Friday, May 22, 2015

Friday Roundup

Hi everyone! We are coming up to a relaxing 3 day weekend, Memorial Day. I guess it's time for me to finally do some yard work. The best time of the year is on it's way and the kids are looking forward to a summer of fun outside.

This week I kept on my plan of wearing handmade clothes every day! I also did a lot of sewing this week. This is the perfect time of year to do it. My sewing room isn't too hot or too cold. I finished a cardigan and a new dress which I'll be showing off soon.

Today was a theme day for Me Made May, Animals! I have plenty of those. I decided to pose with our puppy, Freya.

She's a German Shepherd mix, 4 months old. We found her through our local shelter, Canine Commitment. Lately she's in that adorable but exasperating devil phase where she gets into trouble non-stop. She's too cute to get angry with though. My dress is my Owl Belladone, completed last spring. I have 4 Belladones currently and it's a dress I keep returning to because it takes very little fabric, has fun contrasting bias tape, and a back cutout. I also love the skirt style, it's casual and flattering.



purple sateen Francoise dress 

This is a "wearable test garment". I ran out of gauze fabric and had to get creative. The fit is good, so version 2 is in the works!

I'm digging purple lately. This is an Emery Dress made from a bed sheet. I like the fit on this one too. I'm going to make this one again soon too.

And finally...Saturday:
Colette Macaron, one of my favorite dresses of all time!

If you're still with me, I've learned I need some more casual clothes. I do like to wear dresses often, but I could use some good fitting jeans and pants. That would really round out my handmade wardrobe. I have made 2 cardigans this month as that was something else I was lacking. But it's time I put on my big girl pants and sew some pants. Dresses are so much fun to make, by fall I hope to have some pants. Then I can truly stay out of clothing stores!!

Thursday, May 14, 2015

Competed: Belcarra blouse

I love making skirts, but sometimes when I'm done I have NO idea what kind of top to pair with it. Another reason I love dresses, never a problem, just grab and go!

When I saw this double gauze, I knew I had a winner to match my pink Kelly Skirt!!

Here's a close up, my camera's not focusing as well since my remote died...

It's the Belcarra Blouse by Sewaholic. This is my second version so far. It's very quick to sew!

Me Made May Day 14:
Belcarra blouse in double gauze with Kelly Skirt in pink twill.

Check out all the amazing handmade outfits in the Me Made May 15 Flickr group!

Me Made May round up

Hello! I'm still sticking with my plan of wearing something handmade every day for the month of May. This has been even more fun than last year! The only problem is I have no camera remote so my photos can be a bit blurry. I ordered one about a week ago on Amazon but it still hasn't arrived, and I'm not sure it will before the end of the month. Oh well!!

Here's the latest wrap up:

Friday was the first "theme day" of the challenge. Everyone posed with their machine or in their sewing areas. My real sewing area, the Mom Cave, was too dark and compact to photograph in, so I took my favorite machine, my Bernina 530, out to our little family crafting area. I usually make a point not to clutter this area with my stuff, the kids love to draw here!!
Made by me: Jalie crossover top and kelly green Simplicity cargo skirt

Saturday's dress: Jamie Christina Mission Maxi. I could have 100 of these dresses.

Sunday, Mother's Day, I wore this Flora Dress, By Hand London. It's made in cotton linen fabric by Amy Butler. I made this dress at the tail end of last summer. I really like this design with the pleated circle skirt. I've seen so many gorgeous versions of this dress.

I guess it's blue and green week here. Didn't even notice that! 
Monday I wore another Lady Skater Dress. This one is in a very lightweight, drapey knit. The drape of the fabric actually stretched lengthwise, and the dress is longer in the torso and hemline. It's kind of a different look. It's very comfortable!

Tuesday I wore my green Bronte Top and Sewaholic Crescent Skirt.

And lastly, my Out and About Dress.  I may try this with a wide belt next time or turn it into pajamas. The gathers seem to hit in a bad place and I just don't like this dress on me for some reason. You can't win em all!

Doing this challenge has motivated me to sew up some new things. Next I have a new blouse and dress to post about!

Thursday, May 7, 2015

More Me Made May...

I've been keeping up with posting each day! Playing catch up, here are the last few days Me Made May:

You will see more of these. I'm crazy about this pattern. I've made 3 of these already!
Bonus: this pattern takes very little fabric.

 Hazel Dress, Colette Patterns
Made from stretch poplin

Bronte top, Jennifer Lauren Vintage Patterns
Shadi knit skirt by Named patterns
made in scuba knit
These are both staples in my wardrobe. I've made two of each so far and expect to make many more in the future!

Monday, May 4, 2015

Completed: JLV Felicity Dress

Today for day 4 of Me Made May, I have a dress completed this morning, hot off the press! 

 The fabric is pretty special!! It is a Japanese double gauze from Miss Matatabi and if you look close, you can see my dog among all the sheep! I really DO love my dog!!

This pattern was a pretty easy make. It did require more fabric than I had. I was being cheap and only bought 2 yards. I was skeptical that the pattern called for 1.64 yards, but I just made it with 2. I used plain green bias tape and tucked it behind and topstitched instead of letting it show as instructed.

I'll definitely make this one again, probably the circle skirt version!
This was my first time using double gauze. I love how soft it is!! I'm thinking this dress will be perfect when it gets very hot mid-summer.

Me Made May is here again!

I'm back! I was so exhausted from last year's challenge, taking photos and updating my flickr account and blog, that I sort of fell of the face of the earth. But crazy as I am, I'm going full steam ahead for May 2015 because it's here again...

This year for the month of May I pledge to wear at least one handmade piece of clothing per day.
I'm already off to a good start!
May 1st
chambray Bruyere Shirt 
May 2nd
Comino Cap Dress, fabric from Girl Charlee

May 3rd
One of my favorites this winter,

Today I'm wearing a dress hot off the sewing machine, will get a photo later! Many more to come I hope. I'm also looking forward to seeing what everyone else is sewing up.

Wednesday, May 21, 2014

Belladone Dress

A few weeks back I ordered the Belladone Dress pattern from Deer & Doe. It was sold out for a little while and it was killing me!!! I was shocked at how fast it actually arrived here from France once I ordered it though. I've seen so many exciting versions of this dress that I was excited to try it out for summer.

Here is my first try:

This one is chambray with navy blue bias tape. I also used this steampunk ray guns embroidery from Urban Threads. My only issue was that I screwed up and overlapped the back BACKWARDS! I didn't even notice the mistake until I was on to my second version of the dress. Derp!

I will insert a photo of the back here when I remember to take it.  Also my back gapes a little bit.

So onto the second, correct version:

This one is just standard quilting cotton with some little owls on it. I also tried to perfect the fit on this one by taking a little out of the back pieces.

Still a little gapey in the back depending on my posture!

I'll definitely be trying this again to get the back right, because how cool is a cutout back?! 
I've also picked up a few new patterns and fabric from Pink Chalk. They are having a sale right now!! Too many projects, so little time!