me-made may 2015: part two: cold weather edition

more stuff i’ve been wearing…

wednesday, may 6


pink unicorns & rainbows cambie dress & self-drafted turquoise tricot tap shorts. i rarely wear this dress because i’d convinced myself somehow that it doesn’t fit right. in reality, it fits much better than i remembered. however, the back waistband bunches up in an uncomfortable way, the straps/sleeves are just a hair too long, & i always feel like everyone can see down my top when i lean forward (despite the fact that my attempts to ascertain this in the mirror haven’t shown much). ultimately, it’s just not a practical romping-around-the-playground dress. shocker, i know. this is also one of the first dresses i ever made (the third, i think?), & it shows. i would like to try this pattern again sometime now that i’m a bit more skillful. the tap shorts are fabulous though. it was really windy when i wore this & i didn’t worry at all about my skirt blowing up.

thursday, may 7


elan 645 peach.ivory bra & underpants set, colorblocked renfrew tee (the back is pink, i haven’t blogged it yet), & black denim vogue 1411 pants. an incredibly comfy outfit for just kicking it at home with ramona. it’s been really stormy & rainy in kansas recently, so we’ve been cooped up in the house a bit. i must be losing weight like whoa though because i just made these pants a month or two ago & they are way too big already. though, the stretch recovery is not great. they basically have to be washed after every wear to bounce back to their original proportions.

friday, may 8


black plantain tee, strawberry print cloth habit rosy ladyshorts, purple polka dot renfrew, & flannel pajama pants from “weekend sewing”. it was a bit chilly in the morning so i got this renfrew out. i never wear it because it’s a little too small & also because it’s purple with white polka dots. i got the fabric for $3 at a yard sale, but it’s just not really my jam. happily, the stormy weather means i can wear flannel jammies.

saturday, may 9


colorblocked renfrew tee again, glittery black renfrew sweater, turquoise tricot butterick 6031 underpants, & black/black cherry elan 645 bra. one thing i’ll miss about our current house when we move is the fact that all the trees & vegetation around it keep it cool even in hot weather. i was actually kind of chilly hanging around the house in the morning, so i got to wear this sweater. then we went out to iowa street so i could hit hancock (big 4 pattern sale) & jared could take ramona to the monarch watch event at the insect lab on campus. while i was at hancock, the sun came out & the temperature rose like 20 degrees, & it became unbearably humid. so i really regretted this outfit. even after ditching the sweater, because the tee is made from a heavy-ish rayon that just does not play well with high humidity.

sunday, may 10


gray & pink fleece lady skater dress, stashbuster rosy ladyshorts. it’s super stormy & kind of cool today, so i thought it was a good chance to wear this dress. may in kansas tends to be hot, so i didn’t think i’d get to wear any of my cooler weather me-mades. i’m not in love with all these storms, but i’m glad it’s giving me a chance to go deep into the closet. i paired this dress with some knee socks i bought at the rose garden in portland, which are also gray & covered in red roses. so i look pretty much ridiculous.

& it’s mother’s day! i woke up to ramona chatting to herself in her crib, but still laying down under all her quilts & blankets. jared took her out on his bike to pick up bagels for breakfast. i had lox! then he put away the laundry & trimmed ramona’s fingernails. the bummer thing is that he has a soccer game tonight, so i’m going to have to serve dinner. he’s making slow cooker pulled pork, so i don’t have to cook, but still. his team is called the original terrorists (their uniforms feature a portrait of john brown with a gun in one hand & a soccer ball in the other) & i asked him, “why do the original terrorists hate moms?…oh. i guess it’s right there in the name.”

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 two: cold weather edition

  1. I seriously love that cambie dress. I have a million sewing projects that I am currently working on, but I think I might need to add that one to the queue.

    1. if you get the fit right, it’s really pretty. i definitely should have cut a smaller size & done an FBA. i guess now i know for next time.

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