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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 Moorea-Seal.com‘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!

Colette Beignet

Yup, another Colette pattern!

I have had this mystery stretch linen for years, I was going to make a dress out of it but then the Beignet came along! I do like stretch in a high-waisted skirt, you can feel dressy while being comfy, what a great eating-out combo. Yes I totally dress with eating in mind, who doesn’t?

As for the pattern itself, all pretty straightforward, I didn’t line it as I wanted to be able to wear it in warm weather (I also didn’t want to try to find a lining with stretch!) so I just have the facings. I think the lining is well drafted though. I didn’t follow the instructions for the belt loops exactly, doing each little rectangle would have driven me crazy so I sewed a 27 x 2.6cm strip instead, turned it and chopped it up afterwards.

I cut an 8 according to my measurements, but ended up taking it in to a 6. No other adjustments, although I notice in the back photo I have a lot of wrinkling in my lower back. This isn’t noticeable with my usual slumped over posture though, haha.

I was originally going to try to find some matching buttons, but then I saw Tilly’s blue beignet with awesome yellow buttons and I had to copy. Mine are yellow wood. I wish I had copied her contrast lining pockets too! Anyway, very happy with my skirt and I have worn it heaps since making it, it goes with so many things.

Pattern: Colette Patterns Beignet

Fabric: Stretch linen from Spotlight, I think originally purchased on clearance to make nativity costumes, I relieved Mum of the leftovers!