Showing posts with label Me Made May. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Me Made May. Show all posts

Thursday, 8 May 2014

Spring Wardrobe Building - Butterick 5826

Hello again, everyone!

As part of Me Made May this year, I've decided to make a garment a week for four weeks to fill out my spring/summer wardrobe. Four separates, for maximum wearability. I have my patterns and fabric chosen, and when combined with my existing wardrobe, I think they will do quite well.

First up, Butterick 5826. Let's check out the pattern envelope once again…

Back in the fall, I made up view A, which I have worn quite a bit. There are a few things I would most definitely change if I were to do something similar again, but it's proven to be a popular choice, with regular outings every couple of weeks.

For the spring, I switched it up to view C, which is very similar to this blouse, and also this pattern.

I cut a straight size 12, based on my previous experience. With all the gathering, it feels a bit on the loose side, and the shoulders are a little wider than I would have liked, so something to bear in mind - not all views of the same pattern will fit the same! In fairness, the only shared pattern piece between the two is the sleeve, it really is a two for one pattern.

For the fabric, I went with an off white poly georgette. Yes, the dread polyester. But this way, I can wear this top to work without fear. The last time I wore a silk blouse to work, I had a run-in with a vicious piece of velcro. And as for the construction, I made a couple of small changes. I used the "burrito" method to attach the back yoke, and did not topstitch the back neck. I understiched instead, which gives a more professional look, if I do say so myself.

The pattern instructions have you hem the blouse with a narrow 1/4" hem after the centre front seam is sewn. I chose to go with a wider 1" hem, and did not catch the bottom of the centre front bands when I stitched it up.

It's tough to see, but my stitches go right under the front bands.

I'm really happy with the gathers, both front and back. Proof that taking your time is often the best policy!

So there we have it, spring wardrobe element number one, worn (with a cardigan, it was still a bit chilly) on Me Made May 5.

Friday, 10 May 2013

Week 1: Me Made May 13

Week One is complete! Here's how I wore my Me Mades this week. I realize now it was a largely self-drafted week. I love sewing from patterns, I find it relaxing to just follow instructions, but if when inspiration strikes, I won't let lack of a pattern stop me.
Bright Green Jeans: Self-drafted, unblogged.
Worn: To work.
Blouse: Colette Sencha with yellow buttons.
Worn: To work, for an extra long day. The bright colours gave me a boost.

Top: Self-drafted, made many years pre-blog.
Worn: To work, then on Saturday for errands.
Yes, I just wore the same outfit two days in a row. That happens sometimes.

Top: Ashes Blouse, blogged here.
Worn: To work.

 Top: Party in the Back, blogged here.
Worn: To work.
I was really pleased with the grey/mustard/ivory colour combo.

Day 7 was a work day filled with cleaning and lifting heavy boxes. No me-mades that day, I'm afraid. It was jeans and a t-shirt I wasn't afraid to get dirty.

All in all, I'm pleased with my first week's results. It was a busy work week, so not too much time for fun stuff, or sewing. We had excellent weather, which certainly helped - it was an explosion of spring flowers everywhere! I'm looking forward to seeing what everyone else has been up to, via the Flickr pool.

See you soon!

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!

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!