Almost at the end! I have really enjoyed this week, I've put some outfits together that I wouldn't usually wear to work. Twice, my coworkers said "are you off to meet clients, or like going to dinner or something?". Nah, I just did my hair... Nope, just wearing cool stockings. ..
Monday: Back to the old faithful Gable Top. Cannot get enough. Out of everything I've worn through May, I think this pattern has had the most exposure. Pants are from Hell Bunny and I need to sew on all the buttons again. How come they always fall off?!
Tuesday: Simplicity 3688 - pants this time! The pattern is nice and simple, but I do need to fix the crotch length. They are great standing pants... Not so great for sitting. Just a couple of inches extra length should be fine. These are made from a mystery poly something and blogged about before here.
Wednesday: Very 40s today. I was proud of my hair. The blouse is a lovely 80s does 40s style bought from eBay. It fits my broad shoulders. And it's long enough in the sleeves! There is so much delight in a well fitting blouse. The skirt is the sister of the above pants, Simplicity 3688 (blogged here). Unmentionables and seams are by What Katie Did. The shoes are just out of frame, but they are the Gatsby Heel from Kitten D'Amour. Not entirely comfortable for walking, but very pretty.
Thursday: Skipping an entire decade, let's jump into the 60s! This my Delphine Skirt by Tilly & The Buttons. It is from her book Love at First Stitch. It's a fantastic resource that walks through lots of techniques from beginner to intermediate. The white stockings are from ages ago, and the shoes are by B.A.I.T. Please, get more Australian retailers to stock this brand. Let's all sign a petition.
Friday: A pretty casual cowl neck dress/top by Sew Over It. Very easy to whip up (I made it last weekend). It's comfortably and drapey, though I should have added ribbon to stabilise the shoulders. Oh well, next time!
Saturday: Finally, a delightfully lazy day. I even caught a quick nap on the couch in the sun, knitting on my lap. I was working on my second Jan Sweater (Ravelry here) which I had totally forgotten about! Happy to say that I cast off one of the bodice pieces, and now just got the other side to do. The sleeves have already been completed. (Note: the front and back bodice piece are exactly the same). It's crumpled because I didn't store it properly. My bad.
Sunday: Rounding out the week with another trip to the 60s. This is my black Coco by Tilly & The Buttons. Very easy to make, I highly recommend it. This black poly Ponte knit fabric is absolutely useless. It is cold, lets the wind through and generates a bit of static. But it's still cute. Also, I made the earrings.
There are only three more days left of Me Made May. Sad. I will do a proper wrap up next week, but I have really enjoyed this week of Me Made-ness. Bring on the next three days!
Hello to week 3 of Me Made May! Hitting my stride this week. Only a week and a bit to go and I still have several items I've not worn yet. Surely I can find a way to winterise my summer dresses.
Monday: Chuck Sweater by And Satterlund. Made in Cascade 220 yarn 'pumpkin spice'. It's a wonderfully warm and rich brown colour. I have a long torso so this pattern in super cropped on me. If I made it again (I don't plan to) I would probably add extra couple of the 3x3 cable twists. It's deliciously warm though.
Tuesday: A full outfit today! The Gable Top by Jennifer Lauren Handmade and The Ultimate Pencil Skirt by Sew Over It London. The plaid is a blue and red, lightly woven mystery poly. It's underlined in the sneaky vintage way where a short piece is stitched to the standard pattern piece, then treated as one. It's brilliant and easy to do. Check out By Gum By Golly's little tutorial. Love it. I used a lapped zipper rather than an invisible one. I don't like invisible zips, I can't make them sleek enough. And there is something I like about the vintage style lapped zip. I stitched it in by hand. Seams by What Katie Did.
Wednesday: An old faithful, my peppermint ice cream sweater, officially called #26 Striped Jumper by Debbie Bliss. It is easy to wash in the washing machine, quick to dry, easy to wear. It was matched with cool wine coloured wide legged pants from Hell Bunny. I would probably make this jumper again, maybe in cotton, and with one or two more repeats to make it a smidge longer.
Thursday: Jan Sweater Version 1. I am currently working on Version 2 (see my Ravelry notes here). It's a super pretty light pink yarn that was a gift from mum and dad. :) It feels lovely to wear. It was matched with some Retrospect'd pants.
Friday: McCalls 6706 was the skirt for the day in a cotton sateen from Spotlight. It might still be available? Please keep in mind this was pretty late in the evening when I got home from work. Lighting is terrible, I was exhausted. Straight to bed!
A Friday honourable mention is this adorable kid in a cardi. Gosh, so much cute! She is the daughter of my "sister in law". I'm the "Auntie M". It's the Fern Lace Cardigan by Patons. Pretty easy to knit once I learned the pattern. Knitting baby stuff is great - it's so small! Finished in a flash. The purple is so vibrant and really suits her.
Saturday: I had a successful making day. I cut out, made and completed the Cowl Dress/Top pattern. Clearly, I made the top version. The jersey was tricky to negotiate, it kept getting stuck on the carpet, and stretching weirdly when I was sewing. But eh, it's cute. I also made the little black earrings.
Sunday: I find casual weekends pretty hard to wear me made. I tend to make outside clothes, not cruising at home stuff. I do have plans for a pair of super warm pj pants/trackies. Fleecy lined fleece pants. With pockets. Of course. Today I threw on my mint cowl to do the groceries.
I've also been working on a couple of knitting projects. The colours looked gorgeous when I threw them together on the couch. It's a blanket for the other "sister in law"'s baby, and a chunky mustard cowl for myself.
Me Made May is progressing well so far. There is only a week and a couple of days left in May, I hope to try some winterising of my summer clothes. There is also some knitwear I've not explored yet....
I must say that wearing knitwear is great. But the hand washing, not so much. I did a bunch today and I doubt it will dry anytime soon...
Hope your Me Made May is going well! :)
Welcome to Week 2 of Me Made May! This was a much more stationary week with no travelling. Fantastic. I was in my own bed, and eating good home made food. I found this week easier to do in me-made clothes due to the lack of travel.
Monday: Enmore cowl (again) with my vintage Simplicity 3733. These pockets are fantastic. The fabrics is some sort of mystery polyester from Darn Cheap Fabrics. Thought it was going to be more of a sandstone colour, but it's grey. The argyle top is a Tommy Hilfiger from USA. It's made from cotton so pretty useless in winter.
Tuesday: 1940s vintage cardigan, knitted by me and sewn by mum. That was before I could seam things by myself. Pants and red top by Retrospect'd. They have really been winning for me lately.
Wednesday: Simplicity 1609. I was ready to hate this 60s dress pattern. But I don't. I love it. I made it quite short and I have no regrets. The bow is on a brooch so I can remove it for washing, or perhaps pop it onto one of my pillbox hats. Wine Hetty strikes again. Making solid sleeves was one of my best decisions. Heat tech tights are from Uniqlo.
Thursday: My red Princess Twinset Jumper. This pattern is lovely and pretty quick to knit. It is a cotton yarn, so I've got a heat tech top on underneath. Retrospect'd pants make another appearance.
Friday: Sew Over It Cowl Neck Dress. I have a top of with the same pattern in the pipeline. This green dress made from a really heavy ponte double knit which is probably a little too thick to drape nicely at the cowl. But it can be 'pleated' to sit well. It's comfortable and easy to throw on. Definitely needs the belt.
Saturday: Travelled to mum and dads place for an early Mother's Day. As I was in the car for a lot of the day, a simple throw on cowl is what I needed. See the Enmore cowl again! It was about midnight when I took this photo. You can tell...
Sunday: Rounding out the week with the in-laws with my Tilly and The Buttons Coco Top. The 60s funnel neck and cuffs rocks my world. Again, it was late, I was tired. I haven't made Coco as a dress yet. I like the top better than the dress. Don't know why. Can't put my finger on it. In my head, I'll be paring the Coco top with some cigarette pants for the ultimate Audrey style.
That's a wrap for week 2 of Me Made May. Pretty equal with sewing and knitting. Happy M!
Week 1 of Me Made May has actually been tricky. I was travelling all over Aus meeting people. I am really enjoying wearing my made stuff though. Gives a little more spring to my step.
Monday: 5am up for Sydney to Perth. Overnight in Perth.
Tuesday: 3am up in Perth to Melbourne for lunch. Then 8pm flight out of Melbourne to Sydney.
Wednesday: 6am start to get into Sydney CBD for meetings all day. Back to office. Then a show in the CBD.
Thursday: 5am start for a day trip to Queensland.
Friday: Into the office for a few hours, then into Sydney CBD for more meetings, then back to the office.
It's lucky that I have started to make clothes from comfy and non-wrinkle knit fabric. That allowed me to take the me made stuff around the country.
Tuesday: Handknit top with German wool bought in NZ and knit from a 1952 pattern. It was 3.30am when I took these photos. I was barely alive at that hour... Paired with the same Retrospec'd pants and a gorgeous vintage jet necklace I got for Christmas.
Wednesday: Simple Enmore Cowl - pattern from Morris & Sons in York Street. It's so cosy. I love it.
Thursday: A long sleeve Gable Top again, this time for travelling to QLD for a day trip.
Friday: A pretty relaxed day in my New Look 6000. This pattern is becoming a fantastic go-to for me. I have made three versions of it. I have a plan for one with the collar and cuffs in white and the body in navy. Oh so sailor chic.
Saturday: Wore my black ascot scarf knit. Fantastic for using up "scraps" of yarn. More like that spare skien after a project. I also cut out my Simplicity 4606. I'm using view 3 (the orange one on the top left).
Sunday: Rounded out the week with my blue scarf I made years ago. It's got a vintage doily style placemat (!!) joined in to create a little interest.
Hopefully, the rest of Me Made May will be a little easier to do as I'll just be at work and won't need to plan for travelling.
Hope you're enjoying Me Made May! :)
Knitter. Home seamstress. Dance Teacher.