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Weeks 4 & 5, the end!

Well people, here we are! Time to breathe a sigh of relief that I no longer have to take a photo of myself every single day 🙂 It turns out this was the most difficult part of the challenge for me, sometimes you just don’t feel like having your photo taken (even if you’re the one taking it, ha).

Now that the challenge is over, I’m hoping to keep dressing as if I’m going to leave the house, rather than falling back into my old trackydak ways. I was reading Moorea from‘s post on Leigh-Ann’s blog, ‘3 Best Ways to Be Productive When You’re Self Employed‘ and her first tip is, ‘get ready every morning as if you were leaving the house’. I know some people work well in their pajamas, but I’m not one of them!

I really enjoyed coming up with some new outfit combos and realising that I do have plenty of clothes and to appreciate them! I like to think I’m careful about acquiring new things, but I so easily fall into the trap of seeing things I want and forgetting what I already have that fits the need. I really want to aim for a small wardrobe with things I truly love and feel great in, hopefully many of them made by me.

The MMM community was so inspiring and supportive and I highly recommend the challenge if you’ve ever thought about it but haven’t taken the plunge!


Me-Made-May, Week 1!

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Well folks I’ve survived a week of MMM! Not helped by the fact I came down with something awful straight away. It’s a lot harder to put effort into how you look when you feel like spewing, you know? I’ve still really enjoyed participating, so I’m sure once I feel better I’ll enjoy that process more.

What have I learned so far? Umm, I am rubbish at taking compliments. I knew this already, this is just a different form of it! People are so lovely and encouraging in the Flickr group, and I feel the urge to correct them with everything wrong about my garments and appearance! I’m sure I’m not alone in this, it’s a combination of naturally being hard on myself and that wonderful ingrained social expectation to put yourself down so you don’t seem ‘up yerself’.

I have found so many new blogs and things I want to make from looking at everyone’s creations! Onwards to week 2…

A Burda blouse, and Me-Made-May!


Hello! More stash busting today (my husband has been waiting for me to use this term since it slipped out when I was talking to him, don’t worry, I’m sure he’ll get up to speed on the sewing blog lingo eventually!). I bought this rather pungent mystery synthetic (I think it’s polyester) from an Op Shop while on holiday at the start of the year, I didn’t know what I was going to use it for but I just loved the minty green splotches!

When I saw this pattern on Burda Style I liked it, but it was only when I saw the awesome member’s versions that I realised its true potential. My measurements matched up with the size 40, but I measured some of my shirts against the finished measurements and there was too much ease for me so I cut the 38. There’s no darts so the shape is really just through the side seams. I’m happy with the fit!

This pattern is great, goes together easily and I think the neck pleats are such a nice detail. The armholes are finished with bias binding, which didn’t work that nicely with this fabric as it doesn’t press well.


Now, I mentioned it’s a bit strong-smelling. I think this fabric harkens back to the time when synthetics felt (and smelt) synthetic! I don’t mind the smell, but I don’t think this will be good in hot weather. I’m too used to nice breathable fabrics! I’m still pleased I found fabric I liked in an Op Shop though, I’m always on the look-out but I don’t really see fabric in the ones near me.

Pattern: Burda Style Magazine 09/2011 Sleeveless blouse

Fabric: Printed polyester from an Op Shop

… something I’m pretty excited about! I’ve never participated in one of these challenges before, organised by the lovely Zoe of ‘So, Zo… What do you know?’. I’m sure most people coming across this blog would be familiar with the challenges, but if not you can click on the banner above to learn more.

‘I, Jess of make do and jess, sign up as a participant of Me-Made-May ’12. I endeavour to wear at least one me-made garment or accessory each day for the duration of May 2012’

I’ve put in accessories to make it easier on myself, I’ll try not to cop out by wearing hand-knit scarves or beanies everyday but I’m concerned about my lack of cold-weather me-mades. I tend to make a lot of light-weight dresses and blouses. I was starting to think I could get away with wearing them since Autumn has been so mild, but of course the weather has turned this week!  I do have some cooler weather projects planned so that should help as I get them done.

At first I wasn’t sure I should even do this challenge as I’m trying to start a business from home, so I don’t need to get dressed for a job, but I think it will be really good for me to make an effort. I know when I get dressed as if I’m going somewhere I’m more productive, so this can only be a good thing. My plan is to post to the Flickr group everyday and then do a weekly post here. I’m looking forward to shaking up my routine a bit, and also seeing the other participant’s unique clothes and self expression!