Tuesday, 3 June 2014

MMMay14 Days 26 - 31 (and that's a wrap)

The last of my weekly me made May posts - is that a cheer out there? Was it me???

I have to admit that by the end of the month I was tired...

Day 26

On Monday 26th May I met up with the lovely Kristy of Lower Your Presser Foot fame to help out with some blog photos, though I don't think I managed to do her very attractive jacket justice. We met in a lovely old part of town - wide streets and grand sandstone buildings - and once the embarrassment of public snaps was over, had a good catch up as fellow working mums and sewists. Kristy was kind enough to take lots of photos for me, but my camera then did its trick of not storing the bulk of the photos that she took. There are enough for evidence of me madeness - and you can see what a dork I am in real life; I did my jacket up wrong :)

Just to confound the camera to the max, I was wearing 3 unphotogenic me mades: this V8718 jacket in a stretch designer linen (and let's not talk about the pretentious photos in that original post), this V2465 Chloe for Vogue top in Liberty cotton, and this V1282 Donna Karan for Vogue skirt (you can't see this but it's vertically panelled, with horizontal pleats. And it's a stretch cotton). 

Photos taken by Kristy with camera on continuous burst mode.

Day 27

Day 27 was another beautiful day.  I was absolutely busting to wear my floral RTW skirt but I wasn't sure I had any me mades that went with it... dig deep enough though and you'll find OIL! On this occasion the "oil" was a couple of not too ancient makes from rather ancient patterns (though to clarify, we're talking 80s retro 'ancient' as opposed to proper vintage 'ancient'): a cropped jacket made from an 80s Donna Karan for Vogue pattern, and a polka dot silk twill kimono-sleeve top made from an 80s Butterick classics pattern.  I do have a weakness for an 80s silhouette, even though I'm old enough to have enjoyed the 80s first time around :).

I didn't have time to roam too far for photos, so these are taken in the CBD proper, very close to Wynyard station and some of the popular food courts.  Even though I was on a late lunch break, there were loads of passersby - turns out you need to synchronise your photos with the 'don't walk' signals of all the nearby traffic lights. Crazy.

Photos taken by me with camera attached to gorillapod on a step, on 2 second timer, with camera on continuous burst mode.

Day 28

And Wednesday 28th May was another gorgeous, Spring-like day with wonderful big blue skies. It was the perfect day for some cheerful tourism, so I took myself speed walking down to the Opera House and Bennelong Point at lunch time.  Places like this are perfect for selfies, because you just blend in with all the other selfie-snappers!


My summer heatwave dress (V1360, Kay Unger for Vogue) has become loose (yes, everything from 2013 is a bit loose now, and the fabric I used for this dress also wasn't the best quality) so I tried adding a belt.  It kind of works, but ultimately I need to take in the princess seam line from under the bust through the length of the skirt.

Photos taken by me with camera attached to the brass railing, via my gorillapod, on 10 second timer, with camera on continuous burst mode.

Day 29

Day 29 - the fact that I wore a black me made dress (V1025) tells you I was getting tired by this point! There were still choices in my wardrobe without repeats, but my creative brain could only get as far as 'black dress'.  Hmm. There must have been a few connections still firing though, as out of the wardrobe I managed to pluck a new coordinate, this thrifted linen jacket whose pocket bows match the mock bow belt on the dress. Well!  I've had both garments for years and I hadn't noticed they were a couple till now - maybe there's something to be said for tired brains?


These photos were taken in the high ground of the city that's above the Rocks and just below a busy road coming off the Sydney Harbour Bridge. There were people around, but I was too tired to worry what they thought of my playing with figs (the vine on the wall behind me is figs) and mucking about with dead palm leaves.  Yes, yes, move on...

Photos taken by me with camera sitting on a wall, on 10 second timer, on continuous burst mode.

Day 30

Friday! Today the weather started to turn. We had overcast skies, and they matched my sombre mood.  More black clothes... this time my recent Splat! top (the top from V8916, consciously made over-sized) worn with RTW black pants and loafers and red RTW mini trench coat.


I was in such a rush with an errand that had to be completed that day that I took these photos en route in Westfield shopping centre, near some windows and the glow of Miu Miu's signage. So fash.  

Oh camera, you do a great job but I think it's going to have to end soon - it's just not fun anymore the way it used to be, is it... 

Photos taken by me with camera attached to a railing, via my gorillapod, on 10 second timer, and on continuous burst mode.

Day 31

Saturday, and the last day of May! My imagination spent, I wore my Grainline Moss Mini again with a RTW t-shirt and jumper. In the photos below I was out with my daughter looking for a special plant which we needed to deliver by 10.30am, in time to drive to netball, before coming home to have guests over for a late lunch / afternoon tea, before going out for drinks and dinner with friends. Phew!

I wasn't going to wear me made that evening - too tired! but then I did. I just didn't take any photos. Can I use an old photo instead? One in which I don't look as tired as I felt? Yes? OK, well the cosy dress is V1338,  and we had a terrific evening.

Photos taken by me with camera on a bench via my gorillapod, on 10 second timer, with camera on continuous burst mode.


This year was my fourth me made year, and I'd expected it to be pretty similar to previous years - an overwhelming amount of inspiration in the Flickr pool, a few meet-ups with other sewists, and a slightly less vague idea of what I like to wear / what suits me.

It was different this year though.  Because I was Instagramming during the day and trying not to allow the internet to take over my evenings, I didn't spend as much time in the Flickr pool as I've done in previous years.  But the instancy of Instagram and my smaller group of contacts there made the experience feel more personal and more educational - a quick, rough as guts photo shared immediately does tell you quite a lot!

Phew! At the end of the month I resolved to catch up on sleep, but what do you know, it's past 1am and I'm still blogging.

So goodnight ;)

and see you soon

Gabrielle xx


  1. I like all your makes, you always look very pulled together, and comfortable in them.... even if they are done up wrong ! :D You are the best!

  2. I love your clothes, and I'm curious how your Pleated Pants turned out? Mine were a fail! Even though I got the sizing just right, I used denim that was too stretchy and it sits 'funny'... :( Sofya

  3. I see you didn't loose your humour during the month! Great photos and outfits! I love the first jacket even if it is buttoned up wrong!

  4. It has been an amazing month and you have produced wonderful outfits and the tired brain does do a good job. Love the photos of the jacket!

  5. I enjoyed all your photos, thanks for taking the time to show us around Sydney and your neighbourhood. This week, my fave outfits are Day 27 and your splat top. Your shoes on Day 27 are also fabulous. I would love to wear shoes like that if I could walk in them :) You do have wonderful memade clothes and I hope you manage to alter your dresses so that they will fit you now. Although I know the hassle of alterations, and sometimes it's easier to sew a new dress, but for those dresses that you absolutely love, it might be worth the trouble to alter them.

  6. Gabrielle Corbett4 June 2014 at 00:04

    Thank you Merche, and right back atcha!

  7. Gabrielle Corbett4 June 2014 at 00:09

    Thank you Sofya! To be honest I haven't yet given the pleated pants a proper road test as I keep putting off attaching the hooks and eyes, but my initial impression is that the fit is OK, if perhaps a tad short in the rise for me :(. My fabric has very little if any stretch, and you know I completely stuffed up the sizes, so however they work out I guess they'll be atypical! I'll try to get them finished up, wear them and blog them soon.

  8. Gabrielle Corbett4 June 2014 at 00:14

    No, I didn't lose it - actually the tireder I get the more my humour gets out. Lots of pathetic puns and sad 'dad' jokes, sorry family and colleagues! Thank you, it's a really nice pattern and the jacket gets a lot of wear throughout the year. And by the way, thank you so much for taking the time to comment - I'll bet you were tired by the end of Me Made May too!

  9. I love nearly all of your makes. I really love the splat top, and even with jackets done up wrong you still look great.

  10. I love all your photos - you pick such interesting places! I'm sorry the photos I took for you didn't work out that well, and you know I never noticed that your jacket was done up like that, how funny!


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