep a Tablecloth Dress Down...

and/or out for MeMadeMay'18, Day #8.

~ and oldie but a goodie ~

Made from 3 tablecloths:  1) for the bodice and front skirt, 2) for the back skirt and 3) for the sleeves.  I deviated (wildly?) from the free Tina Givens Kika dress pattern.  Basically, I added sleeves, bias binding for the neckline and box pleated a longer skirt.  Oh, and added inseam pockets.  Nothing major, really.

~ here's a view of all 3 cloths at once ~

You know, like those tourist stops where you can see 3 states from one point at the side of the road?  Well, there you go.

Saving the best for last...
~ my Trippen shoes from ebay ~

Monday, May 7, 2018

Dance of the Seven Veils Workout

for MeMadeMay'18, Day #7.

~ I made it all in burnt orange ~

~ phew, let me catch my breath ~

This cardigan mesh thing is made from Tina Givens Leigh pattern.  I rarely ever wear it.  I think it looks biblical, like the burning bush or something.  But today I thought, why not go all the way.

~ today's workout ensemble ~

Minus the shoes, of course.  The tunic is from a failed Tina Givens Tessa top pattern that I made work.  The harem pants are from Sandra Betzina's Vogue 1355.  I just added patch pockets and a drawstring waist rather than elastic.  The fabric is soft, lightweight challis.

~ the after workout pose ~

The bits of white fabric were added to the tunic to try to spruce it up.  Really, so the whole thing didn't look so much like pjs.  Do you think it did the trick?

And just to keep the matchy-matchy going:

~ Trippens from ebay ~

~ later ~

Hey, I think I'll do a two-fer with Patti at Not Dead Yet Style.  I'm on a roll.   Catherine's I Will Where What I Like is just going live today, and so is Cherie's Shoe and Tell.

Sunday, May 6, 2018

Wearing That French Housedress

for MeMadeMay'18 on Day #6.

~ using the dry brush affectation ~

You know, so I look more like a French Impressionist painting.  hrmph.

Anyway, I'm referring to the nickname Marcy Tilton gave to her Vogue 8813 pattern.  I've made at least half a dozen of them, all from vintage tablecloths. I just couldn't stop.  Most combined 2 to 3 cloths, but this one was large enough to go solo.     You can see the others if you want to:  here, here, here, here, here and here (in reverse chrono order!)

~ ooo la la ~

As you can see, it's all embroidered and has cut-outs.  I was able to use the scalloped edges for the hem.

~ a look at both sides now ~

Not much was happening on the back, so I appliqued some of the embroidery work onto the back shoulder area and at the waist line.

And last but not least...

~ sweet shoes from ebay ~

It's that time again, so off I go to Patti and the Visibles at Not Dead Yet Style, Catherine's I Will Wear What I Like, and Cherie's Shoe & Tell when they all go live.  Hope to see you there!

Saturday, May 5, 2018

I Love Calla Lillies Dress

for MeMadeMay'18, Day #5.

~ rhally I do ~

I made up this dress from scraps of dark navy chiffon, maybe 8 years ago.  There was just enough to do it, without sleeves.

~ here it is without me ~

~ close up of bodice front diagonal pieces ~

You can see how one of the front diagonal pieces extends down the entire front of the dress to the hemline. 

~ and close-up of bodice back ~

But the bodice back only went to the empire waist-line so more piecing was involved.  Putting it together was kind of like a jigsaw puzzle.

Then I found this deep green bit of chiffon scarf and had enough to split it in two to make sleeves.  Plus I was able to use its lovely hand-rolled hem for the edges.

~ my Grecian goddess slip ~

This is the black chiffon slip I'm wearing underneath made from a scrap of fabric I had on hand.

 And as always, my parting shot of shoes and sox...
~ ebay Doc Martens Oxfords ~

 'til later


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