Me-Made-June Days 9-14

This is the first time I’ve tried to take a picture every single day, and it’s a picture of me for that matter. I’m not good at remembering daily things.

You want me to take these antibiotics at the same time every day? Whoops, I completely forgot about them for 3 days!

I’m supposed to eat breakfast everyday? Really?

You get the idea…

All of this is to say: I forgot to take pictures on 2 days. This is my first time trying this, please forgive me. I will tell you what I wore. I could reenact the outfits if enough people actually care. 😉

*Denotes me-made items in the following list.

Day 9
This was our LAST day of moving at school. And our last day in that awful building. To top it all off, when I arrived in the morning I found a homeless man had drug a FULL SIZED MATTRESS on to the front porch area OF A HIGH SCHOOL and had passed out next to his beer and vodka bottles. Yep. Our neighborhood is that awesome. This kind of stuff happened all the time at this building. We’re glad to leave.
( 😦 no pic today)
What I Wore: jeans, black toms shoes, green short-sleeved cardigan, and my Coloring Garden Cabo Halter*.
Where I Wore it: to finish packing and moving
Wear It Again: totally. This top and cardigan combo is something I wear frequently.

Day 10
What I Wore: black jenny pencil skirt*, magenta tank top, safari wrap blouse, black sandals
Where I Wore It: Graduation! Our last official work day before summer. I know the photographer we had there got pics of me, so there is actual photographic evidence somewhere. You may remember the black pencil skirt from Day 1. I left my top untucked for graduation. I rode my bike in the pencil skirt and it worked. Graduation was on Auraria Campus, downtown. It is impossible to drive to and they like it that way. Once you get there then you have to pay a lot to park. So I biked. It was fast. We went out to eat afterwards as a staff. I biked there, too. I beat everyone – I was the first to arrive!
Wear It Again: totally. But probably mainly as a work outfit. This one was not my usual style, so I won’t wear it often on its own.

Day 11

MMJ Day 11

That's my Nate behind me

What I Wore: saffron Parfait dress*, green cardigan, white exercise sandals, valentine’s locket.
Where I Wore It: on a thrifting adventure with Nate and Judy. We went to about 3 different ARC thrift stores in about 4 hours.
Wear It Again: totally! This dress is one of my all time favorite me-mades. I would wear it every day just about if I could get away with it. I love the color, I love the fit, I love everything about this dress!

Day 12
Jazz in the Park

MMJ Day 12

I think this looks like I'm about to go to the beach...

What I Wore: blue weekend dress*, grey & white stripey cardigan (from a clothing swap), owl necklace, black sandals
Where I Wore It: just hanging around the house in the morning, then we went to Jazz in the Park on Sunday night.
Wear It Again: You know, I got this cardigan at a clothing swap probably 6 months ago. I had never worn it until this month. Now I’ve worn it twice. I’m not sure the style is something I’m in love with, but it is comfortable, and more versatile than I previously believed. I feel like this outfit is something you’d see on people strolling by the beach. Why, I don’t really know… I love these t-shirt dresses I made. This one doesn’t have the pockets that the other one has, but that’s OK. I love wearing them.

Day 13

MMJ Day 13

Walter is peeking around the corner, he was confused

What I Wore: red gingham Violet blouse*, jeans, black sandals
Where I Wore It: cleaning house. Yep, now that it’s summer I decided to start it off with a bang: house cleaning. I didn’t get a picture of my brown gingham apron I had on most of the day while cleaning. It’s handmade, also. Just not by me. It was a thrift find.
Wear It Again: I love this blouse. I want to make another one. Nate isn’t a big fan of the Peter Pan collar though. But I love this shirt. So I’ll have to brave his apathy and make another one. 😉

Day 14

MMJ Day 14

I look really small. Nate took this picture and he's really tall...

What I Wore: Deep Impact polka dot dress*, green cardigan, olive wood bracelet and hoops, green bracelet, valentine’s locket, Frye engineer boots.
Where I Wore It: biking around, to the library, and to the studio.
Wear It Again: totally. This outfit is a standard with me, from the cardigan down to the boots. I wasn’t sure how I felt about this dress for a while. The drawing promised it to be much cuter than I thought it was at first. The problem seems to be it’s lack of shape. But I’ve decided I don’t care if it is lacking in shape. I love how comfy it is so I wear it regularly. I’m actually considering making another one because it is so comfortable. And it instantly looks better than jeans while being probably even more comfortable than jeans. Yay!

From here on out I’m going to try to remember and not have to do another round up, but we’ll see. Thanks for your patience!

Me-Made-June Day 8

MMJ Day 8

self made/drafted tank top

Outfit details:
I just realized none of my clothes were purchased by me new.
Stripey top: ? from a clothing swap party.
Jeans/Sandals: thrifted
Purple tank: self drafted/made tank top. This top originally began it’s life as what was supposed to be a boat neck t with a stop at what my husband called my “chastity shirt” before finally ending up as a tank top. The chastity shirt was a shirt so ugly that it would enforce chastity upon its wearer. This shirt was cut from a pattern I had drafted that was for a boat neck t-shirt. Well, the front of the boat neck scooped underneath my boobs, and the back as 6 inches shorter than the front. And the whole thing was huge and shapeless. I don’t even know how those mistakes even happened. So, I ripped the shirt apart and turned it into this tank. 🙂

I actually have never worn this striped top. I got it about 6 months ago at a clothing swap and then just couldn’t  figure out what to wear it with. I’m glad I found something.

Today we did more packing and moving and this outfit was perfect: easy to work in but not too dumpy looking.

Apparently I’m scared of looking like a dumpy teacher.

Me-Made-June Day 7

MMJ Day 7

the only picture in which I'm smiling

Outfit details:
t-shirt: Fancy Tiger
skirt: self-drafted jean skirt, following Cal Patch’s method in Design it Yourself Clothes
shoes: thrifted leather sandals

All this week we are packing up our entire school building so that we can move this summer. This posed a dilemma for me: I wasn’t sure what to wear to pack up my classroom that I had made. And I wasn’t sure that I even really wanted to wear this skirt this month. It’s OK, but it’s not one of my favorite me-made things. And I guess that’s kind of the point of this challenge, after all. It’s not a bad skirt. And I did get complements on it today at work. It’s just rather large on me and I feel that it’s not the most flattering either. But it was good to pack in. And the pockets are HUGE which is also a plus when you are packing and cleaning years worth of stuff into boxes. I was so worn out that by the time I got home at 4:30, Nate and I both passed out. I almost didn’t have enough daylight left for pictures.

Me-Made-June Day 6

MMJ Day 6

red gingham Violet blouse

I know, you’ve not yet seen everything I’ve got and I’m already repeating something.

Today was our end of the school year/closing house barbeque and I just figured that red gingham was the absolute perfect thing for a barbeque. And it’s the best I’ve got for sitting outside in 95 degree heat for 4 hours. And I avoided sunburn, too! Tomorrow we begin packing up for the end of the school year so I’m not sure what I’ll wear to pack that I’ve made myself.

Outfit details:
Blouse: Colette Patterns’ Violet blouse in red gingham, added a button placket.
Jeans: thrifted
Shoes: Dr. Scholl’s exercise sandals in red, thrifted ($2). Two things: 1. yes, I have these in white also. 2. they actually are comfortable for standing in all day, not so much for walking in.
Sunglasses: RayBan Wayfarers in tortoise shell. I haven’t had sunglasses in years, maybe not ever. I’m so  glad I splurged and got some this year. The summer sun in Denver can be brutal. I don’t know why I ever went without sunglasses.

I think I’ve expressed how much I love this blouse. I have a few more in the works (maybe this weekend, after graduation).

Summer in Denver is officially here.

Me-Made-June Day 5


MMJ Day 5

Cabo Halter in Anna Maria Horner cotton voile

Tonight Jazz in the Park begins again! Jazz in the Park is a weekly event during the summer in Denver. Some random jazz band plays in City Park — no one really pays attention to the band though. Half the city turns up and picnics in the park until dark. I told Nate he should pick out my outfit tonight. He at first said ” a halter top and short shorts!” Uh, I don’t own any short shorts, and he didn’t really care for my really loud yellow short skirt (and it’d be rather uncomfortable to picnic in anyways). So we decided on jeans, my Cabo halter turned tank, and strappy sandals.

We’re off to picnic in the park all night with friends! And tomorrow I’ve a barbeque to attend at school. I love summer.

Outfit details:
Amy Butler‘s Cabo Halter in Anna Maria Horner‘s Little Folks cotton voile Coloring Garden in Sea. I didn’t like the feel of this as a halter, so I sewed the straps down to the back. Now it works great as a tank! This is also one of my favorite me-made items to wear to work, under a cardigan.
Jeans – thrifted, nothing special
shoes – thrifted

Wear again?
Totally. This top will be in my rotation all summer. Actually, its been constantly in my rotation since I made it. The other one I’ve made still needs it’s straps stitched down and then it’ll probably make it into rotation on a regular basis as well.