Thursday, 16 January 2020

Makes of 2019

Here is a roundup of all the things I  made in 2019, most are new here as my blogging skills were  lacking last year!

Tops:
Tilly and the Buttons Frankie tee stashbusting wee bits of jersey 
 Hemlock tee - secondhand fabric poly jersey from ebay . The only poly in my wardrobe and I love the fabric pattern but hate the feel.
Maria from Denmark Kirsten Kimono
another stashbuster using second hand fabric from ebay
Mia blouse - stash fabric inherited from Mum.

Renfrew from Sewaholic - Organic cotton jersey
Melrose top
African wax fabric that was a gift from my Dad


























Drop Sleeve Top by The Avid Seamstress -
Stash fabric that was a gift from my Mum 6 years ago
Hemlock tee - Organic cotton from here


Drop Sleeve Top by The Avid Seamstress without sleeves! 
McCalls blouse

Tilly and the Buttons Indigo

Dresses:
Freya top and Cleo dress, both TatB
Top fabric from ebay, denim from deep stash
DVF wrap dress in organic cotton


TatB Joni dress in 2nd hand eBay fabric
Melrose Dress in Galaxy deep stash fabric


McCalls dress in gifted African Wax
Self drafted tunic dress in Plush Addict jersey I won.
Skirts:
Wrap Skirt using vintage pattern and inherited from Mum fabric.
This used to be a Darling Ranges that I forgot to lengthen the body on so it never fit properly. Now a skirt!
  Trousers:
Peppermint Magazine Wide Leg Trousers using second hand wool
Peppermint Magazine Wide Leg Trousers using second hand tencel from my friends Mum
TatB Stella joggers in Organic cotton from here
Simplicity joggers in second hand jersey from eBay

Coats:
Jaskia Blazer using Islay Tweed and lined with inherited silk
Saporro Coat made with secondhand wool

Butterick Lisette Patter in secondhand wool 

Jumpsuits:
Deer and Doe Sirocco in Organic Cotton

Sallie in eBay jersey

TatB Magnolia in ancient stash fabric
Can't remember the pattern, for my sister in second hand viscose from eBay
 Jumpers/ sweatshirts:

Icelandic jumper made with Icelandic wool
TatB Stella Hoodie in same Organic Cotton as joggers
 Other things!

Harry Potter bibs for a friends baby

Megan Nielsen Colsetto swimsuit in fabric from Funki Fabrics

35 items.

That's quite a lot...

At the start of the year I had a massive wardrobe clear out and sold  or donated loads of hardly worn / didn't fit anymore items so most of these makes fill the gaps in my wardrobe. I have tried my best to use second hand fabric or Organic Cotton fabrics with only a few exceptions.

I have already worn my Lisette coat, that I finished in mid December, 15 times. It fills a huge gap in my wardrobe that I had been putting off filling as I was worried I would make a coat and change shape and it wouldn't fit. I realise now that that is a ridiculous way to think. If it grow or shrink out of this coat I will alter in, and I get the pleasure of wearing something I really need now.

Expect more of me here in 2020, it won't all be sewing but hopefully there will be more than there was this year!

Thanks for reading and following along

Alison
x

Tuesday, 16 July 2019

Me Made May roundup in July!


Better late than never...


This was my 6th year doing Me Made May. This year I was working with a smaller selection of me mades as I have lost weight and not replaced all the clothes that no longer fit. I still managed only a few repeats and re discovered a few neglected items in the wardrobe.

Here is a brief round up of the me made I wore every day:

Day 1: Halifax Hoodie by Hey June Handmade
Day 2: Renfrew top by Sewaholic
Day 3: Renfrew top and Cleo pinafore by Tilly and the Buttons
Day 4: Darling Ranges Dress by Megan Nielsen
Day 5: Lady Skater by Kitschy Coo
Day 6: Shannon Tunic
Day 7: Stella Hoodie by Tilly and the Buttons
Day 8: Renfrew top and McCalls Cardigan
Day 9: Stella Hoodie by Tilly and the Buttons
Day 10: Love Sewing Mag Jersey trousers
Day 11: Lady Skater by Kitschy Coo
Day 12: Jocole pull on trousers
Day 13: Peppermint Magazine wide leg trousers
Day 14: Melrose dress by Itch to Stitch
Day 15: Kimono top by Maria in Denmark
Day 16: Self Drafted half circle skirt
Day 17: Sallie Jumpsuit by Closet Case patterns
Day 18: Darling Ranges Dress by Megan Nielsen
Day 19: Hemlock tee by Grainline Studios
Day 20: Mia Blouse
Day 21: Frankie Top by Tilly and the Buttons
Day 22: Jasika Blazer by Closet Case patterns
Day 23: Peppermint Magazine wide leg trousers
Day 24: Renfrew top by Sewaholic
Day 25: Sweatshirt by McCalls
Day 26: Self drafted circle skirt
Day 27: Banksia top by Megan Nielsen
Day 28: Wrap Dress by Butterick
Day 29: Renfrew top by Sewaholic
Day 30: Renfrew top by Sewaholic
Day 31: Melrose top by Itch to Stitch

Roll on next May!

Sunday, 14 July 2019

Closet Case Patterns Jasika Blazer


To say I was excited when Closet Case patterns released the Jasika blazer may be an understatement. It is the blazer pattern I have been searching for since 2016 when I bought Islay tweed to make a blazer. I used silk from my stash for the lining and bought the supplies from ebay with the exception of the interfacing which was from The Tailor Mouse, and followed along with the #blazerofglory challenge but finished before the end of it because I couldn't wait!


I have never made a pattern with so many pieces which was slightly daunting! That was an epic sticking and cutting session!

Based on my measurements I was a 14 so I made a muslin and the only pattern adjustment I made to the final version was a full bicep adjustment. I felt I needed from the muslin but in reality I don't think I needed, it just means there is more room for a thick jumper now. I used the Closet Case Patterns fitting guide to talk me through the adjustment which was so helpful.


 It was at this point I seriously started regretting buying striped fabric but the matching went surprisingly well even if it did take me three times as long as plain fabric would have!


The instructions were fantastic and I loved watching the jacket come together layer by layer and the moment I pulled it the right side out was a moment of magic!


After a good press it looked like a proper blazer and I love it. I have worn it a few times and it will get a lot of wear once the weather gets cooler, which will probably be in a few weeks knowing Scottish summers.





I will probably make a summer weight version but I think that will be a winter project and I will use it next year, I'm not ready for another big project yet.