Me-Made-May 2013 - Week 2

BlouseDatura blouse by Deer and Doe (originally blogged here)
Cardigan: Zara (old)
Jeans: second hand
Shoes: Converse

I was a bit under the weather the first half of the week, so taking pictures of myself was the last thing I wanted.
I still wasn't 100% on Thursday, so my Datura blouse was the perfect compromise of style and comfort.
I really need to make the bust darts shorter if I make this blouse again, because they look like nipples right now. I wasn't very noticeable on a print, but it bothers me a bit in this chambray version. 

Shirt: Pimkie
Skirt: Beignet skirt by Colette Patterns (first seen here)
Tights: H&M
Shoes: Pimkie

I can't believe this skirt already has almost three years. It's still one of my most worn makes, and I get to wear it all year round. It also appeared in last year's me-made-may.
Everyone raves about this pattern, and it's totally deserved.

T-Shirt: Pimkie
Skirt: Kelly skirt by Megan Nielsen (originally blogged here)
Flats: Les Lolitas

This isn't exactly the most exciting outfit ever, but it was one of those days when I spend too much time getting ready on hair and makeup and then I end up having less than 5 minutes to get dressed. I didn't even have the time to put on a necklace.
Anyways, I told you multiple times how much I love the Kelly skirt, so I won't spend any more time on that. Although I'll say that I definitely prefer this skirt in a stiffer material (such as my black version), rather than this denim, that has a bit more drape to it.

Dress: Lily dress by Colette Patterns (originally blogged here)
Cardigan: local market
Shoes: Pimkie

Oh, this dress. I love it so much... in theory. The colors are a bit too bold for my everyday life, and the material wrinkles so terribly (you can see it in the photos) that it gets worn very rarely. I also think the styling of these photos is not the most inspired choice: this dress begs for sandals and a more relaxed hairstyle.
However, I was surprised at how comfortable it actually is: I was afraid that this kind of skirt was going to be a bit too tight for everyday, but it's actually not at all. The kickpleat really makes your life easier. I really hope to make another version of Lily in a better material sooner than later.

So, I didn't make up for last week's fail, but I still kept up with my pledge of 4 me-made outfits. I can't believe we're almost at half!

Datura blouse with cutout neckline

When I posted about my Peter Pan collar Datura, many of you expressed curiosity towards the the cutout version. So it's not exactly by popular demand that I made this second version, but your comments definitely pushed me.
And when I found this lovely light blue cotton that looks a lot like my new love, chambray, I decided it was a good marriage.

I swear my hair is not neon orange in real life... EEK!
I often have the tendency to overcomplicate things, but this time I kept it as simple as I could and used the same fabric for the whole blouse, bias binding included. I really like how this creates a good balance with the many, lovely design details of the Datura.

And just for fun, I styled it in two different ways. I don't think it looks at its best with the skirt, but it's just because this fabric is not as soft as I'd like it to be, so it gets a little messy when you tuck it in a waistband. Other than that, I think it's a very versatile blouse that can be worn in many ways.

The cutout neckline is much simpler to construct than one might think. You just need some patience attaching the bias binding.
The yoke is lined and I also used French seams for the side seams, so the inside looks immaculate, which is always a plus in my book.

And to wrap up this short post, a little announcement:

"I, Anna of paunnet, sign up as a participant of Me-Made-May '13. I endeavour to wear a self-made accessory or item of clothing for at least four days a week for the duration of May 2013."

Last year, my pledge was three days a week, so in the spirit of challenging yourself, I added one more. I think four days a week is a good compromise. I do wear a lot of handmade garments, but I don't want to take a picture of myself every day. For me, it would be more stressful than fun, which is what this challenge is supposed to be. Four will be a challenge for me, but one I can handle.

Are you taking part?

Peter Pan collar Datura blouse

As announced on Facebook, here's my first Datura blouse!
It was made during the testing phase of the pattern, because this time around, I was lucky enough to be a tester for Deer and Doe's new collection.

I also made a Datura with the cutout neckline, but I can't show it to you because my mother fell in love with it and stole it from me (!!!) and also because the pattern was changed after I sewed it.
After taking part in this process, I can only say my respect for Eléonore is even greater: she really puts A LOT of work in her designs and takes the notes of the testers very seriously.

But anyway, back to my Datura.
Do you recognize the fabric? It's the same as one of my Banksia dresses, a lovely cotton blend that I got from Megan Nielsen. I had barely enough of it left to make this blouse, I'm so glad I never throw anything away.

This fabric was perfect for this pattern, because it has just enough drape without being too light, although it was quite difficult to photograph and a lot of the details (like darts and yoke seams) get lost in the print. That's quite nice in real life, but it's not the best to show a garment in all its details to the blogosphere, so I apologize for that.
I do plan to sew the cutout neckline version soon, but I guess you'll start seeing a lot of Datura's popping up, if you're curious to see more of this pattern.

I promise I started working out again after seeing this last photo. I can't stand my chubby arms anymore... But hey, I wanted to show you the back of the blouse, although once again, the details are pretty much lost in the print. The buttoned lower bodice is a bit like the one of my refashioned Airelle blouse and it's such a sweet detail!

The thing I love the most about this pattern is that while it's loose-fitting, it's still flattering on a curvy gal. No one wants to look pregnant!
It's also extremely versatile, as the pattern comes with two variations (three, if you omit the collar), it can be very casual or more elegant depending on your fabric choice and it can be worn as I did here or tucked in a high-waisted skirt (or shorts, or trousers...).

What else can I say about it? I can't recommend it more, if it wasn't clear from the rest of the post.
Is Datura on your sewing radar?