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20 May 2016

Me Made May 2016: Weeks 1-3

Hello there!

I can safely say that I've worn at least one handmade/altered item almost every day this month so far  (my blazer gets A LOT of wear). Here's what I wore (when I remember to take a picture):

  (Left to right, top to bottom)
1. Closet Case Files Carolyn Pajamas (C+S Moonlit Tangrams)
2. Altered Zebra Top (I removed the tag, but I think it's J. Crew) and Escada blazer
3. Christine Haynes Emery Dress (C+S Black and White Mini Squares)
4. Christine Haynes Emery Dress (C+S Picnic Rose Garden)
5. Grainline Studios Archer (Blue linen from purchased years ago)
6. Christine Haynes Emery Dress (Kaufman Black Dot Chambray)
7. Grainline Studios Scout Tee (Knit version, black and white lace knit from years ago)
8. Grainline Studios Lark Tee (Some lycra knit fabric from GirlCharlee years ago)
9. McCall 6696 Shirtdress (Kaufman Burgundy Dot Chambray)

(Clockwise from top left)
10. Grainline Studios Lark Tee (Long sleeve, grey thermal from years ago)
11. Kitschy Coo Lady Skater Dress (Grey ponte with very faded black dots, from GirlCharlee years ago)
12. Closet Case Files Carolyn Pajamas, (Shorts, C+S Moonlit Tangrams) Grainline Studio Lark Tee (can't remember where this jersey came from), Grainline Driftless Cardigan (jersey from last year) **this is my classiest outfit yet!**
13. Colette Hawthorn (Blue gingham seersucker purchased in Milwaukee years ago)
This is my third year participating in MMM and I'm starting to notice a few things. I don't want to make this a massive post, so I will expand more on these ideas at a later date, but here is the TL&DR version:

1. I loooove and need more dresses in my life, but I don't want anything to cling and I need colorful tights.
2. I need to work on my shoe selection. I don't wear a lot of handmade items because I don't have shoes to match.
3. I don't like bare arms and wear a lot of cardigans/blazers, but they're all hip length and look silly with dresses. I need shorter/cropped cardigans, blazers, and jackets.
4. I hate defining bodies by shape, but I'm an apple (carry my weight in the middle, great arms and legs). I'm trying to figure out what shapes look most flattering. I'm going to give high waisted jeans a try!
5. After years of telling myself that I look better in slimmer fitting tops, it turns out that I actually prefer looser fitting tops with some waist definition (I think this goes back to the apple shape).
6. I'm not really a fan of skirts.
7. I need a nicer bag. I don't care for purses, but a nice leather tote or messanger bag would look great. The tote bag my sister gave me for Christmas years ago is starting to look very, very worn and "ruins" nice outfits.

8. I don't really have any accessories. I feel silly in earrings, bracelets make too much noise, and I don't really know where to find necklaces that won't turn my neck green.
9. I prefer woven garments over knits (they're more flattering).
10. I prefer prints to solids, except when it comes to t-shirts. I also like layering prints with solids.
11. I want to start focusing on looking more put together. I spent a lot of time getting perfecting my skincare routine (day and night difference), I'm working on figuring out what works best for my crazy hair, and now I need to start thinking about my wardrobe. Maybe I'll run through the Wardrobe Architect.

Welp, that's a random list.

The biggest take away from this round of MMM is that I don't really think about how the items I'm making fit in with the rest of my wardrobe. In the past, I impulsively bought fabric because I like the way it looks, even if it went with nothing else. I've really tried to stop making those impulsive purchases and think about what I'm doing. It's helped tremendously, but I still have a huge stash of fabric that I'm slowly working through. I ended up donating 12 bags of clothing a few weeks ago, which included a lot of handmade items. That's how serious I am becoming about my dumb wardrobe.

That's it for now. SEE YA!

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