Me Made May: Week 1


Here's how I spent the first week of Me Made May! I'm kind of loving how documenting my outfit each day tells a little story about how I spent it.

Saturday, May 1


Last Saturday David and I went to a production of Othello with my folks (the tickets were a generous gift from my coworkers! And the play was fabulous!) and I wore this fun Issey Miyake dress that I made in my pre-blogging days, along with my prized green Fluevog boots. It's a super-fun pattern (Vogue 2556), but be sure to have enough room to cut out: as I recall there are only three or four pattern pieces, and all those gathers means lots of extra fabric!

Sunday, May 2


On Sunday I finished my new cords, and for the rest of the day I bummed around the house wearing them and this cute thrifted t-shirt my cousin picked up for me when we were in college. Reading IS sexy!

Monday, May 3


On Monday I was so stoked on my new pants that I wore them again, this time slightly dressed up with my Dansko mary janes instead of my Tigers, and a dressier top that my mom gave me years and years ago (I think it originally came from Anne Taylor). Love the light blue/dark brown combo.

Tuesday, May 4


Tuesday saw a doubly me-made outfit: this double-layer skirt made from Simplicity 9199 (which I've made a couple of times in various fabric combinations) and my Breeze sweater, which I'm still wearing until my "replacement" cardigan is finished. I must be standing oddly in this photo; the hemline of the skirt is not actually longer on one side than the other.

Wednesday, May 5


On Wednesday I paired my Maxine Elliott shell with a button-down shirt (a hand-me-down from my mom, originally Coldwater Creek), short pants (five-year-old J. Crew), and matching argyle socks (Sock Dreams), along with my trusty Danskos. As a side note, I wear the same shoes to work every day, because I walk a mile and a half each way to get there. So although I have a whole closet of cute heels, it's the supportive shoes that get the wear. I've had the pair featured here for seven years, and they still look and feel pretty good, but on Wednesday David and I picked me up a supplementary brown pair. Hopefully they'll last another seven.

Thursday, May 6


I love this combo, which regular readers have seen before: it's my modified version of Kim Hargreaves's Darcy pattern, with a plaid skirt I bought in Milan, my new Danskos (yes, they look exactly like my old ones except brown), and the Paul Atwell Socks. A slightly wintry outfit for this time of year, but our office has been having some...temperature regulation issues.

Friday, May 7


Every first Friday of the month I have an early-morning meeting to which I have to drive, which means I can wear heels! So here I am in the houndstooth skirt I made from a vintage Simplicity pattern, a thrifted button-down, and my heavily-modified version of Kim Hargreaves's Aimee pattern, with some Franco Sarto heels. You may recognize this outfit from David and my engagement shoot; it's one of my favorites.

Whew! This kind of blogging feels so narcissistic, but hopefully you'll find it somewhat interesting.


  • What a great-looking week! Which Fluevogs are those? (They don't look like any of the ones I remember seeing recently...)

    I work at a video game company, where the usual dress could maybe redefine casual. Some of the guys have started doing Formal Fridays, maybe I should take some inspiration from you and follow suit!

  • It's not narcissistic if we find it interesting and inspiring—and we do! I love your style. Yesterday I came across a McCall's pants pattern I'd never used (didn't have the skillz), but now I'm going to keep it out to give myself something to work towards.

  • Maria: LOL to your Formal Fridays tradition! I'm sometimes the fanciest around my office, but I figure that if I'm going to get up early & walk to work, I want to look a little dressy. Re: the boots, they're the Rooibos model, and you're right - I don't see them on the website anymore! Which makes me so grateful that I got mine when I did!

    Camille: Oh good, glad I don't come off as too much of a navel-gazer. Will look forward to seeing your pants whenever they materialize, lady! :-)

  • I heart that last outfit. Props, yo.

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  • These dresses are all beautiful! They look very creative. Good job! - Aldo Disorbo

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