Top 5 Highlights of 2017

I usually do reflections with this one, but that would make this post too long. So here’s what’s been going on in my real life…

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1. Obviously, the biggest thing that happened this year was having our second son. It’s been quite the adjustment! There was close to a month and a half where we had the dreaded two under 2 thing going on. We’re just about at 8 months and 2 1/2 years now. It’s still two in diapers, two not sleeping through the night (that has been SO bad the last couple of months), and now we’re just barely hitting the point where they’re both mobile! Padawan is sitting unsupported for longer stretches now, rolling all over the place, and occasionally army crawling. He also loves to stand up with help, so I suspect it won’t be long before he’s trying to walk. The little guy is such a cuddler. And I have to admit that I’ve been overall quite pleasantly surprised by Hobbit– I thought he’d be jealous, since he was just getting to a more possessive stage around my due date. But for the most part, he’s turning out to be quite the attentive and caring big brother! I hope that continues.

Speaking of Hobbit, he’s getting to a fun age. His vocabulary has exploded over the last 6 months, we can actually have basic conversations, he asks me to read him books regularly now, and when he’s not doing the 2 year old tantrum thing, he’s constantly cracking me up!

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2. This has been a surprisingly busy year in my semi-professional life! I’m still doing the community orchestra, and am currently gearing up for a concert in which I play principal flute on one part and the highest notes I’ve ever had to play in my life on piccolo. I’m also still doing the flute choir, and we just recently did a concert featuring all female composers. (Which, according to our director, was surprisingly hard to assemble considering the general ratio of female to male flutists.) On top of that, I’d gone into the end of the summer thinking that this would probably be a good year to try and consolidate my teaching to fewer days– but then I picked up several new students! I’m up to double digits again now, which I hadn’t been in years. So a lot of my focus over the fall and going into 2018 is trying to figure out how to streamline and organize things at home to make it easier to juggle my job and the kids. (Also, since my mom is my babysitter for all of this teaching, she’s amazing and I couldn’t do this without her.)

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3. We survived our first overnight trips with kids! We took a somewhat last minute trip down to Virginia over Labor Day weekend, in which we drove through a big chunk of Shenandoah National Park. And then last month, Doug’s parents took us and his sister’s family to a waterpark resort up in the Poconos. The park was better than either of us had been expecting, and we agreed we’ll have to try to go back up there ourselves sometime when Padawan is older and can actually enjoy more of what the place has to offer. Also, we have a tentative goal of trying to get the boys to as many states as we can before they graduate high school, so this means they’re both up to five now. Not bad for the toddler and under set. (It helps that it’s really quick and easy to leave our state. Yay, northeast.)

4. We ended up moving to a new church at the end of 2016. It was a tough call for me, because I’d been at the same church for nearly as long as I can remember. But this one is more local to where I live now, and there’s a lot more kids around the boys’ ages than there ended up being at our old one by the time we left. So the highlight for this year is that we’re starting to find ways to get involved and it’s feeling more comfortable now. Which is always a plus, since I am such the stereotypical introvert and it’s always hard for me to go into new situations where I don’t know people well.

5. I feel like I’m finally starting to get healthy again. I wasn’t exactly unhealthy before, and I’m still not getting nearly as much sleep as I probably should. But the time around the end of my pregnancy was rough. I was having so much trouble breathing at the end that I barely slept at all for the last few weeks, and even spent a day at the hospital’s triage section of the labor and delivery unit, only to be told that it was just the baby’s positioning and I just had to ride it out. I ended up having to deliver without painkillers, which wasn’t my plan, but actually a blessing in disguise because I was able to get around again more quickly. Except for my hip. I’ve been in physical therapy for several months because my hips got so misaligned somewhere in there that even normal walking was really painful. It’s finally taking effect now, though I’m not done PT yet. I’ve also been trying to walk more , since I got a fitness tracker to help me keep myself accountable. And it’s helping, because I’m already more than halfway through the baby weight! Hopefully it’ll continue, since it’s Christmas cookie season, and I do love homemade baked goods. I’m hoping to spend more active time outside with the boys next year, and maybe work in a yoga DVD too, to continue to improve on that. Exercise really isn’t my thing, I seriously loathe running and never enjoyed being forced to do team sports in gym class, but I do enjoy hiking. (Except for the bug factor.) And we tried out geocaching during the fall and that was fun, so I think I can get behind doing more outdoorsy family activities.

2014’s top 5 Highlights

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Continuing with the lists… I was originally intending to lump the last 3 topics into one post, but this particular category ended up being pretty wordy. So I’ll spare you the mega-post.

The new category this year is “Highlights”, which is pretty much anything not sewing-related going on in our lives. I don’t know about you, but sometimes I find it hard to share life stuff on here, mostly for fear that I’ll bore people. So this seems like a pretty good way to keep it real! (Of course, I have actually talked about some of this stuff on here…oh well.)

IMG_28411. Travel. This was a really good year for that, and I’m really enjoying that I can say that I went fabric shopping in both New York and Paris this year! And there was also my girls’ geekout weekend in Atlanta for DragonCon. Aside from those three trips, Doug and I took a day trip down to Washington, D.C. for our first anniversary, which was also a lot of fun, and I also got to spend a day hanging out with some of my cousins down at the Delaware beaches. That’s been a tradition since I was a kid, and I’m glad I found some time to go down this year, even though I wasn’t able to stay overnight at all this time. (The picture is me and Doug at the Eiffel Tower, because why not?)

piano2. I got a piano this year! Both of my grandmothers have been trying to downsize their belongings recently, because it’s getting difficult for them to live on their own since both of my grandfathers passed away in 2013. So one of the big things going on in my family right now is that my parents are building a new house, and both of my grandmothers will be moving in with them in the spring. My mom’s mom had two pianos, so she asked me if I wanted one. She actually gave me the bigger one! So this is a baby grand that my great-grandfather originally purchased in 1928. It’s horrendously out of tune, which I’ll need to remedy at some point, but I like the family history behind it, and it’s been fun brushing up on my other instrument. I took piano lessons for about 7 years when I was a kid, but my parents didn’t want us overloaded with too many extracurriculars, so once I got to 7th grade, they asked me to choose between continuing with the piano or the flute, which I’d been playing for about 3 years by then, for my music lessons. Obviously, I picked the flute, though I still played the keyboard at home for fun when I could, and I also had to take one semester of basic piano as part of my music degree. (Which, since I already knew how to play scales and stuff, I basically spent learning the “Linus and Lucy” song from Charlie Brown specials. The professor didn’t care as long as we tested well.) The other thing connected to this is that I’m actually teaching one beginner piano student now at a local school, in addition to the flute. So in the long run, this could be a very good thing for my music teaching career.

3. In the category of non-sewing/knitting hobbies that I don’t talk about on here much, I am still scrapbooking. The Project Life system has turned out to be a really good fit for me–I can save photos without feeling like I have to make a layout for everything, and the pockets make it really easy to finish pages quickly. I still do “real” scrapbook pages from time to time, usually for bigger events. And I still use my older supplies, usually in the form of cutting down big pieces of paper to make cards when I don’t have a color I want. But aside from still needing to write in a few notes and paste down a few pictures, I’m basically done with everything from the wedding to our first anniversary. And I already have some stuff in an album for year 2 as well. That’s a nice feeling.

4. Meeting writers. As if I didn’t have enough to do to keep myself busy, I’ve always loved to read. And I got to meet two of my favorite living authors this year! A couple of friends and I went to see Brandon Sanderson at a quasi-local bookstore signing, and I briefly got to meet Jim Butcher when he was signing books at DragonCon. (I was wearing my Belle costume at the time, and when he saw me next in line, he sang one of the lines from her intro song: “Look there she goes, that girl is so peculiar…” So that’s a fun story.) One of the friends I went to Atlanta with is a published author herself, and she introduced us to another writer friend, Diana Peterfreund. I bought two of her books and read one on the plane on the way home from Atlanta. I have yet to read the second, but I quite enjoyed the one I read, so I’m sure I’ll get to it before too long.

5. Family stuff. Being able to say I’ve been married for a year was pretty exciting for me, since I wasn’t sure I’d ever get married in the first place. And, of course, what’s been mostly occupying my brain lately is being pregnant with our first child! (And all the nausea that goes along with it, which is sadly still going on. I thought the second trimester was supposed to be better!) I’m sure this will be occupying a LOT more of my attention for 2015.

What about you? Anything exciting going on for you this year?

an American fabric-shopping in Paris!

Yeah, that happened! There’s a lot more I could say about my trip, but we all know you’re really here for the fabric chatter, right? Of course right.

Several people were kind enough to give me recommendations for places to check out, via Twitter. Specifically Sonja and Sarah–thanks, ladies! I knew I would have to limit myself on how many places I could visit, since I’d be dragging Doug with me, so I ended up picking one recommendation from each sewcialist.

Les Coupons de Saint-PierreFirst up was Les Coupons de Saint-Pierre. I’d been forewarned that this place was one you’d have to dig through piles, but I’ve been a thrift shopper since I was 13, so I have no problem with that.

To be honest, I could have spent hours in this part of town alone–there were so many tables full of fabric sitting outside multiple shops, just begging to be noticed! For a girl who only has a handful of Joann’s in her entire state to pick from, this was a dream! But for the sake of my long-suffering husband, I restrained myself. Yes, there was a lot of digging to do. All of the fabric is piled onto tables by type, in 3-meter cuts–there was a huge pile of cottons, a section for linen, a part with leather hides, a huge section on the one side of the store for “silks”, etc. (I put the silk in quotes, because upon closer examination, I deduced that the sign probably meant silky and the biggest pile was actually polyester. All of the labels were in French, of course, but I made sure to look up the words for the different fiber types before I left!) So I bought 3 pieces of fabric here. When we were walking to the metro, I spotted a fourth “coupon” on an outside table that I couldn’t pass up, so we quickly bought that as well and kept moving. I forget the name of that shop, but it also had “Coupons” in the name, and looked to be pretty similar.

French fabric!Here’s what I ended up with, from left to right:

1. A fine-wale corduroy, covered in embroidery and sequins. This was on the 5 Euro table outside the store. My first instinct says jacket, but since I already have a brown corduroy jacket, I’m pondering a fall skirt. A Beignet, maybe? French named-pattern for a French fabric!

2. The piece on the side of the road I couldn’t leave! It’s a thin jersey, and I do so love brown and teal together. I think this could be very nice as the lately-released Muse Jenna cardi, though I don’t have that pattern yet. 4,75 Euros.

3. A denim with a slight amount of stretch. I liked the cross-hatching in the weave. These will eventually become jeans, of course. I’ll have to decide whether to make them skinny, since that’s pretty much the only pants I saw anywhere in Paris, or give myself another pair of bootcuts.

4. An ITY floral jersey. This color scheme is odd for me, and almost completely outside of my palette, but something about it called to me. I don’t know what this one will be yet, but it’s not like I have a shortage of jersey patterns. I’m open to suggestions, though!

All together, the cost of these fabrics was just under 30 Euros. Which made the whole shopping trip cheaper than almost every single meal we ate. Those cafes are expensive when you’re buying for 2! Even for just sandwiches!

la drougerieThe second store I visited later in the week was La Drougerie. I didn’t end up buying any fabric here, because there was only a small selection and it looked like mostly quilt-type cottons. It was also sold by the meter instead of the 3-meter cuts, so it looked like that would add up quickly. It looked like the big draw here was the yarn–it’s the first thing you see when you walk into the door, and dominates the whole first half of the store. There’s also a room to the side where you can browse beads and buttons and trims, and again, I could have spent a lot more time here.

I decided to limit myself to just a small yarn purchase here, since the yarn is sold by weight. It’s a good thing I came armed with fiber translations, because as usual, there’s wool in almost everything! But I did find this super-soft linen/bamboo blend. It’s called Kaleido, Ravelry has it categorized as fingering weight, and I ended up with about 330 yards. So probably enough for a hat or a lacy scarf or something along that line.

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Finally, I did do some crafting while I was gone! This was mostly done during times like airport layovers and sitting in the hotel room at night– I was originally thinking to knit on the plane some, too, but for both of the long flights, I ended up in the middle seat with not a ton of elbow room. This is the Unleaving Shawl from Knitty, which really looks a lot more like a scarf than a shawl and highly increases the chance of this actually getting worn. And it’s a really simple pattern, unless I’m so tired from flying for 8 hours straight that I screw up the pattern and can’t figure out how to backtrack and fix it. (Yeah, that happened once. Hopefully it’s not too terribly obvious. I really should not knit anything other than straight stockinette when I’m super-tired.)

One other fun sewing-related story from the trip: Doug and I had just gotten on the metro later in the day after dropping off my fabric at the hotel, to head to Notre Dame. There were two older ladies in the seats near the rail we were holding onto, and one was telling her friend (in English) about something having to do with a silk-cotton blend and the pattern she was working with. So when there was a pause in the conversation, I asked them if they sewed, they answered in the affirmative, and the three of us got to chatting about sewing clothes! I didn’t have time before our stop to ask their names or where exactly they were from, though I’m guessing America based on the accents (or lack thereof, to my ears). But they did like my Cooper bag that I was carrying, and had heard of Colette when I replied to their question of what pattern I’d used. It’s amazing that I could instantly find someone to talk to in a random subway on the other side of the world because of sewing!

If you do want to see travel photos, I have a small selection up on my Instagram. I still need to sort through the photos on my SLR, and when I uploaded those and the ones on my phone this morning, I have over 700 photos from the week! But I’m also going to make a Flickr album of my favorites, mostly to make it easier to upload and print. After all, this is exactly the sort of trip that makes me want to dig into my scrapbook paper and play!

DragonCon, and what I wore!

Well, I’m back.

The trip to my very first fan convention was a ton of fun, despite the lines and sleep deprivation. I got to hang out with a friend who I’d previously only met in the real world once (hi, Faith!), I met several actors from favorite tv shows and movies, and got a couple of books signed by one of my favorite living authors. Oh, yeah, and it was basically one giant 4-day costume party, so of course I was all over that!

Several of the things I wore were me-mades that I just ran out of time to blog, so I’m sharing them now. (This will probably be a fairly picture-heavy post, so consider yourself warned.)

IMG_2517For Thursday, we decided to do a Despicable Me theme– Cassie went as Gru, and Faith and I as her minions! We even found bananas to carry! I went the cheap/lame way out for my goggles and just wore my glasses, partially because I ran out of time to make more accessories, and partially because I had to get up at 3:30 AM to make it to the airport. My me-made for this one was the yellow hoodie. I’d originally planned to take this opportunity to try out the Disparate Disciplines Avocado Hoodie. But due to time/thrift shop constraints, I decided to keep it simple and short-sleeved.  The result is a Renfrew with an Avocado hood. The “hair” on top is just basted-on scraps of black leftover from my recent dress, so I can remove that anytime.I’m actually really happy with how this quasi-hack turned out, and could definitely see more hooded Renfrews in my future! But I’d still like to try the Avocado for real at some point.

IMG_2521As for the overalls, they’re just horrendous shorts I found at the thrift store. I should be nice, since some other sewist took the time to resize the legs and turn them into shorts. (The inside seams are basically raw and obviously home-sewn, while the hem was hand-stitched.) But it ended up fitting me really oddly–almost too-tight around the thighs, with the torso and straps being too long and baggy. The original overalls were XL, which probably explains it. And if I ever do this costume again, I’d definitely try for different overalls, but  they were literally the only ones I could find that weren’t made for toddlers! I added a hand-painted patch with the Gru logo on it. You can see it a little better in this photo. And look, we found a monster minion!

IMG_2552I started Friday off with a Firefly t-shirt, but changed into my old Eowyn costume partway through the day, because one of our main activities that we all wanted to do in the evening was the Tolkien track’s “Evening in Bree” party. (Which was SO fun.) I don’t have much to say about this costume, since I’ve mentioned it here and there on the blog before–the only new addition was the blonde wig. Which did get a little snarly in the back by the end of the party, so I need to figure out how to untangle it without ripping all of that fake plastic hair out. The only other thing I’ll say is that the costumes in the contest were amazing, and I felt very out of my league. But I did have a kid come up to me at the end of the party and hand me a sketch that she’d made of my costume, which I thought was really sweet.

IMG_1565Saturday was Belle day for me, and easily the crowd favorite! I’ve talked about the blue dress and the top here recently. Since then, I added an apron made from an old bedsheet in my muslin pile, and a bow made from scraps of the blue dress. (Just a tube, stuffed with some leftover tulle from my wedding dress to keep it perky, sewn around a hair elastic with another scrap of knit.) I also carried around a basket, which I swapped with Faith, who was doing Red from Once Upon A Time that day because all she needed was a stuffed wolf, and my book didn’t fit in mine. I got lots of compliments from passers-by on how “cute” my Belle was, and several people asked to take my picture. But the two best moments were when I was getting a couple books signed by Jim Butcher, who saw me coming up and sang a line from her intro song in Beauty and the Beast (“Look there she goes, that girl is so peculiar…”), and the little girl I passed in the skybridge between hotels whose face lit up as she squealed, “Belle!” Making a kid happy made me feel rather good about my life that day.

I did have a couple people ask me where the Beast was. I told them that he was back at home, taking care of the library. (Sorry, Doug.)

IMG_2606Sadly, I didn’t make it to any Doctor Who-related activities, but Cassie, Faith and I did go around dressed as companions on Sunday. I don’t have any pictures at the moment of Cassie as Oswin/Clara, since that’s on another girl’s phone, but we ran into a couple of Weeping Angels (yikes!), so this is Faith as River Song and me as Amy Pond. This costume was super-easy– just the zipper-leg jeans from earlier in the spring, (because after all of that time sewing the skinny jeans, I saw a picture where the cropped jeans she was wearing in my chosen outfit had that detail!) and a thrifted and slightly modified plaid shirt. Also, tally marks on my arms with liquid eyeliner, because as one person I met put it, “Amy without the hashmarks is just a girl in a plaid shirt”.

This was an easy recon overall, though I guess “regeneration” would be a more appropriate term here! I shortened it to get rid of a tear, took in the sides and sleeves a bit, and cropped the sleeves to more of a 3/4″ length before sewing the cuffs back on. And since one of my costuming goals was clothes I can wear in the real world, I can quite confidently say that I will be wearing this one over the fall.

I saw so many amazing, creative costumes, and it really makes me want to step up my costuming game! Sadly, not all of my pictures are the clearest– they looked fine on my camera, but the ones from the first day or so, while I was still trying to adjust my settings, ended up slightly blurred. But I did go ahead and make a Flickr album of ones that I wasn’t just passing in the hallways and therefore couldn’t stop, and thought were funny, creative, or just plain amazing, along with the pictures I’ve already shared here. (I’ll admit there’s a disproportionate amount of Lord of the Rings-related costumes, and Disney costumes. But I have an excuse for the Disney, since I’m co-hosting the Sewcialists’ sewalong in November!) I’d definitely love to go back again sometime if circumstances/money allows, especially if I have time to do some real costuming beforehand!

New York, New York!

I feel like I have so much catching up to do right now! I finished two more Thurlows late last week, and still need to take pictures of those. There’s the latest Wardrobe Architect study. And then, over this past weekend, my husband and I went to New York City! His birthday was yesterday and mine is later this month, so we thought a little getaway would be a fun way to celebrate.

Our hotel, as it turns out, was in the Fashion District, since we arrived via Penn Station and that was very close by. So that means our hotel featured things like this artwork made entirely from spools of thread! There was also some kind of sewing workroom directly across the street (though several floors down), which I could peek into every so often and see what they were working on. That was pretty neat.

We did do a lot of the typical touristy things, like Times Square and stopping into the Empire State Building. We went to the NY Public Library and the American Museum of Natural History (the one from the first “Night at the Museum” movie), and spent some time in a big NHL store, because he’s a big hockey fan. But what you probably care about the most is that he let me go to Mood!

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He even held my coat for me while I was shopping. He’s the best. Though I think he was a little overwhelmed–he’s seen it on TV while I’ve been watching Project Runway, but I don’t think he quite expected it to be quite so jam-packed with fabric!

We didn’t see Tim Gunn, for the record. Or Swatch. But I did see a bag of his dog food on a shelf by the register.
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I know this picture is a little blurry, but I’m posting it anyway because it makes me laugh. ALL THE FABRIC WILL BE MINE!!! Precioussssss fabric…. Ahem.

So what did I end up with, you ask?

I made up a careful game plan before I left home–while I did build a travel allowance into my Stash Diet pledge, I wanted to be responsible, so what I decided to focus on looking for was 3 yards of some colorful lining for the winter coat I already have outer fabric for, and some notions for a Cooper bag, which I also already have fabric for, and can’t get anything locally.

Aaaaaaaand I didn’t buy a single thing from that list. They didn’t have the bag notions, and the only lining type stuff I could find was all solid colors–everything else was too sheer and would likely get shredded quickly. So I’ll just get some polyester silky print at Joann’s sometime instead.
IMG_1663This is what I actually bought. There’s 3 yards of each piece. The top one is an embroidered cotton that was in with the eyelets, black on either ivory or light tan. (I haven’t seen it in the sunlight yet, and it’s looked different depending on the lighting.) The bottom one is a lovely soft knit, I think maybe an ITY. I probably should have looked more closely at fiber contents, but I was too busy looking for prices, to be honest! (It was $14 per yard for both pieces, which is a little higher than I usually pay, but how often do I get to go fabric shopping in a fabric district?)

I already have a loose game plan for both pieces, too! For the embroidered fabric, I’m thinking a fairly casual jacket that I can throw on over either t-shirts or dresses, probably with some kind of contrast (read: black) collar and possibly cuffs, if it’s 3/4 sleeves. (Which I’m strongly considering, since the fabric seems more suited to warmer weather layering anyway.) As for the knit, definitely some kind of dress, though I’m not sure what sleeve length to do, if I make it with sleeves at all. I just need to figure out what patterns to use!

Of personal palettes and mini-wardrobes

I’m sure that many of you have seen Gillian’s Me-Made-May posts in which she aimed to wear clothes that fit into her own personal color palette that she’s created. Which led to a discussion on Twitter in which she generously created palettes for a few other bloggers, myself included, based on the colors she found a lot of in our own me-made creations. So this is what she came up with for me:
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Figures that mine is loaded with blue and green, right? Even the wall behind me in this picture fits! The coral caused some discussion–it’s not that I don’t have any coral in my closet, because I do, and with all of these cool, oceany colors, I need some warmth in there! But when I first clicked on it, my computer monitor was reading this as a pinkish mauvish rusty color, which did not look pretty at all.

I’ve also been plotting out and packing my honeymoon wardrobe, as you know. So, just for fun, I figured I’d show what I’m taking and see how closely it matches with this! Prepare for a rather picture-heavy post…(with really crappy photos. Sorry. I had to have my bed model for sake of time, and I promise I’ll try to start doing better with the photos after the wedding!)

Beachwear1. Given that I’m going to a tropical island, I based it all around the swimwear, of course. I did not make either of these swimsuits, I bought them at the end of last summer specifically for this purpose. (Which is why this is the skimpiest swimsuit I have ever owned in my life–I went with two of my cousins and my sis-in-law, and they wouldn’t let me leave the shop without a bikini! I’m usually more of a tankini girl, tbh.) The 1-piece was purchased because we were originally talking about going to a resort with this giant waterslide park, and I didn’t want any wardrobe malfunctions! We’re not staying at that resort, but we are going to one where you can take an outing to swim with dolphins, so avoiding wardrobe malfunctions sounds like a good idea there, too. Anyway, I’m basing the colors for the wardrobe as a whole around this bikini top, just because I can. And I did make the cover-up and the beach bag. The latter has seen better days because I made this years ago, possibly back in late high school/college years, when I was able to get access to my grandmother’s embroidery machine and painstakingly programmed that design into the computer based on the lining fabric. But aside from re-stitching a bit of the lining to the zipper area, no holes yet, so I think I can keep using it for at least one more adventure.

Convertible2. The convertible dress, which looks way better on me than on my bed, because it’s perfect for the airport–and easy to adjust for air conditioning vs. outside heat and humidity. 

Mix&Match

 3. I tried to go a little mix-and-matchy here. So I have my reconstructed jeans skirt, a purchased turquoise tank top, the “Make It Work” Sadie tank, and a long white skirt that I purchased at the beach one time (because if you can’t wear a skirt with real seashells sewn to it on a tropical island, where can you?) I also threw in the green tank that I re-embellished a couple of years ago, and some jeans cutoffs. (Nothing exciting, just some thrifted jeans I’ve been wearing to work that are obnoxiously slightly too short for my legs. I haven’t even hemmed them yet, so I’ll probably just roll them to whatever length I want.) Depending on what I choose to wear with what and how often, I potentially have 6 outfits here!

Red4. A thrifted strapless red dress, specifically at my fiance’s request. I wore this one back around Christmas with a sweater over top, and he really liked it! And some of the restaurants within the resort area that we have access to are listed as “resort evening” dress codes, so I figure this can be my fancy dinner dress. (I checked, the resort has ironing boards in the room, so I can just give this a quick press and be good to go.)

Maxi

5. A second-hand maxi dress that I added straps to somewhere around 2 summers ago, because this is another comfortable dress for summer heat. I thought I’d blogged this one somewhere, but I guess not…I just wasn’t comfortable with the ability of shirred fabric to stay where it was supposed to without help! But this can be another fancier resort dress, I think.

Layers

6. In case I want to cover up some, either from sun or because I will be the one person who can get cold on a tropical island, some thrifted cropped jeans and the latest addition to my me-made wardrobe, the Pavlova cardigan. (Which is still going to get its own dedicated post later.)

Accessories

7. Accessories–the turquoise shoes are for the beach because my feet hate flip flops and get nasty blisters between my toes whenever I try to wear them, the silver sandals for a dressier look and the flat black ones for everyday. Also, a big, dorky, floppy sunhat, because my heritage is “all the European people who sunburn the easiest”, and I have rosacea to boot, so my face needs this! I did try to buy the least dorky one I could, but I just don’t seem to have the gift of being able to wear hats and still look cool. Which is sad. There will most likely be some earrings in here somewhere too, but I haven’t gotten that far yet.

So–no teal this time, and I have red instead of coral, but I seem to have hit pretty close to Gillian’s palette! It’ll be interesting to see how close I stick with this as I use up my stash and acquire new fabrics. And I’m strongly tempted to come up with my own new palette for my cold-weather wardrobe, since that’s when I get the most bored with my closet and crave more color!

So how did I do with my island getaway wardrobe? And one week to go, eeeee! I guess that means this is probably my last post until after the wedding. So congrats to all of you who successfully made it through another Me-Made-May, happy sewing/crafting, and I’ll see you on the other side. 🙂