Hooray! I made it through my Me-Made-May challenge and wore something made by me every other day! I’m hoping that next year I can up my game and wear one of my own creations every day. Did anyone else join in? There’s always next year…up for it? Of course you are!
It’s been a fantastic challenge and all the cool messages you’ve sent via the blog, Twitter, Facebook etc. have really spurred me on! Thanks so much. Perhaps one of the most heartwarming moments this week came when I heard of a lovely lady who was inspired to have a go at making some Margot pyjamas. I’m afraid I don’t know who the mysterious reader is but I’d love to see what you make if you fancy sending me a photo.
So, what have I discovered as a result of #MMMay15? Firstly, I LOVE creating stuff even more than I first realised. I get bored easily but need to work on that and persevere with tricky projects that take longer to complete than I want them to, as it turns out these are some of my favourite makes (polka dot dress (above) and Arielle skirt (opposite) are two such examples.
I love make-do-and-mending and cutting into quality, beautiful fabric in equal measure. Flicking between the two is a great way to save some money, avoid wastage and really value brand new fabric for special occasions and specific projects.
I also need to make more tops that I can just throw on with a pair of jeans. They are so simple to make and add interest to an outfit. Which brings me nicely on to my next challenge. I’m entering the Simplicity blogger challenge in the Best Vintage Make category. Here’s my entry!
I used the Simplicity 1364 pattern (featured here) and made this top out of some super summery fabric by Makower that I picked up at The Creative Sanctuary. In fact I love this project because the fabric choice turned into a real group affair with Angela, Jane & Gill from the shop all adding their thoughts and generally styling me! Thanks ladies – chuffed to bits with the end result! I added some blue bias binding, blue lapped zip and sparkly blue button detail on the shoulders.
This was my first go at making something from an actual vintage pattern and it took a bit of getting used to but not too much has changed over the last few decades…except body sizes it seems! I also discovered that a zip is a notion! I’d never heard of that before. I made some adjustments to the sizing and changed the shape of the armhole a bit but it still resembles the original pattern. I love the slash neckline – gorgeous, such an elegant pattern…and it goes with my little yellow jacket!
In terms of snacking I really went for it this week and went burger mad.
You can’t beat the sweet potato fries at GBK!
To top it all off, my good friend Nicky came over for some sewing action (behave!) and brought this little (though extremely heavy) beauty with her! Isn’t it incredible? It was given to her by her nan and we put our heads together to see if we could get it working. Did we succeed? You’ll have to wait to find out in the next post!
Hope you’ve had a good weekend. Got any news?