Catch Up

It’s been that time of year when it’s fashionable to recap on how your Me Made May went. So, fashionably slightly late, here’s my brief roundup.

I pledged to wear 3 different me made items each week. In the end, I amazed myself by wearing something I made every day. Wow, I had no idea I could do that. Each day in May I wore a whole garment that I’d made and the first two days of June I was still wearing accessories I’d worn so that’s 33 days in a row. I shant bore you with photo’s here, especially as there were quite a few repeats, but I have put my fair share of photo’s up on the MMM14 Flickr group.

This was helped by a burst of MMM insired sewing, I made 3 short sleeved tops (including my spotty scrubs), 3 long sleeved tops (including my colour blocked Coco), finished a dress that had been lying about a little while ((20 years, cough cough), upcycled a t shirt into a shrug to go with it, and made a skirt, unexpectedly.

The highlight of all this sewing was a friend today showing off the shrug she’d made from a t shirt too! Hurrah for more sewing. Maybe I’ll get myself some local sewing friends rather than spending hours online “looking at women in clothes” (a recent accusation from my nearest and dearest, in jest, I think). I must mention her great adaptation of Blanca’s pattern – she made it fasten with a button at the front, which looked great and makes it easier to put on and take off.

What I failed to do in May was finish the toile of my trousers, let alone cut into the fabric I have to make them with. This project is getting even more urgent as 1 of my three wearable pairs of jeans has now well and truly died a death and a second pair is on the way out. I can’t even just buy some in a shop as I really struggle to find trousers that fit. However a brief reprieve has been given to me as it’s now warm enough to dig a couple of pairs of linen trousers out of the back of the wardrobe.

I also need to get better at fitting. I have a rather large bust (my UK bra size varies between 34/36 F/FF/G) and I have yet to try a full bust adjustment. As a consequence clothes that fit me up there tend to be a bit baggy lower down, especially around my lower back. I hate this most on my Tova top (also unblogged but made ages ago) but other things suffer from it too including my Coco and my Kimono scrubs t shirt. I think I may need to work out how to adjust for a narrow lower back too, but one thing at a time hey.

Anyway, so there aren’t any photo’s in this post at all, here is one of the long sleeved tops I made. It’s my second Coco. I cut it out before I made the boy a top from the scraps. I think it took me 1 hr 45mins to sew up, start to finish, with a pile of cut peices to start with. It only took that long because this one had a funnel neck and I was determined I must be misreading the instructions because it was so simple, so I spent ages dithering about trying to work out how to make it more complicated than it was. The rest I made exactly the same as last time, but without the need for extra seams as I wasn’t colour blocking or appliqueing.

Apologies for the daft pose

Apologies for the daft pose

I like it very much. I’m not quite sure about the neck bit, but I can live with it. Mainly I like the colour, I’m really pleaed I dragged my brother and husband into a fabric shop whilst on holiday. Frustratingly this one had pilled too and the cat has pulled a thread on it too. The cat is no-one’s fault but my own for having such an annoying beast but the pilling is disappointing.

Another one bites the dust

It has been a bit busy around here what with school holidays and visiting relatives and the like. I finally got around to doing some sewing yesterday and I was good. I finished something that has been on my pile for a year.

Last year I had complaints from a certain young lady about her summer school dresses. One sort had pockets, but weren’t twirly enough, the others were twirly, but had no pockets.

So I bought some gingham and made her a circle skirt (not feeling up to making a dress at the time and what could be more twirly than a circle skirt?). I put ric rac around the hem (part of my inherited stash) and made a girly pocket following Lauren’s tutorial. initially she refused to wear it at all as it wasn’t a dress, but I did persuade her she could wear it with one of her white tops in the end. I didn’t take a photo but you’ll have to take my word for it that she looked like a cute mini Judy Garland in a very long circle skirt with a polo shirt and plaits.

Around that time I started a top to match the skirt. I remember struggling to find the exact same check fabric in the shop when I went to buy some more. I used the same pattern as I had for the boy’s shirt. And then I didn’t finish it. And then it wasn’t urgent as it was the summer holidays. And then I still didn’t finish it. And then it was winter. I’ve been meaning to pick it up again since about Easter but I wasn’t looking forward to deciphering where I’d got to with collars and working out how to continue.

What a pleasant surprise I had last night. It just needed sleeves, the collar and pocket (another one from Lauren’s tutorial) were done. The sleeves weren’t cut, I think I’d been trying to work out how to do something a bit more girly, there was plenty of fabric left and I just dug out the sleeve pattern piece from Simplicity 4760 for an easy life.

How I found it

How I found it

I traced out the sleeve twice on a flat piece of fabric. Cut one out. Realised just in time I’d not flipped the pattern piece over, doh. Retraced and cut out the second sleeve (that’s the second time in less than a month I’ve done that now, doh). I winged the constrution, now I’m so used to fitting sleeves, I gathered between some dots on the sleeve had (what else could they be for) and trimed my seam allowance and used the overlock foot on it.

The side/underam seams I french seamed as I’d done that with the shoulder seam – just clipping the corner of the underam before I turned it and enclosed the raw edges (I didn’t think a french seam would work on a sleeve head). I finished the sleeves with some more of the ric rac I’d helpfully put in the pocket to keep safe. The bottom hem was really easy as they were all selvege edges (must’ve cut it at 90 degrees to get that I guess) so I just folded under and stitched in place. I couldn’t find the cute dark navy flower buttons that I’d planned to use from the stash, they’re floating around my dining room somewhere, but I found 4 matching darkish blue ones in the stash that did (she didn’t know about the others so no problem there, she’ll probably get them at some point in the future).

Happy recipient

Happy recipient

And voila, finished in one evening. Guess what, she didn’t want to put it on, said she hated it. But I asked her just to try it and when she realised it looked just like a dress when worn with the skirt (except you can lift it up and show the world your tummy) she now loves it. It’s a little long, and covers the pocket on her dress – I think I made the largest size for growing room. The skirt is no longer a little long, so they don’t really match size wise, but hey, they’re wearable for now and I can make another skirt when she grows out of this one. With hindsight I would have put a split at the bottom of each side seam, but hey. It’s finished, its been worn, it’s now in the washing pile (sigh).

You can see the skirt it was made to match a little better in this one

You can see the skirt it was made to match a little better in this one