This has been another week that felt like it was never going to end. Although my new job doesn't officially start until 3rd June, one of my colleagues has been on leave basically since I got promoted, so I've been doing lots of bits of my new job as well as doing my current job, and trying to get some sort of plan together for how to hand it over to my replacement. It's been flipping exhausting! I'm not complaining (not this time anyway, but you all know I enjoy a good old complain) but I am really glad it's the weekend. And a long weekend for me, as I took this afternoon off, and I have Tuesday off as well as the Monday bank holiday. Hurrah!
Not that I have anything major planned, of course. I'm teaching over at Berylune on Sunday and there are still places left on the course, in case you want to make a last-minute decision to join me! Other than that, I'm going to be hanging out with friends, sewing, reading and sleeping.
As I say, it's been a busy week. On Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday I had full-day meetings with external panellists. These days are always good - the people we work with outside my agency are great, and they're a change of pace. But they're tiring because there are no breaks, essentially - you spend the whole day on. So I'm looking desperately tired in the next few pictures!
Tuesday 21st May 2013 - Lobsterlex dress and Irregular Choice Mermaid shoes
This is actually the first time I've worn this to work, despite all my big talk when I made it. I just didn't get round to it til Tuesday, and I must admit that I did hesitate at the thought of wearing this in front of a panel full of teachers! But it was fine, and I think it tells you something about my colleagues and how I usually dress at work that no-one passed any remarks on this dress. Well, apart from Darren, who pointed out that the lobsters must be dead because otherwise they're not red. So that made my dress go from a bit grotesque to gruesome. This is me after a long day, and the dress is hardly creased. This fabric is magic, dead crustaceans or not.
Wednesday 22nd May 2013 - Magnificent Obsession dress and Topshop 'Strawberry' shoes
Every time I wear this dress I feel really happy about it. I know I look tired as shit here, but I'm feeling pretty fabulous, because this dress makes me feel gorgeous. I have to make some more out of this pattern (Retro Butterick B5603)
Thursday 23rd May 2013 - Flood Meadow Cambie dress and Irregular Choice Mighty Monster shoes
I hate this photo so much, you guys! By the time I got home from work yesterday, the weather had completely turned to shit and I had to take the photo inside, with a flash. Look at that shiny face! You can't even see how cute the dress and shoes are. No need to say I love this dress - it's a Cambie, innit? Perfect for work, and for a more chilly day because it's fully lined (I wore it with a pink cardigan, by the way.)
Friday 24th May 2013 - Too Many Dresses dress, green cardigan from Phase Eight and Primark shoes
And that brings us to today! I was working from home this morning, and Nic was out from early this morning until lunchtime. So I didn't get dressed until midday, and then I finished work for the day. I wasn't lounging round all morning in a full circle dress and a petticoat. Although I have been this afternoon, so, yeah. I held off wearing this dress until this point in the month, partly because for some reason I thought it might not fit (although durr, it does) and also partly because I kind of forgot about it. Earlier in the week, though, I bought a really fluffy pink Hell Bunny petticoat, and it seemed the perfect match for this dress. Yeah I know you can't see it, whatever. It's under there. Anyway, I wore this to go out for afternoon tea and then to the pub with Nic. All I can say is I'm glad I had the petticoat on, because the wind today is NO JOKE. The townspeople of Leamington didn't get exposed to anything more than a few layers of pink tulle, this way.
This one makes me laugh because I guess this is what my face looks like when I'm not doing a photo face? I was looking (squinting) at the approximately 5 million school children that were swarming along the street perpendicular to ours. I didn't figure out what they were up to, but it momentarily distracted me from trying not to look too goofy, and the result was goofy. Ah well.
So, Me Made May is going pretty well so far. I mean, the weather is sucking now. But I have enough clothes to get me to the end of the month, and the only thing I'm finding difficult is getting the photos. I obviously don't mind having photos taken of what I'm wearing, but every single day is a bit much. I am enjoying wearing my handmade clothes though. I have been doing that a lot more in the past year, since last Me Made May, and it's nice to intensify that. I don't miss my RTW clothes, but at the same time, it hasn't made me feel at all like I want to stop wearing shop bought clothes. I know it has that effect on some people, but it hasn't on me. I bought a dress last Friday, and wore it out on Friday night. I had worn a handmade dress all day, so I didn't feel bad:
Friday 17th May 2013 - Hell Bunny 'Larissa' dress, Vivienne Westwood for Melissa Cherry Lady Dragon shoes and vintage handbag
I bought this Hell Bunny dress in Magpie on Warwick Street last Friday afternoon. I had spotted it before we went to Paris, but my self-imposed shopping ban was still ongoing, so I decided I'd buy it when we got back, if they still had one in my size. I love it! I mean, yeah, I could probably make something like this myself for a bit less money (probably only a bit though) and I'd enjoy making it, but sometimes it's nice just to buy a pretty dress. Sewing for myself has made me do that a lot less often, but occasionally, still, it's pleasant to shop. My handmade clothes are becoming a larger proportion of my wardrobe, but I don't think they'll ever be my full wardrobe. And that's okay by me.
Anyway, it's Friday night! There's wine in the fridge and dinner being cooked, and a DVD to watch. See you all soon!