Me Made May…….I made it!!!!

It’s over and I actually did it, I wore two handmade items (and some times more) for each day of May. I thought two would be a challenge (I did one item last year) and some days it was, some days I did cheat little by including my watson bra as one item (technically it is, but you know what I mean). The hardest thing was remembering to document every day and I did slack a little on that as you can see if you count all the photos (only 22…..opps), but….to be fair I did go camping in the middle and was trying to be phone free!!!

If you were participating in Me Me May ’15 how was for you? Did you complete your pledge? And if you were just observing did you get inspired? I personally loved checking  Instagram everyday to see what fab creations were popping up!!

me made may '15


Ist row, New look 6145 top and Named Jamie Jeans, Nettie bodysuit and Scout tee, Fehr trade surf to summit top and steeplechase leggings

2nd row, Style arc Carly jumpsuit and Sew U home stretch breton top, New Look 6145 knit dress and watson bra, Burda wool biker jacket, Simplicity 1366 top and Jamie jeans

Row 3, Burda trousers and Lisette top. Nettie bodysuit and new look 1696 trousers, grain line moss skirt mini and self drafted top

me made may '15

Row 4, BHL Victoria blazer with Jamie jeans and Sew u home stretch Breton top, Vogue 9175 culottes jumpsuit, Simplicity 1696 top with new look 6104 trousers

Row 5, Watson bra with dress, Jamie jeans with simplicity 1366, new look 6145 in chambray (and watson bra!),

Row 6, New look 6048 & Simplicity 2451 hack dress in Liberty print , Republique du chiffon robe eve with Nettie underneath. And a new Stylearc Carly jumpsuit in blue slinky microfibre!!

me made may '15

Row 7, style arc Carly jumpsuit, schnittchen coco jacket with Jamie jeans

Row 8, new look 6144 in linen, burda lounge pants and sew u home stretch raglan quilted sweatshirt!!


Ok so the conclusion is that I have pretty decent handmade wardrobe and most items are in quite heavy rotation, I probably need to try not wearing jeans so much in my life., and I seem to have a thing for yellow shoes!!

I’m missing some decent skirts and maybe a few more t-shirts would be good, but apart from those I’m quite happy, of course I have sewing plans…always have sewing plans, next up is  a few summer dresses and a pair of culottes !!!!

How about you what next on your sewing list??



Named Jamie Jeans

named jamie jeans

Woohoooo…..I made me some jeans, it just blows my mind, as this is defiantly a threshold that has been crossed  in my me made wardrobe adventure, I feel I can take on anything now. I am buying clothes less and less (in fact hardly anything) but now that jeans are in my arsenal…there is no stopping me.

named jamie jeans

These are Named Jamie Jeans, a well documented pattern in the sewing world, with lots of lovely versions out there. I cut a size 10 and the only adjustments I made were to increase the side seam allowance when fitting them and next time I will take the hips in a smudge more as they make me look a little curvier than I wanted. I also had to take about 2″ off the length but thats just cos I’m vertically challenged!!

The fabric is a stretch denim from Fabrics Galore, a medium weight which I’ve paired with an orange topstitching thread. I really enjoyed making these and learnt a lot along the way, making trousers of any kind is a little scary, but I found this pattern very straight forward,IMG_7515

I even added a S to each back pocket for some monogrammed flair, and I have to draw attention to the top stitching…….I am very proud of it!!!

named jamie jeans

The only mistake I did make was attaching the belt loops, for some reason I made them, well, too loopy and they stick out, so I really have to redo them but haven’t got round to that yet and they look so funky I chose to cover them up and not show them (I don’t like admitting admitting to mistakes!!!!!)

So now that I am officially on the jean making band wagon I am ready to tackle the lovely Ginger jeans, and seeing as my lovely friend Lady Sewful bought me the pattern for my birthday (yay) it would be rude not too….wish me luck