Me-Made May 2019, Week 1: Pants!

Pants Week 1

Welcome to pants week! Where I wear a lot of Closet Case Patterns and realise what I’ve outgrown…

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1: Ginger Jeans, swingy tank, and 3’s A Charm jacket. I have to cut the pocket stay out of these jeans to give myself some room, but really, there’s a reason I’ve stopped wearing all my me-made jeans. I’ve gained one inch too many, and they aren’t that comfy any more. Also, RTW jeans offer stretchier fabric and a snugger fit than I can get with Cone Mills or a stiff denim, so… yeah. I won’t be rushing to sew another pair any time soon.

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2: Closet Case Pattern Jenny pants and Workhorse Pattern Ione top. My new favourite outfit! I’d been looking forward to wearing this one, and it didn’t disappoint.

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3: Closet Case Pattern Ebony sweater and Sasha pants. With totally blurry photos and yeah whatever, who cares!

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5: Modified Suki kimono, a new Hey June Durango tank, and Espresso leggings, because dammit, on the weekend leggings are pants! Met a local sewist, had a long nap, and life was good.

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6: My Sewcialists tee, Jenny pants in rayon challis, and a me-made cardigan. This is a lot of volume, but I felt good in it. I’m ready for a new era!

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7: Hey June Santa Fe tank and more <a href="http://<a data-flickr-embed="true" href="https://www.flickr.com/gp/22576189@N00/92688h&quot; title="7"><img src="https://live.staticflickr.com/65535/32863550017_02216295c1_h.jpg&quot; width="1600" height="1600" alt="7"></a><script async src="//embedr.flickr.com/assets/client-code.js" charset="utf-8">Sasha pants! And a RTW denim jacket that I altered and put patches on. I feel like they describe me pretty well: “Feminist”, “Be a good human”, “Indoor cat” and a yawning kitty. You know, social justice and cats!

If you were keeping track, you’ll see that my entire pants wardrobe consists of Closet Case Patterns! Two Jennys, two Sashas, and a pair of Gingers. Of the three, I’ve made the most Gingers by far… but my current favourite is the Jennys. I like how they work in denim and in challis, which is quite a range, and they fit into my new love of boxy volume-on-volume outfits!

Next up is a week of dresses – easy peasy! I ran low on trouser options but I could wear dresses for a month. How’s your Me-Made May going? Are you having fun or totally overwhelmed by the onslaught of MMMay posts on social media?


9 thoughts on “Me-Made May 2019, Week 1: Pants!

  1. Great roundup! I definitely prefer stretchier denim’s as well (especially right now 😂) the fabric shop where I teach just got in some super-stretchy Robert Kauffman denim treat I’m excited to try…)

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  2. I am coming to the same conclusion on the Cone Mills denim. I love the Jalie 2908 jeans pattern, but finding sufficiently stretchy denim can be tough. (The Kaufman is the major option, it seems.)
    Not finding mmm too overwhelming, but I take it easy, and enjoy what everyone else is posting.

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    1. I wonder if Cone Mills became popular just before the super stretchy RTW jeans came out? I wonder when the fabric industry will catch up?

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  3. I kinda don’t get the hype around Cone Mills? I bought ten yards when the North Carolina mill closed, & I’ve made a few pairs of jeans with it. They’re fine, I wear them. But my favorite jeans were sewn up in some cheap Robert Kaufman denim I got from fabric.com. They’re my favorite because the fabric is more versatile & pleasant to wear. (No shade on Robert Kaufman fabrics either, they tend to be pretty good quality at quite a reasonable price point.)

    This is the first time I’ve really enjoyed MMM sinc I started participating in 2014. Ironically, it’s also the first year I didn’t officially sign up, because I have found it to be such a drag in years prior. I think it’s a combo of having an out-of-the-house sewing studio, so I actually do have to get dressed everyday for my own purposes everyday& not just for the sake of some dumb internet challenge, & also because I’ve finally figured out my selfie game, kinda. Because I’m enjoying it more, I’m enjoying other people’s posts more too. I’ve even spotted a few new-to-me patterns I’d like to try!

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  4. I have practically all tops…and skirts. Some skirts are refashions but I am definitely counting those and seeing (like the last several years) that I really need to make pants/trousers/culottes/capris/shorts etc. anything for the bottom half! And that I wear a ton of cardigans and dresses; but most of them are RTW, a few are handmade and thrifted into my wardrobe but really…why have I not made these things!?

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    1. Me Made May is always such an interesting time to step back and notice patterns in what you make! But when it comes down to it, it’s a hobby, so i think it’s important to sit down and make what you love to sew, and thrift/refashion/buy the rest! 😉

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  5. I have been so totally swamped this month and have absolutely failed on the MMM front… May is always the busiest work month for me and social media-ing just tends to fall to the wayside. But I am very much enjoying seeing everyone else participate! These outfits all look so fabulous – I’m so enjoying everyone who is doing theme weeks!

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