The Side Effects of Me Made May

A sharpened eye, finished UFOs , refashioning, wardrobe deficient identification and self photography fatigue – all side effects of participation in the phenomenon of Me Made May. I was warned, Zoe even mentions some of these  in her Me Made May Sign Up posting.

In my first bout of Me Made May, I thought I would be immune. As the month has progressed, I found myself contemplating what was missing from my wardrobe and spending time observing others’ makes on #MMMay15 Instagram, seeking those also afflicted with the love of pretty print dresses. Then I actually found myself pulling out a dreaded UFO. It had hung in the back of my sewing room closet, incubating for nearly a year.

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The top, Butterick 5988, was actually fininshed. What! When did I do that? Have you ever had sewing memory loss?

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Although it looks fine on the dress form, somehow on me it didn’t look quite right. Maybe that’s why it had been cast aside. Was it the neckline or maybe the cap sleeves? Just what could be the diagnosis? Further examination revealed it needed 4 inches amputated from the hem. Short people may need proportion adjustments. Having a top end too low on the hip just makes you look even shorter. It had to be chopped off and was instantly much cuter for it.

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The skirt was a copy of a RTW skirt from Loft, hacked from Vogue 7937. I had changed it to a single back vent and added the partial yoke in the front and back.

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Although the yoke doesn’t show when wearing this top, it helps the fit. The skirt needed to be taken in on the sides, a petersham waistband added and a hem. In all just an afternoon to finish the outfit. Photographing took almost as long. Michigan has an abundance of cloudy, rainy days, our pale faces are seeking the sunlight, along with a location to get some decent photos.

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My affliction continues with another attempt to refashion. A skirt my sister passed along. She said it looked dowdy on her and she is four inches taller, so it really looked dumpy on me. There’s a lot of lace there, once I get it all unpicked. Darn those RTW seam finishes.

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I’m also following a lot more bloggers, Instagramers and Pinterest boards now. Yikes, how contagious is this? What’s Me Made May doing for your sewing?

The weeks MMM update:

Day 11 – Skirt Burda 121 – Waverly Fabric from Satin Moon in SFO

Day 12 – Pattern Mash up dress, bodice Vogue 8766, Butterick 5982, skirt Butterick 5385. Two layers of fabric, fuschia cotton under navy & white open cut work

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Day 13 – Skirt Burda 121 again, polished cotton from Haberman Fabrics

Day 14 – Skirt Simplicity 2315 in broadcloth, made 4 or 5 years ago.

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Day 15 –  Skirt cloned from RTW in giant peony cotton from Haberman Fabrics

Day 16  – The UFO from above

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Day 17 – Skirt Butterick 5041 made 5 or 6 years ago, fabric from JoAnns

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7 thoughts on “The Side Effects of Me Made May

  1. Your side effects list really made me smile. It’s the endless photographs that are the real bugbear for me (and my family). A great save on the top and skirt. Will look forward to seeing what you do with the lace reject 🙂

    • Thanks, all my eye doctor visits the past few months infiltrated my blogging. It may take a while to pick the seams on the lace skirt, or I may just cut them. We’ve made it through more than half the month of photos, maybe by the time the month is done we’ll all be better at the photo thing.

  2. Love seeing what you are doing for MMM. I can’t bear the thought of taking photos every day, so I’m skipping it (although I did read one blog where the photos were taken of the garments on the dress form!) I think your “found” shortened blouse is really lovely! Good luck with the next couple of weeks!

  3. I’ve done Butterick 5988, actually it is my TNT tee shirt. I use a knit for it though so that it hangs nicely. I have made them the recommended length too, sometimes it looks good, sometimes not. But hems are always easy to change! You have a lovely collection of Me Mades there!

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