Spring Wrap Up

Happy June! We have made it through another Me Made May and I thought I would take a bit to reflect on this past month. I want to share my thoughts on my Spring Capsule, how I did on my Me Made May pledge, and some of my plans on moving forward through the summer.

Thoughts on the Spring Capsule:

I really loved using the Your Everyday Style spring capsule this month. For me it was a great building block- whether for buying or sewing clothes- and helped me assess what was missing in my closet in a way that was really useful to me.

It also made getting dressed every day really easy. I felt put together even in more casual clothes and found it helpful especially as I had some hard stuff in May. Being able to get dressed without having to think too much about it really helped my mood.

The capsule as well as The Everyday Style School podcast have been helpful in getting me to pinpoint my style, even more than I already had. I’m able to look at a piece or a pattern and know if it’s something I’ll wear or even something I really need in just a few moments.

Thoughts on Me Made May

Looking back at my pledge, I did get dressed and wear clothes from the capsule almost every day. Like I said, the capsule just made it really easy to put an outfit together so this part of the challenge was easy!

However, I did not document it. After a week in I got burned out and with other stuff going on in my life, I had no desire for daily pictures. I really don’t feel anything negative about this one, it just didn’t work for me this year and that’s ok.

And the thing I’m most proud of, I did reach my goal of no buying! I bought zero fabrics or patterns and felt great about it. Something that surprised me this month was that following Me Made May on Instagram just got overwhelming. So many patterns, so many fabrics, so much stuff. I stopped following the hashtag and disconnected from it a bit. This is interesting to me as I usually find the challenge really inspirational, this was not the year for me for whatever reasons.

Moving forward

I think I will buy more capsule guides, at least a full year’s worth so I can see each season. I got a lot out of this and am excited to see what’s in store for summer. I don’t really plan on making too much this go around, I would love to use a lot of what I already have!, and know I need to purchase things like shoes but hopefully most things are already in my closet.

I want to sew with what I already have (fabric and patterns) for at least the month of June. It felt good to not add more stuff to my office and I got inspired the other day cleaning out some of my stash. I have so many things I want to make, I would like to focus on those before I buy any more.

Summer is slower for me and my family will be home and together for most of it. I want to have fun with what I make and not stress too much about output. I will however will be posting regularly here and am excited to slow down and put together better blog posts about what I do make!

I’m looking forward to the summer and am thankful every year for the online community that participates in Me Made May! Even if I didn’t meet my pledge, it still teaches me so much to go back and reflect on the month.

Sewing My Spring Capsule///M8041

Today I have my eighth and final piece of my spring capsule to share with you! To see all my posts about this project, click here!

The Capsule Piece: The capsule guide called for a white blouse/top and I had in my head the idea of a crisp, white shirt that I could make and practice my shirt making skills.

The Pattern and Fabric: This pattern is McCalls 8041 and I made version A with the hemline of version C. The fabric is a pinpoint oxford cotton shirting in white from StyleMaker Fabrics. A great, classic shirting!

Details: I made the straight size 8 on this and am really happy with the fit. The finishings are nice and it was a pretty simple shirt to make. This is a ‘Learn to Sew Level 2’ pattern and I was disappointed in the instructions. I thought they would be more in depth? I couldn’t see a difference from a regular McCalls pattern and am not sure why they have this distinction.

How I plan to wear it: I’m sorry to be ending my spring capsule with this one because if I’m being completely honest… I don’t love it. I love the idea of a white button down, but it’s just not something I wear a lot. I prefer it to feel more relaxed so when I do wear it it will be with sleeves rolled up and maybe tucked in. I don’t like where the neckline hits on this and think I missed the mark with my fabric choice. I wish I had gone flowy or more blouse-y and loose instead of almost making a classic shirt.

That being said, it’s not a fail. The construction is good and I’m glad I tried it, just not for me. And sometime, you have to make something to figure that out!

I will have all my thoughts on this capsule on Tuesday. Let me know if you have any questions and I’ll be happy to include them in my spring wrap up!

Sewing My Spring Capsule///The Rozan Blouse

Today I’m here to share my seventh piece that I’ve made for my spring capsule. Here are all my spring capsule posts if you want to catch up! I have one more top to share with you tomorrow and then we are moving on to summer.

The Capsule Piece: The capsule guide called for a blouse in one of the core colors. I knew I wanted to bring in more of this lilac color I’m loving and also that I wanted something that would easily work into summer. I wanted something easy to wear and casual enough to throw on every day, but still cute enough to dress up a bit should I get to go out on the town.

The Pattern and Fabric: This is the Rozan Blouse by Fibre Mood in a beautiful hemp and organic cotton chambray from Blackbird Fabrics. I don’t think this specific color is available anymore, but look at their other options as it was a really great substrate to work with. The softness mixed with how easy it was to press makes it a great option for summer. The buttons are from Pigeon Wishes and I love the texture they bring to the top.

Details: I made the size small with no adjustments. This is a pretty straightforward pattern and came together very quickly. There is a little issue with the top button- which I think I can fix but wanted to leave in to show you because I noticed it later in the model photos. Just something to be aware of if you make this top.

How I plan to wear it: In these photos I’m wearing it with my high waisted, cropped jeans. I think it will look great with my white jeans and even shorts as the weather gets warmer. This is a top that I feel really comfortable and like myself in so I foresee pulling it out to wear over and over again throughout the summer. I even think this pattern would translate well into a dress just by lengthening it.

Sewing my Spring Capsule/// Harlene Dungarees

Making progress in finishing all my pieces for my spring capsule and today I want to share with you my Harlene Dungarees!

The Capsule Piece: A pair of overalls is listed in the spring capsule I’m using and if I had seen this last year I would have scoffed and carried on without every making or buying them. However, I am now an overall/dungaree convert after making my Sew House Seven Burnside Bibs about this time last year. There is just nothing comfier than a soft pair of linen overalls and I was excited to make another pair.

The Pattern and the Fabric: This project came from my April Needlesharp Box. I’ve talked about this subscription service before, but man is it handy with a project like this when really specific hardware or notions are needed. I love that absolutely everything comes in the box ready to sew up!

These are the Harlene Dungarees by Merchant and Mills. I’ve never sewed with this company before and am really impressed by the quality of this pattern! This fabric is a speckled linen and I love how these kind of look like I’ve been painting in them all day.

Details: There is only one version of this pattern and I made the size 10 with no adjustments. Initially I lengthened the straps but ended up trimming them. Rarely are ready to wear overalls long enough in the body and/or inseam for me so I was kind of surprised these fit so well straight out of the pattern envelope.

This kit came with a Kylie and the Machine hardware kit and I love this product so much. Finding cute notions for jeans and dungarees is a little tricky and sometime expensive because you have to buy a bunch of different things. This kit is something to look for if you’re making your own dungarees. I found them here and will put them on my list next time I’m getting notions!

How I plan to wear it: These are going to be something I throw on for cozy, stay at home and play days. I like them with longer sleeves as well as cropped tank tops underneath. I imagine they will look cute rolled up with sandals as it gets warmer too!

Sewing My Spring Capsule/// M8085

Moving right along in making my Spring Capsule using the guide from Everyday Style! Today I have my first dress to show you and I have to say that initially I was not too sure about this one. However I wore it Sunday and I like it so much more! So maybe not my favorite thing every, but incredibly comfortable and easy to wear.

The Capsule Piece: The guide calls for an easy day dress and I immediately thought of a t-shirt dress. Something that looks put together but is comfortable and covered up enough that I can chase a toddler on the playground. I love easy dresses when the weather gets warmer and they really become staples in my wardrobe.

The Pattern and Fabric: This pattern is M8085 and I made version B. There are a few options with length and sleeves but it is a pretty basic pattern. The fabric is a Double Brushed Poly knit. I don’t wear a lot of prints but I thought this might be one that would get worn since it’s a color I love and the floral print is a little more abstract.

Details: This is version B in the size medium with the bodice lengthened one inch. I ended up taking in quite a bit in the bodice and really wish I had just made the small. This came together really quickly and honestly I think you could sew up something similar without a pattern at all. Find a tank or t-shirt you like and attach a few rectangles to it.

The pattern does call for stay tape in the shoulder seams and next time I would probably add something to the waist band too as that is a heavy seam and it pulls quite a bit.

I was a little underwhelmed with the details of this pattern. With such a simple make I was hoping for a bit more effort in the finishings, but the hems are just turned under and there’s nothing super special about it. I would never pay full price for this one, there’s just not a lot to it?

How I plan to wear it: This is going to be a throw on with white sneakers kind of dress! I could also layer it up with my denim jacket. This will never be a fashion forward type of garment, but it will absolutely get worn and I think it turned out pretty cute!

Sewing My Spring Capsule///Pietra Pants

I have my second piece of my Spring Capsule Wardrobe to share with you today!! I’ve already started wearing these on the regular and I love how they turned out. Here’s a look at the second bottom in my capsule.

The Capsule Piece: The spring capsule from Everyday Style comes with a color palatte, but if you don’t like it she offers some great tips on how to change it up. Since I am pretty clear in what my colors are, this was an easy one to do. I swapped out the color navy for this rust/cinnamon/terracotta color that I love and have been wearing as a neutral. The capsule called for a pair of navy pants so I made these instead!

The Pattern and Fabric: This pattern is one I have made before and I wear all the time. These are the Pietra Pants by Closet Core patterns and I made them with this lovely lyocell twill from Melanated Fabrics. I love tencel and lyocell twills (essentially the same thing, different brands) for drapey pants. They are heavy enough to wear well and hold any details like pockets, but have a beautiful drape and easy feel.

Details: I made version B, the tapered leg, in a straight size 8. I wanted this version because I thought it would be easier to swap out shoes- booties, flats, sneakers even- and wear into the summer. I made one stupid error where I put the pockets on the wrong way, but I don’t know if it will matter to anyone but me.

How I plan to wear it: With all the shoes! I experimented a bit and I think I love these pants with a lot of different shoes. I also loved playing with this color and lightening it up with my springy palatte. These pants have been on heavy rotation! I love the flat front with elastic back, the perfect pant for easing back into the real world…

Sewing My Spring Capsule///M7981

Today I have the first piece to share in my Spring Capsule wardrobe! I’ve purchased and am using this guide from Everyday Style and if you know me in real life you are probably tired of me talking about it. I love it so much!

The Capsule Piece: I’m talking about a skirt I made today to fill the spot of a daytime to dressy skirt. I love wearing skirts when the weather gets warmer and I’ve been wanting a flowing button front skirt for awhile. I wanted to keep it a little more neutral so I could wear it with a lot of the tops I’ve pulled or am planning on making.

The pattern and fabric: This pattern is McCalls 7981 and it’s a pretty classic skirt with the waist band, gathers, and front button placket. There are two panels on the side that are kind of interesting and make for a little something different. There are pockets and I chose version B with the gathers and midi length. There are different length options as well as a tie version and a more a-line version.

This fabric is a gorgeous lightweight washed linen in the color ‘powder blue’ that I picked up from Blackbird Fabrics. I love that there is a bit of a gray undertone to the color. It is rumply and soft and I think a great weight for this skirt. It can hold the waistband shape but still is soft and drapey for those gathers.

I also ordered these Pigeon Wishes Stripe Mosaic Buttons from Stylemaker fabric and I love the detail they add to a pretty basic skirt. Sometimes I get so caught up in ordering fabric that I miss the opportunity to really think about these kinds of details, so I was proud of myself for taking the time to order these.

Details on the Make: I made the straight size medium with no alterations. I contemplated shortening the skirt but in the end decided that midi length is really what I was going for. I interfaced my waistband and button placket with self fabric and finished all my seams with a zig zag stitch.

This was a pretty simple make, straightforward from the fitting to the sewing, and I think this is a nice staple pattern to keep in my stash for awhile. If I have one nit pick it’s that I wish the waistband were a little wider.

How I plan to wear it: I’ve pulled some other pieces from my capsule to show you how I plan on wearing this skirt.

Look one is with a white t-shirt, booties, and my Evans blazer.

Look two is with a new tank you’ll see soon and my new purple flats.

And look three is with a graphic t-shirt and my olive anorak jacket (it’s still snowing here so I can’t pretend I’m not layering!) and my white sneakers.

I’m really happy to add another skirt to my closet and am loving this make!