Atlantic Coast Road Trip 2014

Me Made May: Womp Womp

As I probably could have predicted, this turned out to be the Me Made May that wasn’t. My original pledge was very conservative: wear and make one me-made item each week. Technically, there were 5 countable weeks this May, so I should have worn 5 things and made 5 things.

Me-Made May 2014 Totals:

Me-Made Items Worn: 4
Me-Made Items Created: 3

Even my totals are cheating a little, as I only managed to participate for the first 2 weeks of the month. May is tough for teacher-types! It starts out with 2 weeks of final exams, grading, and graduation ceremonies. Then come the annual end-of-academic-year reports. Then… the decompression crash. For my own decompression, I spent the last week of May driving out and down the Atlantic coast, and boy, was it awesome!


I started out on Chincoteague Island, Virginia, where unfortunately my pony boat tour was cancelled. I made a detour to the Chincoteague National Wildlife Refuge and walked the trail to Assateague Lighthouse. I spent the night on Virginia Beach, then drove down the Cape Hatteras National Seashore to the Cape Hatteras Lighthouse, the tallest brick lighthouse in the US at 210 feet tall (29th tallest in the world). I climbed all 268 steps to the top (about 12 stories), and the view was magnificent! I spent the night on the Cape Fear River in Wilmington, NC, then picked up my friend in Savannah. We spent two days on Cumberland Island in Georgia and had wild horses grazing right at our toes. We collected sea shells on the beach, checked out the Carnegie mansion ruins, and hiked nearly 20 miles of the island. We spent Memorial Day at the Georgia Sea Turtle Center on Jekyll Island, and then parted ways. I took the inland route home through Charlotte, NC, and arrived back in Virginia to discover my first tick bite. Yuck! I’ll spare you the photos, but it was a nymph stage deer tick, so I got antibiotics just in case it was carrying Lyme or some other disease, and hopefully that’s the end of the story.

All this is to say… that’s why I was not sewing during the second half of May!

I do, however, have a massive backlog of fabric and new patterns to tackle. Before I left on my trip, I added a half bookshelf to my office/sewing room to store fabric. I didn’t quite realize that between remnants and uncut stash, it would be filled from the get-go.

Fabric stash shelf

Fabric stash shelf… already full on day one. Whoops!

I’ve got tshirt and hoodie fabric in there for a knits Craftsy class I started. I’ve got my retro knits for future Moneta dresses. I’ve got a couple wovens and some lining for a yet-to-be-determined dress. There’s a nice cotton that I plan to turn into a button-down blouse. There are some quilting cottons and some more knits and leftovers from things I’ve made so far. And then there’s some athletic spandex and some swimsuit spandex that I haven’t bought yet, but needs to join my stash for other fun plans!

In the pattern category, I’ve got the By Hand London Anna dress pattern, the Colette Laurel dress pattern, a Kwik Sew blouse pattern (3586… I want to make some retro pattern blouses! It’s the sew-along pattern for another Craftsy class I signed up for), the Fehr Trade Duathlon Shorts pattern, and Perfect Pattern Parcel #3 (from which I plan to attempt the Bombshell swim suit from Closet Case Files, and possibly the Jorna Tank Dress by Jenna Brand and the Prefontaine Shorts by Made with Moxie… and maybe a couple more). I grabbed Tilly’s Miette skirt on a whim, and let’s not talk about how I doubt I will be able to resist the Giselle dress from Kate N Rose. I’ve also got a couple retro dress patterns… a Simplicity shift dress 3833 and a retro 60’s Butterick dress B5748. I still find myself holding back on things that look “difficult” and the big names seem to have far less detailed instructions than the indie patterns. I’ll probably work up some indies before I touch those big names. If you haven’t checked out Perfect Pattern Parcel #3 yet, you’ve got 13 days left to grab it!

Fabric? Check. Patterns? Check. Time?

I’ve got a few days before I leave for a weekend in Maine with good, good friends and Dave Matthews band, and a retro print Moneta would be so lovely… and maybe a Giselle to go with it. My goal is to make at least one dress for the weekend. After that, I will have a few lovely weeks of sew-time before my next vacation stint.

It has been great fun seeing everybody’s me-mades this month! (I have kept up on blog reading, even though my participation waned). Here’s to a better effort on my part next year!

Where will you be wearing your me-mades this summer?

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