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??



Dress of Meh

Now don’t get me wrong I love this pattern, which is Robe Eve by Republique du chiffon, it’s just I made this for my Christmas dress and I had high hopes, I chose a fabric which I loved in the shop (a paul smith cotton) but now that it is made up it just looks so….. meh….unexciting, dull and boring, so much so that it prompted my New years goal of NO MORE GREY FABRIC!!!!!!!


république du chiffon robe eve



I have lusted after Republique du chiffons patterns for a while and decided to take the leap, now I could have ordered one of the patterns that have english instruction, but nooooo, in a mad moment I ordered two with french instruction… hard can they be I thought….ha little did I know. Of course I had to chose one of the more difficult ones, as it turns out though we live in a great age, with the use of google translate and lovely french sewers who contact you on instagram and point you towards their own (fantastic) versions, with construction details ..…very handy.

république du chiffon robe eve

The fabric is a lovely paul smith cotton, bought once again from my staple fabric shop Fabric Galore, it is my local fabric shop so most of my stash comes from there!! It’s a little heavier than shirting cotton and is really lovely but made into this dress I think it brings back memories of my grey student midwife uniform that I had to wear for 3 years and I think that’s why I have such a distaste for it, I did actually wear it for Chirstmas (cos I’m stubborn and since it was made I had to give it an outing), but lets just day it hasn’t seen the light of day since then!!!!

Paul smith cotton

république du chiffon robe eve

The pattern came together pretty easily, once I submitted to google translate and Upon a thread’s instruction on how to attach the facing was invaluable, as you have to do it with on side of the zip facing in, one side with the facing out, one of those sewing moments when it all seems very complicated and the you actually work it out and it’s aahhhahhhh!! thats how its done. I did make the mistake of not making the notches on the facing or the dress so the bottom curve could probably sit a little straighter as it pooches slightly.

république du chiffon robe eve

I really valued the challenge of this make, its good to push your boundaries…isn’t it?? I do like that aesthetic of the pattern and I will try to make to again, but probably in a print so it doesn’t feel like a uniform!!  I still have the second pattern (Roger trench) to test me further so might be doing that first…fingers crossed.