Month: May 2014

#MMM14. Me-Made-May 2014. The End.

Today was the final day of Me-Made-May 2014. Phew, I don’t need to photograph myself tomorrow!

I ended with this McCall’s M6083 jumpsuit that I’ve just finished. I’ll post a pattern review soon.

#MMM14 - Day 31 - McCall's M6083 in cotton.
#MMM14 – Day 31 – McCall’s M6083 in cotton.

I didn’t intentionally start and finish the month with a jumpsuit, it just worked out that way.

It is the year of the jumpsuit after all!

Enjoy the rest of your weekend,

Christine

Can’t Keep Up? 5 Ways To Keep Your Cool In Me-Made-May.

1. Get real.

#MMMay14 - Day 9 - Jamie Christina dress in silk.
#MMMay14 – Day 9 – Jamie Christina dress in silk.

Be realistic about how many me-made garments you can wear each week before you make your Me-Made-May pledge.

If you’re a newbie sewer and you haven’t built up a sizeable me-made collection of clothes yet, keep it manageable and pledge fewer items per week.

If like me, you’ve been sewing for many years, then you’ve likely got plenty of me-made things to choose from in your wardrobe.

I’ve been sewing for ten years (with a couple of sizeable maternity sabbaticals!) so my pledge of wearing one me-made item a day, hasn’t been a struggle at all.

2. Take selfies.

#MMM14 - Day 22 - Vogue colour-block dress in interlock cotton jersey.
#MMM14 – Day 22 – Vogue colour-block dress in interlock cotton jersey.

Don’t stress about taking daily photos of your outfits.

Save time, find a mirror, take selfies.

You don’t need state-of-the-art equipment for this. As you can see in this photo, I’m still using a good old-fashioned camera.

3. Log the un-blogged.

#MMMay14 - Day 17 - Burdastyle dress in linen from Italian designer Blumarine.
#MMMay14 – Day 17 – Burdastyle dress in linen from Italian designer Blumarine.

If you’re a blogger, wear as many un-blogged garments as possible. If you’re anything like me, a lot of what you make never gets to see the cyber-light of day.

I’m averaging about one me-made new item a week at the moment and with so little free time, I have to choose between blogging and sewing and lately, sewing has been winning.

Me-Made-May is a great opportunity to air some new and older items, that I may otherwise never get round to blogging!

4. Go trans-seasonal.

#MMMay14 - Day 15 - Burdastyle shift dress in printed cotton sweat jersey.
#MMMay14 – Day 15 – Burdastyle shift dress in printed cotton sweat jersey.

The weather in May in Germany can be unpredictable and changeable. This year we’ve swung from hot to cold and back again many times.

Don’t sweat about not having enough me-made warmer items, just layer up lighter summer garments with cardigans, jackets and tights on chillier days.

5. Colour me beautiful.

burdastyle top and moss skirt 2
#MMM14 – Day 24 – Burdastyle Easy magazine top in Italian shirting cotton and Grailine Studio Moss skirt in stretch cotton printed denim.

Regardless of which hemisphere you live in, this season is a colourful one.

Take advantage of these natural gifts by using blooming flowers (such as these rhodudemdrums in the above photo), autumn leaves or new foliage as backdrops to liven up your me-made photos.

Are you keeping up with Me-Made-May 2014? What’s been the most challenging part of it for you?

Let me know in the comments below, I’d love to know how you’re getting on!

 

 

Me-Made-May 2014 – Roundup – Part One

It’s day twelve of Me-Made-May 2014 and so far I’ve upheld my pledge to wear at least one me-made garment every day this month. I’ve been posting my pics daily in the #MMMay14 page under ‘Makes’ in my header menu bar and also on the #MMMay14 Pinterest page.

I’m glad I’m doing this. I love to see other people’s makes on Pinterest and it’s a good way for me to find out what I need to make more of and looking at the photos forces me to see what suits me and what doesn’t.

After a really warm April, it’s turned chilly again and it’s been a challenge to find trans-seasonal pieces in my me-made wardrobe. I usually layer up tees and blouses with cardigans or jumpers and jeans. I can see I need to make more layering pieces such as light jackets and cardigans.

Day 1

#MMMay14 - Day 1 - Ralph Pink jumpsuit in Liberty tana lawn 'Tiny Dancers'
#MMMay14 – Day 1 – Ralph Pink jumpsuit in Liberty tana lawn ‘Tiny Dancers’

May 1st was a national holiday in Germany and we were invited for a bbq with friends so I wore my latest Ralph Pink jumpsuit in Liberty tana lawn cotton. I’ll blog about the making of this soon.

Day 2

#MMMay14 - Day 2 - Make It Perfect Waterfall Blouse in cotton by Italian designer Missoni
#MMMay14 – Day 2 – Make It Perfect Waterfall Blouse in cotton by Italian designer Missoni

May 2nd was still warm enough for short sleeves so I wore my latest Make It Perfect Waterfall blouse in Missoni cotton with jeans.

Day 3

#MMMay14 - Day 3 - Sabrina tie-neck blouse in Liberty tana lawn cotton
#MMMay14 – Day 3 – Sabrina tie-neck blouse in Liberty tana lawn cotton

May 3rd was cooler and I layered up this (un-blogged) tie-front blouse in Liberty tana lawn cotton with a cardigan and jeans to do grocery shopping at the farmer’s market in town.

Day 4

#MMMay14 - Day 4 -Grainline Studio Scout Tee in Liberty tana lawn cotton
#MMMay14 – Day 4 -Grainline Studio Scout Tee in Liberty tana lawn cotton

May 4th was warm and we had a family day out in a park zoo so I wore an un-blogged Grainline Studio Scout tee in Liberty tana lawn cotton layered with a cardigan and jeans.

Day 5

#MMMay14 - Day 5 - Self drafted yoga top and pants in organic cotton jersey and Liberty cotton jersey
#MMMay14 – Day 5 – Self drafted yoga top and pants in organic cotton jersey and Liberty cotton jersey

Monday May 5th is sports day for my young children so I wore an un-blogged self-drafted tank top in organic cotton jersey and self-drafted yoga pants in Liberty cotton jersey.

Day 6

#MMMay14 - Day 6 - Ely Kishimoto dress in Italian cotton and cotton/silk
#MMMay14 – Day 6 – Ely Kishimoto dress in Italian cotton and cotton/silk

May 6th was my birthday so I marked the occasion by wearing my latest dress (un-blogged) in Italian cotton and cotton/silk. It was a bit cool so I wore it tunic style over jeans. The design is by Ely Kishimoto and the pattern was in Cut Magazine. I love this dress and will blog my review of it soon.

Are you joining in Me-Made-May 2014? How are you getting on? Are you discovering gaps in your me-made-wardrobe?

6 Signs You’re A Selfish Sewer

1. When invited to join Selfish Sewing Week and sew for yourself, you jump in without a moment’s hesitation. ssw logo final 350 px 2. You immediately clear your schedule – ignore messy house, overgrown garden and hungry children – and get stuck into sewing!

Make It Perfect Waterfall Blouse in organic cotton batiste and Burdastyle shorts in cotton/linen mix
#Selfishsewing Make It Perfect Waterfall Blouse in organic cotton batiste and Burdastyle shorts in cotton/linen mix
Yoke detail and gathering.
Yoke detail and gathering.

3. You choose a quick and easy pattern so you can double your selfishness and crank out two new tops at once!

Make it Perfect Waterfall Blouse front view
Make it Perfect Waterfall Blouse front view
Make It Perfect Waterfall blouse back view
Make It Perfect Waterfall blouse back view

4. You don’t skimp on fabric. You dive straight in with good designer stuff you’ve been coveting – because you’re worth it!

Cotton shirting by Italian designer Missoni
Cotton shirting by Italian designer Missoni
Waterfall Blouse shoulder seam
Waterfall Blouse shoulder seam

5. You take time to sew with RTW (ready-to-wear) details like French seams because your self-made clothes are investment pieces.

Summer pastels
#Selfish Sewing – Summer pastels

6. Finally you gloat about your achievements and boast about them to everyone (see Kollabora.com for more selfishness).

What are you selfishly stitching? Let me know in the comments below.

The Details

PatternMake It Perfect Waterfall Blouse digital download

Fabric – One metre of organic cotton batiste from Lebenskleidung and one metre of Italian designer Missoni cotton from Anita Pavani onlineshop.

Sponsor – Thanks Rachael from Imagine Gnats.

#MMMay14 Me-Made-May 2014 Challenge!

I’m in! I pledge to wear an item of me-made clothing everyday of May 2014.

I hope I can keep this up! At least it’ll give me a chance to air the me-made things I don’t have time to blog about.

So here goes.

Day One.

Ralph Pink jumpsuit in Liberty tana lawn 'Tiny Dancers'
Ralph Pink jumpsuit in Liberty tana lawn ‘Tiny Dancers’

This is hot off the pressing cloth. I finished it just a few days ago. Another Ralph Pink jumpsuit in Liberty tana lawn cotton ‘Tiny Dancers’ print.

I’ll blog about making this soon. I promise.

Ralph Pink jumpsuit in Liberty tana lawn cotton 'Tiny Dancers'
Ralph Pink jumpsuit in Liberty tana lawn cotton ‘Tiny Dancers’

Sorry it’s a bit dark! We’ve been out and I almost forgot to get a pic – not a great start for day one!

What did you wear today?

UPDATE: I’ve created a new page under ‘Makes’ in the menu at the top of the screen. I’ll be posting my daily #MMM14 pics in there.

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