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!!

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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

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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!!

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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??

 

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Isle of Wight

So last weekend my BFF and I said goodbye to the kids and partners, packed the car, strapped in the sewing machines and caught the ferry for an indulgent weekend of pure craftiness. There would be sewing, sewing and more sewing, interrupted only for food and sleep. There was Eurovision too which we sewed and cheered through, accompanied by a beer or two!!

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It was fantastic and I highly recommend it, my sewing is usually squashed in after bedtime, or on the rare occasion of a little ME time, so to be able to wake up in the morning and just go straight back to the machine was pure bliss, also i didnt have to put anything away or tidy up…extra yay (as usual sewing space is the dining table!!).

Any way thought you might like to see what I made, I actually finished 3 tops for me (haven’t photographed the other 2 yet), a 4th was not a success as I totally misjudged the fabric choice/pattern requirements (not enough drape..when will I learn), which was a little gutting as it was a beautiful summery Liberty print, fingers crossed it can be salvaged.

I also started a bomber jacket that I have been promising my teenage daughter, but didn’t finish it (still haven’t….bad mum), but this was mainly as my new machine (read second hand) started to make a bad bad noise and eating fabric, this might be from over work but i don’t think so, fingers crossed all it need is a nifty service.

I have been wanting to make this raglan top for ages and up until now have not found the courage to cut into the beautiful wool jersey that I bought it last year from Fabrics Galore, it’s Italian, super soft and really really lovely,. The pattern is from Sew u Home Stretch. The neckband is salvaged from an old beloved cardigan that I shrank, as is the little triangle.

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I do love it, very comfortable and snuggly, also very warm which is a lesson in procrastination, as of course now the weather is warming up, so not sure when I will get the opportunity to wear it.

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I also added a zip in the end of each arm sleeve, just for bit of detail, it was my first time doing this and they came out not brilliant but ok. I used this tutorial , which I thought I had followed to a T, but somehow didn’t, better luck next time.

 

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Also just a quick picture of our sewing workstation!!! and one of my lovely friend Sheridan’s sewing machine, she has glued a magnet on the end of the machine so she can just chuck her pins to it as she takes them out…Brilliant (credit to Beverlee for the idea)

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A little bit of neon

I keep seeing neon everywhere and though I haven’t worn neon since about 1985, I thought I would take the plunge with just the weeniest bit ……… just to keep up with the kids (as you do).

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The grey jersey was from my stash, but the yellow neon I bought at Fabrics Galore, it has a lovely weight to it and they had a great selection of colours so I think I will be back soon to purchase more!

The pattern is from Sew U Home Stretch from Built by Wendy, I first heard of this great book from Tilly here, and I love it, lots of versatile patterns that you can alter and adapt. It also has lots of handy tips and advice on knits.

I’m happy how it turned out, I did alter the neckline and now it is a little wide, so has to be worn with tank top as it tends to slip off the shoulder! Will have to fix that on the next one, and there will be more. It was a super quick make, which was so satisfying. The overlocker also got an outing and now that I am over some of my teething problems I love the finish.

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As it is selfish sewing week I had a few tops cut out and ready to sew and magically this coincides with Me Made May which I have signed up for. Last year I chicken out and just watched from the sidelines, so I thought with my new dedication to blog I could also make a pledge to Me Made  May ’14, so here it is.

‘I, Sandesh, sign up as a participant of Me-Made-May ’14. I endeavour to wear at least on item of own made clothing, and dress my son in one handmade item(clean clothes permitting) each day for the duration of May 2014’

So fingers crossed for tomorrow and the rest of the month, I am excited about keeping my pledge.