Ok so I know it’s only January and Me-Made May is still 3 months away, but I’m already starting my planning!
You see, I love participating in MMM every year — it’s such a great way to connect with the larger sewing community — but this May will present a few me-made challenges for me. Specifically, I am scheduled to be in a 3-week trial for almost the entire month!
One of the sad realities of being the only female attorney in the courtroom is that while my male colleagues could wear the same suit for 3 weeks straight and no one would be any the wiser, the jury will likely notice and analyze what I am wearing every. single. day. That means I can’t have the same 3 outfits on repeat for the whole month but instead need to put a little effort into mixing it up. Luckily I sew!
So trial obviously presents challenges but also opportunities. Three weeks is a long time and I don’t have enough trial-appropriate clothes for the whole time. It will force me out of my knit-sewing rut, make me reacquaint with wovens, and give me the opportunity to tackle some more complicated projects and techniques.
Thankfully I don’t have to make a whole trial wardrobe. (Whew!) I currently have 2 full suits (one pants only, though) as well as 3 dressy jackets that I can mix and match with different skirts. I may need one more full suit (which I’d likely buy), another jacket or two to mix and match, maybe one more skirt and a few blouses. That’s a total of 5-10 handmade items to round out my trial wardrobe. Adding those would allow me to commit to wearing at least 1 handmade item a day during MMM too!
I’ve already made a couple of Sutton Blouses, which will be awesome to wear under my suits. I’d like to make at least one more since they’re so very versatile. I’ve done a muslin of the Geometry Top and just need to make it up in a nice drapey fabric.
I also have the two new Sewaholic patterns — the Granville and Oakridge blouses on order. They will be perfect to wear under suits, especially Oakridge! I’d actually like to have Oakridge in both a solid and a print.
For the skirt, I think it’s finally time to tackle the Pleated Pencil Skirt in a nice neutral. I already have black and navy skirts, so maybe brown or gray?
And then the jacket! I bought the Bernadette jacket by Republique du Chiffon because it is exactly the style I like to mix and match with my skirts. I think it would be great in a colorful silk tweed.
What do you think? Any other business-formal patterns I should check out?