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MMM’15 Week 1 Round Up

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Though I didn’t really plan it, this week saw many old favorites!

Day One 5/1/15: Colette Monetta hack. I added a color blocked waistband and cowl neck to the basic pattern.

Day Two 5/2/15 : Colette Monetta straight from the package. I wear this dress a LOT.

Day Three 5/3/15: Colette Monetta deja vu. Worn at Biltmore Estate to see the Dressing Downton exhibit!

Day Four 5/4/15: Kate and Rose Patterns Roza blouse. Added gingham lace embroidery to the front.

Day Five 5/5/15: Colette Oslo cardigan. This is from the December 2014 issue of Seamwork Magazine.

Day Six 5/6/15: Cake Patterns Cabarita top. Originally made for July 4th baseball viewing but I typically wear all summer.

Day Seven 5/7/15: Old Navy Tee embroidered with Anna Maria Horner design

Nothing new this week but everything I wore is much loved. How did your first week of Me Made May go?

Pattern Review: Colette Patterns Myrtle Dress

As with the previous two Colette pattern releases, the Myrtle dress is designed for knits and ranges from XS to 3XL. I am so happy to finally be able to simply stitch up a pattern without having to do a significant amount of mind bending math and grading.

The pattern has a few lovely design features. Most notable is the wide draped neckline and shoulder tabs. My version was made with a lovely floral knit fabric I snagged from Girl Charlee during their 40% off sale over the July 4th holiday.

Myrtle Full

Things I liked about the pattern:

  • It comes in my size range!
  • The bodice draping was interesting. The front bodice piece is very long and actually drapes onto itself to become self lined.
  • Button tab shoulders

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Things I struggled with and modified:

  • The waistband just did not work for me. The instructions state to fold down part of the bodice to create a casing but the result was NOT pretty. I ended up taking that out then simply zigzag stitching a piece of elastic to the seam where the bodice and skirt came together. The result was not perfect but looked better than my first attempt.
  • The bodice ended up being a bit short. Next time I will add 2 inches to the bodice length so the dress sits closer to my natural waist. I must note that I am pretty short waisted so for others the bodice may need to be lengthened even more.
  • Overall length of the skirt. I added about 4 inches which is a common modification for me on Colette patterns. I’m almost 5’8″ and don’t typically wear dresses above my knees. This is my personal preference and I want to be able to wear them to work.
  • I started with the pockets but thought they added to much bulk at the hips so later took them out and simply stitched up the sides.

Myrtle without sweater

Overall I really like how the dress came out. It is comfortable and can easily be dressed up or down depending upon what shoes and cardi I wear. There is definitely another Myrtle in my future!

MMM14 Week 3 Round Up

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Week three ended up being much cooler than expected so I broke out some hand knitted sweaters. Of course, my love affair with the Colette Mabel pattern hasn’t cooled so I stitched up yet another!

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 Thursday, May 15: Colette Mabel skirt, review here

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Friday, May 16: Anna Maria Horner embroidered shirt, review here

Saturday, May 17: I worked all day so wore the same as yesterday!

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Sunday, May 18: Shalom sweater, Ravelry notes here

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Monday, May 19: Juliet sweater, Ravelry notes here

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Tuesday, May 20: In House Patterns Cool Cowl Tank, review here

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Wednesday, May 21: Colette Laurel dress, review here

 

MMM14 Week 2 Round Up

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Week 2 of Me Made May reintroduced me to some garments I hadn’t worn in a while. Funny how this challenge makes you rethink your everyday wardrobe choices!

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Thursday, May 7: Colette Mabel skirt, review here

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Friday, May 9: Kate & Rose Roza Blouse in honor of JD Clowney from the University of South Carolina (my alma mater) being drafted #1 in the NFL draft, review here

Saturday, May 10: A repeat of my navy and white polka dot Mabel skirt

Sunday, May 11: Unfortunately I only wore RTW 😦

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Monday, May 12: Jamie Christina Miz Mozelle dress, review here

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Tuesday, May 13: Kay White Sew Serendipity dress, review here

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Wednesday, May 14: Colette Sorbetto, review here

MMM14 Week 1 Round Up

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One of my goals for this year’s MMM is to determine where there are gaps in my wardrobe and fix them so this week’s Me Made May (MMM14) round up is a mixture of old favorites and new patterns.

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Thursday May 1st: Liesl knit sweater by Ysolda Teague, Ravelry notes here

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Friday, May 2nd: Cabarita top by Cake Patterns,  review here

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Saturday, May 3rd: Mabel skirt by Colette Patterns, review here

Sunday, May 4th: I spent a relaxing day reading and sewing so only wore PJ’s!

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Monday, May 5th: Roza blouse by Kate & Rose Patterns,  review here

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Tuesday, May 6th: Giselle dress by Kate & Rose Patterns, review here

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Wednesday, May 7th: Afternoon Blouse by Jennifer Lauren Vintage, review here

 

Wednesday, May 7th:

The Monthly Stitch Miss Bossy Patterns March Challenge

There is a twist on the March challenge over at The Monthly Stitch and I need your help! The normal process is for the collective to vote on the theme then stitch whatever theme the majority chose. I haven’t had a chance to complete any challenges since my Date Night dress entry for the Frocktober Challenge but that hasn’t stopped me from cutting out the dresses and getting them ready to stitch.

This month requires each sewist to have their blog readers choose between three patterns in their stash that are new to them. I have A LOT of patterns I haven’t sewn but actually want to complete one of my never sewn “hibernating” projects so my March Monthly Stitch entry will be one of the following. Please post a comment and let me know which one you think I should stitch up for the challenge and the pattern with the most votes will be my entry!

First up is Vintage Pattern 9387 which is a sleeveless, princess seamed dress that I originally intended to make for the September Vintage Patterns Challenge. I chose an emerald green marbled fabric and have all the pieces cut and ready to sew.

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The second option is the Licorice dress from Colette Patterns Sewing Handbook and was supposed to be my November From a Sewing Book Challenge entry. The fabric is the lovely Liberty of London Tana Lawn Alma in black and red. This one is also cut and ready to sew.

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The final option is Simplicity 2017 which is a sleeveless shift dress with a square yoke. The fabric was a prize from Anneke of Annette Tirette.  This fabric is an African wax print and should suit the pattern quite nicely!

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New Dress, New Challenge & New Giveaway

Greetings from the SNOWY south ya’ll! I have been stuck inside for two days with my husband and very bored teenager so you can imagine how happy I am to be able to share my latest make with you.

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This is my third version of the Peony dress from Colette patterns. I used short sleeves on the first one and the second one was a sleeveless version but I wanted this one to have longer sleeves so I could wear it through the winter. The fabric is from Art Gallery’s Splendor 1920 collection and is called Adorneament in Royal. I love the vintage Downton Abbey look of the fabric and plan to wear it for a Valentine’s Day dinner with my husband if the weather eases up long enough for us to get out of the driveway! I bought this fabric last year from Hawthorne Threads along with the fabric for my Date Night dress.  I also still have three lengths of fabric from that order waiting to be stitched up so I hope to show you some more lovely dresses soon!

I did my normal modifications to the pattern:

  • Graded up to fit 47″ bust
  • Used bias tape instead of facings for the neckline
  • Lengthened the skirt by 4 inches
  • Sewed a lapped zipper instead of using an invisible zipper

This time I also opted to add the contrasting sash which was a pain to get a good fit. Since my waist-to-hip differential is so large and I am short waisted, it is hard to get belts wide enough to accentuate without riding up above the hip fluff. I did manage to get this one to fit after a couple of attempts by using snaps instead of a single button.
Vintage Sewing Pattern Pledge

Another thing I did when the power and internet were restored was visit my favorite blogs for new sewing inspiration. What I found was not “new” inspiration but “vintage”. Marie of A Stitching Odyssey has decided to challenge herself to finally use some of her vintage patterns instead of merely collecting them. She challenged other sewists to also use their vintage stash and I have decided to join her Vintage Sewing Pattern Pledge by committing to use at least three of my vintage patterns this year.

While searching through my vintage pattern stash to determine which ones I plan to sew, I realized I have way TOO many and will not possibly get around to sewing them all. I hope to finalize my vintage sewing list soon but in the meantime, there is a good way to share my love of vintage sewing with you by sending these four patterns to one lucky sewist. Just leave a comment by Wednesday, February 19th and I will choose a winner next Thursday.

Congratulations to the winner of last week’s yarn giveaway: Cathynd95! Cathy, please email me your address and I will get the yarn in the post!

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Sewing Mojo, UFOs & a Giveaway!

I had a few days off at the first of July and spent the time organizing my sewing space. I went through my fabric and pattern stash, happily making plans to get both under control. After completing several items though, I feel like I really should finish all of my UFO’s before starting something else. I am not looking forward to fixing all of the issues that prevented me from finishing each garment in the first place so I keep putting them off. The pile is growing and at my current rate the UFO pile will be bigger than my fabric stash soon! Any ideas on how to keep my sewing mojo (or sewjo as  Lizzy calls it!) going while also reducing the UFO pile?

As an added incentive for both you and me, I am going to give away a pattern of your choice from my “willing to share” stash to the person with the best idea for keeping my sewjo going and conquering my UFO pile. The giveaway will close on next Wednesday, August 14 and I will announce the winner next Thursday so get those ideas coming!

My current UFO’s include:

Colette Crepe in vintage navy dotted swiss. This dress has been in the UFO pile since early 2012. I got as far as adding the piping then got stuck. The dress has a sweetheart neckline so it requires some finesse to get the piping and facing to lie flat. After trying a couple of times, I got frustrated and tossed it. In order to finish the dress, I would need to unpick the neckline and restitch the piping then sew the sides seams and hand hem.

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Colette Ginger in embossed suede microfiber. This was my second attempt at this skirt and has been in my UFO pile since mid 2012. The first one is a tad too tight in the hips so it rides up. In an effort to correct that issue, I cut a larger size expecting to simply add a few back darts so the waist would fit appropriately. Unfortunately the fabric is so thick and stiff I can’t get the waistband to lie flat and get all these weird puckers. In order to finish the skirt, I would need to unpick the waist darts and figure out how to get the waistband to fit properly. The skirt also needs to be hemmed.

Embossed Ginger

In House Patterns Blossom in Amy Butler sketchbook voile. This blouse has only been in my UFO pile since early spring but the fabric is so lovely it is a shame to have it languish. There are a couple of issues with getting this one finished. First the back neckline gapes so somehow I need to find a way to “tighten” it up without removing fabric from the shoulder area. I also didn’t have enough fabric to grade up the sleeves as the pattern is written so I opted for a tulip style instead. I got the first side on correctly but struggled with the other sleeve so much I put the whole blouse away and never came back to it.

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Colette Hawthorn in minty green eyelet. Not so much a UFO as a hard to get started. I have all of the pieces cut out but can’t seem to wrap my head around how to line and add the facings. The fabric is scalloped along the button edge instead of the hem so any ideas on how to get the facings and lining stitched without losing the scallops would be most appreciated!

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The Great Gatsby Sewing Challenge Dress

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I stayed up until midnight to finish but the dress is done! I wore my Great Gatsby Sewing Challenge dress to both church and to see the movie for Mother’s Day. The main fabric is stretch taffeta and the sleeves are chiffon. I used a dress circa 1926 as my inspiration. I liked the color, chiffon sleeves and rosette flowers but drop-waist dresses do not flatter my curvy shape so I opted to make a more straight style shift dress and instead incorporated 1920’s elements.

 

Dress ca. 1926 via The Costume Institute of the Metropolitan Museum of Art

Dress ca. 1926 via The Costume Institute of the Metropolitan Museum of Art

I wanted a feminine dress I could wear to church or out to a nice dinner that would give a nod to the Gatsby era but not scream “costume”! I think my interpretation does the trick. The dress is made from the Colette Laurel pattern with Colette Taffy sleeves. I also added a triangular bit of lace to the bodice as many dresses from this time period included this style element. I wore my spectator pumps from BAIT Footwear to round out the ensemble.

 

 

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The chiffon flower was made using a Mother Huddle tutorial with some modifications. Instead of hot gluing the fabric to the felt circle, I hand sewed it. I also sewed a pin to the back so the flower could be removed when I wash the dress. The vintage button in the middle was picked up a couple of years ago at an area sewing “Shop Hop” for about 15 cents.

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In addition to learning how to make chiffon flowers, I also learned how to hand sew an invisible hem and insert lace. The dress is by no means perfect, but it is comfortable to wear and fits me pretty well. I definitely plan to wear it again in the future!

Me Made May ’13 Day 2

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Day two brings another Colette pattern. This time it is the Taffy blouse from the Colette Sewing Handbook. Sewing this blouse was the first time I had used bias tape, sheer fabric, and french seams. The fabric was a $2.00 Wal-mart clearance find so the whole blouse cost me less than five bucks.

Taffy Blouse

I made Taffy last spring but haven’t worn it until today. I had planned to wear it with a red Ginger skirt but never got around to making the skirt so the blouse has been stuffed in the back of my closet. Yay for MMM’13 pushing me to give Taffy some love!

I also saw an embroidered knit version of Taffy in the flickr MMM’13 group pool that I may try. One of my sewing goals this year is to find ways to use the same patterns more often without creating the exact same garment so seeing other sewist’s takes on certain patterns should be helpful and give me additional options to try.

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