Me Made May 2019

This year was the second fully successful, here’s last years Me Made May 18 although I have take part the past 4 years. I didn’t make an official pledge this year – most of my wardrobe doesn’t fit at the moment but I did document what I did wear.

Although not every day is documented there were only 2 days total I didn’t wear memade – mainly because I was fed up of wearing the same clothes! The days I didn’t take a photo were outfit repeat days.

As always there’s a massive floral theme – I can’t seem to get away from buying floral fabric! These are all major players in my wardrobe (pregnant or not) and I love every single piece. Especially those Named Alexandria peg sweatpants! I literally live in them especially on weekends. I also need another Kielo because that will be fab through the 3rd trimester.

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A Make 9 Update

You’d think being pregnant that would’ve put a spanner in my Make 9 list but actually a lot of my make 9 was fairly maternity friendly.

1. the boxy tops I’ve shelved for now but I have plenty planned for post partum

2. The jordy bralette will definitely get made, but I’m planning on making it later in my pregnancy.

✅3. The suzon blouse I made in January before I fell pregnant.

4. The Roscoe is on my to make list shortly!

✅5. Penny dress (a fab maternity dress)

✅6. Fiona sundress – snook in at the end of last year!

7. Burda blazer – I actually changed this to the Ready to Sew and I have all the supplies just waiting for the motivation/time

8. the McCall’s shirt has been shelved for now due to it being fairly form fitting

✅ 9. The Myosotis dress which is BRILLIANT for maternity. I live in this dress and plan on making more.

4/9 completed so far and we’re only in May! I’m pretty happy with that.

Deer and Doe Myosotis dress

I love Deer and Doe releases, they just get it SO right. Last summer/spring? When they released the myosotis I immediately posted about them on Instagram and bless my boyfriend who bought me both the trousers and dress from the collection.

This is technically my third version of the myosotis dress. I made the first up in an old bed sheet but the fabric turned out to be too stiff and far too twee for my tastes now.

Then over Christmas I decided to make the dress but with the Roscoe blouse sleeves. I idiotically didn’t read the instructions properly and only cut one of the skirt! I had mere scraps of the fabric leftover and didn’t have enough to cut another. Figuring I could just cut the panel in half, I sewed it to the top and couldn’t get it over my hips! Determined not to let the fabric go to waste I used the bottom frill to make it into a top. Which I have. Worn. To. Death. Literally every week it’s been in my rotation!

When I got pregnant and I wanted to make some maternity friendly clothes immediately thought of this dress. It’s roomy and has buttons down the front which makes it nursing friendly. Win/win! Another clear hit, since I made it less than a week ago I’ve already worn it three times. Hooray for a clear wardrobe winner. I’ve already ordered some more rayon to make another as it’s so comfy and easy to wear.

Sewoverit Penny dress

I made a Sewoverit Penny dress out of Atelier Brunette rayon. I bought 2m as I usually do to find I was way way too short. I normally manage to do some Tetris and fit it on but that skirt is huge. I find this a lot with SOI patterns. The last one I made was the Eve dress and I had to do the same thing – order more fabric in the middle of a project. Honestly it’s put me off making their patterns (not that their schtick is really my style).

Anyway it was really nice to do some sewing for the first time in weeks! I’ve been tired and low on patience and it was sorely needed. I used some of the Kylie and the Machine labels I bought recently and I adore them 😍

I dislike the collar/facing instructions – it’s fiddly and my collar had a lot of ease in it. I’m almost felt like I needed to stretch out the bodice for it to fit. It didn’t help that I unpicked it, sewed it again and THEN realised I’d run out of bobbin thread 🤦🏻‍♀️

I couldn’t get the collar facing sewn properly, took four attempts or sewing/unpicking until I realised I’d sewn the facing down for the placket and that was stopping me from sewing it properly. That’s what you get for not following instructions!

It took a while to make this dress and as a result it’s one of my neatest makes for a while – I’ve had a tendency lately to rush through my sewing to get it finished but I enjoyed really taking my time.

It’s also another good maternity dress for which I made no adjustments, it has an elasticated waist and a long skirt which means as my bump gets bigger it shouldn’t need lots of adjustments. It’ll also be good for after baby with the button down front for nursing.

Chalk and Notch fringe dress and some news!

It’s been a while sewing friends. I got into a good place with my sewing, making things that I wore frequently and that fit in with my wardrobe. And then I got pregnant! We weren’t thinking about it for long and then hello positive pregnancy test. I was in shock for a few weeks and forced myself to make a Hinterland dress which was not my style anymore (because I thought it would be good maternity wear) and my sewing motivation went kaput.

We had an early scan for reassurance and little jelly bean is growing well. I’ve mainly spent the first trimester watching Netflix in bed – growing a baby with a full time job and a threenager is no mean feat.

Around 10 weeks my energy levels started to pick back up again and I managed to do some sewing!

I chose the Fringe dress because I’d seen another pregnant lady wear one and it has buttons down the front which makes it a good nursing dress.

I’m not interested in making clothes just for maternity so I’ve been making a lot of this style of dress. I’ve already made a Penny dress and a Myosotis dress which were dull to make due to being similar construction but they’ve been worn to death! The fabric is the ubiquitous Rifle Paper Co but I’ve had it so long I can’t remember where I bought it. Sadly I didn’t even buy any of the new collection because it just wasn’t to my taste.

The dress is easy to construct due to the kimono sleeves and the cuffs which are added on after. In order to make it maternity friendly I raised the waist a half inch and left the waist darts off. It’s a loose fitting dress which I love to wear whilst pregnant but also once the baby is here. These pictures were taken in Mevagissey, Cornwall at the beginning of our Cornish holiday.

Liberty Love Linden

I’ve had the Linden pattern for years and for some reason never made it. I’ve seen a few pop up recently and reminded me it existed.

Full disclosure this make is 100% copied from a Selfish Mother sweater which I’ve been trying to buy for months now and it’s always out of stock. Not an excuse I know and I do feel guilty despite ripping off RTW all the time.

The black jersey came from Fabworks and the ribbing and liberty sweatshirting is from Fabrics Galore. I’m not all fancy and don’t have a Cricut machine so I drew the letters on paper, cut them out then used bondaweb to stick them to the sweatshirt. Tip: it’s much easier to do before you’ve made the sweater.

My machine has an appliqué stitch but I wasn’t keen how it looked so instead I used a really short zig zag stitch to sew around each letter. I found my machine wasn’t feeding the fabric through so had to pull it through, not ideal when the first rule of sewing jersey is not to pull through your machine! I then constructed the sweater as normal. From sticking the letters down to attaching the ribbing it took a grand total of 80 minutes. I love a speedy make!

If you’ve been following me for a while you’ll notice I usually take pictures on our weekend adventures. Every weekend nearly, we go for a drive, a walk and a pub lunch. This week was an impromptu trip to Haworth as Hardcastle Craggs was closed due to high winds!

2018 MVP

I love a good round up post. I’ve been keeping a note on my phone of everything I’ve made this year and in what month which makes these round up posts even easier to write. This one is about my favourite makes of 2018. Also you can see the various changes in my hair over the last year. October 2017 I started growing my fringe out – December 2018 it’s back!

Sewaholic Liberty blouse

The oak ridge blouse was the first thing I made in 2018 and it gets pulled out of the washing machine every time it’s clean. I wear it for work and feel smart and put together. I also interviewed in this top and got the job which makes it another favourite! In fact I love it so much I’ve just cut out another.

Lois dress

I love this dress – at the moment I wear it for work (with a tank top underneath) but it’s a nice going out dress too.

High waisted ginger jeans

I am so over wearing low waisted jeans. I pulled my old Levi’s out and was so sick of them gaping and having to pull them up constantly. 2019 make nine will definitely have more jeans to make. Note that these photos are old, since then I’ve hemmed them and taken them in an inch at the waist.

Mandy boat tee

Another one that gets constantly pulled out of the wash and reworn. It’s definitely a weekend tee but so comfy – I need to buy some more jersey for the stash so I can add more to my wardrobe.

Nikko top

Out of everything this is my most favourite make for a few reasons; the first is I can wear it for work or weekend which is important, the second is that it’s a style I previously discounted and am so happy I tried it again.

Camel Rumana coat

Despite an obvious annoying issue with the coat it gets worn nearly everyday for work. I feel smart and put together – almost like I know what I’m doing!?

One takeaway from this is my most favourite makes come from the mini capsule wardrobe I did at the end of the year. I dislike them to wear but to make it’s fab because you have a few small pieces that work well together and you don’t need to think about what to wear it with. I’m definitely trying this again next year!