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Weekend: Me Made May Week 4

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Can you believe it? Me Made May 2014 ends tomorrow and won’t return for another 334 days (approximately).

My sewn wardrobe was put into a situation it hasn’t encountered before – traveling. For Memorial Day weekend, I flew home to Florida to visit my family. I packed mostly self-stitched garments, including Gabriola and Vera Aveline. On previous vacations, I packed mostly knits because they don’t wrinkle much. Who wants to iron when they’re on vacay? The contents of my suitcase this time around were very different and comprised of mostly wovens. Would they be a wrinkled mess when I arrived? Actually, no. I rolled, and didn’t fold each piece (a common packing rule), and hung them up as soon as I arrived at the house. Gabriola was the only item that required a pressing and it was a minor ironing session to get the creases out – five minutes.

Something I wasn’t expecting were the comments I received. Because I visit my family and my Florida friends three or four times a year, they only see the garments I make in pictures. Viewing them in real life, many said, “Wow, it looks way better in person!” Can we give props and a hell yeh to handmade! Maybe some snaps too?

Switching subjects, my first year as a participant in MMM made me evaluate both my RTW and my handmade wardrobe once again. I scrutinized my closet during winter, but it was a different examination process this time around. Rather than looking ahead and planning a future wardrobe, I look backed at what I made and fixed it so that it would fit in with the new plan. Many of the dresses I sewed in 2013 were midi length (just below calf). Why I chose this silhouette? I don’t know. I work hard to keep my legs in shape, so why hide them? So, throughout the course of the month, I hemmed 2 skirts and 2 dresses.

I wish I could say that I was able to visit Mishka while I was in Florida, but I didn’t. She’s still in a rehab facility and visitors are strictly monitored. I plan to go down Labor Day weekend, and I hope to see her then!

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    Happy MMM14, Maddie! You made it!

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      Maddie Flanigan

      You made it too!

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    Victoria Beppler

    Congrats on finishing Me Made May ’14! I’m planning to participate next year–something to work toward as I work on my wardrobe. And HELL YEAH to handmade! My mom always says she can tell I made something not necessarily by how it’s made but by the combo of great fabric/good pattern. 🙂 Happy [almost] June!

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      Maddie Flanigan

      Can you believe it’s almost June? Crazy!

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    i’d wondered if you were able to visit mishka. she’ll be happy to see you next time i’m sure!

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    Lady ID

    eek!! I forgot it ends tomorrow! I have not done too well with it:)

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    Kate McIvor

    Such artsy pics. Thanks Maddie!

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    Gorgeous pictures, the one on the beach is so arty!

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    Beautiful photographs, Maddie! and way to go with me made may, you kicked butt!

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      Maddie Flanigan

      I’m so sorry we couldn’t connect. You know me – busy as always.

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    Love reading this post and then looking at the pictures Maddie.

    Ps. Sunny Isles Beach is my fave place here in FL!



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      Maddie Flanigan

      Isn’t it wonderful? My dad just opened a restaurant on the beach, so if you’re in the area, let me know and I’ll hook you up 🙂

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