Monday, 21 May 2012

Me Made May Week 3

Hello all!

I suppose Week 4 has already started, but it was a long weekend for me, so I'm definitely not there yet!
Week 3 was a bit uninspired, but it's amazing how doing this has made me think about my wardrobe just that tiny bit differently. More on that in the final roundup.

Only 3 pics this week, since I wore my well documented Chloe dress on Saturday. Here we have the rest:
Green Colette Sencha
Return of the green skinnies!

Self drafted coral stripe t-shirt dress
On Thursday, a sweater, by the weekend, t-shirt dresses - yes, that's the kind of weather week it's been. I just checked the forecast, and it looks like our heatwave is sticking around! Stay tuned for more summer Me-Made-ness!

Sunday, 13 May 2012

Me Made May Week 2

This week was not without it's Me Made challenges - the weather was not fully cooperating, and it seems that many of my sewn clothes are warm weather wear. I did introduce 2 new pieces to my wardrobe, and I'm sticking to my 4 day/week minimum without too much difficulty so far. Here's the roundup:
Same self drafted white blouse, this time with a squint!

New Look 6615, from at least 5 years ago, with the belt from a purchased dress.
Pink Colette Sencha blouse
Victory Patterns Chloe dress, blogged yesterday!
And while I think I'm getting the hang of the self-timer on the camera, I could not manage to arrange these photos in the order I wore them! But, it's not about the photos, it's about the wearing of Me-Made goodness. See you next week!

Saturday, 12 May 2012

Chloe for Chloe

This week I finished a new dress - Victory Patterns' Chloe! How could I not try this one, since we share a name? The pattern went together without a hitch, and I'm really pleased with the result.
Chloe wears Chloe!
The front
The back - the invisible zipper is working it's magic!
Side view 
The details:
Pattern: Victory Patterns Chloe, size 8. This was my first experience with a pdf pattern, and after some initial computer difficulties, there were no problems. I used my new best friend, the rotary cutter, to trim the edges of the pages, and traced the pieces on regular art tracing paper. 

Fabric: Steely blue linen blend (has just a bit of stretch, and was a dream to sew), contrasting cotton for sleeves and welts.

Adjustments: Minimal! I shortened the bodice by 3/4", and lengthened the skirt 4". By lengthening the skirt so much, I did end up with a fuller back skirt, but I will be able to wear this dress to work without fear of flashing anyone. Oh, and I omitted the lining, since the linen is sturdy enough, especially for summer wear.

If I make up the sleeveless version (wool for winter?), I'll need to raise the underarm a bit. The edge of the sleeve at the underarm is a good height. I'll also try and get rid of the extra back skirt fullness; it's not a big problem, but I may as well try and correct the proportion there.

After doing some running around yesterday in the sun, I'm happy with the fit and comfort. I was a bit worried that it was too plain, but I think it will probably get a lot of wear come the summer.

Victory!!





Saturday, 5 May 2012

MMM Week One!

Well, here we are at the end of the first week of Me Made May! I'm still trying to get the hang of taking all these pictures, which is the hardest part for sure.
Day 1 - Self drafted red blouse, 2011
Day 2 - Self drafted white dotted swiss blouse,  2007?
Day 3 & 5, self drafted green skinny jeans!
Day 4 - The white blouse repeat.
I pulled all my sewn garments to the front of the closet, and just went with it. There are only eight things to choose from so far, three of which require slightly warmer temperatures, so who knows how this will end up? But with my revised challenge of 4 days a week, I think this will be fun!