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??



A little Coco

It was during this post by Sonja about coats, that I first discovered Schnittchen patterns and then fell for the lovely Coco jacket. I’ve been want to make a little crop jacket for awhile and thought that this would be a good start and the fact that it was a pdf sealed the deal (at €5.00 it would be rude not to, right?). I don’t know about you but I love the idea of pdf’s but recently the novelty of sticking all those pieces of paper together is wearing thin. I don’t think I will stop buying them as financially they make sense (most of the time) but guess I just need to alternate them with the joy of opening an old style tissue pattern.

Now this little lady has a lot of pages to piece together, 36 in all!!!, which was a bit of a faff but there is separate pattern pieces for the lining and facings, so kind of makes sense, once your all finished!

coco schnittchen jacket


She came together relatively easy, the instructions are good but some knowledge will help you along as there aren’t any drawing to assist you. The fabric is a lovely dense patterned cotton that I bought at Fabrics Galore (sadly its not for sale on the website, just in shop), I love the fabric pattern but in hindsight it is probably a tad to thick for this jacket, as I had a job to get the seam on the neckline to sit flat, a issue I have whenever I sew with thicker fabrics, so maybe the problem is with me and not the fabric!!

The one difficulty with this fabric was with pattern matching, some thing I usually avoid (as in, not buying fabric that will require any!!) but I took the challenge and think that I didn’t do half bad at matching the sleeves to the bodice….but..

coco schnittchen


…totally failed at matching the back seams…duh

coco schnittchen jacket


Luckily I can’t see it so it doesn’t bother me when I am wearing it (especially as I did that seam 3 times and then gave up). The whole jacket was a pretty quick make and I’m happy with the results, of course the weather turned just as she was finished but think that come spring she will get some wear.