Monday, May 30, 2016

MMMay16: last week's overview

Two more days and MMMay16 will be finished. Sad news, I know, but I must admit I'm also happy for it. I very much liked the challenge of wearing something MeMade everyday, but there are some dresses and shirt in my wardrobe that are screaming for some attention too.
Below you'll find an overview of last week's outfits and on wednesday I'll be posting the last two. If you want to see what I wore today and will be wearing tomorrow, check out my Instagram or Facebook!

May 23, 2016: the Sassy Librarian Blouse by Christine Haynes

May 24, 2016: Truly one of my favorite patterns: Vintage Mailorder 9005

May 25, 2016: Another staple of late: The Akita Blouse by Seamwork Magazine

May 26, 2016: One of my favorite storebought dresses with another version of the Sassy Librarian Blouse
 May 27, 2016: Time for the cosy Orla Blouse I made last winter.

May 28, 2016: I had a funural to attend to, so I dressed a bit more formal. The blouse is another version of the Bowtied Blouse by Gertie's New Book for Better Sewing.

May 29, 2016: another one of my favorite dresses: Butterick 5520.

Saturday, May 28, 2016

Finished Project: Summer Red Velvet Dress

It's been a while since I made Cake Patterns' Red Velvet Dress. However, it's about time I got to another version of this awesome dress. I've been craving an easy summer dress that I can just put on when I want to go for casual. As it seems, all my dresses in my closet are work proof. The previous version had to be discarded because I chose the wrong fabric.

So when I went shopping for some knitting en embroidery bag fabric, I also had this one in mind. This time I really considered the weight of the fabric, not only the stretch of it. I have to admit it, though - even while sewing this dress - I was worried that the fabric would still be too heavy and sag around the shoulders and distort the whole look.

But the fabric proofed to be the perfect choice for this casual project. As you can see I still needed to do the hemming at this point. Hurray for more cake in my closet!

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