5.11.2015

monday mayday

oonaballoona | a sewing blog | me made may 2015 mmmay15 week 1

WELL. Let's make this Monday better than last Monday, shall we? Same day, better breeze!

As many of us are, I'm playing along with me-made-may, but I'm letting my wolf form #standinselfie for me over on Instagram. It's a very Cher approach, I highly recommend it. What strikes me this time around is that I'm pulling more things out of the closet, and not relying on six or seven staple dresses. A little less obsessed with making the outfit ONE HUNDRED PERCENT STITCHED, and a little more comfortable with throwing some RTW in the mix.

A friend of mine raised her eyebrows at the notion that sewists would exclusively wear handmade garments. That's like a chef only eating food he cooked. Even Batali goes to McDonald's sometimes.

Does Batali really slum it like that? Probably not, but I guess when I'm "eating out" I'm FULL ON GOING TO MICKEY D'S. That would be H&M, TJ Maxx, and Rue 21, all three of which contributed tops for this first week of our little game. A trifecta of fast fashion! This is undoubtedly contrary to our me-made-mistress, Zo's philosophy on clothing. But, it makes me happy to sew the things I want to sew, and it makes my wallet happy to buy a few fillers without breaking the bank. I suppose I have a very Penn & Teller outlook on it. Their episode of "Bullshit!" on recycling had me yelling at the TV, on both sides of the argument. 

And really, how does one resist a t-shirt that infuses THUG LIFE with a floral print?

I digress.

Last week was all about the sewing community on my bod. YEAH GET ON MY BOD SEWING FRIENDS! Numeros 1, 2, 4 and 5 were all made possible by the neverending generosity of the sewing blogisphere. (Why do we say blog-o-sphere? It's hem-i-sphere, so... anyway. Also, a made up word. So.) We've got fabric from 1. Little Green Orchids, Burdastyle Laura dress, 2. Vogue wrap dress in Etro jersey from a giveaway during the PR LBD Party at Elliot Berman, 4. A refashioned maxi dress from Cynical Carnivale, and 5. Vintage rayon from Lladybird for Christine Hayne's Derby dress (my favorite First Warm Day dress!). SEWING FRIENDS ARE THE BEST FRIENDS. Numeros 3 & 6 are fabrics from my beloved janky store, may it live forever. And yes, you might spy my medallion of power on its new home, a denim vest from TJ Maxx. My back is SUPER warm, like my own little sun. The only blogged item here is Sewaholic's Gabriola skirt! Hey New York, can you port into another universe for like 15 minutes a day so I can get some uninterrupted pictures of things? THANKS!

I'm off into the wild of the concrete jungle, in another me made that I am CHOMPING AT THE BIT to show you... 'til then, happiest of mondays, peeps!

29 comments:

  1. Looking good with a veritable cornucopia of awesomeness!

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  2. Gotta say, there's a lot of sleeveless goodness there. You've passed from the winter dark into the spring light! Can't say that so much here in Washington State!

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  3. Loving all of these fun prints and summery looks! I hope the weather concedes and you get some sunshine for your breezy lovelies!

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  4. Thanks for mentioning the Penn and Teller video--just watched it on youtube and now I feel like an ass. And I see there are a bunch of other episodes that I'm now going to have to watch. ;-)

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  5. Love your colorful wardrobe! I've been trying to cut myself some slack and buy a few RTW pieces here and there. It is silly to think we should make every single thing we wear, just because we can.

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  6. Such cute outfits! I wish I could take you shopping with me!

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    1. sometimes i wish i were a personal shopper!!

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  7. Yee ha! It' nice to see a corner of Kalkatroona, which is very like C Towers, which is in an old warehouse conversion so nice wooden floors and brick also :)
    I did adouble take at the Thug Life Tee, because I thought it said THUS, which to me immediately is not an old world word for "and so", but how the workd says Kiwis say This. Because it is. hehe. I had a whole min melt moment that you had a kiwi humour tee shirt. A bit sad it was not so, but a Thug Life tee shirt is so very badass, it's almost better. And more universally comprehensible, unlike Kiwis. :)

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    1. and now, i want a THUS LIFE tee. maybe with a comma thrown in.

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  8. And now I am off to watch this Penn and Teller video.....

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  9. BTW where did you get the Thug Life T-Shirt?

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    1. rue 21, an outlet store, but really that store is always completely on sale ;)

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  10. I LOVE THIS! the colours in this post are beautiful :D check out my blog if you get a sec theclotheshose.blogspot.co.uk :)xxx

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  11. Gorgeous selection of outfits! I have the same outlook on sewing. I'll never be a sexist with an entirely me made wardrobe. I think a mix of me made, RTW and vintage make for a more interesting wardrobe.

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    1. haha autocorrect win!!! yes, i agree on the mix. but i would never call you a sexist ;)

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  12. Bloody brilliant, as usual my dear! I agree totally - I too would NOT be able to resist a "Thug Life" t matched with a floral skirt!! :)

    A tip o' the G & T to you (an early start to keeping malaria at bay this year *lol*)

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  13. YES to THUG LIFE and floral!! And the silk cocoons aka pompoms look fab on that maxinista find. Loving all the long skirts too, inspired pairings that have me looking at my closet with renewed excitement.
    Waving some of the sunny 70s to you on the east coast.

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    1. oo that makes me happy! i love a kick in the closet, and i often get it from browsing the blogishpere.

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  14. That's a great summer wardrobe you've got there for chilly May. :)
    FWiW, is it true that sewing friends give each other stuff? Like fabric, notions? Or patterns, advice? Or even dressforms? Yes. Now that I think about I've gotten a vintage featherweight 1950s era sewing machine, patterns, sewing machine feet, definitely fabric in a swap and more if I really think about it.

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    1. it's been crazy warm! and yes, the more i think about it the more gifties i think of.

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  15. Love your fun, bright outfits! And I love the nice warm photo filter you're using... makes me wanna curl up in your photos like a cat!

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  16. I adore that first dress! I need one!! And I also really like the print of the skirt in number 3! I hope you'll find time for pictures to blog!

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  17. Hi, I love your outfits. Can you tell me which vogue wrap dress pattern you used? Thanks

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i thankya truly for taking the time to comment, i love a good conversation-- and hope you know my thanks are always implied, if not always written!