Thursday, June 30, 2011

Me Made June comes to an end....

Well, Friends, it's been a delightful journey of only wearing things I have altered/refashioned/made.  I got a little twitchy at the end to wear other things to work, but I stuck with it the whole time. Yay!  I wore the embellished sweater almost every single day and my favorite item to come out of the challenge was the refashioned khaki skirt.  It will be used regularly, I can tell.

Day 27:  I forgot to take a picture so I drew you one.

 In my picture, I am wearing my Roman Holiday blouse and choir girl turned secretary skirt.



This is me longing for my jeans...

...and then sucking it up.  I can finish the challenge strong!

Day 29: Wearing my unrequited love blouse and my new polka dot skirt... and sitting on the rug that used to cover our floor.  We are officially in packing mode... I've been trying to sort fabric to take with me to our sublet, but I want to take it all. This is a problem.


And finally, Day 30. I'm wearing the blouse seen here and my cankle khaki skirt.
 Ah, Cutting for Stone...you are such an awesome book.


I will be really glad not to have to take pictures of myself everyday :)  I'm sure Rob will be glad as well since he'll actually get to sleep until it's time for him to wake up ... rather than waking up to me poking him with a camera.

Have a great night, all! And thanks for all of your support this month - you are uber fabulous :)

I Really Love Celebrating My Birthday...

even when it is not my birthday.

I tend to buy myself birthday presents all year long and justify it by saying it's for my birthday.  Which comes in mid July.  So, this year, for my day of days,  I have purchased:

-this t-shirt



-a tiny Tardis



-two single day tickets to see Coldplay play at Lollapalooza (OMGFREAKINGOUTCANNOTWAIT)

...and patterns.  What patterns you ask?  Well, Friends, Vogue/Butterick/McCalls was having a sale!  I've waited oh so patiently for their really big sale to come around, and just when I was about to give up, shabam!

Vogue 1239 (I have been eyeing this pattern for quite some time now...)



Vogue 8728 (green silk jersey, here I come!)


Vogue 1241 (I may make this dress in every color of the rainbow)


McCalls 5006 (I need some cute things to wear with sleeveless dresses to ward off the air conditioning chill at work)

Butterick 5638 (love that neckline)


Butterick 4685 (I would love to tuck this into a flowered skirt and go frolicking across the fields)

McCalls 6408 (Because it's never too early to prepare for the awful Chicago winter)

Butterick 5662 (I gave in and bought it.  No idea what to do with it now.)

and Vogue 8701 (I need to make the dress in a lovely plaid.  This must happen)


Happy early birthday to moi :)  Now, which one to make to wear on my birthday?  Decisions, decisions...

Do you buy yourself presents?  Let me know - we could start a club!

Have a fabulous day, all!

Wednesday, June 29, 2011

My first guest post!

Good morning, Lovelies :)

I am guest posting over at the uber fabulous Scraps and Scribbles today.  Courtney is such a sweetie - and she has some fabulous tutorials!  I'm loving her Statement necklace and DIY cuffed sweater - these are definitely on my summer to-do list.

Come on over and I'll show you how to make a flower basket t shirt!


Happy Wednesday, all!

Sunday, June 26, 2011

In which Refashioning Week comes to an end...

Well, Friends, it's been a hectic week but I got my refashions done on time! I just didn't have time to take pictures while hanging out with Mama Grand.  Here are my belated refashion photos:

I made a skirt out of the pillowcase from the same sheet set that this dress and this top came from...
and the black knit shrug came from the shirt remnants seen here.


Needless to say, I am super comfy and totally excited about my new items :)

Mama Grand headed home today, but we had a hella good time while she was here.  Once I returned home from work on Friday, I took my Me Made June pictures while getting a salad together.

I'm wearing my tee shirt refashion and my Grass is Greener skirt... and possibly polishing off the bottle of rhubarb wine.  (The wine is from Lynfred Winery - totally delicious - check them out here)

Yes, I am wearing a Tardis apron.

 Crackers + goat cheese + quince paste = Deliciousness.

 

Friday night, we went out to see New Leaf Theatre's "Lighthousekeeping." Loved it!  It's at a small theatre in the Loop if anyone of you lovely Midwesterners are passing through.

After that, onto Cesar's for dinner and killer margaritas.  I got Mango.  Epic, ya'll.  It matched my Ultimate Summer Dress. Tres matchy matchy.

 
Saturday, we went to the Randolph Street Festival and the White Elephant. Then we went to the Wiener Circle for Chicago style hot dogs and for some insults.  I got criticized by the staff for only wanting ketchup. 


I love hot dogs.  I managed to keep the ketchup off of my dress, thank goodness, because this dress is slowly disintegrating on the inside.  Oh, sewing gods, send me a serger!

At the White Elephant, I snagged this coat.  For a $1.  It was on the designer rack, but had a green tag.  And the green tags were on special.  I realize I'm going to have to pack it and put it in storage before I can ever wear it, but it was a $1!  I could not resist.

I also snagged some other goodies at the Randolph Street Fest:
Two books (love Memoir of a Geisha - I must have read this a hundred times), some buttons, some iron on applique (crazy looking ice cream cones, golf clubs, and Bugs Bunny), some epic fringe, and some lovely ribbon with yellow and orange butterflies.


Today we dropped Mama Grand at the bus station (and waited til she was safely on, of course), then headed home.  I napped (are we surprised?  Not really).  Woke up, got dressed, then off to a burlesque show!
It was most fabulous.  This is my most fabulous friend who dances wonderfully!

 

Have a fabulous night, all!

Friday, June 24, 2011

Me Made June: Day 23 and Refashioning Week Day 5

Mama Grand is in town!

On our short jaunt to Navy Pier before dinner at the Red Canary, I'm wearing my unrequited love top and my skirt refashion from Tuesday.

Isn't my mama so cute?  I'm so glad she's here :)


She's in town for a Girls Trip with her best friend. 


After we got back from dinner, the city looked like this: 


but I still needed to take refashion pictures!  Silly Meg.  Here is what I started with: a black long sleeve button down shirt from H&M.  I grabbed it at a clothing swap because I knew it had potential...


...even though it had this:


I chopped off the sleeves and a good portion of the back of this shirt to make it into a button down halter. I think it will be nice, cool, and stylish for summer outings (key word: "cool"). 

In my effort to create a unique picture, I hopped in the tub :)


Look!  Two sinks so Rob doesn't touch my stuff!  (just kidding, Honey...but seriously...stay away from my toothpaste.  My squeezing from the middle of the tube is never going to change.)


A shot of the back.  I put an elastic casing on the back to hold up the fabric as well as add some gathering detail.  I had never done this before, but I'm really liking the final effect.


Two more days left!  I hope your week is going well where you are!

Wednesday, June 22, 2011

The "Always a Bridesmaid" Refashion

Good evening, Lovelies!

Before I can show you my refashion for today, here is what I wore for Day 22:  The Roman Holiday Outfit!


This me at my sewing table, which is soon to be given away with a vintage Singer inside.  The bobbin is broken, but other than that, the machine turns on and runs well.  I bought it for $15 but my friend Becky is going to give it a home where it is well loved and not hidden all the time :)

For today's refashion, I chose my bridesmaid's dress from my best friend's wedding.  
Here it is in action - me getting my groove on.


And the most awesome jump picture.  That is my fabulous bestie, Stephy, in the middle, and on the far right is another friend who is currently having babies at this moment!  Yay twins!


I desperately wanted to make this into a party dress that I could wear to a cocktail event, because someday that might happen and I don't want to be caught unprepared.  In honor of that someday occasion, I broke out the rhubarb wine and got to snapping photos.  
I'm sitting on top of our moving boxes because I am a classy lady.


I cut 18 inches off the hem and took away the spaghetti straps.  I made a halter piece out of the leftover skirt so I have more support for the girls.

I kept the back of the dress intact because I love the way it laces up.  Doesn't Stephy have good taste? Love this color, love the beaded bodice, and love the back details.


Now, if only I had some place to wear it...

while I ponder that, I leave you with a picture of something I found in one of our closets:


Where do we get this stuff??

I'm off to clean in preparation for Mama Grand's visit tomorrow :)  Have a great night all!

Tuesday, June 21, 2011

Me Made June: Day 21 and Day 3 of Refashioning Week!

The challenge for today found me with this lovely item in my hands:


A cankle length khaki skirt.  It has an A line shape, which is difficult to tell since the weight of the fabric diminishes it.
This is what happens when you cut 11 inches off the bottom and add a new hem:

Oh, hai! Didn't see you there!  Welcome to my kitchen!

Would you like some dinner?  Fresh out of the freezer!

 Into the oven it goes, wait twelve minutes, and voila!  Instant satisfaction!


I am seriously loving the shape of the skirt now. It is a perfect A line and stands away from my body all on its own!  I could not believe that I did not use this skirt earlier - it's probably been in my possession for a year now.  Silly Meg! I am also wearing my camp shirt first seen here.

Here is the hint for tomorrow:


Oooo...oven just dinged!  Off to get some meaty goodness - have a fabulous night, all!

PS I've been trying to comment on people's blogs all day but Blogger keeps logging me out.  Is anyone else having this issue?  I'll try to comment on your lovely posts tomorrow and hopefully it will be fixed!

Monday, June 20, 2011

Refashioning Week Continues (and a tutorial - huzzah!)

Hello, Friends!  Yesterday I gave you a little hint what part of today's MMJ Day 20 outfit was going to look like...

Here is the dress before, in action:

(My Dad and I rocking out at a wedding - can you see where I get it from?)


Because I have grand ambitions (bah dum chee), I decided I also wanted to make a top for today based on  the Gris Sur Gris top from Modcloth:


Put it together and what have you got?  Bibbidi Bobbidi Boo!  I cut the skirt portion off the dress, cutting into the bodice about 3 inches in order to have enough fabric for a waistband.  I reused the zipper and added a hook and eye for the closure.  Boom!  A new skirt!  I love polka dots.


The top was made using an old Old Navy shirt that had been floating around my closet, as well as some fabulous sheer fabric that magically appeared in my stash. 

Here is a close up:


Would you like to make your own?  Fabulous! 

The supplies you will need:
  • An old fitted shirt that needs some love
  • scrap fabric measuring approximately 4 1/2 inches wide by 48 inches long.
  • a measuring tape
  • a sewing machine
  • pins
Here is my top and my fabric.  It is an Old Navy scoop collar shirt with cap sleeves.


First things first:  We want to mark and prep our sheer/scrap fabric that we will be using for the front of the shirt.  Since mine was fraying so easily, I used a zig zag stitch on the edges to keep the fabric together.  I mentioned above that you would need a piece 4 1/2 inches by 48 inches.  I used the 4 1/2 inch measurement as I thought the fabric would still look like an accent and not take over my chest when I was finished with the shirt.  I cut from selvage to selvage, leaving me with about 48 inches of length to work with and I nearly used it all.



Once your fabric has been cut and the other edge prepped, you can begin pinning.  I pinned my selvage edge underneath so I would have a nice fold against the collar instead of a rough edge.  I recommend laying your shirt flat for this pinning process so you are able to check that you are staying in the center of the shirt.

Next, I measured the space across the chest.  It measured about 10 inches from sleeve to sleeve, so I pinned 2 3/4 inches in from each side.


Once you've pinned your fabric against your neckline, you can begin marking pleats.  I made my first mark 1" down from the neckline (to reduce open space between neckline and first pleat), and made a mark every 1 1/2 inches after that. 


Bring the marks together to make pleats.  I made my pleats going up, just to be different, but you could pleat in the other direction if you like.  I plan on using mine as a crumb catcher.  Just kidding! ...maybe.


Once you've reached the bottom, you may have some excess.  I had about six inches left over.  I cut off the excess, used a zig zag stitch on the end, and folded it under to be stitched in the next step.

Now, onto the machine!  I stitched down each side with a straight stitch.  In the end, I decided not to stitch down the center because I liked the overall look of leaving it open.  If you do decide to stitch straight down the center, measure 2 1/4 inches from each side of your fabric and mark your stitching line lightly.

And voila!  You have a brand new shirt!

I'll leave you with this photo of me looking petrified at the lightning striking outside.  Before I went out to wait for my bus.


Everything is a-okay!  I did not get struck (this time). 

I hope you enjoyed my first ever tutorial, and if you decide to try your hand at it, leave me a note in the comments so I can see your awesome version! 

Have a fabulous day, all!