Me Made May 2017 – week three roundup


We’ve passed the half way mark! There’s only a few days left to go until May is out. I won’t be doing a week four round up as I’ll be doing a whole month review, but in the meantime, this week we’ve had the following me-mades:

Monday : floral Anna dress

Tuesday : blue flowers wrap dress

Wednesday : bright green Clemence skirt

Thursday : gingham check Cambie dress

Friday : space dress vol.2

Saturday : my birthday dress

Sunday : Aztec print moneta

How’s your Me Made May pledge been going?

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Me Made May 2017 – week two roundup 


Another week, another set of outfits. This week I’ve had days where I’ve come pretty close to not posting a photo for a variety of reasons as well as days where circumstances have meant I’ve actually posted two photos.

Outfits this week are:

Monday part one : Corduroy dungaree dress

Monday part two : lipstick Cambie dress (coming soon)

Tuesday : purple moneta dress

Wednesday : tiny hearts mortmain dress

Thursday : Turquoise Brighton skirt (coming soon)

Friday part one : African wax print shirt dress

Friday part two : velvet ball dress

Saturday : dinosaur moneta dress

Sunday : African wax print Anna dress

Me Made May 2017 – week one roundup

It’s that time of year again: it’s Me Made May!

This year, as with last year, I’ve pledged to wear at least one me-made item every day. In addition, because I tend to wear me-mades pretty much everyday anyway, I’ve pledged to finally make a dress using my self-drafted bodice, which I’m also going to redraw first.

I’ll post about that as and when, but, in the meantime, here’s what I wore in week one:

Monday – a brand new Sew Over It Betty dress

Tuesday – the black floral Nicola dress

Wednesday – the pencil dress

Thursday – my first Mortmain dress

Friday – the secret cats dress

Saturday – the ever practical star popper shirt dress

Sunday – the tiny flowers Lilou

Phew! And this is only week one! Here’s to a rather full month of makes

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Have dress, will travel

It was that weird hinterland between Christmas and New Year and we were dashing from a (slightly) boozy lunch with friends to a (slightly more) boozy dinner with the boy’s family.

Nonetheless, my Christmas money was burning a hole in my pocket, so I found myself going into Guthrie and Ghani. Don’t look like that, it’s just next to the pub where we had lunch and they had a sale on, so it was definitely justified.

Whilst looking through all of the beautiful fabrics I stumbled across something glorious: fabric covered in replicas of those fabulous vintage travel posters that make me long for the golden age of travel (let’s ignore the fact that, given the ease of global travel, that might actually be now….).

I knew immediately that this would be my travelling dress. I also knew that it wouldn’t be worn until the next time I went on a proper adventure.

As luck would have it, that proper adventure was just around the corner.

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I shall (probably) go to the ball!


Over the last few weeks, there’s been a lot of excitement around the Dressmaker’s Ball, an event that’s being hosted by Crafty Sew & So in Leicester on 12 May. Over at the Simple Sew blog team this excitement has culminated in a month of party dresses made from Simple Sew patterns.

When it was time for me to pick a pattern, I knew I wanted something that could be turned quite easily from a day to day staple into something that shouted red carpet (although not literally, of course!) and I think I found it.

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A quest and a question

Got my questing face on…

THE QUEST

I’ve spoken before about my love of shirt dresses and the quest for the ultimate shirt dress pattern of joy.

The Sew Over It shirt dress had been on my radar for a while ever since the first SewBrum I went to where Gabby was wearing a fabulous contrast shirt dress.

I actually bought the pattern in the middle of last year but it has languished in my stash pile for a while whilst I searched for just the right fabric to do it justice. It took surprisingly longer than expected, but I think (I hope?) you’ll agree with me that the wait was worth it!

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I coat-dn’t believe I made this

Back when I went fabric shopping in Hong Kong with Vicki  one of the things I absolutely fell in love with was a woven monochrome wool, a bit like houndstooth but more like stars (or at least, more like stars in my eyes).

I knew as soon as I saw it that I wanted to turn it into a coat, and found myself stood with Vicki in the baking heat trying to figure out how much material I’d need for a winter coat (a very strange experience I must say).

I settled on three metres, but, when I got home and remeasured the fabric, I discovered a fatal flaw in my plan; I might have been talking in metres but the shop owner was definitely listening in yards! That left me with 2.7 m of fabric – not a shabby amount but not quite as much to play with.

Then I started looking for the perfect pattern. I found it, it was glorious.

It needs a minimum of five metres of fabric.

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