Me made March: the final roundup

Here we are – the last days of my challenge!

Day 28

Dress: Vogue 1176

Cardigan: Old Navy

Shoes: Alfani

This is the first time I’ve worn this dress – it feels so dressy to me, and I’m not really big on straight skirts.   I wore it to my recital, and I feel like it was perfect for that occasion!

Day 29

Cardigan: Jalie Pleated cardigan

Dress: Vogue 8923

Boots: Impo

This is another dress I’m trying to rescue from obscurity.  It’s very clingy, which isn’t necessarily bad, but I do tend to feel self-conscious when something clings to my hips.  The solution?  A long cardigan!

Day 30

Dress: Butterick 5523

Tights: Forever 21

Boots: Poetic License

I love this dress – it’s so versatile, and most of all comfortable!

Day 31

Jacket: Simplicity 2443

Top: American Eagle

Skirt: Vintage Pierre Cardin, shortened

Shoes: Cole Haan

It’s funny- I don’t really love this outfit (I feel like the boxy jacket + full skirt is a bit much) but I got several random compliments on it today!  I do love the individual parts.

All my photos from the challenge are in my flickr set here.

What have I learned from this challenge?  I’ve learned that I actually prefer my handmade items – I did not miss my other closet items a bit!  I feel like I’m doing well making items that I want to wear – in particular, I wear a lot of knit dresses, so I’m glad that I’ve hit those hard since the last challenge in September.

I’ve worn my knitted items this month, which has inspired me to start knitting again – so excited about that!  I can’t really explain to you why I stopped.  I think that I associated many of those items with the period of my life when I made them – a time when I was working a job that I hated, when I felt trapped and alone.  Now that I am happier, I’ve found it hard to shake the memories.  Perhaps those items have finally lost their bad associations for me?  I tend to do that… if, for example,  I wear a certain perfume during a bad event, I might remember that event and stop wearing the perfume.  Of course, I do still have fears for my wrists, so my knitting will be slower, but I’m finally motivated again!

Traveling while participating was a challenge, but it helped me to really distill my travel wardrobe.   For once I didn’t overpack (though there were two dresses I never wore!)  I missed a few days of the challenge – some without photos, some where I only wore concert dress, and some where I only wore pajamas (while getting rid of the nasty Italian virus I picked up!)

My summer sewing plans include many cute dresses.  Self-stitched September was really life-changing for me.  I realized that I wasn’t dressing to make myself happy.  What makes me happy?  Wearing dresses most of the time.  Now I do, and getting dressed every day is so fun!  I plan to continue that into warm weather, hopefully making and wearing many cute dresses.  I also plan to knit some cardigans – I have many black/neutral cardigans, but not so many colorful ones.

I’m on spring break starting today, so I hope to get in some good crafting time.  In addition, one of my friends and I are going to do a thrift expedition/clothes swap, so I’m really looking forward to that!  Thanks to everyone who has commented – and congratulations to my fellow me-made-March participants.  I have enjoyed seeing what you are wearing every day!

 

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10 thoughts on “Me made March: the final roundup

  1. I’ve really enjoyed watching your MMM this month- definately inspiring. I do take on board your comments about dressing for [me] – I think most of the time I just dress in what is clean and matches (there’s always a laundry backlog at my place), but I do think if I were dressing for me, I would be making different choices.
    Love the knit dresses 🙂

  2. Sophia says:

    All of your dresses are beautiful, but my favorite is the first one.. especially paired with those red heels. So cute. Good job on completely MMM!

  3. I am inspired by your self-made clothing, and am impressed at your outfits for MMM. It’s nice to see that you incorporated some of your knits for the challenge!

  4. I have been doing a lot of sewing lately, partly inspired by your work. I’m very impressed that you can wear self-made clothes for an entire month!

    I’m looking forward to seeing your new knitting, too. 🙂

  5. I love what you wrote about dressing to make yourself happy.

    Like you, I prefer to dress up, though most of my life is casual. “Dressing up” tends to make other people uncomfortable for some reason, even when it means only wearing heeled shoes instead of sneakers. I’ve decided not to care anymore, and wear my jewelry (I love fancy vintage pins), knitted shawls, and skirts anyway, even if I’m only out to do errands. And with summer comes my favorite article of clothing, the sundress.

    I’m looking forward to seeing what cardigans you choose to knit. I love Knitty’s Que Sera and the Betty minisweater, and I’m wondering what you think of the shawlettes by Susanna IC? Summer Flies is on my list of shawls too.

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