Well, I’m thrilled to say that I wore something handmade every day for the first week of May. Initially I had this grandiose scheme of sewing something new every week with each Me-Made-May recap, and then I came to my senses. What with deadlines galore, I had to aim significantly lower. Especially since I didn’t anticipate how much time taking and editing daily photos of myself (ugh) would require.
So here’s what I’m shooting for this month: small alterations to ready-to-wear garments I already own or fixing me-made garments that don’t fit right or have something “off” about them. I started this week by skinnifying one of my jeans that I rarely wear. They are, in fact, a little too snug for me. But these are designer jeans that I got on ridiculous sale a few years ago (like 70% off sale), so I chose to disregard the too-small size. I seem to do that a lot: become blinded by a good deal.
But skinny jeans are supposed to be snug, no? This took literally twenty minutes to accomplish and I didn’t even have to hack too much off the outer sides. Truth: I cut off a little too much, so the fabric is practically heaving to contain my mighty calves — the seams are near-bursting. Thank goodness for stretch denim, though this isn’t the stretchiest denim I’ve encountered.
It’s funny, because of my weird self-consciousness about my legs, I swore I would never wear skinny jeans when they first came out, but now I live in them because they pair so well with the loose, flowy tunic-style tops that I adore so much. My favorite pair has rips and tears all over from constant wear, including a big one on the right knee. I had no idea that my left shoe was unzipped at the back until I saw this photo.
Anyway, I love love love the jeans now and will be wearing them often. What a difference a few inches can make! However, I might have to up the ante with my workouts since I currently have to do awkward squats and contort myself into all sorts of unnatural positions to pull them on (if anyone knows calf-slimming moves, I’m all ears). In the eighties, when tight jeans were all the rage, I remember lying on the floor, desperately trying to pull on a pair with ankle zippers that surely cut off my circulation and could not have been good for me.
So here’s a visual recap of my week. Brace yourselves, because I know that the sheer variety and bright colors will blind you and send you into a tailspin (kidding). I’m a jeans + top girl through and through, and it was a week filled with navy and blue. We also had a crazy range of weather conditions from sweltering to torrential freezing rain this past week, which was a good challenge since I was happily surprised that I had clothes to accommodate different temps.
Day 5: Stripey Batwing Top (the gorgeous scarf was a handmade gift from my lovely friend Ute)