Saturday, April 30, 2016

It's time again for Me Made May!

Hey everyone! Are you having a good spring? The weather in my parts is still pretty cold and changable - hailstorm one second, sunshine the next. But everything is in bloom, so pretty! I'm definitely looking forward to warmer days, though. Sooo frustrating to have to still wear thick tights when it's almost May already!

I didn't accomplish much sewing this month. Sometimes, other hobbies take precedence and spring seems to be the time for singing. Both my choir and the vocal ensemble that I'm participating in are gearing up for concerts. The first one was last weekend and there are three more between now and the end of June, so there's a flurry of rehersals!

The one thing I did sew in April was a dress for my choir concert. We have assigned colours and I got switched from red to green, so I drafted a quick, sleeveless modification of Onion 2022 with a half-circle skirt, and a bit of black lace overlay. I love how it turned out and may need another one for regular wear at some point...
I'm the one in the front row, in the green dress, obvsly...
Apart from that, I cut out several projects: two woven dresses that have been on my to-sew-list for years, and a couple of jersey dresses. I may get around to sewing those up, one of these days.

Meanwhile, my spring/summer sewing plans are reaching epic proportions. Apart from a pair of black skinny trousers (for that other concert) and another pair of jeans, I have plans for two Sewaholic Minoru jackets (one for spring/autumn and a waterproof rain jacket), a pair of white linen trousers for work when it's hot, and a possibly ridiculous number of dresses from stash fabric... But I guess that deseves a post of its own, soon.

For now, and while it's still (barely) April, here is my pledge for Me Made May 2016!
I, Alessa of, sign up as a participant of Me-Made-May '16. I endeavour to wear entirely me-made outfits (apart from bras/socks/tights, exercise clothes, shoes and jackets) each day for the duration of May 2016, furthermore I will try to wear as many of my me-made clothes as possible.

I usually wear mostly me-mades anyway, but I'm incredibly lazy in the mornings, and always reach for the same clothes, so in a regular month I wear maybe... five or six different outfits on average? No more than ten, certainly. So here's to mixing it up a bit!
I don't know yet if I will have the time and patience to participate in the flickr group, but I will document my outfits on Instagram and do a few round-up posts here. 

Is anyone else taking part in Me-made May? What's your pledge this year?

Sunday, April 3, 2016

Bread&Butter Project - final part

It's now the beginning of April, so the Bread&Butter project has concluded. I'm really happy with all the additions to my wardrobe, and it was fun to be methodical for once, instead of getting distracted by a pretty fabric or pattern. ;-) I didn't get everything done, and I've already planned some more spring sewing, but that's going to be another post...

So, what did I sew in the end?

1. everyday clothes / 2. weekend clothes

I think I could actually do with another long-sleeved Lola (or two), or barring that, another kind of long-sleeved sweater or jersey dress - and maybe a couple of three-quarter sleeved ones for when it gets a little warmer. I already have some fabric that I planned for a Jasper dress. I think a Bruyère over leggings would also be nice for everyday wear, as soon as we're back to more sping-like temps. Maybe I'll even fix the sleeve cuffs of the one I already made. I could also do with another couple of leggings, and was wondering if maybe a knit skirt or two could round out my wardrobe (although I do prefer the ease of just reaching for a dress on an early workday morning).I also think that a couple of cardigans to throw on over the shorter-sleeved dresses would be nice. For now, I have one me-made Miette and a couple of basic RTW cardis in neutral colours. They're all v-necked, with a button closure, which for some reason prevents me from layering them over dresses. I imagine that a longer, waterfall-type cardigan without a front closure, and sleeves lose enough for layering, might work out better for me. I've had my eye on the Oslo cardigan from the Colette Seamwork magazine.

I planned another Lola or something similar - check. I didn't get to my denim Bruyère, but managed a plaid, refashioned version (though it turned out so-so and hasn't been worn yet). I did fix the cuffs on my very first Bruyère and wore it a couple of times. A couple more leggings are still on my to-do list.
And a resounding yes on the cardigan front! I made three Oslo cardigans!
I also made two contrast jersey dresses, two jersey mini skirts (using the back pattern piece of the Paprikapatterns Jade skirt) and two long-sleeved tops.

3. lounge clothes
For lounge wear, I'd also like to try the True Bias Hudson pants, which have been in my pattern library for what feels like forever. For PJs, I was thinking some kind of elastic-waist woven shorts and colour-coordinated t-shirts, which is exactly what I'm wearing most of the time.
That's a nope for the Hudson pants, I didn't even manage to cut out and tape the PDF pattern. I did make two pairs of PJs (see above), and also made a Paprikapatterns Jasper pullover. That one was a bit of an exercise in frustration, since my contrast stripe matching left much to be desired, and it turned out much too big and had to be taken in on the sleeves and princess seams, which threw the stripe matching further off. I also had to piece the hem band... But it does make for fine lounge wear, a cozy sweater to throw on over leggings.
4. extras
Last but not least, I really need a new handbag. I have a pleather one (from Tchibo) that's good enough for my everyday needs, as it fits my tea mug (or a small bottle of water), wallet, emergency brolly, ebook reader, keys and those other little odds and ends. I haven't had a decent larger handbag or tote (that fits a bottle of wine to bring to a party, or my knitting and a good book when on a trip) in what feels like forever, though. The Betty Bowler has been on my to-sew shortlist for ages, I think I've bought three separate fabrics for that specific pattern. I still need the bits and bobs - so that's going to be my bonus project!
As you can see above, that one also got made! It also survived its first trip, as I took it to the UK as hand luggage. It really is a bit too big for a regular handbag, at least in my opinion, besides the usual odds and ends (including keys, wallet, e-reader, waterbottle, brolly etc.) it not only fits a couple of books and my knitting, but also some magazines, a cardi and a couple of changes of clothing... and it's a bit too unwieldy to actually tote it around town for a whole day. So, more of an overnight bag, really, not that that's a bad thing. But I'm still on my quest for the perfect handbag, and I already have a couple of patterns in mind...

So, that was it for my Bread&Butter sewing, but I think I'm going to continue in this vein. Spring sewing plans coming up soon!

Find the other participants in the link-up here!