Me Made May; Week 4 & 5

I made it!  I did it!  I wore one me made item each day of the month!  I very very nearly made it with the photography too, but that all went to pot in the last week…

MMMay week 5

I know I took photos on the 22nd, 23rd and 24th but they seem to have disappeared off my phone / camera / SLR.  I use three different cameras and I can’t find these photos on any of them but I do remember taking them!  None of it was new though, it’s all stuff already blogged this month, or blogged before; namely Jasmine, my dressing gown (I felt ill that day), and my Alma.  Then we were off for a week away in Chertsey.

This is my finished the day before we went V1247 top using a lawn bought from fabric land.  This was a great top for travelling (on the 25th) and then also wandering around Windsor Great Park (the 26th), which is where the picture is from.  On the Bank Holiday Monday (27th) we had a tourist day in London and flew on the Eye and did a river boat cruise as well as a wander around Trafalgar Square and Horse Guards Parade.  I wore my Blue Roses dress.

I failed to get a picture on the 28th – it was raining heavily and we spent most of the day at a swimming pool (which had a pirate ship and a volcano in it!  Boy went insane with excitement!), but on dry land I wore my Sencha as my me made item.

The 29th was a trip to Windsor Castle.  Whilst photos were taken of Boy and Husband I didn’t get any of me, so you’ll have to take my word for it that I was wearing my V1247 skirt!  The 30th was a quiet day as we knew what we had planned for Boy on the Friday.  We went to a science discovery centre which was great fun for all of us and my Mathilde was worn yet again!

Friday 31st May was the last day and we went to Legoland!  Boy had a brilliant day as did we.  We only managed a tiny amount of the park and I can’t recommend the Q-Bots enough.  Expensive but saves long ques with a small person.  I loved the Atlantis ride and just watching Boy trying to take it all in – we’ll definitely go back but spend two days there so we can see more of the park and do more of the rides.  It’ll be the last ‘term time’ holiday we’ll be able to take as Boy will start school in September 2014…  Anyway, a constant but un documented staple of my wardrobe was worn – my Sewaholic Minoru.

Reflections:

Like many other participants I was totally done with the self portraits by the end of the month!  However I have also realised that I need some more casual bottom half stuff in my life and maybe a few more causal dresses.  I’m looking forward to receiving my Hummingbird pattern from Cake Patterns as I want to make a denim skirt and this pattern looks like it’ll be perfect, and I hope Washi will become a casual summer staple dress.

I’ve also realised that I thought I was a trousers kinda girl but I’m actually much happier in a skirt or dress – don’t get me wrong, trousers are a necessity some of the time and one day I’ll be brave enough to tackle some jeans or Thurlow style trousers.  At the moment though my RTW jeans will be worn until they are not fit for wearing (which may be sooner than I like…).

It’s become apparent too that I love getting changed at the end of the day into something, comfy isn’t the right word, but something I can lounge on the sofa in and generally unwind in.  So I plan on making some more PJ bottoms as I only have one pair at the moment (the other pair got binned at the hospital back in October; I just didn’t want to bring any of the clothes I’d been wearing home).  I’m trying to justify the Tofino pattern as we type but I have a perfectly good PJ pattern as it is that could be adapted to have the contrast panel on the leg if I can be bothered.  I bet I end up just buying the pattern…

So, Me Made isn’t too hard to do now, self portrait photography is fun to begin with and them just becomes a chore by the end of the month.  I repeat a lot of the items I wear (but I knew that anyway) and I definitely need more ‘lounge’ wear and a few more casual separates.  I’ve enjoyed taking part and I’ve enjoyed reading other people’s take on it too.  I haven’t been near the Flickr side of things as quite frankly there are only so many hours in the day.  I’ll take part again next year too, but will probably only document via Instagram which will be easier for me and save those of you who aren’t interested reading a month of posts about stuff you’ve already seen!  I’ll still inflict a summary on you though.

So thank you Zoe for the inspiration and challenge.  It’s helped shape some of my sewing going forward.

Me Made May; Week 3

Wow, three weeks of MMMay 2013 completed all ready!  I’ll confess, there isn’t a whole bunch of new stuff to show you this week as you’ve seen it all before this month!  So rather than the same old same old outfit shots I’ve substituted some days with a detail of the particular garment.

MMMay Week 3 1

I was whinging about how much I like my Jasmine top but that I also hate the facings at the neckline and the suggestion was made that I cut them down and then treat them like a bias binding finish.  So that evening the scissors came out and I happily attacked the facings by cutting them down, turning them under to conceal the raw edge and then topstitching them down.  Much better.  I also tip my cap at the person who originally pointed out to me that finishing the neckline with bias binding would be a good idea when I queried the layers of fabric  at the neckline (I can’t find the post if it was on the blog, or the discussion board on Colette’s site).  Stupidly I ignored them.  They were right, I was wrong.  In fact it is highly likely that all facings will be blown out in favour of bias binding of a full lining.  Never say never though…

MMMay week 3 2

And I need more PJs.  Random, but there it is.  I need to make some more PJs!  Good thing Karen is going to do another PJ party, although I may need some a little sooner than that…

Only another week or so of MMMay to go!  So for those of you who try and avoid outfit posts, you’ve only got to suffer through one more weekly round up and then a final reflection post and normal service will resume!  I know it’s not everyone’s cup of tea but challenges like this help me focus on my wardrobe and what I need it to look like.  There is likely to be some utility sewing (as in stuff I’ll wear all the time) as well as continued ‘ooh, that’s pretty!’ sewing (things I wont wear all the time but I want to make anyway), commonly known as cake and frosting sewing.  The cake sewing though will hopefully still be pretty and challenging in some way, as well as worn a lot.  But I’ll muse on that a little more in early June (bet you can’t wait!).

succulent gardens

And finally, I’ve been really inspired by little succulent gardens (and they’re also very hard to kill apparently!) so me and Boy made some dinosaur gardens on Monday!  I’d like to find some pretty glass or ceramic oblong containers so I can put one on my dressing table upstairs.  A little greenery about the place makes me happy.

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As does the arrival of some tickets.  I’m going to London for the meet up being organised by Claire on the 3rd August – Hurrah!  I am really really looking forward to it!

Me Made May; Week 2 and Some Winners!

I made it through another week!  And, I managed to get a full house of photos as well!  Although some don’t show the outfit too well.  Oops!

MMMay week 2 1

It was definitely the week of Simplicity 2588, I wore my work version twice and the blue roses version once.  So that’s nearly half the week in one pattern!  After that it was V1247 (again), Sencha (again, but at least photographed), and Cambie on Saturday.  You can see some of the building work we’re having done behind my Sencha photo.

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Wearing dresses is much easier than mixing separates, but sometimes I need to wear trousers which is where lovely tops come in!  I really must break out Mathilde, Jasmine and Alma for next week!  And you can probably tell that as the week progressed I was getting more and more tired.  I am absolutely exhausted as I write this on the evening of the 16th.  One more day to the weekend…

But on to the much more interesting giveaway winners!

The fabric goes to: Eclectic Threads

The pattern of choice goes to: Lizzy at Sew Busy Lizzy who chose Jalie 2908 which is a jeans pattern

The vintage patterns and scarf go to: Silvia at Sewing Princess

Congratulations!

I’m looking forward to the weekend, I’m hoping to actually do some sewing which is more than repairing things, which is all that’s happened this month so far.  You never know, I may get an hour or so to disappear upstairs with my machine!

Me Made May ’13: Pledge Time!

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I’m in! Just a little note of explanation too as I’m aware that this may be a new concept to a few of my lovely readers. Zoe, who blogs at So Zo hosts a challenge each year to encourage us to wear the clothes that we make.

People make a pledge to wear a self made item each day, or three times a week, or whatever works for them. Some are not allowing themselves to repeat an item, others are not allowed to repeat an outfit. It’s about developing your relationship with the items you make and actually wearing them! This is only my second year in taking part, so;

I, Vicki of VickiKateMakes, sign up as a participant of Me-Made-May ’13. I endeavour to wear one me-made item each day for the duration of May 2013.

As Zoe explains: “Me-Made-May ’13 (MMM’13 for short) is a challenge designed o encourage people who sew / knit / crochet / refashion / up-cycle / insert-other-creative-discipline-here garments for themselves to actually wear and love them. The participants decide the specifics of their own challenge pledge so that the month is appropriate and challenging for them” This is Zoe’s post all about it, and you can sign up there as well!

I’m not going to bore you with daily outfit photographs, instead I’ll do a round up each week. I’ll try and post on a Wednesday but that could prove interesting for the last week as we’ll be away and I have no idea what the interwebs connection will be like. So you may get ten days worth in early June once I’ve got home to my computer! But on the plus side there will be photos featuring a caravan, Legoland, Windsor Castle and where ever else we visit!

From last year I learnt that the hardest aspect of this challenge for me is the documentation of what I wear. I’m not exactly comfortable in front of the camera. But, this year I WILL take a photo Every. Single. Day. I’ll try and vary the setting, but the front door may feature heavily, or the building site in the back garden! Does anyone have any tips for self portraits? How to feel less like a dork or poses to try?!

Me Made May: Week 1

OK, first up I have to apologise.  I have no photos but I promise faithfully that I have been wearing at least one me-made item every day!  Here’s a quick run down:

Tuesday 1 May:
My cherry blossom Sencha with jeans and Minoru Jacket
Worn at home, toddler wrangling

Wednesday 2 May:
Cherry blossom Sencha with black pinstripe trousers and Minoru Jacket
Worn to wrk

Thursday 3 May:
Starry Jasmine with black pinstripe trousers and Minoru Jacket
Work again

Friday 4 May:
Starry Jasmine with black pinstripe trousers and Minoru Jacket
Work, yet again!

Saturday 5 May:
Mostly in scruffs as I was sanding and undercoating my dressing table, but for the evening I wore my Renfrew with Jeans
Pizza at friends

Sunday 6 May:
Renfrew with jeans followed by scruffs for yet more painting
Visiting family in the morning (A fortnightly Sunday routine for us)

Monday 7 May:
Scruffs yet AGAIN!  More sanding and a gloss coat this time.  Then my rose print PJs when I finally got to relax in the evening

So, I’ve managed to keep up with my one Me-Made item per day.  I have failed dismally on the photos though (hence re-runs of previously shared photos!).  I run out of time in the morning, and don’t feel like having my photo taken at the end of the day after work!  Not really valid excuses, but hey.

On the plus side though I have realised the following:

I need some more tops!  I think I’ll have to get on with the Renfrew, Jasmine’s and Senchas that I’ve had planned and on the back burner for ever.  I keep getting distracted by new projects…  But I must do my dress for the 50th Birthday Party (and petticoat) and the Peony/Jenny Franken dress for Harry’s christening first.

My Jeans are now too big.  I need a new pair but having seen Amy’s beautiful pair and the general rave reviews that Jalie 2908 gets, I want to have a go at making my own.  I’ve got some dark stretch denim in my stash which were originally going to be Bella trousers  or maybe a denim pencil skirt but may well get diverted now.  If I can lay my hands on the pattern in the UK that is!  Hopefully Habithat will have it back in stock soon…

I do want to take the waist band detail from my thrifted RTW pair though as I like the deep waistband with a double button.  So that probably means that I’ll be enrolling on Kenneth King’s Jeanius class on Craftsy too so that I can clone this aspect!

I have to admit that I’m enjoying MMM’12 far more than I thought I might.  I had really psyched myself out over it, but I’m doing OK so far.  I hope to get some skirts out this week.  My meringue will be work tomorrow, that’s for sure.  However my me-made items that fit are going to be in heavy rotation as both my crescents need taking in and it’s a job I hate so I’m avoiding it.  I also need to bring the hem up by a good couple of inches. But if anything is going to give me the motivation to do it, this month will.

That’s been one of the lessons learnt already this month.  I like my skirts to finish above my knee.  Not way above my knee, but so the hem rests just above the top of the knee cap.  Or goes all the way to the floor.  I just feel ‘wrong’ in a skirt that finishes somewhere between the two!  I guess tea-length will never be me…

Pledge Number 248:

I, Vicki Kate of vickikatemakes, sign up as a participant of Me-Made-May ’12. I endeavour to wear one item of self stitched clothing each day for the duration of May 2012. I will also photograph what I wear each day. I will endeavour to blog once a week with a roundup of my outfits. This is my first EVER Me Made Month and I’m a little bit scared. In a good way – the exited sort of scared… I really hope my limited MM Wardrobe is up to this!

I have been dithering about this for the reason stated above!  Hence the 4 hours until it starts sign-up.  I’m scared that my MM wardrobe may not be up to the challenge.  I will tell you NOW that there WILL be repeats.  Definitely of items and more than likely outfits too…  My PJs from the Party are also eligible and may well be my saviour at weekends…

I can’t wait to see what you are all wearing!

PS:  If you want to know more, click on the banner to visit Zoe’s blog to find out more and be inspired by this incredible person…