I watch Me-Made May unfold on Instagram each year with admiration, but I don’t participate in any special way. I do keep me-making stuff as per usual, of course, but I’m not sure I’ll ever have enough me-mades in my closet to post a daily outfit photo. And oh yeah, I hate taking selfies.
But this year, I inadvertently made a whole new outfit, in May.
Disco Birkenstocks not included.
This is my long-awaited Log Cabin Pullover, which I completed for Me-Made The Last Year and a Half. Plus, a bonus garment that isn’t even knitted: an Alabama Chanin pencil skirt that I started a week ago on a train trip to Washington, DC. Hand-embroidered and hand-sewn, every stitch, by me.
Good news for pencil skirt lovers: Alabama Chanin is releasing it as a single pattern later this year.
On the left: my first pencil skirt, which I made in 2016 at a weeklong workshop retreat that is one of the high points of my time on earth. The Magdalena stencil is fun and pretty fast to stitch, but it took every available minute of that week to get it done, even in relatively speedy reverse appliqué. I wear it a lot. The pencil skirt is my skirt shape. It looks fab with a big sweater on top and ankle boots or brogues on the feet. Comfy and easy, but looks like I’m trying.
Trying to demonstrate the kick pleat.
And here’s my new pencil skirt, in the Abstract stencil, using the negative reverse appliqué technique and backstitch. Whoa—this stencil stitches up fast. No itty-bitty shapes to slow down a stitcher. I was clocking a panel a day during my daily British TV Time, without even trying. (Estimate: 3 or 4 hours of stitching per panel.)
I’m going to get a lot of wear out of this skirt for the next rest of my life. In warm weather, it’s a perfect match for my Log Cabin Pullover in Sylph (shade: Eddy). In even-warmer weather, a T-shirt or linen schmatta will do fine. And in winter, it’s going to be my Bottom Line Pullover in Dark Roast, every time. This skirt is washable, it’s durable, and it’s held together with the world’s strongest thread.
A fave outfit that you wear all the time: isn’t that the point of making stuff?