Tuesday, May 24, 2016

MMMay16: Overview 3th week

Aaaaaand before you know it, another week has passed. Time flies so fast that I'm 2 days 'late' with my overview of week 3! But not to worry, here it is:
  16 mei 2016: This dress was a real MMMay: I haven't worn this one in over 1 year. Originally I loved the red hearts against the white background. But in reality I tend to wear it only indoors because I feel very selfconscious with the hearts. So instead of wearing this one, it hangs in my closet. 
  17 mei 2016: It's not really visible, but this version of the Sassy Librarian Blouse is probably one of my most worn blouses. --- I know my blogpost is in dutch, but appearently I never translated this one. ---

18 mei 2016: This Chinese-like version of the Bow-tied Blouse from Gertie's New Book for Better Sewing is also one of my favorites to wear.

19 mei 2016: This outfit is totally new ànd completely handmade: the Akita-blouse and my selfdrafted Pencil Skirt. Both are already staples in my wardrobe!
20 mei 2016: After yesterday I couldn't resist rewearing this fabulous Pencil Skirt. Definitly one of my favorites!
21 mei 2016: A white summer dress that I already wore last week. One that doesn't get the wear it should - according to my significant other. :-)

 22 mei 2016: This MMMay  wasn't sewn together, but knitted. This sweater is a CustumFit pattern from MakeWearLove.

Saturday, May 21, 2016

Finished Project: Red Pencil Skirt

After attempting my first vintage pattern - the skirt in particular - several people on Facebook advised me to make my own pattern. Not only would I be able to make a perfect fit, I could also easily use this as a block pattern. The one tutorial that most people referred to, was the one from So Sew Easy.  Lo and behold my stunning results!

Back View - Look at that perfect little zipper!
I really like the tutorial from So Sew Easy, but the most feature I liked the most (and helped me the most) was without a doubt the excel file with calculations. You just pop your measurements in and voilà! You don't have to do the math anymore. But keep in mind that you still need to add your preferred seam allowance.

Detailed zipper view
For my version I originally planned to add a "beleg", but when examining the fabric, I thought it to be a little too see-through without a bit of lining. Off course I didn't take a full lining into account when I bought the fabric, so I had to be a little creative. The end result is something of a semi-lining: it's long enough to cover anything that needs to be covered, but isn't a full lining.

Side View
My creative lining-solution

I really, really like this skirt and hope that there will be a lot more hot and warm days so I can wear this to work!

Tuesday, May 17, 2016

Finished Project: A summer Akita

After my very first vintage pattern I wanted to make something quick and easy before I started on my next vintage pattern. If you follow me on FB or Instagram, you no doubt have seen this one already! I have been reading Seamwork Magazine for a while now, but haven't tried any of the patterns yet.

Front - I'll take that belt now, please!
Until now. I liked the look of the Akita pattern from Seamwork and this flowery fabric from my stash simply popped out for this project. It was light, sturdy and yet flowy enough for this pattern. I love how it turned out. I didn't make any changes to the blouse itself. All I did was cut the pattern in 2 at the shoulders and create a shoulder seam. It is a one-piece pattern for which you'll need 2 yards of fabric. Unfortunately I only had 1m at hand and didn't want to waist too much fabric.

The pattern doesn't have much shaping, just some bust darts. The sides have a little split and the shoulders are really flattering. If I would make it again, I would take in the sides at the waist to make it a bit less baggy. I would also add a cm at each side at the hip. It's not too bad, but for this loose pattern it clings a bit too tight around the hips, making it creep up a bit.

Side View - Look at those nice splits!
Overall I very much like the Akita and have worn it every week at least once since I made it. If I wanted to do another simple and quick blouse, I would definitely make this one again.

I like it best tucked in: it defines my waist instead of looking like a bag.
PS: Yes, there is another project in these pictures! Be sure to tune in on Saturday!

Monday, May 16, 2016

MMMay16: overview week 2

Last week contained less outfit post because I was sick. I haven't felt this sick in a loooooong time and it's kept me indoors. Luckily, Thursdaynight/Fridaymorning the sickness subsided and I rose again, along with some MeMades!

May 8, 2016 - Handmade blouse

May 9 and 10, 2016: Sick

May 11, 2016: still under the weather, but I needed to go grocery shopping. Handmade skirt and sweater. 

May 12, 2016: sick

May 13, 2016: feeling better, so I felt like getting dressed again. One of my favorite shorts with a handmade blouse.  

May 14, 2016: time to clean the house in some comfy clothes. T-shirt pattern is from Cake Patterns.

May 15, 2016: the weather was a lot colder, so I felt the need for an extra layer of clothing underneath the Orla-blouse! 

That's it for last week! Be sure to check in at Facebook and Instagram for this week's outfits!

Sunday, May 8, 2016

MMMay16: this weeks overview

Curious at what I wore this week for the Me-Made-May challenge? Find out all about it below, in this special photo-diary. Or you can follow along everyday on Instagram and Facebook!

I missed day 1 and 2 due to forgetfulness. But I'll wear 2 handmade items on one day twice to make up for the missed ones. May 6 is the perfect example for this.

May 3, 2016 - handmade blouse

May 4,  2016  - handmade blouse

May 5, 2016: handmade dress

May 6, 2016: handmade blouse and skirt

May 7, 2016: handmade dress

May 8, 2016: handmade dress

Tuesday, April 26, 2016

MMMay16: My Me Made May Pledge

4 more days and the next challenge will take off: Me Made May 2016. I've heard a lot about it, but haven't participated yet. For those of you who don't know about Me Made May: here's a quick walk-thru.

Me-Made-May'16 (#MMMay16 for social media interaction) is a challenge designed to encourage people who sew/knit/crochet/refashion/upcycle garments for themselves to wear and love them more. The me-made and self-stitched challenges have been taking place for six years now and they work on both a personal and community level. The participants decide the specifics of their own challenge, so that the month is appropriate and challenging for them (more on this below). For example, a very common pledge is for a participant to aim to wear one self-stitched or refashioned garment each day for the duration of May 2016. The participants can also choose to document their challenge with daily photos (though this is in no way compulsory for taking part) and share them with other participants (more on this below as well). Source.

My very first MMM-pledge'll be:
I, Allynara (sewcotton.blogspot.com + sew_cotton on FB and Instagram), sign up as a participant of Me-Made-May '16. I endeavour to wear at least one selfmade item each day for the duration of May 2016.

Altough I already wear my selfmade clothes regularly, I don't wear them all the time. There are also some items that don't get worn that often, so this is the perfect opportunity to change that. How about you? What is your MMM-pledge this year?
Sign up until april 30, 2016:


Monday, April 11, 2016

Mailorder #9005: The Blouse

My very first #VintagePledge2016 is complete! Only 2 more to go, and I've reached my goal for this year. The previous post I blogged about the skirt, which wasn't too bad, but I just couldn't see myself wearing it without altering it. The blouse however is magnificent. I love the little splits to the front and the overall cut. I'm definitely going to make another version of this one! Perhaps a plain one, with the bows added.

As my second make from one vintage pattern this doesn't count as a second make of my Vintage Pledge, but part of a first make. I didn't have to do a lot of alterations: just omitted the seam allowance and moved the waist up a bit, because it hit too low. While sewing the blouse, I also left the side seams open. Partially because I liked it better that way and partially because otherwise I wouldn't be able to put it on. For the same reason I didn't put in an invisible zipper, but some hook-and-eyes. This way I could open up the side all the way to the bottom and put the blouse on.

I didn't need to alter the pattern a lot. I only adjusted the waist so it would hit my natural waist and I omitted the seam allowances. Aside from that I left the sides open to mimic the front, for 2 reasons. First of I liked it better that way and secondly I simply couldn't get it on if I didn't. Because of this last reason I decided against a zipper and put in some hook-and-eyes. This way I could open up the side and put the blouse on. Even though I was a bit wary about the hook-and-eyes opening all by itself, everything stays perfectly closed and nothing is flashing that wasn't meant to be. I used hook-and-eyes because I couldn't find an invisible zipper that opens up at the front. AND with writing this, I just had an epiphany: I just needed to put the zipper upside down and voila! Problem solved :)

This is a blouse I'm definitely going to make again. I simply love the way it looks, even with this wearable muslin. I liked it so much I wore it for Easter with pride!