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Me Made May 15 meets Wardrobe Architect: Dress 1 – 4

This year for MMM I decided that rather than pledging to wear a certain amount of me mades I would make an effort to wear many of my dresses in order to evaluate what does and doesn’t work with them. In the process I hope to learn lessons about how to sew clothes that I will want to wear over and over.

For better of for worse I decided I would evaluate the dresses along the following categories:

  • style of dress: how much I like the pattern/cut/overall look
  • fit: how well I did adapting the pattern to my body and how much it works for me overall
  • finish: how well executed the sewing of this dress was
  • colour/pattern: all to do with the fabric
  • self-affirmation: how good I feel when wearing the dress
  • comfort factor of material: purely a fabric consideration. how well it wears
  • ease of care: because I’m lazy and I hate ironing and don’t want to spend a lot of time on looking after my garments

As an afterthought I decided to include skirt/top separates as well. In May it is still a bit cold here for summer dresses, so separates are a usefull addition to my MMM wardrobe.

So here it goes, dress 1 to 4. I have linked to the relevant blog posts if available.

Oh, and I’ve given points out of 10 for each category. May is the month for Eurovision, so I felt awarding credits was de rigeur!

 

Nr 1: The Siena Dress

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style

Love it! The streamlined look is right up my street, especially when it’s juxtaposed with the flowery fabric 10

fit

This is as close to perfect as my sewing gets. I muslined the bodice especially and adapted it for this dress and the skirt is my favourite ever skirt pattern which gives me room across the hips and thighs while keeping up the pencil shape 10

finish

Pretty good, just the invisible zip isn’t set in perfectly. But I had ruined so many zips by getting too close the the teeth that I decided to call it a day on what I had. Not a biggie in my book. 8

Colour pattern

I love flowers although I don’t wear them a lot because I feel they can be a bit girly/dowdy on me. But because the pique fabric has a sporty rather than chintzy vibe I think the flowers in all their abundance work really well. 9

Self affirmation

Can give extra points for this? This is a definite ten! I feel like me in this dress but like a better, funner, younger version of me. Just putting this on makes me smile. 10

Comfort of material

Fantastic! This pique has quite a bit of stretch in it (I think that is a factor of the way it’s weaved rather than any lycra content) and so it is not restrictive at all. Also, the cotton keeps me nice and cool – always important because I hate to swelter in my clothes. 10

Ease of care

It creases only very moderately to I can get away with wearing it twice without ironing inbetween. However, it’s not non-iron after washing, so that’s a pity. 7

 

Nr 2: Culottes and boxy top

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style

Slightly undecided about this. The look got a widespread thumbs up from you dear readers, so that makes me reappreaciate the good points. 6

fit

Pretty good in general. The waistband isn’t snug enough, so if I decide to wear these often I will need to change it. The fit of the top is fine, I think. It it meant for drapey fabrics and this one clearly is not, but I like that way it looks. 7

finish

Again, it’s fine. If it weren’t for the fit issues I would not change the finish. But clearly I did not pay any special attention to the finish as this look is in its trial phase. So this is average RTW rather than aspiring to anything higher. 8

Colour pattern

The top is a jaquard which I love, the culottes are a bit more edgy. I think it works better as bottoms than as the top I originally bought it for. 6

Self affirmation

Hmm, difficult one. I’m torn between feeling strange and “fashion” in this outfit. Both is slightly unusual for me. I guess the outfit has to be worn with conviction! 6

Comfort of material

Great! Nice and breathy. All natural fibres, not restrictive in any way. Very, very comfortable. 10

Ease of care

The culottes need ironing after each wear, a bit of a bummer for this ironing analphabet. But it will press really well, so no major issues. 6

 

Nr 3: The Amalfi Dress

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style

After the first full day of wear I actually like it less than I thought I would. It adds a bit more volume to the hips than necessary and because the skirts sticks out a bit (all to do with the choice of fabric) it looks a bit little girl to me 6

fit

A good fit as such, but maybe I have to resign myself to the fact that wrap dresses aren’t for me. There is a fair amount of gaping, maybe because I am not well endowed enough to hold the bodice taught. So a lot of adjusting required throughout the day, and I still would want to wear a cami underneath. 5

finish

Putting the fit issue to one side (I don’t have the skills to decide if I could have avoided the gaping problem by making fit changes so I’m giving the benefit of the doubt) the finish is good. 8

Colour/ pattern

I love the pattern and the colours, but looking at the dress when worn with a cardigan I think it is a bit much. I think it looks better with bare arms. 7

Self affirmation

The fit issues made me feel a little bit self-conscious, although the gaping wasn’t horrible. Bit I still felt I had to adjust a fair bit, and I don’t like to have the feeling I have to manage my clothes 5

Comfort of material

Good! The material has no stretch at all, so naturally it is not as comfortable as a fabric with a little bit of give. But other than than it’s good. 8

Ease of care

It’s easy to wash and the main fabric hardly creases. But those lapels are a nightmare to iron. The keep creasing and creasing… argh!! 7

Nr 4: T-Shirt dress – unblogged, which really says it all…

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style

Nothing special, just like a lengthened T-shirt. I like the scoop neckline, I think I got just the right depth of scoop here. BUT some confidence issues thanks to the midriff-clinging quality. So while I like the style I’m just not sure I like it on me. 6

fit

Judging objectively, the fit is absolutely fine. Not hard to achieve, as it’s made from ponte jersey and will just sli p on. But subjectively, all I see when looking down myself is the tummy roll. I do realise it’s not big and I shouldn’t worry about it, but I still do… So I very rarely wear this dress out in public like I did today. 8/4 (objective/subjective fit)

finish

Good. All serged and coverstitched – I think this was one of the first garments I made using my coverstitch machine. 8

Colour pattern

Hm… The combination really is a little boring. My husband really likes the dress and I get compliments every time I wear it, but for warmer weather it’s just a little drab. 5

Self affirmation

Oh dear!! I’m surprised how much the tummy-roll-issue bothers me, and in fact it goes against all my long-held feminist believes that the exteriour should not dictate a person’s sense of self-worth. But I have to admit that I felt very self-conscious today. 3

Comfort of material

Very comfortable! The ponte has a fair amout of polyester in it, though, so it is a bit more sweaty than I would like.
Lesson learnt: Avoid fabrics with high poly content! 7

Ease of care

Can get easier than that. Wear, wash, dry, done! 10

 

 

Goodness, that took  a lot longer than I thought it would. So what have I learnt so far:

  • Don’t be tempted by man-made fibres, because while I like the look and textures I often don’t like wearing them.
  • Don’t underestimate the way in which clothes can change my perception of myself – Siena dress vs. T-Shirt dress are a case in point where I can go from feeling great to feeling quite self-conscious with one change of clothes.

 

How is your MMM going? Any relevations so far?

Me Made May 2015 Meets Wardrobe Architect

In the nick of time I’ve decided to sign up for MMM15.

For a while I was not sure what to commit myself to. Over half of my wardrobe is me made, so it would hardly be an endeavour to pledge to wear the usual “one me made garment per day”. So I decided to do something different:

 ‘I, Chris of Said&Done http://www.handmadebychris.wordpress.com, sign up as a participant of Me-Made-May ’15.
I endeavour to wear my me-made dresses in May 2015 (weather permitting) and analyse why I do or don’t like wearing them. I pledge to draw conclusions from my findings in order to sew more wearable dresses in the future.’

I`m thinking I might get the best of MMM and the Wardrobe Architect. I can join in the collective fun of MMM, but also I get to reflect a little about my me-mades in the real world.

You see, I have loads of dresses! And I want to sew even more of them. And my sewing is advanced enough so that most of the new dresses turn out wearable. But I don’t wear all of those dresses. Some of them stay in my wardrobe for years on end – and I couldn’t even say why.

So this year I would like to find out what puts some dresses in regular rotation and makes others stay on their hangers.

Because this is how I roll, I will make a list assessing the following categories:

  • style of dress
  • fit
  • colour/pattern
  • comfort factor of material
  • ease of care

I will then devise a plan for my future sewing that will allow me to avoid sewing dresses that I end up not wearing.

I kind a know already which dress will come out top in my list – the Siena dress. But it’ll be interesting to see why those full-skirted vintage style dresses that I love looking at don’t really get worn once the initial excitement is over.

Readers, how about you? Are you joininig Me Made May 15? And what is your pledge?

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