Friday, 9 May 2014

Me Made May 2014 I'm in!

This is the first year I have actively taken part in Me Made May and it's making me super busy as I don't have all that many clothes that I have made just for me!  It tends to be Bug that gets the spoils from my time at the machine.

Without further ado I bring you my Week 1 Roundup!

Day 1:  Ok so I may have forgotten all about #memademay14 until I was actually getting dressed and had already picked my outfit so I ended up wearin me made knickers that I blogged about here I didn't take an action photo of them so don't even ask, but it was the red if you're interested. 

Day 2: Scout version 1

I hand on heart LOVE the Scout Woven Tshirt from Grainline Studio You'll see just how much I love it during this month because they are so quick to whip up I can't actually stop making them! I'm pretty sure I bought this fabric from eBay but it was a while ago so I can't remember who from.  The only change I made to the pattern on this Scout was to increase the length of it by 2".  I'm pretty tall (5ft10) and my length is in my torso so I lengthen all tops.  No one needs to see my post baby tummy hanging out under tops hahaha.

Day 3:  Last year I blogged here about my proudest make til that point which was my Maxi Dress When I made it putting it on made me feel beautiful, proud, graceful (you get the drift) until I started wearing it when I was pregnant, like a lot!  It totally kept it's shape (the knit fabric is amazing) but after having Squish, the couple of times I put it on I just felt clumpy and dowdy so I finally took the decision to chop it.  I used the skirt to make my second Scout and that became Day 3s choice.

Usually if I make a pattern meant for woven garments out of a knit I do the right thing and go down a size however on this occasion I wanted a relaxed, slouchy top so I stayed true to the pattern (except for the extra 2") and I love this top! The pic above isn't great but you know how I said 'I don't have much made for me'? Well you'll likely see this top in another roundup post anyway so I've not retaken it. 

Day 4:  Not entirely made by me, day 4s top was a refashion of a dress I was gifted for just that reason.  I also made a skirt but it wa rubbish lol so no point sharing. 

I began by cutting the dress in 2 which created it's own peplum as the waist is elasticated.  I hemmed the peplum and swapped out the buttons for cute heart ones and voila! I was done!

I have to show off the shoes here too as I picked them up in Asda for £6!!!! 

Day 5:  A slight copout today I wore a dress I drafted myself using a dress I liked that was already in my closet.  I used a tubular, thick knit for it and then popped a top over and wore it as a skirt. 

The bottom hem needs to be redone I think.  This was one of the first things I think I ever made for me so it's not fantastic but it is wearable! 

Day 6: Another Scout BUT . . . It's hand painted and I just love it! It's my favourite outfit for week 1.  

(I don't know what that facial expression is all about)

I made this version up with a thick yellow knit from eBay.  I cut the pieces and then used regular acrylic paint mixed with a fabric medium to paint simple hearts on it.  The placement of the hearts is fairly random which is one of the things I love about it.  I then blow dryed it with a hair dryer and took it to my neighbours house to lie on we table flat for 24hours.  Why? Because my children would never manage to leave it alone long enough to set so she was awesome enough to agree to it being there.  When the fabric was ready I got it all sewn up and wore it Day 6.  It has obviously been washed since which was nerve wracking incase it all ran but guess what? It didn't yay! I can't wait to wear this again and equally I can't wait to create more clothing painted by moi!

Finally, if you're still with me. .  .

Day 7: The Simple Tshirt from the Great British Sewing Bee book written to accompany season 2 which I made out of a crepe fabric and bias binding. 

This is my first attempt and as you can see the fit isn't exactly great but I'm showing you it anyway in the interest of full disclosure.  I will make this pattern again but with some alterations, including  adding darts and making a bust adjustment. 

So how's this for a first week and a return to posting?  Thank you so much to anyone who managed to read it all the way through and also thank you for sticking with me. 

See you again very soon, Gem xx

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