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What???!! Me-Made-May again?!


Hey loves.  Can’t believe this is year six for me.  I’ve been a total slacker in the making end of things, but still wear mostly me-mades all year long.  Me-Made-May has been such a fun event for me every year.  It’s a great journal of sorts.  I can account for my whereabouts (or at least my outfits) every single day of May since 2012.  I also get the pleasure of watching my weight fluctuate (Can anyone else relate?).

I assume my buttons still work, but just in case, please follow me at https://www.instagram.com/shelleyhesson. Instagram is probably the place I’ll most consistently post.  Anyone who has been following me there has probably noticed it has turned into more of a live music blog, but now I get to torture my new music followers with my Cuckoo endeavors.  My goal is to combine the two loves as many days as possible, and to thank the musicians and my old and new music-loving friends for keeping my soul glued together.  I’ll also be linking to my favorite artists’ pages and Spotify and all that good, stuff, so hopefully you all will enjoy the bonus of getting into some fantastic new tunes as a soundtrack to your you-making.  Trust me–you’ll love them.  It’s the Shelley Guarantee.

I may also throw this in as an extra challenge.  If you’re so inclined and are as afflicted with music obsession as I am, play along too.  This was probably supposed to be for April, but let’s be rebellious and make it part of the Me-Made-May fun.


I’ll be following you…  You can’t get away from me and my iPhone.  I have unlimited data now, and will be watching you and cheering you on.

Major hugs and Happy Me-Made-May!  And thanks as always to Zoe at So, Zo… for being the sewist wrangler all of these years.  She’s the best!!

LOVE and Happy Sewing!



See You In September


(Same post released the other day, but with a more accurate date and a few corrections. Thanks for your patience.)

Since it’s the end of August, I thought I’d do a timely post and write about … Me-Made-May. It was fun as always, but I think I overdid it and Flickr-ed myself out. Somewhere between MMM and this gorgeous summer I ended up taking a blog sabbatical, which frankly is a good thing sometimes. Now I’m almost ready to line up the sewing queue and blog and comment again.

This draft of a few previously unblogged MMM items has been sitting around forever, so I’m going to finally finish and release it!!

Day 2


I made this Vogue 8685 shortly after my second Jungle January creation, in something called onion skin knit from Fabric.com, but as it was yet another long-sleeved knit dress in vaguely the same color scheme, I didn’t feel it was notable enough to blog about. However, it does get a ton of compliments, I guess due to the interesting geometric print. Kind of like in karaoke you get cheers for a popular song even if you’re not that great of a singer. This is my ‘Don’t Stop Believin’ dress.

Day 5. Cinco de Mustache
I’m almost annoyed by how well this fits, because I have no earthly reason to wear this anywhere but a Mustache party, which fortunately Lenny’s nieces and nephews throw every May. Since it was my fourth Macaron, it was an easy project. I didn’t even put in the side zip. I just tuck my boobs under the waistband and it all sorts itself out.


I am ecstatic to have made my first bias tape, totally by hand. No measuring, no tools, nothin’. Just eyeballed it. I couldn’t find my little bias tape thing that I bought from Joann’s, but now I’m glad because I think it would have been more complicated than just winging it. I LOVE making my own bias tape, and how totally pro it looks.


I did win the best outfit prize at the party, so it was well worth the effort.

Day 9. The Disco Dress
Aka the Hot Mess Dress because there’s just a lot going on. It’s a Simplicity 2369, a really easy knit pattern that also includes a top option and some easy elastic waist pants. I whipped up a quick pair of the pants last year, but there’s too much dromedary appendage action going on so I’ll have to pair that with a seriously long tunic or sweater. ANYway, I adore this print and have worn the dress in public quite a bit, even to Gertie’s book-signing party last September, but I wish I had put it together with more care. I started stitching the eBay-found polyester knit with my older Husqvarna Lena that I had just bought (on eBay too!) without getting used to the machine or adjusting the tension settings much, or even switching to a ballpoint needle. I was in too big of a hurry to play with the machine and so excited to have a project for this fab fabric, so I’ll just chalk it up to my typical impatience. I’ll just post the one photo of it without incriminating close-ups of wonky stitching, and pretend that it’s awesome.20130718-165913.jpg
Classy bathroom selfie, at your service.

That’s it for now. Tales of selfless summer stitching to come soon, and hopefully a completed Sew Bossy dress. I have the best employee ever, by the way, and I am by far the worst. You MUST see Anne if by chance you live under a blog rock and somehow missed her gorgeousness.

Have a great Labor Day weekend, fellow ‘Muricans, and soak up some sun and fun. I’ll leave you with an Instagram photo of the view I’m blessed with every day that I’m motivated enough to get into work early and buzz down the shore. Love that NYC backdrop.