MMM17 Week 3

21 May

Well me-made-may is this week has been wonderful. Mainly because I’m on holiday and have gotten to wear more me made dresses in a week than I normally do all summer in London (well almost). A few years ago I managed to reign in my making of summer dresses, because I don’t really need them. But being here, all warm and sunny, I am overwhelmed with ideas for new dresses – which of course are totally incompatible with London living.

2017-05-21

Day 15: I might not have been wearing me made on Monday but I certainly was enjoying packing a suitcase full of it.

Day 16:  I finished my  new Luzerne Trench Coat from Deer and Doe – its a beauty. And felt so well dressed taking Poppy for her morning walk.

Day 17:  I left a cold and wet London early in the morning wearing my newest bonnie top. But  by mid day it was  at the back of the wardrobe as holidaying in the sun commenced.

Day 18: Vogue 8184 perfect for sunny beach days and incidentally the first dress I ever blogged about!

Day 19:  My silk buchanan dressing grown from gather feels like it was made for these hot sunny mornings, lounging on the terrace. I’ve worn it every morning this week!

Day 19 bonus: Spent an evening out, sipping cocktails, eating paella and looking out over the ocean in my very old New look 6774.

Day 20: I can’t get enough of my sundresses. Simplicity 2363 is one of my favourite patterns as i love the bodice and fit. This version i made years ago, after eyeing up the fabric in Ray Stitch  for weeks, but back then pattern matching didnt even occur to me.

Day 21:  I love this rainbow colored zebra print. I knew as soon as i saw the fabric i wanted to make a pair of shorts out of it. And i think it works wonderfully on the maritime shorts pattern from Grainline Studio. I wore these up a mountain today!

 

Luzerne trench coat

17 May

At the beginning of May I got a new job – starting June 1st. My sewing immediately kicked into overdrive and I was consumed with a desire to sew as much as possible – I made myself a Beatrix blouse and two more Bonnie tops in just three days. But I got to thinking, I use to sew a lot in the evenings after work,  and what I really should do with my remaining free days was tackle something new and challenging. I’ve wanted a beige trench coat for ages and I decided that this  was the time to go for it.

luzerne-trench-coat-patternI chose the Luzerne trench coat from Deer and Doe and  found some beautiful light weight twill at Raystich. I had wanted something a little heavier, but it was the exact color I had in mind so decided just to go for it. And in the end it was the perfect weight!

Now the very first step had me out of my comfort zone: bound buttonholes. I’ve never made these before and I really should have practiced a few times on some scrap. But after procrastinating for a day I jumped straight in. A note for next time, when sewing the squares, it’s best to use a slightly shorter stitch to ensure the corners are night and tight. While they are not brilliant, they’re not an eye sore so I decided to be happy with them.

As the pattern requires 10 meters of bias binding for Hong Kong seams (though in the end for size 40 I only needed 9 meters) I decided to buy some  (instead of making it myself like I normally do). However at first I couldn’t find anything that caught my eye.  Then I saw IT.  You know how it is, nothing is right and then it jumps out at you and no matter how expensive it is you have to have it (it was £2.20 a meter – you do the math). And I love the effect!

For the buttons I headed over the McCulloch & Walllis to find myself the exact buttons I wanted. All in all my supplies set me back a pretty penny but as I finally am leaving unemployment behind, I decided to treat myself!

Now the facing was a little tricky. Obviously the princess seams and back yoke were sewn with a 5/8″ seam, but that meant that the facing with is bias bound edge extended 5/8″ over the seam. After basting the facing to the coat, I felt like this resulted in excess amounts of fabric just flapping about inside (as you can see in the photos below). In the end I tacked it down at the seams.

I am so pleased with the final result and the pockets oh the pockets – it is exactly what I wanted and it turned out pretty good. I’m super glad I took it on while I had whole days to devote to sewing as it progressed quite rapidly.

 

 

 

Repeat

16 May

Seeing as I had the Bonnie top pattern still out, I thought I’d quickly whip up one more. This time out of a lovely jersey (I think 95% cotton 5% elastane) I bought last year at Raystich. My me-made wardrobe doesn’t have many plain tops but that’s what I often reach for on lazy days. They’re also handy for putting together me-made outfits.

I’m really pleased with how the top turned out and love the color.

MMM17 Week 2

14 May

It’s been another lovely week – a few new makes and a few old favorites. I’m still loving the challenge!

2017-05-09

Day 8: Happily pulled on some cozy tights to wear with my jean skirt (moss skirt pattern from grainline studios.

Day 9: I wore my new bonnie top from Blue Ginger Doll. I love this fabric from Dragonfly Fabrics.

Day 10: Woop woop there was sunshine! Spent the day in the garden in my clover trousers (which I later made them into shorts) from Colette Patterns and another kimono tee from  Maria Denmark Sewing. On Wednesday the garden won over sewing.

Day 10 BONUS: In addition to my me made outfit i wore all day, I’m  went out that evening in me made too! My newest bonnie top – this is my favorite neckline!

Day 11: I’ve made quite few of butterick B5354 but this one’s my favorite!

Day 12: Got caught in some serious downpours this afternoon. Up side however was that i took shelter in a grove of trees that matched my linden sweater perfectly!

Day 13: Went out last night for belated celebrations for my new job wearing my new ‘good’ dress: Laurel from Colette. Love any reason to get dressed up!

Day 14:  At Columbia road flower market in my ginger jeans and linden sweater (again) – went a little crazy.

Bonnie Top

13 May

I really love the Bonnie Top from Blue Ginger Doll and my previous versions in yellow and crazy geometric print get worn a lot. Because it is such a comfortable top I often reach for it in the morning, but at the same time I think it looks ace and often wear them out in the evening. So it was Bonnie I had in mind when Dragon Fly fabrics had a little sale in November and I purchased this beautiful print. It’s 95% cotton 5% spandex and it feels just wonderful.

There’s not much to say about Bonnie – I found the best fit is size 10 for chest and above, grading out to 12 at the hips. I also tried to reduce some of the gathers in the sleeves but I wasn’t overly successful.

 

Beatrix top

10 May

As soon as I saw the Sky print from Monaluna’s Wanderlust collection I had to have it. I also knew that it would need a simple pattern to best show off the fabric. So I was quite pleased to stumble across the Beatrix top from made by rae which  was available as a paper pattern from the Village Haberdashery – bonus! It did however require tracing as the pieces were printed on both sides of the paper. But the shop sent me some great tracing paper for free and I have become a total convert.

The first thing I love about this pattern has different bodice pieces for A/B cups or C/D cups. After carefully considering the sizing chart and finished measurements for the blouse I ended up making size small with the C/D cup bodice. FYI my measurements are at the top end of the small sizing. And I was so pleased when I based the back together – the fit is perfect!

Due to the placement of the print’s repetition and the exact length I had, I wasn’t able to match the colors at the side. But I quite like how it looks. And I love how the print joins at the shoulders (totally unintentionally).

The instructions were brilliant and quite straightforward. I made the process more lengthy by using French seams to finish the insides, including in the armhole (which was tricky given the gathers).  The instructions has a few little tips which I really apprecaited such as stitching in the dip along the shoulder seams, to tack the facing down.  I am chuffed with how it turned out and the fit is just lovely.

MMM17 Week 1

7 May

Week one of Me-Made-May  2017 is already whooshed right by. And you know what? It’s been really nice to have something to give me a bit of a push to pull out my me-mades. A few things came out of the drawers that I haven’t put on for months, others form part of my basic wardrobe.

2017-05-07

Day 1: I started off the week with my Linden sweatshirt. This puffin fabric, from bizzy and boo fabrics, never fails to make me smile. Plus its one of those garments I haven’t taken out of the drawer for months! Booyah!

Day 2: its an oldy but a goody McCalls 6124 in plaid brushed cotton. Plus you cant see them but I wore my ginger jeans as well.

Day 3: Wednesday’s outfit was pretty special as I was wearing my new biscayne blouse (with new rtw suit) to a job interview. Plus had on my favourite rosy lady shorts for good luck.

Day 4: I didn’t change out of my comfortable carolyn pajamas

Day 5: Photographing my new moss skirt and biscayne blouse for the blog and decided that with a cardigan and tights they’d be my outfit for the day. So happy with this bright ensemble!

Day 6: I finished my beatrix blouse and it is amazing! Love this pattern in this fabric. I wore  this top out with my ginger jeans for a night on the town!

Day 7: Enjoying a sunny Sunday walk in my Kirsten kimono tee out of birch organic jersey. Love top – its so comfortable.

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