Tuesday, May 1, 2012

Orange you glad it's May?

When I woke before dawn this morning, I realised four things.

1. I had to go to work.
2. It was cold. Really, really cold. Less than one degree Celsius, to be precise.
3. It was 1 May, which meant ...
4. Me-Made-May 2012 started today.

And I still hadn't done anything about increasing the number of winter weight skirts in my wardrobe.

May 1 - Me Made May 2012

Temperature: 1.6 degrees
Conditions: Thick fog
Expected maximum: 19 degrees

I figured if I couldn't make it with the winter weight, I'd fake it with orange. Ooh boy - it ended up being a lot of orange, because I also have a large orange bag in use at the moment.

This skirt is McCalls 2873. I've made two skirts in that pattern and I'll be honest - not a fan. I need a waistband on my skirts, not facings.

So that was day 1. I won't be sharing daily photos here on the blog, but maybe once a week I'll compile a post out of seven days' worth.

Not only is it Me-Made-May, I've decided to add a couple of other challenges to keep it interesting for myself.

The first is Curlypops' "Make it in May" Skirt Sew-Along  

Friends, I am challenging myself to sew not one, but FOUR skirts for winter by the end of May. Heaven knows how I will find the time to do this with a visit from the parentals, two singing groups a week, a market to sew for and a butt-whipping day job, but I am determined to do this.

Because the other part of the challenge this month is to make a serious dent in this.

Stash - half of it

That's less than half of it. There is another row of fabric behind that (deep cupboards) and a few pieces of fabric playing with the power tools on the shelf above. I can't close that door. That door is in my spare room. My parents are coming to stay in 3 sleeps. It would be nice if the door didn't spring open on them at inopportune moments, like when they are walking past it.



  1. Lady, you ROCK the orange but I'm feeling your pain on the thwacking door that will not close. One foot in front of the other, I reckon...

    1. Yep - it's slowly, slowly around this place!

  2. Love the orange! Holy coldness too. It has been getting cold here too and I have been loving it. I am definitely a winter person!

    1. As soon as the photo it taken I race back inside and put on my winter coat and scarf! I'm not looking forward to the minus temps on the mornings I have to take photos!

  3. Where do you get your tights? I want some colorful tights!!

    And I can't wait to see the skirts you make for Cam's sew along.

    1. I get my tights at welovecolors.com - they are fantastic! Over 50 shades to choose from. And they last a really long time.

      If you wait until June, they usually have a free postage offer for the winter months to Australia and New Zealand. Saves $15 - that's another pair of tights!

    2. OOh thanks for the tip. Pip at meet me at mikes linked to that site this week but I admit the postage price just made me click away. Thanks Michelle.

  4. I'm trying to make a dent in mine too, I will be inspired by you

  5. I luurve orange! And, oops, I've joined the skirt sewalong :)

  6. Now this is inspiring!
    I wish I could commit to making myself some winter clothes. Im sitting here freezing and im about to delve into the depths of the Mr's wardrobe to find something cosy and large. You look gorgeous, by the way, and im sure you looked just as excellent with the coat and scarf!

    1. A winter weight skirt is one of the easiest things you could make, and it's so versatile in how you wear it! I would say go ahead and do it.

      And thank you!

  7. Yes, that is an inspiring shelf of stash fabric. I love the orange skirt too.

  8. I love your skirt! Such a pretty print.


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