Simplicity 2154 has been in my pattern stash for ages but I always found an excuse to not make it. It's a mini capsule wardrobe pattern, 1960s reproduction. There is the bow blouse, a knit cardi, woven jacket and pencil skirt.
While on a break from work for 2 weeks over Christmas/New Year, I was hit with some sewing inspiration. I didn't feel rushed or pressured, but interested. I ended up finishing three new items of clothing. Each one was cut out, sewn and finished in one day.
Even though this blouse is small, it takes up a lot of fabric! The bow, knot, collar, neck binding and arm binding are all cut on the bias which eats up fabric. Not entirely ideal. The blouse itself can basically be made from remnants. But not all the little extra bits. If you were clever, you could use one fabric for the blouse and top collar, something else for the bow and knot, and then standard single fold bias tape for the arm and neck edges. It has the potential to be a stash-busting project.
In my case, it was stash busting. I had an awkward amount of this pretty cheap and flimsy shirting poly left from a UFO project that is languishing in a box somewhere. It was meant to be.
I have ordered some red poplin with which I plan to make another....
Into the 4th week for Me Made May. Still, no double ups. I have more in the me-made wardrobe than I thought!
Day 21: Another New Look 6000. This was the first one I ever made. It's when I fell in love with ponte as a woven. The black gloves are from eBay and the boots are from Wollongong. Very old boots, I'm talking purchased in 2004/2005 old! They have done me well and are still comfortable. It will be a sad day when they fall apart.
Day 22: Second New Look 6000 in a row! I blogged about this one, it was part of my 'sewing a new Mad Men style work wardrobe' plan. Green gloves are vintage from eBay.
Day 23: Purple Jan sweater! I love this sweater. It's so pretty and warm and lovely. It's from A Stitch In Time by Susan Crawford. They are brilliant books. Cardi is angora from Forever New from years ago. Circa 2007.
Day 24: Red Princess Twinset Jumper. It's made from a solid red cotton - Gelato yarn from Spotlight. I do have to wear some thermals underneath but it's all good. Pants are from the Salvos. They are actually a 7/8 length, but go well when tucked into boots.
Day 25: 1940s style knitted cape. It's toasty warm. Blouse is vintage from eBay, pants are Hell Bunny... I think? They have fallen apart. I do need to sew them back together. Bit disappointing really.
Day 26: My 1930s Sunday Pictorial Beret from A Stitch in Time by Susan Crawford. It's perfect for eating up those awkward one or two balls of left over 4ply. The sun was delicious this day. I was trying to catch it all before it goes during winter.
Day 27: Little green earrings that I made by whacking some earring posts onto vintage resin moulds. The bangles were picked up recently at the local Salvos. It was a casual Sunday of house hangs and grocery shopping.
There is considerable progress being made on the fair isle vest. It hurts my hands more to tension two colours at once. I am actively trying to make the floats looser. The fair isle sections are still very stretchy which is good!
Hello and welcome to my MMMay18 week 1 wrap up. So far, the challenge has been pretty easy for me. Autumn is great time to move into knitwear, but skirts are still fine. It's a fairly wonderful time of the year. So far, I've not donated any me made clothing, but I did go through my fabric and yarn stash to move along small pieces or leftovers that I would never use. It feels lovely to let things go. I think quilters are in the best place to use smaller scraps.
Without further ado....
Day 1: Simplicity 3688 grey wool skirt. Op shop jacket. Ebay blouse.
Day 2: Gable top by Jennifer Lauren Handmade in a purple cotton spandex from Spotlight. Scottie brooch was a gift from Mum and Dad's travels in Scotland. Pants by Retrospec'd.
Day 3: Vogue 8811 (LOVE IT!) with Anita Carigan. Belt from eBay.
Day 4: New Look 6000 recently completed from a ponte from Spotlight.
Day 5: Green Salal cardigan with Hunter Green Cascade 220 superwash yarn. Buttons from Etsy. Blouse by Revival purchased through eBay. Pants are Collectif jeans. The large earrings are vintage resin things that I tuned into earrings myself!
Day 6: Wedding attire! Butterick 4919 full length dress made from a CDC from Spotlight. Rust coloured bolero bought from Myer when it was still called Grace Bros.
Day 7: Cosy Monday with 1940s Cabled Cardi in an acrylic 5ply.
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