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Tuesday, May 01, 2012

The 'Peter Pan Polka Dots' Blouse & MMM Kickoff

Oh, by the way... I've signed up for Me Made May.

Sometimes I put the little 'participating' button on the side of the blog and then forget to actually talk about it.  But I really enjoyed the last Self-Stitched September and pretty much signed myself up mentally immediately afterwards.  So here's my pledge this time around:

'I, Christine of What's Up, Cupcake? Blog, sign up as a participant of Me-Made-May '12. I endeavour to wear at least one handmade garment each day for the duration of May 2012.'

Essentially the same as last time, but my wardrobe has really grown over the last few months.  I hope to have less duplicates, though there are some items that I just love so they're in constant rotation.

I'll lump the posts together when possible so you're not reading a 'what I wore' post everyday, but I'll  make sure to call out new items... like this one!

MMM '12 Day 1: The 'Peter Pan Polka Dots' Blouse

The Facts
Fabric: not sure of the fabric... 2 yards of a vintage silky white with blue polka dots fabric that I picked up from the flea market $10
Pattern: Megan Nielsen's Banksia, second time making it $0
Year: Contemporary
Notions: Buttons $1.50, bias tape and elastic from stash 
Time to complete: 3.5 hours
First worn: 1st of May as my first Me Made May item!
Wear again? All the time!
Total cost: $11.50

As I mentioned the first time I made Megan Nielsen's Banksia, this is the perfect blouse.  It's so fast to sew, so few pattern pieces, and only requires a minimal amount of fabric.  It's also the perfect mix between casual and work appropriate, so with this version I made sure to touch on the latter.  I never have enough blouses for work and as soon as I laid my hands on this fabric I knew it would be perfect.  It's a nice, silky fabric but it came together as smoothly as if I were working with cotton.  So, no idea what it is, but I love it.

I started on this blouse immediately after the last one but I had a slight delay in finishing it just because I didn't have the buttons on hand.  I finally made it out to the store this weekend to pick some up.  The only change I made to the blouse, and really just because I liked the look it had on my Darling Ranges dress (post coming soon) was to add elastic into the sleeves.  I liked the little gathered look it adds to the ends.

I've noticed the blogisphere aflutter with MMM announcements, so are you participating?


  1. Anonymous4:53 PM

    What a cute top! I'm glad to see you're participating in MMM this year. I also enjoyed SSS'11 and signed up again. I can't wait to see the outfits you put together!

    1. Thanks Amy! I hope it's as easy as last time or at least that I stay inspired. :) I'd love it if I could make a few outfits/try new combinations because of the constraints on my closet.

  2. Oh yay! I looooove the fabric choice here. I'm also doing MMM, my first time.

    1. Thank you! And good luck with your first MMM! It's a fun challenge!

  3. I'm never organized enough to join MMM or SSS, but I hope to one of these years. Thanks for letting me live vicariously through you, in the meantime! :-)

    1. I totally understand. I really liked Oona's plan of just doing it 3x a week. It can make it especially doable if you've never done it before. I think I need to set goals like that in the everyday just to make sure I'm wearing stuff I actually make.


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