Forest hues

This week I decided to pick up my loom again, and finished this with a few sessions of binge watching Netflix after dinner.

I used the pink Knifty Knitter loom that is 9.5″ long on the base.   It’s the smallest one.  I usually use the green one for my wider cowls that I join with leather and snaps.  I thought I would just do an infinity one this time that can wrap around my neck twice.

This resulted in a 7″ x 60″ long scarf that I connected together (very badly…it’s been a year since I have done this).  I used two skeins of chunky acrylic yarn (wool…any type of wool…makes me ITCH).  Here is a You Tube video I found that shows how to make one of these.  It doesn’t show how to attach the ends together.  You can really just do that tutorial and then sew the ends together with the big needle included in the pack.  Just leave enough yarn to be able to do that at the end.

This is a nice length to wrap around your neck a few times.  I added my leather bracelet I made a few years back by using a wood burner on oiled leather.

So here I am wearing it with my sea monsters dress…it goes well with it!


OOTD – Week of January 15

This week was more sporadic.  I had Monday off of work, so I spent the day sewing and didn’t take a shower until right before I went to bed.  I was also sick all damn week.  I got a head cold the weekend before and dang if it didn’t hang on with big hairy paws.  I went through several boxes of Kleenex.

Monday, January 15

No shower, comfies and no pictures

Tuesday, January 16

Wednesday, January 17

Thursday, January 18

Felt like crap, barely did my makeup and then went in to work in comfy knit clothes.  Not to worry…I was the only one in for most of the week, so I had no one to get sick.  Rather keep the germs at work than at home since the girl has her surgery in a week.  I don’t want her to get sick.

Friday, January 19, 2018

We are just going to pretend I took this photo on Friday morning, instead of Tuesday night for the blog post on the outfit.  I figured I already had pictures, so why take another?

Saturday, January 20, 2018

Relaxing at home, so comfies all day

Sunday, January 21, 2018

Put on clothes for a pattern test…will get pictures of those posted this week (I think).  Photos were due Monday, so not sure when the release will be.

And this week is a wrap!

OOTD – Week of January 8, 2018

Well last week was a bit of a bear.  I worked until 7pm each night, and worked most of the day on Sunday.  By the time Monday rolled around again…I was very tired.  Luckily I had a bunch of outfits made up in my closet, so it was a bit brainless just to pick something to wear to work all week long.

I do that occasionally, where I put together outfits along with jewelry and tights, all hung up together and ready to go.  This really helps me in getting ready quick or picking something before I go to bed at night.  I usually do it when I’m in the mood for it and have some energy, so that means I get a bit more creative and fun instead of putting the same things together all the time.

January 8, 2018

A start to another work week…livin’ the dream! 😉  I had a bit of running around this day, so I wanted to be comfy for it.

  • Cardigan – Double sided ponte, my own pattern
  • Straight leg leggings – heavy weight ponte, my own pattern
  • Top – RTW
  • Boots – Miz Mooz via Zulily
  • Jewelry – Stella & Dot necklace, earrings are a gift

January 9, 2018

January 10, 2018

January 11, 2018

Another comfy outfit!  This top is a cape top I made over a year ago, and these types of tops are hard to wear with sweaters.  It is a nice drapey jersey, so I thought I would see how it would work to manipulate the cape a bit and have it kind of tie in front.  I think it worked out alright.

  • Cape top – jersey – pattern hack
  • Red ponte straight leg leggings – my own pattern (no blog post)
  • Black sweater duster – RTW via Zulily
  • Black Miz Mooz ankle boots via Zulily
  • Jewelry – necklace: JcPenny, earrings: Silpada

January 12, 2018

Last day of the work week…Halleluiah!  The first few weeks of the year are always a bear for us accountants with year end close and dealing with those pesky auditors.  I used to be a pesky auditor, too.  So glad I no longer have that job!

Plunging temps again today, so needed to be warm with another of my loom knitted scarves.  I haven’t knitted one in almost a year, so I need to finish the one that is my loom right now.

January 13, 2018

Today was Christmas takedown day, so I started the day in a pair of leggings I made from interesting fabric and my baseball mom tank top.

January 14, 2018

Today I ran out and went to the fabric store while the boy was at his pitching clinic.  I spent way too much…again.  So much for my resolution to NOT buy fabric…or at least curtail it.

Not sure I will have the energy for doing this next week.  I feel like I am coming down with something..hopefully I stay clear of that awful flu.

OOTD – Week of January 1, 2018

Here we are at the beginning of another year!  They seem to be going by faster the older I get.  Time sure has sped up the last few years.  It is hard to believe that I have a teenager and almost a teenager, and that hubs and I will be celebrating 20 years wed this year.  How’d that happen??

Well, hoping for a good year this year.  We already have some issues with surgeries for my Grandma and my girl, but hopefully the healing will be fast.

As for me, my vertigo is back, though it isn’t too severe.  It does give me a bit of a spin and nausea when I lay down for the first minute.  Some days are better than others.  I was hoping to get back into exercising since I am almost to 158lbs now.  I would really like to fit back into my jeans and not have to squeeze into my clothes.  I am going to try to start with the elliptical.

Onto fun stuff!

This week I was trying to go through the blues in my closet.  I was mostly successful, though a few days I didn’t do it.

January 1, 2018

I got nothing for this day.  I did wear a pair of fleece pants I made a few years ago, but I was basically do laundry, cleaning and organizing most of the day to prep for going back to work.  I did take a shower that day, so that is good at least, right?? 😉

January 2, 2018

Back to work and going outside in the frigid weather.  Another lovely day in the north with -13 in the car on the ride to the office.  The heat had barely kicked in by the time I got there.   This was pretty comfy.

January 3, 2018

Another frigid day in the North and I chose to just wear tights and low shoes.  So, so brave. 😉

January 4, 2018

January 5, 2018

  • Top – Bamboo jersey, my own pattern
  • Sweater and Fleece leggings via Zulily
  • Boots – Miz Mooz via Zulily
  • Jewelry – Necklace, Stella & Dot – Earrings a gift

January 6, 2018

  • Top – Black knit, my own pattern
  • Pants – Panne velvet, my own pattern
  • Jewelry – Stella & Dot and Silpada
  • Slippers – Target

January 7, 2018

I had to go into work today, so yay me!  If I look tired, I am.  It has been a long week.  I went to bed last night exhausted and my mind wouldn’t stop going, so I still didn’t get a lot of sleep.  On the weekends my office building doesn’t really heat it very high, so I knew it would be chilly.  It was in the low 60’s in my office, but I do have a non-fire code heater!

OOTD – Week of December 18th

This week I was trying to focus more on my brown/natural colors that I have made.  I was mostly successful in staying away from black.  Mostly.

Monday, December 18

Tuesday, December 19

Wednesday, December 20

  • Top: Brown jersey and brown pleather top, my own pattern
  • Skirt: Stretch “sequin” type of fabric, my own pattern
  • Sweater: Black sweater duster via Zulily
  • Boots: Miz Mooz Katrina, via Zulily (birthday present!)
  • Jewelry: Necklace – Stella & Dot, Earrings – Von Maur

Thursday, December 21

Friday, December 22

Saturday, December 23

No pictures for Saturday and Sunday, as we were on the way out of town for holiday festivities.  I had some pretty cute outfits, too!  Hopefully I will get pictures of them eventually.

  • Pants – Gold panne velvet lounge pants, my own pattern (no blog post)
  • Black Top & Sweater – RTW
  • Jewelry – Stella & Dot

Sunday, December 24

  • Pants – Black scuba suede, my own pattern
  • Grey & Black Ponte cardigan – same pattern as above (no blog post)
  • Black top – RTW
  • Jewelry – Stella & Dot

So nothing forthcoming for this week, as I am mostly at home lounging about, eating chocolate and drinking wine.  Happy Holidays, All!

OOTD – Week of December 11

Well, this week started out with my birthday, which when you get older…isn’t really all that exciting.  There are no wild parties and you are happy you don’t have to cook for dinner.  Generally, I buy myself something nice and say “Thanks for the present!”


Here is the week of Me Mades, which included several events after work and on the weekend.  Needed to make my outfits go day to night like in the old days when I would work 12 hours and then go to the bar.  Ah…the good old days when I didn’t need sleep.  This week was exhausting!

Monday, December 11

This was my birthday, so after driving the kiddo to volleyball practice we went out to a nice steak dinner.

  • Maxi skirt – heavy weight ponte, my own pattern
  • Top – my fabric design in Modern Jersey, my own pattern
  • Sweater – Express
  • Shoes  – Zulily
  • Jewelry – ??

Tuesday, December 12

After work the boy child had an orchestra concert.  I did change out of my skirt and into my dark red straight leg leggings I showed a few weeks ago.  It was fairly cold out and I wasn’t sure how far away I had to park.

Wednesday, December 13

I didn’t get a photo this day, since I quickly got dressed, took the kid to Urgent Care (strained rotator cuff, so in a sling she went), went to work, got the kids to church class, took the kid to watch her volleyball team (2 hours on the bench, got hit in the head by a volleyball…that was fun) then home and off to a neighborhood ladies holiday party that I was over an hour late.  By the time I got home I was DONE.  I wore my comfy outfit all through that, though.

I also had really cute hair, which was funny since I put it up wet in about 2 minutes.  🙂

Thursday, December 14

I was meeting a girlfriend for a happy hour at 4pm at a country club since my birthday was this week and her birthday was the next week.  I needed to be cute and comfy!  This outfit was pretty comfy, but the boots were not.  I love the look of them, so I keep them around, but only wear them a few times a winter.  I definitely wouldn’t wear them if I had to walk a lot or stand around.

  • Black sheath dress: poly lycra, extended the Builder Top by Wardrobe by Me, no blog post
  • Sweater: RTW – Loft
  • Boots: Vogue via Zulily
  • Jewelry: Necklace – Stella & Dot, Earrings – Zulily

Friday, December 15

After work I had another happy hour for a friend that was turning 50.  Another day to night outfit!

Saturday, December 16

This was another night out with girlfriends (seriously, they all scheduled things this week!).  It was to a nice restaurant, so I needed to be fancy!  I made the skirt before I went out.  Not sure if I will do a blog post on it or not.  It was fun to wear and pretty comfy.

  • Skirt – Cracked coal brushed poly fabric from Fabric Anthropology and scuba suede, my own pattern (no blog post)
  • Top – white knit draped top, my own pattern (no blog post)
  • Knit jacket – RTW Jessica Simpson
  • Jewelry – Stella & Dot
  • Boots – Etienne Aiglier via Zulily

Sunday, December 17

I wanted comfy since we were heading to a food packing place for Feed My Starving Children.  We try to go with the kids at least around Christmas and Easter.

Week #3 is done!

OOTD – Week of December 4

Another week…hey, I’m on a roll!  This week is an ode to comfy business casual office wear.  I wore knits all week at work, was comfy and didn’t look too casual.

Monday, December 4th – no picture, I wore RTW that day.

Tuesday, December 5th

  • Cardigan: Moss modal jersey, my own pattern
  • Straight leg leggings: heavy weight ponte, my own pattern (not blogged)
  • Top: CAbi, many years ago.  It is getting a bit thin, so I need to make a replacement.
  • Jewelry: Silpada and Stella & Dot
  • Shoes: Zapato ankle boots

Wednesday, December 6th

  • Top: spandex jersey, my own pattern (not blogged)
  • Straight leg leggings: ponte, my own pattern
  • Sweater duster: Zulily
  • Jewelry: Stella & Dot
  • Boots: Zulily

Thursday, December 7th

Third day in a row of wearing this pattern for the leggings.  They are super comfy and easy to wear with ankle boots.  The ponte and scuba knits are nice firm knits, so I don’t think it looks too casual.  I might just make a few more pair!

Friday, December 8th

  • Skirt – Ponte, my own pattern
  • Knit Top – JC Penny, I have used it as a template for a pattern
  • Ponte Jacket – CAbi, Fall 2018 collection
  • Boots – Etienne Aigner, via Zulily
  • Jewelry – made by me

Saturday, December 9

Sunday, December 10

Week #2 down and I only missed one day of me mades!


OOTD – Week of November 27

I decided to try to do an outfit post to show how I wear my Me Mades on a daily basis.  This might be a bit intermittent depending on how much time I have to take pictures in the morning.  I usually wear at least one Me Made per day.  This will also give me a chance to show some things that did not end up on the blog.  Last week will likely be an outlier…I got pictures everyday!

Monday, November 27

  • Skirt: Smoogie Fabric cotton lycra, my own pattern  (no blog post)
  • White Top: CAbi (Fall 2017)
  • Sweater: Express
  • Shoes: Mossimo – Target
  • Jewelry: ?? Old…can’t remember the name of the company

This skirt did not play well with my tights.  I put on a form fitting slip underneath to try to help, and it was just uncomfortable.  I think this skirt (and another like it) will be retired until spring when it warms back up enough for bare legs.  This cotton lycra is just too thin.  I should have ordered brushed poly for it instead.

Tuesday, November 28

  • Dress: Zenith & Quasar Fabric (Distant Galaxies) in an elongated Sneha by Wardrobe by Me (no blog post)
  • Sweater: Loft
  • Shoes: Me Too
  • Jewelry: Silpada, Stella & Dot (crescent)

I was so uncomfortable the day before that I needed to wear something that felt like pajamas.  This fit the bill.  The tights were pretty comfortable and the dress is just so comfy.  I might end up shortening this dress eventually.  It is a bit unflattering at this length.  I do love this print, though, with the galaxies and distant suns on it.

Wednesday, November 29

This was another super comfy business casual outfit.  I knew I was only in the office half the day and working from home the rest.  It was pretty comfy for the full day.

Thursday, November 30

Another half day at work, so I was going for comfort again!

Friday, December 1

  • Skirt: RP Custom Fabrics and my own pattern
  • Red Top: Jersey knit and my own pattern
  • Knit jacket: Jessica Simpson (I wear this all the time…need to copy it!)
  • Ankle boots: Zapato
  • Jewlery: Necklaces – I made, Earrings – Zulily

Saturday, December 2

It was my son’s birthday on Saturday, so it was some running around and festivities.  This was comfy and fun to wear!

Sunday, December 3

  • Top: Black mystery knit…almost like a very fine French terry, my pattern (not blogged)
  • Straight leg leggings: ponte, my pattern (not blogged)
  • Jewelry: Silpada
  • Shoes: Not wearing any!  I was wearing my Zapato boots earlier.

This was the birthday party day, so I wanted to be comfy while I cooked and made everything ready.  I also had to run to Costco and the grocery store before everyone got there.   This outfit fit the bill.  This was at the end of a very long day! Can you tell I was tired?? 😉

So, there is one week down.  I’ve started on this week, though I didn’t take pictures yesterday since it was all RTW.  There is definitely some cohesiveness going on with the colors.  At least it is getting easier to see. 🙂

Gathered cowl top

I ordered this bamboo jersey fabric from Nature’s Fabric, and expected it to be more of a true red.  It is a bit of a rusty red (more rusty than I could get the color to show here), so it wasn’t going to work for what I initially intended.  Instead, I though I would make myself a comfy fall tunic/dress.

By the way, I do love the feel of the bamboo jerseys I have ordered from them.  Such a comfy fabric.

The base of the dress is the Sneha tunic from Wardrobe by Me.  I wanted it to have two skirts, which works well with this pattern.  The bodice pattern piece is separate from the skirt pattern piece since there are multiple skirt options for this pattern.

I traced the full skirt piece out and recut one side to have an angle.  I then cut two skirts, and serged them to the bodice so each fabric had the lower edge on each side.  The fabric underneath is a thin black jersey.

Next, I added a cowl with the thin jersey.  These were the basic measurements for it…you cut two of them and serge together at the side seams.  I left the edge unhemmed.

Originally, I was just going to leave it, but it proved to be a bit sloppy.  I decided to gather it at the side seams, so it would lay at the shoulder and then just waterfall down.  You need a pretty thin and drapey knit in order for this to work right.

The jacket I am wearing here, is the Blixen Blazer that I made last spring.  It is such a nice, solid piece.  I am wearing leggings I purchased from CAbi several years ago, but I want to make another pair.  They don’t fit the best at the waist and tend to pull down.  I have to continually pull them up, so I think a me-made replacement is on the list.

The list of “to makes” is pretty long right now, so not sure when I will get to it.  Hopefully soonish!

Me Made May – Week #4 and to the end

Last full week, which is good since I am getting tired of trying to get outfit pictures!  I used to do outfit pictures daily, and I would usually just go home at lunch to do them.  I haven’t been doing that very often lately, so I try to get them before leaving for work in the morning.  Some of these this week I was unable to get that done.

Day #22 – Yes I took these pictures after sitting all day at work…can’t you tell??

Day #23

Zipped top – RTW – Jessica Simpson

Day #24

Black sweater – RTW

Day #25

Day #26

Day #27

This day was a pattern test that has been shelved.   Hopefully she will release it in the future.

Day #28

I wore this maxi dress.

Day #29

I wore these grey french terry lounge pants whilst cleaning the house.  I need to make more…they are comfy.

Day #30

  • Wardrobe by Me Builder T-shirt with a cowl hack (not blogged)
  • Blue stripe skirt (old…can’t find the post about it!)

Day #31

RTW Sweater

And….that’s all she wrote!