me-made may 2015: part one: it’s 8pm. do you know where your black t-shirts are?

we are five days into me-made may & i’m actually pulling it off so far. i’m just taking photos of clothes before i get dressed for the day, because i am mostly alone with ramona all day, & although i have tried, she is still too young to really be a reliable photographer. & i think a quick perusal of this blog will bear out my claim that i am not great at selfies. …& i’m 35 years old. i can’t believe i just used the word “selfie”. anyway, here’s what i have worn so far:

friday, may 1


100% handmade outfit! blue & pink baby rib knit lady skater dress with lace at the hem, elan 645 bra sewn with black cherry/black fabric trio kit from bramakers supply, matching underpants hacked from butterick 6031, & self-drafted tap pants made from turquoise tricot.

saturday, may 2


railroad stripe self-drafted high-waisted suspender skirt with eyelet lace at the hem, pink three-quarter sleeve jennifer lauren vintage bronte top with navy blue buttons, & ivory/peach elan 645 bra sewn with a fabric trio kit from bramakers supply. i sewed this bra in the morning & wore it for the day to test the fit. i maybe should have gotten a photo because YOWZA. this was an extraordinarily boobtacular outfit. i was giving joan harris nee holloway a run for her money. i wound up altering the apex of the cups for a smoother silhouette, but that’s another story for another blog post.

sunday, may 3


take ten A-line skirt from “the essential A-line” sewn with raccoon print fabric from tula pink’s acacia line, & flannel pajama pants from the pajamas for everyone pattern in “weekend sewing” by heather ross. obviously i also wore a shirt (a black tank top), but i didn’t photograph it because i didn’t make it. this was a very lazy kicking-it-at-home day.

monday, may 4


mermaid print sailor collar top hacked from the jamie christina miz mozelle dress pattern, & ivory/peach elan 645 bra. i didn’t wear this shirt in forever because i didn’t know what to pair it with. i tried it with a basic RTW black jersey skirt &…holy shit! it looked great! & it was still totally practical for romping around the playground with ramona! however, it got up to approximately nine million degrees this day, & it really sucks to wear quilting cotton when the weather is over about 75 degrees.

tuesday, may 5


black rayon/spandex deer & doe plantain tee (just sewn today, because i realized i desperately need more me-made tops, specifically in the black t-shirt family, & the plantain pattern is free), & melody miller viewfinder print imagine gnats alder skirt.

although i ordinarily wear things i made almost everyday even when it’s not “me-made may,” i am trying to go deep into the archives & wear some things that don’t get a lot of action, just to see how they’re holding up & if there’s a legit reason they don’t get worn much. that was why i wore the mermaid sailor shirt, which is pretty adorbs, but the reality of the situation is that a) the bodice is too short, which is so annoying to wear, b) i usually prefer to team black tops with crazy printed bottoms, & therefore i have not known what bottoms to wear with this crazy printed top, & c) the fabric is not practical for hot weather.

i already knew i had a major black t-shirt hole in my me-made wardrobe, & i’ve idly been thinking about filling it for months. but it’s tough to get too stoked about sewing black tees when there are so many more exciting colors & fabrics demanding to be sewn. it needs to happen though. i sewed the plantain today & had enough yardage left to eke out a renfrew as well (with a colorblocked back), which is about halfway done. i ordered six more yards of black jersey to make even more shirts. not the most exciting thing to make, not the most exciting thing to blog about, but if my goal is to eventually have a 100% handmade wardrobe, i need some black tees in circulation.

i also need more bottoms that are not skirts. ordinarily i wear pants a lot more than it would appear from this record, but i only have two pairs of pants that i’ve made myself & it’s been way too hot & miserable for me to deal with them. i do wear a lot more skirts & dresses during the summer, but still. i need to make more pants & shorts, for sure.

i’ve also been trying to mix up my daily wardrobe choices to make the blogging a little more interesting. left to my own devices, it would be all jeans & a black tee everyday, but i don’t want to be that guy taking photos of the exact same outfit everyday for a month, so i’m trying to put together more interesting looks. it actually has made getting dressed a little more fun. & i have learned that i actually like to press my clothes before i get dressed. who have i become?! an adult, i guess. it’s okay.

i must admit i don’t really sew clothing for ramona, but she has also been looking pretty stylish lately. toddler style!



jared dresses her every morning (with some input from ramona), & i was surprised that he was putting her in so many dresses. finally he admitted that it’s because she’s growing so fast, all the cute 2T & 3T t-shirts we bought for her at goodwill just a month or two ago are already belly shirts on her.

Published by Ciara

Ciara Xyerra wrote zines for the better part of two decades. She has a brilliant & adorable preschooler named Ramona & sews as much as she possibly can. She lives in Lawrence, Kansas with her boyfriend. She enjoys catching up on "The New Yorker", meatball subs, keeping it cranky, intersectional post-third wave feminism, dinosaurs, & monsters. If you have nothing nice to say, she recommends that you come sit here by her, so you can say not-nice things together.

2 thoughts on “me-made may 2015: part one: it’s 8pm. do you know where your black t-shirts are?

    1. of course! i mean, they’d probably look better on a plainer background, but there are no plain backgrounds in this house. plus it’s extra motivation to make the bed everyday.

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