Tuesday, March 27, 2012

Me Made Wardrobe Part II: Gaps

I refined my list and took a look at what I have and made some cuts and found a few things that were hiding in the hamper.  I have to keep in mind that May will probably be warm and that I will be working and won't be wearing my dresses or skirts to work.  I work with kids and it's much easy to wear pants and shorts.  That way I don't always have to mind how I'm sitting and can move around a lot easier.

Here is my updated me made list:
Sweaters: 7
Pants: 1
Shorts: 1
Dresses: 4 casual, 2 dressy
Jackets/coats: 0
Button ups: 1
Skirts: 3
Tanks: 4
Tees: 2

This isn't bad, I was expecting worse.  I'm going to break this down even more into what I will actually be wearing most of the month, and what I need either to filling gaps (like my lack of pants or tops that I can wear with the skirts I have).  I have already weeded out the things I know I'm not going to wear.  Oh did I mention there would be lots of pictures in this post?

A lot of my sweaters that are for warmer weather can actually help fill in the tee shirt gap that I have going on right now.

Here are the 4 knits that I have that can help fill in the t-shirt gap.  The top two are a bit dressy, especially the gray one which has a sparkly silver thread running through it, It is also a good neutral color.  As for the green and the taupe and fuchsia top both of these are comfy and made from a yarn that is breathable.  The yellow top will get less use from the first three, all though it is prefect to wear with some of my skirts, the fiber is a wool silk blend so it holds heat.

 These two sweaters are my layering pieces pieces.  Both are knit from a cotton or cotton blend and The colors actually work well with most of my wardrobe.  Unfortunately the stripped sweater is my only long sleeved item and it is not that warm.

This is one of my favorite pieces I love the nautical blue stripes and I will be able to wear this with a lot of different items.  The sleeves are also a great length and the fiber is cotton.

Pants & Shorts

 I only have one pair of shorts that I can wear and one pair of pants.  The shorts are great I made them from a thrifted pair of jeans and they fit me better now than when I first made them.  I am going to need to make at least two more pairs of shorts, and I will need them for the summer any way.  I may just alter some thrifted pants, but if I'm feeling ambitious I will sew some from scratch.

The pants are great for the spring and summer.  They are a neutral forest green, and the fiber content is a cotton silk.  The only problem with the pants is that they are super casual and not very structured, so I will need to make another pair of pants.  (I also just got rid of a pair of jeans so making another pair of pants is on my to do any way.)


Here are my dressy dresses.  If I need to dress up for any reason in the month of May I am covered as the yellow seersucker dress can be worn for a daytime thing and my purple sheath is great for any evening shindig.

Here are my casual dresses.  The top left I made awhile ago, it still fits even if it was sewn a bit wonky.  I'm not sure if this dress will get worn during May, but I like having it in my arsenal.  The teal dress is one of my favorites, I expect to wear it at least once if not more.  The bottom two are the same pattern just in different colors.  These both look best when worn with leggings (which I do have a pair that I have made) especially the pink one which is pretty short to be worn with out leggings.  I can't really see these being worn much as they are great layering pieces for the fall and winter, but you never know.  I would like to have one or two more dresses sewn in a woven.

Button Up 

I have one button up that I altered last spring and I absolutely love it.  I plan that this top will get a good amount of use as it is a linen, cotton, and rayon blend.  The color is great to mix and match with and the front detail is the reason I thrifted the shirt in the first place.  I can wear this to work and out.


I have three skirts and nothing to really wear with them.  You'll see my dilema soon as we are getting to tanks and tees.  If I was planing on doing the same pledge for Me Made May 2012 and I did for Me Made June 2011 I would be fine as I only had to wear one garment that was hand made, but this year I want my whole wardrobe for the month of May to be me made.


I have four tanks that I have sewn from scratch or altered from tees.  I don't see too much of a need here, but I might make one or two that are more fitted and can therefor be worn tucked in with my skirts.


Here are my two lonely tees.  The teal one was altered from a men's polo and the stripped tee I made last year.  Now the stripped tee is tunic length and can be worn with leggings if I want, but I really like wearing it with my jean shorts.  This is where I need to make a few more tops since I live in jeans and tees.  I need some neutral tops I can wear with my skirts and maybe two or three fun tops to mix up with my pants and shorts.

Some may think that this is more than enough, but we don't have laundry in our building.  This means twice a month we go to the laundromat down the street so I will have to have a large enough wardrobe to make it through two weeks of work with the possibility of needing to change when I get home from work.

My Gaps:
-I need to make some neutral tops to wear with my skirts
-A couple of fun tees wouldn't hurt
-bottoms, I need to make more things that aren't skirts
-dresses, No more cotton jersey, it's time for some woven fabric
-I need one warm thing, it still can get chilly at night here in May

On Thursday I will have Part III up where I lay out my sewing plan for April.

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