Thursday, 26 May 2016
Monday, 16 May 2016
I can't believe week 2 has been and gone already. This week has been quite repetitive, I've found I'm wearing a few key items a lot! I've also struggled a bit with the hot weather as I only have one me-made summer skirt and no tops! I really need to address that!
I spent Sunday in York Museum Gardens and the weather was beautiful. I started off wearing my MIY Collection Longley Cardi, but it got too hot and then I was just in my RTW jeans and nursing top.
Monday was the same story, my RTW summer clothes with my Longley Cardi for when it was a little cooler. I'm finding this cardi so versatile for the weather, it's easy to throw on, doesn't crease and is cool if left open. I am planning another in a lighter knit fabric, I'm hoping it will be drapier and cooler and should see me through the summer!
Tuesday was a rainy day here. I wore my newly finished Simple Sew Patterns Classic Culottes. They are great in the rain because they are lightweight and the bottoms don't get soaked!
On Wednesday I wore a denim Megan Nielsen Patterns Brumby Skirt with my Sewaholic Fraser Sweatshirt. I loved the look of Brumby, but in this stiffer denim I don't think it does much for me, I'm going to re-make in a drapier fabric. This sweatshirt is getting a lot of wear as it's a lovely bright colour and the sleeve length means it's not overly warm.
Thursday saw the return of my trusty Colette Ginger. I've just noticed the waistband is coming apart at the back so I need to do some emergency repair work on it! This Ginger has an elasticated waistband and is made from stretch denim - it's so comfy and easy to wear!
I decided on Friday to not show another photo of my Longley Cardi, but to show what my little boy was wearing. I made my first Brindille and Twig pattern - a sweatshirt out of Girl Charlee UK teal cotton spandex. The fabric is lovely quality, I need to get some more to make myself a t shirt. The pattern was a joy to work with and so quick to make. The only fiddly bit was attaching the cuffs on the overlocker because they are so small!
On Saturday the baby had a nap for a whole hour (so unusual for him) so instead of doing the washing up I made some progress on my Simple Sew Patterns Peter Pan Blouse. I'm really taking my time with it and it's paying off because it's really neat. This is going to make up some of my much needed summer wardrobe!
I feel like I'm struggling a little to find something interesting to wear each day. I need to make a couple of basic t shirts and some more trousers so I have some wardrobe staples.
Monday, 9 May 2016
This is my first time participating in Me Made May and I'm really enjoying the challenge so far! It's got me thinking about what I wear everyday and even making some more clothes already to fill the gaps in my wardrobe.
I got off to a pretty good start wearing my Colette Patterns Ginger Skirt and Sewaholic Fraser Sweatshirt on the first day. The neckline of the sweatshirt doesn't look great in photos, that's definitely something I need to improve on next time! I actually get lots of compliments about the sweatshirt when I wear it, so I think overall it's a success!
Next up was the skirt again (don't judge me - if my clothes manage to avoid baby food / snot then they get a second outing before the wash) worn with my favourite ever cardigan, the MIY Collection Longley Cardi, by Wendy Ward. I absolutely love Wendy's patterns, they are so well drafted and thought through, plus excellent everyday clothes that fit easily into my wardrobe.
Day 3 I decided to wear my Sew Over It Ultimate Trousers. This was the first pair of trousers I ever made and the fit is not perfect yet. They are made from a cotton twill and they bag out over the course of the day. This picture was taken at the end of the day so you can see they are a little baggy. I don't have many pairs of trousers that are me-made and definitely need some more as they are perfect for being out and about with the baby!
Day 4 was lovely and sunny, so I wore my recently finished Seamwork Magazine Seneca Skirt. I love Seamwork for their quick patterns and have been a subscriber for a while now. This skirt is midi length and cool and floaty. The elastic waistband makes this a comfy and easy to wear skirt. I think I'll be wearing a lot more of this over the summer!
I was pretty busy on Day 5 with play groups so wore some very old RTW jeans with my first t shirt, the Sewaholic Renfrew. The neckline band is horribly stretched out on this, I really need to make another one with a better neckline. This is really a toile as the fabric is a bit cheap and thin. I realised on this day that I need to think about making some skinny jeans, they are quite a well worn item of clothing!
Day 6 we travelled to York to spend the weekend with my mum (and allow me a day out in Leeds for a hen do!) so I wore my very comfy skirt from The Beginners Guide To Dressmaking by Wendy Ward. This skirt gets a lot of wear as it is comfy and easy, in a dark grey ponte roma, it goes with everything. I'm wearing it with a RTW Gap nursing top and my favourite yellow Converse. I need something bright with an all grey outfit!
Day 7 was my first ever baby-free day. I went across to Leeds to do a room escape game and assault course. I realised before hand that I didn't have any me-made jogging bottoms so I quickly made some Papercut Patterns Anima Pants to wear. I got very muddy on the assault course and water slide and I made these trousers out of a very thick grey ponte, so it took AGES for me to dry out! They are great though and I want to make some more. I'm top right in the group photo by the way, and you can just about make out the trousers!
Over the course of the week I've realised that nearly everything I've worn has been stretchy! I think comfort is a major factor in how I dress at the moment. Plus, its easy to throw on stretchy clothes and they generally don't need much ironing.
I want to make some more t shirts for summer and some skinny jeans to have more basic wearable items!