Tuesday, 28 April 2020


Yes Zoe! I'm so pleased this is still on this year and I love that it's being promoted in a gentle way. I'm very much up for a distraction, exspecially one to bring me back to sewing. So many things get in the way of this much loved hobby. 

And as such, I don't have that much of a me made wardrobe any more but enough to help me stick to my pledge...

'I, Zoe, of Zoe Made This blog, pledge to wear my handmade garments every weekend in May.'

I can't give up my homebound weekdays to dressing up, it's leggings all day every day over here but I'm hoping giving a bit of thought to my weekend outfits will life the lockdown spirits :)

Tuesday, 21 April 2020

Make Nine 2020: THREE

Pattern: Copycat from a 3 year olds hoody......basically just drew around each peice and eyeballed a cm or so for a seam allowance. Sooo professional.

Fabric: So this was on my make 9 list and I fully intended to buy some lovely soft loop back sweatshirt jersey but as we all know it's been a crazy few weeks so I just never got around to it. As it drew closer to Easter I figured this make just wouldn't happen...that was until we had a bit of a clear out and the other half threw a Uniqlo hoody onto the pile. Not only was the colour right but it also had the majority of the component parts neede for this make. I remembered to snap a pic just after I looped the hood off.

Notions: I snipped out the zip, I probably could have adjusted it to fit the new mini hoody but I still had poppers on my mind! (this may continue for some time) I used up the existing cuff ribbing and used up pretty much all of the fabric, sleeve scraps for bunny ears....

Thoughts: Really pleased that I found the opportunity to get this made in time for Easter. I always pledged to dress the small in clothes with ears for as long as possible! It was nice to upcycle some old clothing too. It's definitly not perfect, a few raw edges going on, but it fits and he loves being a bunny so it's a win!

Friday, 17 April 2020

Make Nine 2020: TWO

Pattern: Megan Nielsen Darling Ranges. I didn't make any changes to the pattern from the last time I made this (back in 2018) although it did come out pretty different, wider in the bodice, however I'm glad this happened as I was after a more relaxed, smock like fit. 

Fabric: Monstera leaf print linen look viscose. Lovely and drapey and super easy to sew with. I picked this up on a whim from an ebay shop. I ot 3 meters so have a nice chunk left over for another project. I love the colours.

Notions: Lazy af but totally satisfying, I used poppers instead of buttons. I just couldn't stand the thought of all of those button holes and seeing as I have an excess of poppers I used up my navy stash on this dress. Super quick and I quite like the overall look.

Thoughts: I really like the oversized feel of this dress but conceed it does look better with a belt to sinch in the waist. The weather has really picked up and I got some good wear out of this over the Easter weekend (you know, in the times we can be bothered to get properly dressed at the moment) Hoping for a good summer ahead where we can actually be outside and I think I'll be wearing this one quite a bit.


Thursday, 13 February 2020

Make Nine 2020: ONE

Pattern: Paper Theory's Zadie is back already!  just slightly hacked to accomodate the freezing temperature's of late (no chilly ankles round here) I lengthened the leg pieces by around 3 inches -I think- and kept them wide

Fabric: Spotty heart print viscose. Lovely and drapey and super easy to sew with. This is a fabric hungry pattern though, I used pretty much all of the 3 meters bought. 

Notions: Totally missed cutting out the binding pieces on the bias (although wouldn't have actually had room for that anyway) so I bought some black binding for the neckline. I actually don't mind how that looks either and it was much less fiddly and no fraying! I also used binding for hemming the arms to keep a little bit of length. 

Thoughts: Another much loved Zadie for the wardrobe. Being able to sew this up without pattern alterations and knowing the fit will be great is such a treat. I'm pretty sure there will be a few more of these made over the summer.