Thursday, 30 April 2015

Me Made May 2015: Coming Out of the Closet

'I, Vicki of, sign up as a participant of Me-Made-May '15. I endeavour to wear at least 1 garment or accessory that I have made or altered from second-hand each day for the duration of May 2015.  I also pledge to "Come Out of the Closet" and tell someone each day what MMMay is all about.  (I may or may not get photos of these people, because some may not want to play along).'

This will be my 4th Me Made May, but the first in which I won't be travelling!  Doing MMMay on the road was actually quite easy, because when you're packing for a trip, you tend to choose 5 outfits and wear them repeatedly.  Now that I'll be home, I'll have to try a little variety.

2012:  lecturing at University of Cape Town

2013:  Dinner out with Myra and Andrea in Tampa, while working at USFlorida

NYLon14, at the V&A in London.  I'm there, believe me.

How can I top last year?  

Friday, 2 January 2015

Some garments that I love but Mr. A.S.S. doesn't

I don't have a DSLR, and I usually end up taking photos on my phone or on my son's point-and-shoot camera.  I know there has been a lot of talk around the blogosphere about quality blog photography, lighting, layout, etc. but I figure that you'd all rather see a few poor quality photos than nothing from me for another few months, right?  

First up are my crazy pants.  Yup, they've been dubbed crazy pants by my 5-year-old, who keeps telling me to take them off.

You can tell from my expression how many fecks I give.

They give me a delightfully flat Mom Butt, but the rayon challis is soft and warm, the fit is pyjama-esque, and the print is awesomely '70s.  Who cares what anyone else thinks?

The pattern is see&sew 4810, but frankly, this is like any other pyjama or elastic-waisted pull-on trousers, of which I probably have 10 or more patterns.  I have no idea where I got this pattern, but I'm assuming I bought it when it was new (1996).  And I was drunk and/or pre-menstrual.

Next up is my pleated mystery fabric skirt.  My daughter snapped this photo of my Mom and I while we did some boxing day shopping at Ikea.  It's blurry, but it's quite a nice photo of the two of us I think!

I picked up this soft, peach skin surfaced twill in the remaindered section of Fabricville.  You know that section, where everything is labelled 100% unknown fibres and costs $3-5/metre.  I LOVED the graphic print: kinda folklore, kinda graffiti, kinda Haring.

I didn't use a pattern, but just made a wide waistband with 2" ease, then used the full width of the fabric from selvedge to selvedge for the skirt so I wouldn't waste any of the border print.  I tried gathering it to the waistband, but it was just waaaaaay too bulky.  I pleated instead by marking the centre front, side seams and back seams, then dividing each section in half repeatedly and pinning down the pleats.  It took quite a while, so there were multiple G&Ts and the Downton Abbey Christmas special involved.

Centered zip, serged seam, and scant hem turned over once and top stitched.

And of course it has huge pocketses.  Every skirt needs huge pocketses, especially when you are constantly being handed things of varying levels of stickiness by offspring.  

I'm heading into a new, quite demanding job this winter, so I expect not to make or blog anything for the next few months.  Don't worry, I'll be back in the spring.  After all, I have this beauty of a fabric to use, and it may pop up on a couple more blogs in the near future…..keep your eyes open!

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