Me Made May 2017 – Week 1

How is every one’s Me Made May going? Are you participating? What are you learning so far?

My first week went reasonably well. I mean, I managed to get dressed in the mornings and take pictures, so I consider that a success. I find that participating definitely takes some planning on my part, by that what I really mean is the first week taught me that I have to plan a little better. For example, I really should finish doing my laundry and have the clothes pressed and hanging in my closet. Running around in the morning trying to think what I should wear, then ironing it and taking photos is too much. I am notorious for doing laundry and then throwing clean clothes in the baskets to iron later. Later rarely happens, and if it does, it is only when I really need it to happen.

I am a little late with the round up of my daily outfits for the first week of Me Made May, but here they are.

Day 1:

Day 2:

Day 2. Today I ventured outside to snap a few photos before heading to work, so that I don't present you with a wrinkled and likely stained version of this dress. I still feel very awkward taking photos outside ๐Ÿ˜ณ this is my very beloved Orla Dress. I can race about this pattern for days. It is seriously good! I only had to lengthen the bodice by a bit to accommodate my height, and there were no other adjustments! The dress is made out of suiting wool I found in FabricLand years ago. Sadly it slightly shrank in the wash, my fault really for refusing to dry clean it. I'll just be more careful next time I wash it! This has been a perfect dress for all occasions! Blog post on it is coming up later today. And the best thing is that the pattern is free! . . . @frenchnavynow #mmmay17 #memademay #sewingtall #memade #memadeveryday #memadeveryday #isew #sewcialists #orladress #frenchnavypatterns

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Day 3:

Day 3. Neighbours are watching me take photos on my driveway by myself and I can't look up. If I don't look then they don't see me, right? I'm hoping by the end of May these driveway selfies will get less awkward. I'm wearing a pair of easily my favourite pants by Kommatia and slightly modified Eucalypt tank. I changed the neckline very slightly and added a half facing to avoid bias binding. I love both of these patterns. They have been true workhorses in my closet. The fabric for the tank came from Blackbird Fabrics. It's some kind of voile I got a while back, but they have a very similar one in stock now. . . . #mmmay17 #memademay #memadeveryday #memadewardrobe #isew #kommatiapatterns #megannielsenpatterns #blackbirdfabrics #eucalypttank @blackbirdfabrics @kommatiapatterns

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Day 4:

Day 4. I am looking up. Purely because I am hiding on the side of our house as only half of the cul-de-sac can see me there. Clearly I think my neighbours are obsessed with me and have nothing better to do #selfabsorbed The forecast is 18 degrees (Celsius) today and it already feels very warm outside! I'm wearing Alyse slim leg pants by Designer Stitch, which I made out of my favourite RPL gabardine from @emmaonesock. The tshirt is a wardrobe builder Lark by Grainline, made out of rayon bamboo. I love this very neutral colour. I found fabric at FabricLand but EarthIndigo @earthindigofabric and TheEmeraldStudio @theemeraldstudio have very similar fabrics in stock. Both are stellar shops! . . . . #mmmay17 #memademay #memadeveryday #memadewardrobe #designerstitch #alyseslimlinepant #alysepants #larktee #grainlinestudio @grainlinestudio @designerstitch

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Day 5:

Day 5. Ok, Anya, nobody cares about you taking photos in the driveway. Get over it and embrace the awkward selfie month ๐Ÿ˜‰ Happy Friday everyone!! We made it through the work week. My take on casual Friday is skinny high waisted Kommatia Jeans (seriously love that pattern) paired with cream Eucalypt tank, not visible, and a brand spanking new Archer Shirt. I don't know why it took me so long to make Archer, but now I want to make all of them! This Archer is not cropped, I just tied it at the front for styling. I'll try to remember to post a separate photo for what the tie looks like at the front. It had to be work appropriate afteall ๐Ÿ˜‰ . . . #grainlinestudio #archershirt #kommatiapatterns #blackbirdfabrics #memade #memademay #mmmay17 #isew #memadeveryday #memadewardrobe #sewingblogger @kommatiapatterns @grainlinestudio

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Day 6:

Day 6. Guys, I figured out the perfect disguise to take photos in public. Sunglasses. I am basically unrecognizable in them. Whoa, where did Anya go?? And who is this cool chick? I'm off to run errands today before I get to some sewing later today. I'm wearing Lark Tee (I sized up for this one) made out of soft jersey from Blackbird Fabrics. It's super warm but I still grabbed my Hampton Jean Jacket just in case. The jacket is also made from denim I got from Blackbird Fabrics. I have a feeling this jacket will be making a lot appearances in Me Made May… sadly my leggings are not me Made. They are leather looking spanx leggings and I want to wear them all the time. . . . #memade #memademay #mmmay17 #ootd #isew #memadeveryday #memadewardrobe #larktee #grainlinestudio #hamptonjeanjacket #alinadesign @blackbirdfabrics @grainlinestudio @alinadesignco

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Day 7:

I have started Me Made May with taking photos in my new photo space, but I have really been feeling the pull to take photos outside. So I have been pushing myself to do it, and Me Made May provides a great opportunity to start doing it.

I was, and still am, feeling super self conscious and insecure about taking photos in public spaces, and my way of dealing with it is to make jokes and poke fun at myself. So little write ups of my thoughts and feelings, whichย started off as a way to cheer me up and loosen myself for photos, inadvertently became a daily occurrence on my Instagram. It makes me so happy that other people find my silly jokes funny! So I think I have to continue it for the rest of the month. I have no idea how I will do it… but I will try!

Until next time,


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  1. All your outfits looks great – I love how MMM shows us each other’s wardrobe as the happen in real life!

    1. Thank you! I really enjoy it too. It so nice to see how everyone puts outfits together and what they are wearing ๐Ÿ™‚

  2. Anya, I love that you’re so honest about the insecurities of taking blog photos by yourself ๐Ÿ˜‘… I (and probably every other sewing blogger) totally understand where you’re coming from! I usually have John take photos of me around town, and people gawk no matter what, but I think it’s easier (at least for me) when it’s complete strangers that are gawking and not people you don’t know well but have to see every day. And yet still, mirror selfies are like my worst enemy.

    Anyway, yout insecurity doesn’t show in your photos… you look great and confident in all of them!

    1. Thank you! I really want to be honest about it. I tend to get carried away in other people’s photos and social media thinking that their lives are perfect and easy. So I really don’t want my pictures to come across that way. And speaking about insecurities is a way to do it ๐Ÿ™‚ We all feel them!
      I agree, it is easier when you have someone with you and its complete strangers looking, rather than neighbours! I am still waiting for a time when Shaun or my mom can come with me on my outings. I also agree with mirror selfies, I can not take a good one for the life of me! And every single one I take I feel so silly taking!

      Thank you so much!!


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