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Me Made May Week 4 & Thoughts

Thirty- One days of wearing handmade. At the beginning of the month, the idea of Me Made May is super fun and doable. You have these grand plans in your mind to wear a great outfit everyday and take an awesome photo – and after like, three days, you are so over it. I am always excited for Me Made May because the past few years it’s really shown me where I’m lacking in my wardrobe, and this year was more eye-opening.

I really love how my Instagram feed changes over the month of May, and I find a bunch of new people to follow through the hashtag #mmmay17. It’s also awesome to see what patterns other sewists love to make, and I put a few patterns on my mental sewing list. The Ogden Cami was definitely added to that list as well as the Blackwood Cardigan.

Below is a round up of almost all my looks from Me Made May 2017:

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Week 4:

Day 22: Tribal Print Oslo (Repeat)

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Day 23: Floral Sports Bra (unblogged)

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Day 24: Kimono

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Day 25: Ginger Cargo Jeans

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Day 26: Refashioned Trench

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Day 27: Mandy Boat Tee

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Day 28: Black & White Sloan Leggings (unblogged)

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Day 29: Floral Shorts

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Day 30: Embroidered Astoria

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Day 31: Floral Refashioned Romper

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This year, it became really obvious to me what doesn’t get worn in my wardrobe. Like, glaringly obvious. I don’t wear most of the clothing in my wardrobe. I LOVE everything in my closet, but things just doesn’t get worn and I’m trying to figure out how to solve this problem.

I’ve done a lot of cleaning out, and have gotten rid of so much over the years, even handmade pieces but my closet is still over-flowing with clothes that have no use to me. I hate saying, “oh, I’ll just get rid of it”, because the truth is I still need some spring dresses and formal pieces, even though I don’t wear them every week.

Since starting to sew, any time an occasion came about, I would make something new. It was a chance to make a new pattern, buy new fabric, and of course, write a new blog post and take pretty pictures! But because I don’t wear these special pieces that often, they get made and worn once and then sit in my closet!

I think the next step in my handmade wardrobe is being really honest with myself about what needs to go. I’ve been dabbling with the idea of the Wardrobe Architect for years, and have mentioned doing it before here, but have not taken the time to participate. I’m also interested in “The Curated Closet“, but have some major reservations about it.

I will not turn my wardrobe into a monotone look. I love color and I love prints and that isn’t going to change. But I want to take away certain lessons from both of these projects: I want to define my style and shapes, and I want to weed out the pieces that I can do without (like a ton of dresses).

This past weekend, I did another closet binge and have created three categories for items I’m discarding.

  1. Donate: there are many pieces in my closet that are old, but still very usable. I do not throw away garments, but prefer to donate in the local bins. To be honest, this isn’t the ideal situation because I know a lot of these clothes still don’t go to proper homes, but it’s a chance for the pieces to live a new life.

2. Sell: I do have some pieces from designer labels, very low price designers but they are good enough quality that they can be sold online. My sister and I recently sent in our first bag to ThreadUp and we were very happy with the result. If you aren’t in a rush to get your money, and have good quality clothing, this is a great option. I don’t have the time to set up apparel on a site like Poshmark or ebay, so being able to send my clothes to someone else to sell is helpful. Even if I don’t get as much money as selling myself, that isn’t really the goal.

3. Refashion: There are a few pieces I love and don’t want to let go of, but they have potential to become something else more wearable.

This is all just a start to something bigger for my wardrobe. While I am trying to get rid of clothes, I am also trying to be very conscious about my sewing moving forward. I have a bunch of projects I’m currently working on and already bought fabric for, so to be sure they don’t become a one-time wear, I am taking extra time with them to make sure they are good quality and fit. I’ve even been taking the time to make muslin’s! (which is something I NEVER do!).

Have you done the Wardrobe Architect or read The Curated Closet? I would love to hear opinions!

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Me Made May 2017: Week 2 & 3

We are nearing the end of May and I still have handmade items to wear! The past two weeks have been going well, and we finally saw some nicer weather here in New Jersey, although it only lasted a few days.

Day 8: Moji & Lou Box Top. I love my polka dot Moji’s but feel like there’s a lot they don’t go with. I like wearing them with flowy shirts tucked in, so I paired them with my first Lou Box Top. I’m still not used to wearing causal, loose pants, so I never know what looks good with them!

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Day 9: Baseball Skirt. Another pattern from Sew DIY, the baseball skirt is awesome. It has a great hem and nice size pockets.

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Day 10: Sloan Leggings: I bought this floral active fabric from Joann’s and made a pair of leggings immediately after getting it. This is my third pair of Sloan leggings, I love each version I make! I’ll have a blog post about these soon…

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Day 11: Cranberry Anorak:  Since my Kelly Anorak came into my life, this jacket hasn’t been worn much but it is still a favorite make. I always seem to forget the time spent on a project after making it, but I do remember this piece took a lot of altering and time.

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Day 12: Ginger Jeans & Seamwork Oslo: One Day Without Shoes! I wore a pair of Ginger Jeans and my Tribal Oslo.

Day 13: Refashioned Flannel: One of my dad’s old flannel shirts transformed into a cuter piece.

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Day 14: Striped Lou: I’ve made so many versions of the Lou Box Top, and each one gets its fair share of wear. This version is the first I made with the longer hem, and I love how different it looks from the others! How awesome is it that one pattern can make so many different looks?

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Day 15: Galaxy Tank: A copy & paste tank I made a while back, with leftover fabric from a bathing suit.

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Day 16: Coffee and Sewing: My mom bought a silhouette paper cutter a few months ago and I’ve been slowly learning how to use it. A few weeks ago I saw a mug with “Coffee and _____” on it (I can’t remember what the exact phrase was) and thought how cute would that phrase be on a shirt! So I learned how to make it on the Silhouette and this is the result! I’ll also be blogging about this piece soon…

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Day 17: Sports Bra: Like I’ve said before, I wear sports bras even when I’m not active. And I love this one, so it’s been on rotation since I made it!

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Day 18: Colette Aster: I made this to see if it would be a good contender for farm work wear, and this day was my first day wearing it! It is the perfect blouse for farm work, and I will definitely have to make more.

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Day 19: Turia Dungarees: Yes, I love them and now I have to make a bunch of different pairs! I think I’ll make a regular denim short pair, and the more I look at black overalls on pinterest, the more I want a pair!

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Day 20: Refashioned Bomber: My project from #refashioners2016, definitely one of my  favorite refashions. This bomber was made from three pairs of jeans!

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Day 21: Cactus Lou: My latest Lou Box Top, made with a hacked back. I loooove wearing this top and can’t wait to wear it when the weather stays warm!

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We have less than a week to go, and while I’m pretty sure I’ll be wearing handmade’s almost every day after Me Made May, I’m ready to go back to days where I don’t take pictures of myself haha!

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Me Made May 2017: Week 1

It’s May! And if you are involved in the sewing world, you know it’s time to bring out all the handmade pieces and get ready for a bunch of awkward pictures of ourselves! This is the third year I’ve participated in Me Made May, and I love the challenge. It’s a great chance to encourage each other, and I think of it as a fun time to find new patterns to sew, since you get to see what people wear on a daily basis. I’ve been stalking the Turia Dungarees and the Maritime Shorts have been added to my sewing list!

I’m doing a daily post over on Instagram (@trishstitched) and throughout the month, I’ll be doing weekly re-caps of each day here on my blog!

Day 1: Sewing Day! I wore a Handmade Lark Tee and Seamwork Oslo Cardigan with a pair of RTW shorts from Target. Both these makes are unblogged, but both have been made this year.

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Day 2: The past two weeks I was on call for jury duty and Tuesday I got the call into court. This was my second time being called for jury duty so I knew it was going to be a long day of sitting. I didn’t have any handmade items that could pass off for business causal, that I would be warm in, so my handmade’s came after I got home. I changed into a pair of Seamwork Aires for the rest of the day. (Another item unblogged, but I wrote about another version of them here.

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Day 3: Another sewing day, which means I dress pretty casual. I wore my first woven version of the Lou Box Top, blogged about here. I’ll be wearing all my versions of the Lou Box Top this May!

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Day 4: Seamwork Astoria! When I go to work on my parent’s farm, I tend not to wear me-made’s because my farm clothes get really dirty, and go through tough work. There are some pieces I don’t mind wearing, and I wear so many more me-made’s in summer because I have a lot more work- friendly options. But we will see how far I get this May with work clothes! Also featuring my 7 month old niece, Molly!

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Day 5: A really crappy day on the farm. It poured all day long and was pretty cold. I wore a shortened Seamwork Neenah (unblogged) and my Kelly Anorak .

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Day 6: Floral Astoria ( link above) and my first pair of Ginger Jeans. This pair is no where near perfect but they are pretty comfy.

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Day 7: My new pair of Ginger’s and a me made tank. Sunday’s are my day’s with Drew, but next week I’ll be starting to work Sunday mornings so this was our last day alone for a few months. We had a nice day of food shopping, shoe shopping for Drew and watching tv.

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While I tend to wear handmade items almost every day, I find taking photos of some of my outfits boring because they feel plain. I think for the remainder of May I will try to dress a little nicer when I’m home just so I’m not in leggings constantly! Are you guys participating? How did your first week go?

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Me Made May Week 4 to Finish & Thoughts

Congratulations to everyone who completed Me Made May! We did it! 31 days of wearing handmade items- whew! May has been a crazy month. I started out thinking I’ll never get to wear some of my summer pieces and it turned out I didn’t have enough to wear! Spring was skipped over and Summer temperatures showed up. Here is the last week and a half of May:

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Day 22: I don’t have a picture of my outfit because I only wore my cross body as my handmade item. It was my sister graduation party (she finished grad school!) and I was going to wear a dress but it was too chilly so last-minute outfit change didn’t leave much room for handmade.

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Day 23: I bought this awesome bundle pack from SEW DIY. It’s the Lou Box Top and Baseball Skirt. I finished both of my wearable muslins and wore them together. I can’t wait to make more of these, total staple patterns! I already have a few versions of each in my “to make” pile, so I’ll blog about these shortly!

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Day 24: My Floral Astoria. It was the last day before the heat wave started and I managed to sneak my favorite Astoria into Me Made May. Also featured are my “paint pants”. There are paint splatters all over these but they are so comfy it is totally acceptable to wear them around the apartment.

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Day 25: My handmade cross body repeat! I was caught off guard with the heat and had no idea what to wear. But my shorts are “me altered” so that counts too, right? I also got a little cactus! I have a serious problem with keeping things alive so I’m hoping to not kill a cactus.

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Day 26: Copy & Paste Tank in fabric left over from my first Bombshell Skirt.

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Day 27: Refashioned Nantucket Shorts and another Copy & Paste Tank. I’m still getting used to wearing these shorts in public as they are so easy to wear they feel like pajama bottoms! I keep forgetting I have another blouse to make into another pair.

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Day 28: I was laying in the sun for a while in my Floral Bombshell. I’m debating if I should make a new swimsuit this year or not. I have 3 great handmade ones, I don’t know if I really need another.

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Day 29: Floral Galaxy Shorts! Made from my Leggings Pattern and leftover swimsuit fabric. These are so comfortable!

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Day 30: The air conditioners are officially in the windows and they won’t be leaving until October. When Drew is home, I freeze with the AC’s on so having this knit dress was a good wear.

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Day 31: My latest refashion which I will be posting about later! Dress turned romper! I am going to be wearing this piece all the time.

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As I mentioned in last week’s Me Made May post, I’ve become ok with donating the pieces I just don’t wear- even if they are handmade. I’ve gotten rid of a few so far, mostly refashioned pieces I just can’t love. I binged a garbage bag full of clothes, and I’m a small person so that’s a lot of clothes!

Of course, just as I thought last year, I didn’t have enough basic pieces to mix in and out of my ready to wear wardrobe. I also realized another hole! I have no handmade causal summer dresses! I have a formal one, and a ton of ready to wear ones but none I could wear for the challenge. I already have one planned but might have to add another one or two to the make list. Oh man, just in this post alone I think I added 5 projects to the pile.

I have a little confession to make. A thought that has been running around my mind a lot as I’ve seen others wardrobes.

 For some time, I’ve wanted to be one of those women with a “capsule wardrobe”. You know, have like 15 basic pieces that are always on rotate. I get so jealous seeing these women with wardrobes that are so put together and cohesive and I take a look at my wardrobe and it’s all over the place. I don’t have a defined style. My love of florals beat solid any day and buying anything in grey or black usually leaves a bad taste in my mouth. Over the past few months I’ve been thinking about getting rid of all my clothes and starting over with basics, but I recently realized that just isn’t who I am. I love color. I love prints. I like basics and all, but would feel a wardrobe full of them would be so boring! It’s taken me a lot of time to step back and see that cohesive life isn’t for me. So maybe my closet will be a little …full… but it makes me happy. And that’s what fashion is all about. So yes, I do plan on making basics- every girl needs some plain tees- but I can’t give up my fun prints and bold colors.

So all you beautiful women with organized- color coordinated closets, I will admire you from afar and love your simplicity but stand here proudly in my loud apparel.

I’m looking forward to an awesome Summer (and as stated above) have a lot of projects to work on. What are your Summer sewing plans?

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Week Three: Me Made May 2016

Almost to the finish now with Me Made May. Week Three finally saw some repeats in handmade- but I’m happy it took to week three to get there! This tells me I’ve been making enough pieces to build a useable wardrobe- one that I actually want to wear. It’s also taught me that it’s ok to get rid of the handmade pieces that I think I’ll wear but just sit in my closet. There are a few pieces I no longer reach for so why keep them around, even if they are handmade? I used to think it was something sinful to get rid of a handmade item- I know how much time and cost went into the piece, why would I toss it? But just like any clothing item, it has seen it’s day in my wardrobe and now it’s time to make room for something that better fits my life and style.

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Day 15: My Aires Leggings from Seamwork Magazine. I now have Sunday’s off and for the first time in like, 6 years, my Sunday’s are real rest days. It’s so cool having a day to spend time with Drew and my Sunday Style will definitely start reflecting the change.

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Day 16: Pneuma Tank from Papercut Patterns. Monday was a day in the sewing studio and I took out my Pneuma Tank to wear.

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Day 17: Band of Florals Tee and a Refashioned Skirt. I always forget how much I love this skirt until I wear it. I just can’t wear it for work on the farm so it doesn’t get as much use as it could.

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Day 18: Another Copy & Paste Tank. This one (unblogged) has a band of sparkles with fabric left over from Rainbow Fish.

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Day 19: First Repeat! Florals and Stripes Boat Tee– and a basket full of Asparagus

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Day 20: Kimono. Made this piece last year during Me Made May. I wear it more in the Summer time but it is a great piece for an easy outfit.

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Day 21: Another Repeat- Cranberry Anorak. I also toted my handmade Vinyl Tote.

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And I wanted to share a picture I found the other day! Remember this dress I refashioned? It was my Grandma’s and when I was cleaning, I came across a picture of her wearing the original dress! Here we are side by side. I think she would like the modern version as much as hers.

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Week Two: Me Made May 2016

And just like that, week two of May has passed us by. This week was a little dull for completing sewing projects, many were started but only few things were finished. I’m working on a bunch of new bags for my etsy shop and all the prep takes so much time. I also finally caved and bought the Lou Box Top pattern from Sew DIY. I’ve been seeing so many Me Made May posts with those tops and could no longer resist! I have plans to make a few and hopefully I’ll be able to wear them before the month is over.

Onto the outfits!

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Day 8: Mother’s Day was a Me Made Scarf in polka dots and florals. I had gotten really sick the night before and wanted to be comfortable and was happy to have this scarf to throw on to look put together. I really do love the combo of fabrics on this one.

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Day 9: A day of shopping for the farm- so basically a day of sitting in the car but my Cardi was the perfect companion.

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Day 10: The Floral Shorts I made last Me Made May. These fit so well and it’s awesome to have a pair of shorts I don’t need to wear a belt with.

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Day 11: Floral Galaxy Tank. Leftover fabric from my “Put a Ruffle on It” Bathing Suit and my “Copy & Paste” Tank top pattern made this top!

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Day 12: Knit Circle Top. This is a great causal piece perfect for work on the farm but since I’ve been growing my casual wardrobe a lot, I haven’t been wearing it as often!

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Day 13: My new Rain Coat! I’ll be blogging about this one later in the week but it’s my latest make!

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Day 14: Skirt of Succulents. I went to my cousin’s engagement BBQ and wore my favorite skirt.

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And as an added Me Made May (Day 14): My adorable pregnant sister wearing the Kimono I made her!

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Week 1: Me Made May 2016

I am happy to report Me Made May is going well! Granted we are only on Day 11 as I am writing this but I haven’t had any wardrobe repeats yet! As I mentioned previously, I’ll be posting daily on Instagram then going over the week of handmade here on the blog!

Here’s the past week all together:

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And for the breakdown:

Day 1: My dad and I ran our second Marathon on May 1st! I didn’t have time to make running wear that I could properly test but I made my after race jacket. The entire day was raining and cold- over four hours of running in rain is not fun. But 26.2 miles later and that finish line never looked so good. I finished this jacket just before race day so I haven’t blogged about it yet but it is McCalls 7026 made with fabric from Fabric.com

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Day 2: Total rest day after the marathon. I wore my handmade leggings from Spit Up and Stilettos and a handmade racerback tank.

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Day 3: Just blogged cardigan refashion!

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Day 4: Tribal print Dress- which I’ve never blogged! It was very chilly in my apartment and this dress was the perfect piece to wear. Cozy & warm for a day of sewing.

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Day 5: Handmade Jeans! This was my first full day of wearing them and they are SO COMFORTABLE. The fabric (from fabric.com) has a great stretch that makes moving around a breeze.

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Day 6: Gold Polka Dot Astoria. I am so happy to have three Astoria’s in my handmade wardrobe so I don’t have to keep wearing just one. I will probably wear the other two in no time!

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Day 7: Floral & Stripes Boat Tee and Cranberry Anorak. I wear this combo very often, and separately these are the two pieces I wear the most. The boat tee is a super easy wear and the print is fun so it’s an automatic wardrobe staple. The anorak is the perfect lightweight jacket and I reach for it every week. I would love to make a heavier one as well- and one with a hood!

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This month started out very chilly. The temperature has picked up here and there but I’m still cold. I love that Me Made is the month of May because I do still get to wear some warmer pieces- and hopefully wear my spring pieces later in the month!