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Me-Made-May; Last Days and Lessons Learnt

Me-Made- May, Day 25-31 (ish)

Day 25: No pic, but wearing the same as on last Saturday (day 21). We had an outdoor party at work, so I dressed for that.

Day 26: Another thing we’ve been waiting a long time for, our annual outing to the horse race track! Carousels, betting, burgers, donuts; great day.
Wearing: Sysysy-dress (which has been getting some holes around the neckline) and star sweatshirt. A total Jenny Hellström day.

Day 27: Squeeze day (ie. a day between a bank holiday (Ascension day) and the weekend). I went to get my hair cut, finally fringe again.
Wearing: Pinda trousers, Stevie Budd t-shirt, Denim jacket (RTW)

Days 28-29: I didn’t leave the house much, but I did wear a pair of me-made shorts, as well as my Covid Briar. They are comfortable, but not photogenic. I also wore my denim Pinda and my Star Sweatshirt, as pictured.

Day 30: By now I was hoping to wear more bare legs and leave the sweaters at home. The weather doesn’t agree with me.
Wearing: Rhombus trousers, black Simone t-shirt and Green Briar.

Day 31: Last day and I’ve made through yet another month of documenting my clothes, although I did fell of the wagon in the end. I decided to go full circle and end the month in the same skirt in which I started it, although I did prefer the outfit on day 1.
Wearing: Turquoise skirt, grey Lane Raglan and White Zip cardigan.

Alongside Me-Made-May, since January I’ve also used the 30 wears app, after reading about it on Andrea’s blog. It’s a wardrobe log, which clothes did I wear, with the basis in asking the question “will I wear it 30 times?” Since I didn’t start from scratch, some clothes are discarded before the 30 wears, but they have surely reached it before. It has helped me figure out which of my pieces I like to wear, and also which pieces I usually match. I add pieces when I wear them, so there are some unaccounted for in the app, I take this into consideration when seasonally switching wardrobes.

I did identify some gaps in my wardrobe. For work I realized I enjoy wearing light jackets over tops; while I have a selection of those pieces in my wardrobe, I’d like to make some more office appropriate knit tops (my office is pretty casual, but I like to have some interest in my clothes). I probably do not need to add to the light jacket quota at the moment, but I do need a spring/autumn jacket; I have a pattern in mind, but I haven’t decided on what type of style of fabric to use.

During the course of the month, I ripped up my two colourful trousers, the turquoise chinos and my coral trousers with all the cool zipper details. When Deer & Doe sadly (but understandably) discontinued their paper lined I picked up the Acajou trousers, but maybe they’ll be a bit too heavy for spring trousers. I also bought some Burda magazines off FB marketplace with some interesting knit tops, watch this space!

Evaluating my wardrobe regularly surely is good, and I’m getting to the point where I’m liking a lot of the stuff in my wardrobe and better at identifying (and making) gaps. However, don’t be fooled. I still have days when I have nothing to wear.

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Sewn: A Pentalogy of Briars

T-shirts are often something I come back to when I need a palette cleanser. Or when I need a t-shirt. After inevitably catching Covid at the end of January (which, in my case, omicron variant, was in line with a mild flu) I wanted an easy project to get back to the sewing machine, one that didn’t require a lot of thinking or complex techniques, as the project I’m otherwise working on at the moment is a bomber jacket.

I had found a fun piece of viscose jersey in the remnant bin at Selfmade (formerly Stoff och Stil), which was enough for a t-shirt. After looking through my collection of t-shirt and other knit top patterns, I eventually settled on Megan Nielsen’s Briar. Viscose knit are a bit of my Achille’s heel, I like the look of them, but for me they very easily can fall into nightgown territory, especially the more light weight ones, and they can lose shape with time.

Since I’ve made 5 Briars in total, I figured I could present them all in order, as I honestly don’t have a lot to say about each one.

Number 1 – The Yoga Briar

This one was sewn as a layering piece in a very soft cotton jersey from Ohlssons tyger. It’s the cropped top, but lengthened, I found the original length of the cropped version way too short and it would probably end up cutting off my breasts in a weird and unflattering way. I wore this over dress shirts and t-shirts, for work and for leisure, however after some rounds in the washing machine the fabric began to pill and lost its finesse. It has since been regulated to yoga wear, and it’s a great layering piece for yoga, providing warmth without getting in the way of poses.

Number 2 – The linen Briar

Linen knits were heavily discussed in my FB wardrobe planning group and when I found some in the remnant bins at Ohlssons I picked it up. For this Briar, I straightened the hem. The fabric was too see-through to wear on its own, which is, to be honest, not what you want in a t-shirt. The fabric was very delicate and after a while I got some runs in, delegating it to the trash. Sad, but true.

Number 3 – The Faux denim Briar

For this one I sized down, since the grey version felt a bit too big and made the shoulders a bit wider. I used a denim cotton/lycra knit from Stoff och Stil. However, when cutting the pattern I didn’t consider which way had the greatest stretch, so the greatest stretch runs lengthwise. It makes for a very tight t-shirt, also the neckline binding became very lumpy. Also I’m not sure about the pocket placement as is, though I’m not sure what would have been a better one. This square pocket is an odd shape on me, I prefer the semi-circle pocket of my grey Briar. Sadly, due to the aforementioned reasons, I don’t wear this Briar a lot.

Number 4 – The Pleated Briar

I needed to replace my grey layering Briar and this time I went with colour! A cotton/lycra mix, with pleats, purchased at Bernt I Lund. I like the pop of colour this sweater adds to an outfit.

Number 5 – The Covid Briar

The most recent one! In the end I think I cut off 15 cm from the long-length version. With these normal-waisted trousers my tummy does do a bit of peek-a-boo, so it might not be office appropriate. But the t-shirt is very comfortable and I do like the length, I think it will look good over high-waisted shorts.

So, if I had to pick a favourite… Well, it’s not that hard. The emerald green Briar!

Autumn Sewing and Winter Plan

As I continue sewing with a plan, but still take the occasional detour, I think a lot about what I want to wear and what I actually need. For the past year and a half, as I’ve been mostly working from home, I’ve realised that I like to get dressed when working (no sweat pants!) but my wardrobe has been much more casual than when going to the office. T-shirts have been worn aplenty, some to the point of disintegrating.

The Autumn Plan

(Disclaimer: I did once have a Zoom meeting in my robe as I had worked out and showered during lunch and the person I met called me earlier than scheduled).

So, now we are hoping that a more regular presence at the office is near (currently I have two set days, and “when necessary”) it’s time to update my work wardrobe, something that has been reflected in the fall plan I’ve sewn.

The Autumn Outcome

My autumn plan was also a trial of several patterns and style, such as the green blazer and combining Deer and Doe’s Aubepine and Datura into a blouse. The skirt was sewn, but it was planned as a colour-blocked affair, it became all green and the grey and black stretch twills will become separate skirts in the next plan. It could also be noted that I felt green was lacking in my wardrobe, so I’ve tried to remedy that. The trousers, which will have a proper post, are a bit too big, but I like the style and colour of them.

The Winter Plan

As I was sitting down to plan my winter sewing I had an epiphany. Last year I read “The Curated Closet” and one of the tasks was to name your style – and it didn’t need to make sense for anyone else but yourself. And then, the name just came to me “Office nerd connecting with inner rock chick”. I’ve been trapped in making “office appropriate” clothing (even worse when I worked in controlling) and lost a bit of myself. So, let’s change that! I found some fun fabrics at tyg.se that I feel go with the look I’m imagining. Blouses, shirts and t-shirts under blazers, skinny bottoms and colours. I hope it’ll feel right. And, yeah we’re going to a wedding so I need some attire for that as well, in silver and blue.

The Winter plan Fabrics. Office nerd goes rock’n’roll?