Saturday, 21 May 2016

Shock! I made a top and it's NOT a Scout Tee.


I moved out of my Scout Tee shaped comfort zone and made the T-shirt from the Merchant and Mills Camber Set today. I cut out this top a few weeks ago and spent the evening sewing it together.
Despite the outward appearances of this top looking VERY similar to the Grainline Scout Tee, the Camber Set has some lovely little features and new to me construction methods.



For example, this top has deep French darts, a neckline bias binding on the front of the top and an inner and outer yoke at the back. It's quite cool how the yoke it sewn together, although I won't even begin to explain it here - trust me it's genius. The instructions and illustrations are great and it has excellent quality paper pattern rather than the lightweight tissue provided by some pattern companies.



Overall, I am really happy with my new T-shirt. I used a metre of black and white ikat viscose I bought for £3.25 in the sale at Samuel Taylors in Leeds. Due to the meagre amount of fabric one sleeve did not pattern match very well, although I only think a sewist would notice. Luckily the print is so busy it is not 100% obvious.
What is slightly frustrating is the print is off grain, which means the darker ikat diamonds are slightly sloping to the left. You can spot the slope when you look at the hemline. Luckily the top is long enough to tuck into skirts and trousers and for £3.25 I am not really going to worry too much about a bit of wonky print!

I can see myself making another T-shirt and perhaps the dress version this summer.

Have you sewn anything out of your comfort zone recently?

Friday, 20 May 2016

Me Made May 2016 Week Three


In May the spring weather always plays a big part in what you decide to wear in terms of practicality. On most mornings this week it was fairly cool, changing throughout the day to a sticky humid warmth. Hence my rather chaotic range of spring-like then autumn-inspired outfits.

I am looking forward to doing a geeky bit of stats analysis at the end of this Me-Made-May. It will be interesting to see what things I am naturally drawn to wearing again and again and those items that I am digging out of the pile having last been worn during MMM2015. A cursory observation at this mid-way point is my most recent makes are getting more wear because they are well constructed with better quality fabrics compared to those garments made a couple of years ago.  


Day Sixteen
Top: American Apparel
Skirt: Dolores Pocket Skirt in Lucienne Day reproduction print from John Lewis, London. Made 2015
Cardigan: Gap
Necklace: Tatty Devine Atomic necklace A/W 2015
Watch: Red G Shock 
Shoes: Paul Smith blue suede Miller brogues


Day Seventeen
Top: Grainline Scout Tee in knit from Girl Charlee UK. Made 2015
Trousers: Gap 
Necklace: Tatty Devine me-made at Brick Lane workshop March 2016
Watch: Olive G Shock 
Shoes: Paul Smith black patent Marcello loafers


Day Eighteen - photo taken at the end of a long day, hence major creases!
Top: Gap
Trousers: Sew Over It Cigarette Pants in Herringbone Linen blend from SOI, Clapham. Made 2016
Necklace: Wooden pendant hand-made by my Dad for my Mum when they were dating in the late 1960's
Watch: White G Shock 
Shoes: Paul Smith tan Marcello loafers


Day Seventeen
Top: Grainline Scout Tee in David David silk. Made 2014
Trousers: Gap 
Watch: Red G Shock 
Shoes: Paul Smith blue suede Miller brogues


Day Nineteen - Evening - A quick change from work clothes for a mid-week theatre trip
Top: Grainline Linden in Liberty knit. Made 2016
Trousers: Diesel jeans
Jacket: Levis
Watch: Olive G Shock 
Trainers: New Balance


Day Twenty
Dress: Simplicity 9620, cotton sateen Samuel Taylors, Leeds. Made 2014.
Cardigan: Gap
Belt: Vintage 80's from Pop Boutique, Leeds
Watch: Clear G Shock 
Shoes: Paul Smith purple Dante

How has your Me-Made-May been this week?
Have you found it difficult to get the right outfit due to crazy weather?

Thursday, 12 May 2016

Me Made May 2016 Week Two

The second week of Me-Made-May has flown by. For those of you who live in the UK can attest it has been the weirdest week weather wise!
Monday was scorchio then on Tuesday the heavens opened to full on torrential rain for two days and back to hot and humid temperatures on Thursday and Friday. Luckily I managed to wear appropriate attire (making sure I had a cardigan and raincoat in my bag!).




Day Nine
Top: Colette Laurel Top in 100% cotton from Samuel Taylors, Leeds. Made 2015
Skirt: SOI Tulip skirt in blue medium weight cotton from Ray Stitch, Islington. Made 2014
Necklace: Tatty Devine Phone Call necklace S/S 2016
Watch: Red G Shock 
Shoes: Paul Smith red Miller brogues

Day Ten
Top: Grainline Scout Tee in 100% cotton from Samuel Taylors, Leeds. Made 2013 
Trousers: Gap 
Necklace: Tatty Devine (Sample Sale 2016) Spaceship Statement necklace S/S 2014 
Watch: Clear G Shock 
Trainers: New Balance

Day Eleven
Top: Simplicity 1634 in Liberty Tana Lawn, Sharkut, Kensington. Made 2015
Trousers: Gap 
Necklace: Tatty Devine (Sample Sale 2016) Jewel Print Triple necklace A/W 2013 
Watch: Clear G Shock
Shoes: Paul Smith tan Marcello loafers 

Day Twelve
Top: Grainline Scout Tee in 100% cotton gifted by Sophie, Hong Kong. Made 2016
Trousers: Gap 
Necklace: Tatty Devine 
Watch: Clear G Shock 
Trainers: New Balance

Day Thirteen
Top: Grainline Scout Tee in viscose from John Lewis sale, London. Made 2014. 
Skirt: Liesl & Co Everyday Skirt in viscose from John Lewis sale, London. Made 2015.
Watch: Red G Shock 
Shoes: Paul Smith red Miller brogues

A surprise entry for Friday with a top & skirt combo that looks like a dress because they are made in the same lovely drapey viscose! It was the first time I have worn them together and I got lots of compliments from work colleagues today which is always a bonus when you have made the garments yourself.

How are you getting on with Me-Made-May this year?

Sunday, 8 May 2016

Liberty Linden


Of course I finished making a sweatshirt on the hottest day of the year!
Having tackled my first Linden a month ago I knew I wanted to make one in a Liberty sweatshirt fabric. As luck would have it last week Liberty's had a 30% off any fabric sale and I jumped at the chance to buy one metre of Liberty loopback fleece.


As you can see this fabric is a pricey affair even with 30% off it was £34 for one metre.  I have cut out the Linden and there is still enough for some Liberty sleeves on Linden number three?! - I will get my moneys worth. The black knit ribbing is from Ray Stitch and I used about 1/4 metre for the neckband, cuff and hem-band.

Read my post here about the construction / changes I made to the pattern.

Compared to the Girl Charlee UK terry knit fabric on my first Linden the Liberty fleece has very little width-ways stretch so the sleeves are a little snug around the cuff area - nothing that needs changing just an observation.

It is at this point in my journey of making my own clothes that I wonder about purchasing an overlocker.... the seams would look so much prettier.

Overall, I am really happy with my second Linden and can see a few more in my wardrobe.








Friday, 6 May 2016

Me Made May 2016 Week One



This is my third year taking part in Me-Made-May the brainchild of the lovely Zoe of SoZo Blog.
I pledged to wear something me-made or me-mended / up-cycled every weekday.


I also mentioned I would blog a weekly progress report and share my outfits on Instagram (I have subsequently quit IG due to the overwhelming desire to update my own IG or check other peoples updates in an alarmingly addictive manner). I have scrapped the IG bit of my pledge and will stick to my blog!

My first foray into MMM in 2014 was a rather repetitive and sparse affair.  Since then I have been refining my makes and have taken quite a number of me-makes to the charity shop or am in the process of re-fashioning them. This leaves me with a much more usable wardrobe in 2016 but there is still work to be done....



Day Two
Top: Colette Laurel Top in 100% cotton from Samuel Taylors, Leeds. Made 2015
Jacket: Top Shop 2009
Trousers: Gap
Bangles: Marimekko
Watch: White G Shock 
Shoes: Paul Smith purple Dante Oxfords

Day Three
Shirt: Gap
Skirt: Simplicity 2154 in poly-cotton twill from Samuel Taylors, Leeds. Made 2013.
Cardigan: Gap
Necklace: Marimekko
Watch: Red G Shock 
Shoes: Paul Smith black patent loafers

Day Four
Top: Grainline Scout Tee 100% cotton from Sophie, Hong Kong (underlined with cotton batiste). Made 2016
Trousers: Gap
Cardigan: Gap
Watch: Clear solar G Shock
Shoes: Paul Smith brown loafers


Day Five
Top: Gap
Trousers: Sew Over It Cigarette Pants in linen / cotton blend from SOI Clapham. Made 2016
Cardigan: Gap
Watch: White G Shock
Shoes: Paul Smith brown loafers


Day Six
Dress: Vintage hand-made 1960's dress purchased at Pop Boutique, Leeds. Mended 2015
Watch: Olive green G Shock
Shoes: Paul Smith black patent loafers