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??



Another New Look 6145

And we are back to my favourite pattern of the past few months New Look 6145, I think that this is my 4th version, , I love a hard working pattern that can be hacked in all different kind of ways and this is a goodun, I’ve used it to create a top here, a denim version here and a lovely white Linen version for summer (sorry not photographed). Now I’m am not very good at seeing past the (sometimes) rubbish cover photos on (especially Big 4) patterns to the true potential hidden with in, but luckily we now have the wonderful web to direct us to inspiring versions that sewers and bloggers have created.  I know I wouldn’t have given this pattern a second look if I hadn’t stubbled across Trine’s lovely modern versions here and here (already blogged on previous post I know, but good enough for a second view!)

New Look 6145

New Look 6145

The jerry is a lovely organic cotton interlock that I bought from Village Haberdashery, they still have it available here and I would really recommend it, it is beautifully soft, with a nice weight, I also bought some of the green stripe for a t-shirt for my son and can attest that it washes and wears very well.

New Look 6145

New Look 6145

I overlocked the whole dress (except for the darts) so it was a very quick make, I know that the common perception is that shift dresses aren’t for everyone, but this pattern has lovely french darts in the front and two darts in the back which I think make for a great shape and help me out as I think I have a bit of a swayback and so fabric tends to gather there.

I did my usual practice of taking a few inches off the hem and took the back neckline down by 4cm, this used to baffle me as to why I needed to do this but as I am learning more about fit I think it is because I need to make petite adjustments to patterns (I’m only 5’3) and my bust to shoulder length is quite short, I’ve only just figured this out so will be trying to put it into practice soon..fingers crossed.

Does anyone have any recommendations on petite alterations or a good book on fitting?

Thanks x

Spotty spot spot

Another top for selfish sewing week.


The pattern is New Look 6145, (I have made it as a dress which I haven’t blogged about but can be seen here) and love it so much i had to make it again. The shape of the diagonal dart (is that the correct term?) is very flattering and makes for a simple shape and as easy make.  The fabric is a spotty chambray that I bought at John Lewis a while ago, it is super soft and seems to be getting softer with washing, always nice when fabric does this, don’t you agree? I think I always secretly hope all fabric will do this.

The original pattern has a zip in the back and I totally forgot to take out the allowance for this when I cut the back piece on the fold (duh!!) so had to add a faux seam to take out the allowance. The only other alteration I made (apart from lopping of the bottom) was to lower the back neckline by 5cm, as it rode to high on my neck (a common problem).

For more inspiration on this pattern look here and here