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:

IMG_3705 Continue reading “MMMay17 – Week 1 Roundup”

My first pair of trousers under my belt!

20170428_092242421_iOS
  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 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”

First up – 1940’s Tea Dress

img_2168

My first project of Jan 2017 is made and I have to say what a joy to make.  I used the Sew Over It 1940’s Tea Dress PDF pattern, which is recommended for a intermediate sewer.  I made the dress out of this beautiful teal patterned Liberty  sandwashed silk, from Ray Stitch in London.  I have had this in my stash since last summer and was waiting for the moment that I was brave enough to make something with it, without making a hash of it! This would have been criminal, not to mention an expensive mistake!  So I waited patiently for a little bit of experience with similar floaty fabrics and silk.  I will share some of those makes with you soon, which include a silk lined faux fur coat and my eldest daughter’s prom dress! Continue reading “First up – 1940’s Tea Dress”

New Year – New Projects

projects-jan-17

So, let’s kick the New Year and my new blog off with a projects board and plans for my January 2017 makes!

The project board in the picture, I made myself – please excuse the photography, I’m still learning!  The board sits on my wall in my sewing room as a big reminder of what I’ve pledged to create.  I used the projects calendar kindly issued by Sew DIY . I’ve found this useful as a focal point to draw my planned projects in to one list, with an order of which to start first etc. etc.  Really useful tool, I recommend anyone planning their makes on a monthly basis to use this. Continue reading “New Year – New Projects”