Days 29 & 31 – The final countdown…but the fun continues!

9Hooray!  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 image5 - Copy (2)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.

6I 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!  1

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!) 8and 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?

About Dawn Phillips

Have you ever just woken up and felt the need to make something? A burning desire to be creative? Well I get that feeling frequently and recently I've been embracing it ... and BOOM, it feels good! Over the last couple of years, I've been learning to sew and have become increasingly curious about dressmaking and pattern cutting. What strikes me is how generous people are with their knowledge and experience. I'm still very much a novice, but happy to share what I've learnt (and continue to learn) on this blog. Now, when I'm sewing, I like to reward myself. Not just at the end of the project, but at certain milestones. Perhaps when I get the second sleeve in or decide that the zip I've inserted doesn't look too shabby. Sometimes the treat will be in the form of a much-needed loo break or a change of playlist, but more often than not, it's a snack! Yep, you've guessed it Columbo, snacking is big business in my day. I'll be sharing my sewing and snacking news on here a few times a week and will chuck in the odd tutorial for good measure. Please join in with your own news and successes so that we can create a fabulous sewing and snacking community!
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4 Responses to Days 29 & 31 – The final countdown…but the fun continues!

  1. Beth says:

    I looooove your cute top and jacket combo so much!!

    Liked by 1 person

  2. Love the vintage top looks fab with the yellow jacket .xx

    Liked by 1 person

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