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Previews! (and me-made June days 9-11)

Believe it or not, the Moth wing shrug is finally complete.  I will have modeled photos (tomorrow, if I have time) but in the meantime here is the blocking shot:

So far the cat hasn’t showed any interest in these pins.  Maybe it will dry before he notices!  I do pin my garments directly to the guest room bed in order to block them – it’s the easiest way to get them spread out on a pinnable surface, since I don’t have blocking boards.

I have plans for this week – I want to cut and sew two different knit dresses:


The pink fabric is from Milly, one of my favorite clothing lines.  I have some upcoming weddings, and I think this would be a nice dress to wear to one.  The black is a simple rayon jersey – I want the dress to be a backdrop for pretty necklaces (I am totally copying Gigi’s version, though I don’t have any necklaces as lovely as those!)

Me-made June continues on – and for once I’m actually taking photos on the weekends!  I have three more days to show you, complete with my thoughts on the wearability of the garments.

Day 9

Dress: Simplicity 2219 (blogged here)

Shoes: Sofft

Pros: I love this dress.  Love it!  I think it’s my favorite right now.  It has such lovely motion when you walk in it, and it is so flattering!  I never fail to get compliments.  I wore this dress to an audition, and I think I got the part!

Cons: This dress has stretched in length.  I now have to wear it with heels, and it shows a bit more of my bra than it used to.  I did reinforce the shoulders, but that skirt is heavy!  I’m going to wash it (complete with a trip through the drier) and see if it goes back to normal, otherwise I will hem it again.

Styling: This dress doesn’t need much – even the bracelet is unnecessary!  I think some metal bangles would be a better match.

Day 10

Skirt: Burdastyle Jenny (blogged here.)

Top: Talbot’s, thrifted

Shoes: Chinese Laundry

Pros: I absolutely recommend making this pattern in a doubleknit – the fit is excellent, and it’s very flattering.  I plan to make it again soon in black, a suggestion I got in my last post, about comfort.  I don’t know why I didn’t think of it sooner – I will have the black pencil skirt of my dreams!

Cons: This particular fabric (from Joann’s last winter) tends to pill, and it hasn’t been washed that often.  My advice, if you have some, is to never, ever put this in the dryer.  I would also not leave out a zipper like I did – it’s a bit of a battle getting it on!

Styling: I bought this shirt specifically to wear this way (it’s an extra-large, but I wanted it oversized.)  It’s a lot of pattern, I know, but I’m not shy!  I’m trying out skinny belts right now – I love what this one does, creating the sort of faux peplum effect.  I’m not super thrilled with the shoes (in this outfit,) but they don’t compete with everything else going on.

Day 11

Sweater: Handknitted from a 1980s pattern, blogged here.

Shorts: Charlotte Russe

Shoes: Steve Madden

Pros: I actually think this sweater has become less dated since I made it (in 2007.)  It’s made from Berroco Glace, a rayon ribbon yarn.  It’s generally cool and light in hot weather.

Cons: I don’t have much call for this sort of sweater.  I also don’t wear warm browns like this anymore.  I prefer cool browns, like the shorts and shoes.

Styling: I find it odd that while I generally dislike how I look in pants, I’m totally fine with shorts.  Admittedly, these are pretty dressy, and I am wearing heels (wedges.)  The cool taupe of the shorts and shoes does not match the sweater that well, but I was only going to Joann’s and Whole Foods.   I’m not sure how much longer this sweater will stay in my wardrobe – while I do like it, I think it doesn’t suit me as well as I might like!


11 thoughts on “Previews! (and me-made June days 9-11)

  1. I always like when you veer into something earthy and toned down, even if just for the contrast! Anyway, I think you should keep the sweater. Something to wear w/ your upcoming black doubleknit pencil skirt?

  2. I was actually thinking how cute that sweater looked! I liked the way it made the casual sorts look a little dressier too. Cute outfit.

  3. That sweater is a great 80’s pattern and doesn’t look dated at all! It looks like something Verena Knitting would publish, and I think you suit the colour!
    Re the dress that grew in length, I was going to suggest you hang it with hanger tapes attached to the empire line to take the weight, which would prevent the straps/bodice stretching. And you can drape the lower skirt over the hanger bar to reduce the weight and therefore stretching the skirt. An old retailers trick!

    1. I agree with Meiomei: that’s a fabulous outfit and the colors great together. You rock in all your pictures!

    2. I really like the brown-on-brown combo too! I used to play it so safe with coordinating colors and prints – this year now that I have a toddler to chase around, I said “to hell with it!” and started mixing and matching to a dangerous degree.

      Brown-on-brown is one of those things I would have wondered about in the past, but now I say rock on with your bad self! The items look great with each other, and the warm brown suits you fine. And yes, the style of the sweater is in right now.

  4. In reading your blog, I am becoming aware at how much we don’t see ourselves the way others do- if it’s true with you, it must be true with how I dress myself. The sweater looks adorable on you and the color is spot on! It warms up your complexion, much more than black on you!

  5. You could always overdye the sweater if the color is the only thing that you’re not happy about. It does suit you very well.

  6. I am greatly inspired by you today–and it is generally quite difficult for me to get excited about clothes! I love your maxi dress and will be buying that pattern as soon as I can, thanks for review! I also wanted to comment on how lovely you wear your knit top. So many summer knitted items strike me as looking uncomfortable (maybe because I have made and worn several myself), but yours looks breezy and elegant.

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