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!

Monday, April 4, 2016

Printed Pattern #9005: The Skirt

A skirt, but not just any skirt: a real vintage skirt! In December last year I copied the original pattern onto paper tissue. You know, to preserve the original. In January I cut it out, but then it struck me. Doubt! Could I this? You read all around the internet that Vintage Patterns are soooo different from modern ones in sizing etc. Did I chose the right size?

So instead of just doing it and starting this new and exciting adventure, there it was, simply lying around until I was ready. In the meantime I tackled another new-to-me project: curtains! I made some for the kitchen and living room, but never blogged about it. Curious? Read all about it on Facebook.
Last week it started to itch again. I was really curious about my very first Vintage Pattern and wanted to know if it really was that different. When copying the pattern in December, I discarded the seam allowences, but I still had about 10-12cm (4-5") of extra room. After asking around, I found out that it was pretty normal for the 50's-60's. So when I first fit the skirt, I was actually pleasantly surprised. The outline was not too bad and the sizing around the hips was spot on. However, the waist was still too big. I took it in by 1,5cm (5/8") on either side (so 6cm, 2 3/8" in total), tapering down to 0 at the hips.

The skirt also has a pleat at the back, though I don't really know what it's for. The instructions tell you to sew it close like you would a normal seam until a few Cm's from the hemline. I couldn't quite figure out what they wanted me to do with it, so I just left it like that, slit the pleat and made a nice split out of it. I took out the pleat in the pattern and simply added a modern split so I would still be able to walk comfortably.

They say that back in the day, people were smaller. To be honest, you wouldn't have guessed it when you looked at the length of the skirt. I had to omit 16cm (6 3/8"). Otherwise it would fall below mid-calf instead of just below the knee. Mid-calf doesn't really suit me either, I'm too petite.
And last but not least: the zipper. According to this pattern, I had to put it on the side. After doing so in this version, I came to dislike it. It looked funny when I wore it, like I'd got a deformed hip or something, whilst the other looked perfectly fine. I ironed it several times, but it just wouldt help. So next time, I'll put the zip in at the back instead of at the side.
The Verdict
A really nice basic skirt with a few alterations. In my opinion not too many, fortunately. Next time though, Ill be taking out another cm (so 4 for the entire skirt, which brings the total of omitted wiggle room to 10cm (=4")).
Next up is the blouse for this pattern. By now I was able to sew it up, so the next post won't be long. Curious? You can find some Sneak Peaks at Instagram and Facebook!