Monday, 21 May 2018

May: Peony skirt....

2018 Make 5

Need: Simple skirt to go with a number of me made tops!

Pattern: Colette Peony

I've been pretty keen on having a denim skirt for spring/summer-something to go with a lot of tops I usually only wear with jeans. Something simple, none fussy. I don't have too many skirt patterns but plenty of dresses; I chose one of the most simple, the Colette Peony. I love the shape-although not too keen on the inseam pockets for this version so I adapted the By Hand London tutorial for side slant pockets. These are meant for the Anna but can I would have thought they be applied to pretty much any skirt pattern.

I was originally thinking of a nice bit of chambray but after a quick check in the diminished stash I found a piece of this denim left over from this dress. A little over a meter, definitely enough for a skirt, so being low on spends I thought I might as well use this up. It's quite structured so takes the A line of the Peony well. 

Notions: Exposed zip and bias bound seams

I bound all of the inside seams. I love how this looks-so tidy. I adapted a waist band from another dress pattern and used an exposed zip. I didn't do this very well-a few wonky measurements but I botched it in ok in the end....well it opens and closes so that'll do.

Thoughts: I think this turned out ok in the end. It took a bit of adjusting on the way-I stitched down the front pleats as the front wouldn't lay flat, added some top stitching to the pocket slants so they didn't pull and the zip was a bit of a botch but I've worn this a few times already so it's not all bad. It's a nice basic which I'm sure will get some good wear and it felt good to use up some more stash.

Saturday, 12 May 2018

MMMay18: Tops....

I'm starting off my sort out pledge with my me made tops.

Getting them all out the first thing I notice is how few I actually have. My me mades really have dwindled over the past year or so, I remember getting rid of a few when I put away my summer clothes last winter (can we say winter has finally gone now? please!) So these are it and this is how I've decided to sort them....


I didn't realise how old this top was, made back in 2014, minus the original collar it's lasted pretty well. Still a firm favourite, I'll wear this one until it literally starts falling apart.


Another make from way back in the day, however this one has sadly hardly been worn at all. I'm not quite sure why so I intend to get this into my wardrobe and get it worn this weekend.

This one has already gone through the adjustments needed to make it wearable, it's a good one for spring and always a gets worn, keeper.

The oldest so far, this one is right back from 2013 and still looks new. I've worn this every year and still love the print.


I really like this top but, a problem I keep coming across, the armscye is just too high and digs into my arm pit. I'm thinking of just chopping off the sleeves and making it more of a summer top, a bit more Sorbetto-ish.

Another super old Sorbetto, again this needs the arm holes lowering. Am going to remove the binding chop out around and inch and rebind.

I honestly didn't realise how many Sorbetto's I have. This one has frayed around the neck and arms, basically from poorly attached self binding. Going to try and find some shop binding to match the really dark blue.


Sleeveless Plantain

Forgot about this top, I really like the floral panel on the back but it's looking a bit tired. A little bit bobbly around the arms and the swimsuit elastic is degrading. I'm going to give this a few wears this month as a send off then it's off to the recycling bin.....but I'll make a note to remake one of these.

Plantain T shirt

Same again, just a bit old and tired, off to the bin with you!


So I think I have enough Sorbetto's to keep me going for a while, let's put that pattern to the back of the pile. I'm in need of some jersey tops but I'm tempted to add these to my rtw shopping list for now. I'm not rich on sewing time and if I want to concentrate on my 12 makes then I'm not sure these fit in. Good jersey fabric us also expensive. I would love a couple of new Plantains. Maybe I'll keep this in mind and see what fabric I can pick up this year for possible autumn/winter. 
Since having a sort out I have worn at least three of these tops this month which is pleasing, hopefully after adjusting the others I'll have most of them in rotation for the summer. 

Next up, beloved DRESSES!

Friday, 4 May 2018

April: Gingham Bonnell v2......

2018 Make 4

Need: Replacement for this dress

Pattern: Bonnell Dress

I made the gingham dress above during Me Made May 2016, so it's lasted a couple of years and MANY wears, this turned out to be good in the summer and also winter with tights. Unfortunately the bodice fabric did not fair well. It was a cheap poly cotton so it did well enough but it bobbled under the arms and just looked a bit well worn.  I really loved this though so decided I needed a refreshed version.

Fabric: I found this gorgeous gingham from Fabric Godmother. I can't find it on the website so will assume it's all gone?! It's a lovely cotton with a little bit of stretch. I love black and white gingham, but throw in some gorgeous florals too and this really makes it. I also repurposed some of the original skirt fabric for the bodice lining as I was a little short on the floral print.

Notions: Another reuse was the lace zip, originally from Berylune. Unpicked from the original bodice and as good as new.


The Bonnell is one of my TNT patterns so this all came together pretty speedy.
I'm not too sure about the skirt length, it might be just a tad too long, but literally just a cm or so. I'll leave it for the time being and see how I feel when I wear it which hopefully will be this weekend, have you seen the weather forecast?! SUMMER.
Is the pattern placement on the front a bit wrong? Did you notice the bloom on each bewb?! Oh well, too late now, blooms on the bewbs it is.
I'm counting this as part of my Me Made pledge too as an identified remake that will get as much wear as the first incarnation.