Me-Made-May 2018

Here it is again for another year! Although I participated last year for the first time, I had to suddenly ‘drop out’ after the first week for family reasons. Technically this will be my first proper year doing this, but my limited experience last year has definitely shaped my pledge for this year.

Whilst the idea of this great challenge, run by Zoe from So Zo What Do You Know, is to enhance and develop your relationship with your handmade wardrobe. For me, I allowed the social media element of the ‘daily photo’ to completely stress me out! As Zoe, the author of this amazing challenge explains, this is NOT a photo challenge, nor a reason to made loads of new clothes and it is definitely not a competition! Quite right too and I more than anyone needs to remember that!

As a result I have decided not to post my outfit’s daily on my instagram feed. I may add some here and there on my instagram stories but that will really be if the mood takes. Instead I want to focus on the purpose of the challenge and think about what I personally need by taking part. Without further ado, here is my pledge: Continue reading “Me-Made-May 2018”

What’s all the fuss about these Ogden’s?

I don’t know about you but the amount of sewers that I’ve seen make the True Bias Ogden Cami is astonishing! I have loved and admired each and every one and thought ‘I must make one of those to see what all the fuss is about’! So I did, finally!

My summer vibe helped me wiz up not one but FOUR of these cami’s! All made from my stash of 1m leftover fabrics. The floral one was slightly more hence why I made it in to a dress/tunic. This pattern is great for stash busting.

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MMMay17 – Week 1 Roundup

Well #mmmay17 has certainly kicked off with a bang this week for all taking part! As this is my first time, I was keen to ensure I kept to my pledge and also to follow up each week with a ’roundup’ to evaluate what I’ve achieved or learnt from the process.  Here is my first weeks instalment.

If you follow me on Instagram, you will see that not only did I wear ‘me made’ clothes for my pledged three days of the first week, but also managed to post a bonus day:

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My first pair of trousers under my belt!

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  Please excuse the weeds on the patio!

Although I have been sewing regularly for a few years now and am fairly confident in making tops, skirts and dresses, along with becoming braver with pattern drafting, the one item of clothing that I have not attempted are trousers.  There are a few reasons for this.  One, I am very bottom heavy, a pear shape if you will, resulting in my avoidance of making anything fitted out of fear it would become far to complicated.  Two, not only am I ‘a pear’, I’m also very short – 5 ft 2 inches to be exact.  This causes more fitting anxiety for me, to ensure I can scale down the trouser pattern without losing the shape.  Of course all these concerns have been floating in my head for a while, making it even harder to take the trouser making plunge.  Resistance however, was futile for someone who likes and wears jeans and trousers regularly.

I decided to start with a simple but seemingly flattering pattern, the Ultimate Trousers from Sew Over It . Continue reading “My first pair of trousers under my belt!”

Stash Busting – Essentials Part 4

This is my final part of my stash busting essential garment series.  I can’t promise there won’t be more in the future – in fact you could lay money on the fact there will be, after all this is predominately a sewing blog!

Those of you who follow me on instagram, Facebook and Twitter, will have seen a sneaky peak at my Wanted Tee, by Vanessa Pouzet. For those of you who haven’t (and why not?!?!) here is the drunk picture: Continue reading “Stash Busting – Essentials Part 4”

Stash Busting – Essentials Part 2

To set the scene of this post, I am writing this from a small corner of a café in the local swimming pool, casually observing my youngest daughter and her friend having fun. I do laugh at myself sometimes at my choice of locations for impulsive blog post writing, but when you have the urge to write you have a duty to yourself to respond accordingly!

Now for part two of my bid to make handmade clothes for myself that can be incorporated in to my everyday wardrobe. I wanted to make a couple of camisole tops. As the warmer weather is starting to arrive and with a little taste of the lovely British summer at its best at the weekend, the need for lighter tops is becoming more of a necessity. I own a few RTW camisoles but wanted to add my own in to the mix. Continue reading “Stash Busting – Essentials Part 2”

Stash Busting – Essentials Part 1

At last spring is here for good it seems! Last week was the first week of the Easter holidays for my children and I’m pleased to say the weather has been gorgeous.  We have spent the week mostly on family days out, which has been so lovely as it seems such a long time since we’ve done that.  I think Christmas was the last time.  Now that the weather is more favourable and the early evenings lighter, we will do more together as it helps us to connect and feel more grounded in our busy lives.

In a bid to gain more vitamin D, we are tackling our overgrown garden this weekend as it’s going to be very warm indeed.  Hoping to get it ship shape for the coming spring/summer months so we can enjoy our outdoor space together too.  However, before I don my garden gloves and attire, I thought it was about time I did a blog post – sorry for the delay!

Although last week was fairly busy with family outings, I did manage to squeeze in a couple of sewing afternoons and finished three of my stash busting essential Rumi Tanks! Continue reading “Stash Busting – Essentials Part 1”