me-made-may 2015: part five: bacon & thunderstorms edition

another five days of what i wore…

friday, may 22


bacon print miz mozelle dress. i specifically wore this dress on this day because we went to a local barbecue place for dinner. it’s called mr. bacon’s & it’s only open for dinner once a week for two hours. i’ve never been a big barbecue fan, but this place is AMAZING. they are also one of only two restaurants i have ever been to that managed to produce yummy macaroni & cheese. (the other is mr. bartley’s in harvard square.) the food doesn’t look like much when it comes out, & the whole restaurant is basically cubicle walls plastered with cartoon pigs. but then you taste it & you never want to eat anything else. the other great thing about this dress is that it has an elastic waist, so i had lots of room for pulled pork. sadly, maple sriracha pretzels (which seem to just be rold gold pretzels tossed in maple syrup & hot sauce but SO DELISH) weren’t on the menu this evening. a note: this pattern is actually designed for knits. i didn’t realize that until after i made the dress because i saw it on the hart’s fabric blog made up by someone who had done it in a woven, who never mentioned that it was for knits. i’ve never made it in a knit, but i bet it would be supreme comfort.

saturday, may 23


black brontë tee with pink buttons, vogue 1411 black denim pants, turquoise tricot butterick 6031 undies, & black/black cherry elan 645 bra. it was a little bit brisk & A LOT stormy today, so i went for pants. i also just finished sewing up the tee in the morning. at this point, i bet the only person who has more brontë shirts than i do is jennifer lauren herself. sorry not sorry. this one is my fave. the fit is spot on. the undies are new too. note that they have a pink flower instead of a yellow one. now all my tricot scraps are used up, though i accidentally cut the back of these on the crossgrain. they’re still wearable. also, i learned today that if you go into hancock fabrics with an expired coupon, they just hook you up with a new one & apply it to your purchase. nice!

sunday, may 24


flannel jammies for sleeping during the thunderstorm, jellyfish print mccall’s 6887 sailor dress, & black self-drafted tap shorts. the tap shorts are also new & i love them. they’ve been doubling as jammies when it’s hot out. anyway, i wore the dress out on a family walk in the morning. ramona wanted to ride her balance bike & jared & i wanted pastries & coffee. i instantly spilled coffee all over myself. it remains to be seen if the dress is ruined. i also did not notice that after i put it in the wash pile, ramona threw in a brown marker with no cap on it. so there’s also a big brown ink stain on the dress. it was a crayola washable marker. we’ll see how washable they really are.

monday, may 25


floral lady skater dress & black butterick 6031 undies. the undies are also new. they’re made from silk jersey. so comfy. it was really hot & humid today so i just wanted to wear something light & comfy. a friend came to visit & she said, “you made that dress? it looks like it came from a store!” why, thank you. this was also a good outfit for sitting around & sewing. i’m trying to make a swimsuit & have run into a few issues.

tueday, may 26


black plantain (in cotton jersey, lighter than the version i made from rayon jersey) & railroad stripe sailor shorts. long weekend is over, so i was back in action as full-time mom. i was nervous about wearing this outfit because i hadn’t worn the shorts yet & you know. when you’re wearing shorts that don’t fit right, it’s somehow so much more stressful than when any other garment doesn’t fit right. i had a splitting headache & just didn’t have the energy for any extra worries. but they wound up being totally comfy. ramona rode her bike to the library & back & i walked with her & felt fine. in fact, i’m still wearing them, even though i’m probably not going to go out again today. i didn’t instantly change into pajamas the second we got home from the library. that’s the mark of a garment that is really working for me.

so. only five days left. i wonder if i can keep this streak of at least one previously unworn-in-may item everyday going. i think i still have at least five summer-appropriate unworn garments stashed away. & i have that swimsuit i’m working on. it’s about half-finished.

i got mimi’s pander distro 20th anniversary comp zine in the mail today. (i contributed.) i’m almost scared to open the envelope. i really need to be in the right mental place to allow twenty years of zine nostalgia wash over me. i can’t even imagine how intense it was for ericka to read it. (sorry, this paragraph probably means nothing to readers who don’t know me from zines.)

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.

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