Gillian Wrap Dress

Looking through my Me Made May outfit for the month reminded me that I never did talk about my Gillian Wrap Dress from Muse Patterns, and that is a real shame!


I made it last June and I think I never posted about it because I had grand plans of getting John to take pictures while we were on vacation. But then the best picture I got was this one when we paid a visit to the Loopy Ewe. The fine breweries of Colorado might have distracted me.

But over the course of the last year I have worn this dress a ton in spite of the hem that loves flipping upwards.


So here is my Gillian Warp Dress Today! I’ve really come to love dresses that hug my curves more than hide them. Plus by converting this dress to a faux wrap it is a breeze to wear without worrying about tying the waist just right.


There are a couple fit issues such as this pooling at the back (and it rides up at the hem too).  So when I make it again I’ll be sure to cute it wider in the butt area. It is meant to be a little loose in the back, so I’m not going to worry about it.


I also remember being really bothered by the flab of extra fabric at the underarm, but it hasn’t ever bothered me when I actually wore the dress. I do wear it safety pinned at the bust, but that is more of a preventative measure!

Oh and the fabric is this Art Gallery knit I bought at Hawthorne Threads. Can’t believe they still have it in stock! They make really nice jersey, though since it is navy printed on white the color didn’t stay as deep as I’d hoped.

In the end I’m so happy to be wearing this lovely wrap dress again this spring and hopefully some day I’ll get around to tackling it again!


Me Made May – Week 2 Round Up

Two weeks in and going strong on this year’s Me Made May!

Mom on the go!

On the left is my Tiramisu that I think I never blogged and on the right is my Moneta/Washington Hack.

And really I wear these a lot, like to the zoo and walking the dog. I live my like in skirts and dresses and love it!

I like beverages!

On the left is my other Tiramisu. This was the first knit item I ever made for myself and it is still going strong. On the right is a Washi Dress I modified to have short sleeves.

And then I have these two ensembles. The left is another Washi Dress in Liberty Fabric worn with my favorite cardigan. Easily one of my favorite combinations to wear. On the right is a totally new outfit I’ll blog soon. Sadly the morning I tried to get Lu to take photos didn’t show the garments very well.

And well, one outfit is missing because I forgot to take a pictures, but I also wore my favorite cardigan on Saturday.

This weekend I went through my clothing and decided to either recycle or donate a few things. On the donate pile were both my attempts at the Emery dress. I’m ready to just be done with that pattern. Also donating my first Washington Dress. I like it, but never feel like wearing it. Plus a couple things that never made it to the blog, like a pair of too tight pajama pants and a Sailor Top I made in the wrong kind of fabric. I also took this opportunity to toss any commercially made clothing that didn’t fit well or had fabric wearing thin.

Then I pulled a few items I’ve made that don’t fit quite right that I want to use for the fabric. That includes my first two Appletons. I like them, but some of my alterations didn’t work like I wanted. It also includes both of my Monetas. The 4 dresses will make some great summer clothes for the kids or t-shirts for me. I also pulled aside my Lisette dress because I’ve been thinking of ways to re-work it.

Whew! It needed to be done and I was happy to be in the right mind set recently to let go of things!

Me Made May – Week 1 Round Up

If you follow me over at Instagram, then you’ve probably seen these already. But I thought it might be fun to post them here too as a way to show that yes! I wear what I make!

What is Me Made May? Well mostly it is a challenge to give your self-made clothing a little love. But it is also a celebration of yourself and your skills. It’s a chance to see which of your self-made items you love and enjoy and which items don’t get any love. At the end of May I’ll be ditching some things I made that I just don’t enjoy wearing. Want to find out more?  There is a great post over at ‘So, Zo…What do you know?’.

Week 1 – Knit Dresses

I’m sure you’ll see these pop up again as the month goes on. My knit dresses are the first thing I reach for after laundry day. Frankly, I am not a morning person. Having to wake up to a baby crying for her breakfast is not my favorite part of motherhood. Having a stack of things that are easy to pull on and don’t need ironing is the best. I have plans to sew up a few more of these for summer as the weather warms up.

Clockwise from top left is Washington Dress Hack 1, Cats! , My Gillian Wrap Dress I never blogged. Whoops! , and Washington Dress Hack 2.

Week 1 – Cardigans

I should just accept that I like and wear one style of sweater almost exclusively. I have one completed pullover and one more in progress, but otherwise I am a cardigan girl.

From left to right is my beta test of Amy Herzog’s Custom Fit program (made pre-blog) and my Viridis (also made pre-blog).

Week 1 – Hat!


Lastly, is my Edwardian Hat (upcoming blog post). I usually have a party for the Kentucky Derby, but this year I was so sick when I needed to start planning that I just could not face hosting a bunch of people. Oh well. I still enjoyed my mint juleps and wearing my fancy new hat!

One week down and I’m feeling pretty great about what I’ve worn so far! Is anyone else participating this year? Do you have a goal in mind for the end of the month?