Saturday, 20 May 2017

Me made May 2017 Weekly wrap 3


Hi there. Here we are at the end of week three and almost at the end of May. Oh dear, I am a bad diarist. I had some very early starts for work this week so these were taken this morning. I'm enjoying finding new ways to wear my stuff and even rediscovering boots I have not worn in ages.
One new item made this month is this black and white knit skirt. It's already a favourite. The pattern is New Look 6107 a simple straight skirt with back vent. I actually bought the pattern for the blouse which I want to make later. The skirt material is a thick loose weave knit from Spotlight. I used elastic in the waistband instead of a zip which would have unsuitable for this material. 







During the week I tried out B6024 as a winter outfit. I also made the scarf.


I also rediscovered my velvet version of Butterick 5958 jacket. I'd forgotten how warm it was.


That's all folks..all I had time to photograph anyway!

p.s. I am going to Melbourne for a short break next weekend and to see the Van Gogh exhibition at the NGV. Looking forward to it but what are other Melbourne must sees? 

Have a good week,
Val.


Friday, 12 May 2017

Me made May 2017 Weekly wrap 2


I've been following a few of my favourite people on instagram and they are posting wonderful things for me made may.

I don't have much to report this week as I am trying not to post repeats of outfits but I did manage to get out a dress that's been languishing in my wardrobe since I got back to Australia after working in England. I made this in 2011  :0   I bought the material over there and made the dress on a very basic second hand sewing machine using just straight and a zig zag stitches. Hard to get more basic than that but in reality, for a stable knit, that's all you need.



Knit dress, pattern M1163 made from winter 2011/2012 My Image magazine  My Image 


Then there's two un blogged tops, both very basic basics from my two current favourite TNT's.



Simplicity 1366 above and New Look 6735 below


Even the same pose... grab and go stuff

I know they fit and I can alter them to get the looks I need. I'm planning to be a bit more creative with the looks next week and here are a few projects in the pipeline. 


Thanks for visiting,
Happy sewing,
Val.

Friday, 5 May 2017

Me made may, weekly wrap.


Here's the Saturday wrap.
Today I am wearing a previously unblogged retro top made from striped knit viscose and a thrift shop  pattern find, Burda 4410. It's one of the old ones where you had to add your own seam allowances. I tried my best to make the stripes match. It's my latest cycle to the shop outfit.






During the week I wore one of my favourite jackets B5958 originally made with a zip that gave me endless trouble catching on the wool and I finally replaced it with big black snaps. I love this pattern.





Then there was one of my many Cynthia Rowley tops. 





And finally, my recently posted recycled denim skirt.



My aim next week is to move away from my TNT's and get out some of my other stuff!
Till then have a happy time sewing,
Val.














Wednesday, 3 May 2017

Remade skirt and #MMM2017


About a month ago just quietly I signed up for sozo's Me Made May. It's been going for a few years now and the idea is to bring out the things you've made and wear them more getting out that forgotten piece from the corner of the wardrobe or wearing your favourites in different ways. I liked the idea of exploring different combinations. Due to my work hours I can't photograph an outfit a day, so I pledged to do a Saturday catch up of three or so outfits with a me made component worn during the week.

Did you know I make my own nightwear? Mostly it's long knit tank dresses so I do actually wear something I've made every day and I won't bore you with shots of night dresses but I do like the idea of being more creative with what I've got. This will be an interesting exercise because my clothing is taking a different direction. At the moment I am rediscovering skirts. I am remodelling some of my coats and jackets. I plan to make some tunics.

Re this skirt I actually started it months ago. I unpicked the sides and the crotch of an old pair of straight legged thrift shop jeans. I'd gotten tired of them but still loved the material so I got out all my denim scraps from other projects and put 'v' shapes in the crotch and sides. However the skirt didn't really work until I added the tiers. I just kept pining and piecing until I was happy. I tried it on very carefully trying not to stab myself. Then I serged the edges of the pieces and straight stitched them into place tiling them on top of one another, one tier at a time. The different types of denim behaved differently so using the walking foot was very helpful. I deliberately tried to bring in the flare a bit at the bottom tier. I want to make a plain blue lantern skirt in the future.





Strangely enough today while shopping I saw fake 'remade' denim skirts in the jean shop but they didn't bother to put in the front 'v' piece. I don't know how anyone would sit down in them! I'll stick to granny chic.
More on Saturday. Till then have a good MMM everybody.
Val.