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Me Made May 2018 – Round Up

Part of my Me Made May pledge this year was to do a round up blog post.  So here it is!

My entire pledge this year was:

I, Sarah McKenna, of Like Sew Amazing, sign up as a participant of Me Made May. I endeavour to wear at least one handmade garment every day for the month of May and I will document my daily outfits on Instagram and do a round up blog post at the end of the month. I will use this challenge to identify and wardrobe gaps and donate any handmade garments that I no longer need to charity.

So, I definitely managed to wear at least one handmade garment each day. I tend to wear handmade most days anyway, so this wasn’t much of a stretch! I did, however, try to vary what I was wearing, so that did take some thinking about, rather than wearing the same thing multiple times.

I posted daily outfit pictures on Instagram. While I enjoy this part of the challenge as it means I have a record of what I wore, it can get a bit difficult to find locations for pictures and a willing volunteer to play photographer! And while I am on that subject, a massive thank you to my, ever patient Instagram Husband, Alex, who takes most of my pictures.

In terms of identifying wardrobe gaps, having recently changed from the corporate world, to working for myself, I have definitely noticed that what I want to wear as part of my working wardrobe has changed. I now seek comfort, not necessarily Hudson Pants every day (although that is the dream!), but I don’t find myself reaching for really structured garments. I prefer things that I can move around in really easily for everyday wear. I think I need to make some more basic tops for layering in plain colours. I could also do with making a new cardigan – I have lots of lovely new fabrics coming in to the shop soon which will be perfect for that. I made the Myosotis dress during May, and I could definitely do with a couple more, as they are such an easy throw on piece.

We are sorting out our house at the moment so as part of that, I will be taking some of my unworn garments to the charity shop. I do feel a bit strange letting things that I poured lots of love and hard work into go but I think I just need to bite the bullet and do it, as our house is fast approaching maximum “stuff”!

I really loved seeing everyone daily outfits and a few patterns definitely crept onto the must-sew list! I really love how this event really brings the community together, and it is also lovely for people outside the sewing world to find out more about this amazing hobby of ours, as the daily outfit posts prompt lots of questions!

Well done, once again to our lovely host, Zoe, for all of her hard work. Can’t wait for next year which will be the 10th year of the challenge!

Sarah x

The stats:

  • 15 tops
  • 10 trousers
  • 12 dresses
  • 1 cardigan
  • 1 jacket
  • 2 skirts
  • 4 jumpsuits/dungarees
  • 1 bikini

Seamwork Audrey jacket – Pattern Review

Is it wrong that I decided to make a denim jacket mainly as somewhere to display my sewing pins and patches?!

As denim is a sturdier, more durable fabric, it is the perfect place for your pin and badge collection.

I had seen a couple of versions of the Seamwork magazine Audrey jacket (I’m looking at you Rhiannon and Vicki!) and thought it would be the perfect Spring/Summer jacket.

I decided to make it out of the grey slub denim that I have in the shop. As I can’t bring myself to do double denim, I figured this would at least mean I could wear the jacket with blue jeans if I wanted to! I had some Liberty Wolf Pack scraps left over, so I used that for the pockets.

Size wise, I made the smallest size, on Vicki’s advice and it still does come up a little bit big, but actually, would be perfect for wearing over a hoodie once it gets cooler. I don’t mind it not being super fitted though as it is a casual jacket.

In terms of construction, it was all pretty straightforward. It calls for lots of nice neat topstitching, which I always enjoy.

I chose to make a lined back yoke, from the Liberty fabric, as I just thought it would give the inside some interest. It is a completely unnecessary step, but sometimes you’ve just got to be a bit “extra”!!

I also added a hanging loop between the collar and the back yoke.

There are a lot of buttonholes to add, which I am always nervous about, and yes, I did have to unpick a few where my machine decided to misbehave!

I installed the jeans buttons using my trusty Prym tripod and they went on like a dream.

I have recently designed some sewing patches which are available in the shop now, and of course, I thought it only fit that one should take pride of place on my jacket. I think it goes perfectly!

Overall, I really love the jacket, I think it will get a lot of wear over summer dresses this year.

Me Made May 2018

I have taken in part in Me Made May for the last few years and am really pleased to be taking part again this year. So pleased in fact, that I am getting involved even further by offering a discount to participants during the last week of May! Zoe, who organises the event, will be sharing more information about this as we get into May.

As I have just launched my own business, my working wardrobe has changed significantly. Gone are the corporate dresses and skirts, in favour of a more relaxed working style ( I am still getting dressed every day by the way, even though pjs are tempting!)

I will therefore be using mmmay 18 to identify the gaps in my new style working wardrobe. To see where I need more of a certain type of garment. I will also use this challenge to identify garments that I know I won’t wear any more and donate them to charity.

So my pledge is this:

I, Sarah McKenna, of Like Sew Amazing, sign up as a participant of Me Made May. I endeavour to wear at least one handmade garment every day for the month of May and I will document my daily outfits on Instagram and do a round up blog post at the end of the month. I will use this challenge to identify and wardrobe gaps and donate any handmade garments that I no longer need to charity.

It always feels like such a special time of year which really brings the sewing community together and I can’t wait to see everyone’s pledges and outfits!

Sarah x

Me Made May 17 – final round up

With May drawing to a close, I thought I would blog about the final few days and a little summary of the month and what I got out of it.

Day 29

 

As it was a particularly rainy bank holiday Monday and I had lots of sewing to do, I pretty much wore my pjs all day! I made these lovely Rosalind pyjama trousers by Sew Me Something in a lovely cotton lawn with a contrast inside waistband. I decided not to make the matching pyjama shirt in the end, as it is just not something I would wear. I wore it with my beloved Linden star sweater.

Day 30

Back to work today and keeping it smart in my sleeveless wrap dress. I can’t remember the pattern I used here as I made it a few years ago but it was one of the big 4. The fabric is a lovely brown and white polka dot jersey from Guthrie and Gharni.

Day 31

For the final day of Me Made May, I wore my stretch dress that I tested recently for Kommatia Patterns. I love the fit of this dress – the neckline is perfect. I used this stretch jersey from my stash and had great fun matching all of the stripes!

Me Made May Summary

At the end of the month, I sat back and thought about what I have learned:

  1. I wear a lot of blue!
  2. I don’t have a lot of ‘going out’ clothes (mind you, I don’t go out that often anymore!)
  3. I definitely have a certain silhouette that I stick to
  4. I probably need to get rid of some items that, while I was pleased with them at the time, are just not really my style
  5. I managed to get through 53 unique items of Me Made clothing
  6. I love my handmade wardrobe and am really proud to wear it

Even though it is extra work each day to remember to take pictures and write round ups etc, I actually really enjoy the process of documenting my daily outfits. It forced me to be more creative with my wardrobe and not rely on the same few pieces. Thanks once again to Zoe for organising the challenge!

x

Me Made May 17 – week four round up

That’s the last full week of Me Made May – only a few more days to go!

Day 22

The sun was out in full force so I finally got to wear one of my favourite me made summer dresses – the Rosie dress that was free last summer with Simply Sewing Magazine. I bought this gorgeous fabric from John Lewis – I still have some left so need to think of something else to make from it.

I also wore my me made yoga pants and Star Linden top to my dance fit class in the evening.

Day 23

I had woken up to the news of the awful terror attack in Manchester this morning so I felt very strange and frivolous posting a picture this day. I wore one of my Colette Patterns Moneta dresses in this lovely jersey from Sew Over It.

Day 24

I wore my kitty hearts blouse with contrast lace yoke – the pattern is the 6107  by New Look patterns and I bought the fabric from Miss Matatabi fabrics. I paired the blouse with my Tilly and the Buttons Clemence skirt, which is made from a navy stretch cotton.

Day 25

Today I wore my other favourite Colette Patterns Zinnia skirt in this lovely Russian Dolls fabric. I wore it with a self drafted cropped top made from an ivory broderie anglaise. This skirt height is perfect with this top so that I don’t actually flash my tummy!

Today was also a really happy day as I managed to get tickets to the Sewing Weekender, which is an event at the start of August run by The Fold Line and English Girl at Home. There were only 50 tickets up for grabs and I just happened to check on them before I left for work and got lucky. I can’t wait for a lovely weekend away in Cambridge meeting lots of new sewing friends.

 

Day 26

The sun was still out in full force so I wore my other Tilly and the Buttons Bettine dress in this beautifully soft chambray from John Lewis. It’s the perfect dress to throw on in the summertime and I definitely plan to make another soon.

Day 27

I was head to toe in Sew Over It today! I wore my denim Erin skirt from the City Break capsule wardrobe, paired with one of my Silk Cami tops in a lovely Liberty lawn. I did change into another me made outfit in the evening as I went out to my other half’s EP launch gig but there was no time to take pictures! I wore some ginger jeans and a cross back top.

Day 28

I had a lot of sewing to do today so I did spend the majority of the day in me made pjs but I did get changed for a trip to the shops! I wore my latest Tilly and the Buttons Agnes top in the light blue loop back jersey from Guthrie Ghani. You may notice that I already have this top in the navy and that is because I love it!! I wore it with my Kommatia patterns denim braces skirt, which I was a recent pattern tester for.

All in all, this week was very blue themed, with a couple of exceptions. I’ll try to branch out colour-wise for the last few days!

Me Made May 17 – week three round up

Three quarters of the way through Me Made May and we are on the home straight!

Day 15

Despite a brief glimpse of sun last week, we were back to pretty much constant rain by Monday. I wore by navy striped ponte Sew Over It Molly dress from their City Break collection. This is another super comfy dress that is so easy to throw on. Bonus round though, I went to my dance fit class in the evening and wore these fab leopard print leggings that I made from the  Simplicity 8212 pattern.

Day 16

Keeping with the leopard print theme, I wore my batwing dress that I pattern tested for  Kommatia Patterns. Jasmine got in on the action that day too!

Day 17

I wore my fab Tilly and the Buttons Zadie dress with contrast colour blocking on Wednesday. This is another super comfy dress that is really easy to wear and dress up or down.

Day 18

Finally the sun came out on Thursday so I decided to wear my self drafted rayon maxi skirt with one of my Colette Patterns Sorbetto tops. I lengthened this version and used the beautiful border on this broderie anglaise as the hem.

Day 19

I don’t work on Fridays so wore my Thread Theory Lazu trousers to run some errands in. The weather was nice again so it was good to get some sun on my ankles! I also got some sewing done and made the Sew Me Something Rosalind pyjama bottoms in a lovely cotton lawn. I will photograph these shortly!

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Day 20

I had a very productive sewing weekend. I made four tops and my pj bottoms and cut out two skirts ready to go! Not sure where all of this sewing energy came from but I made the most of it. Probably my favourite make of the weekend is my new Grainline Studios Linden sweatshirt. The fabric is the softest Robert Kaufman double jersey that I bought from Sewn in their closing down sale. The reverse is a cream colour and I used this to appliqué a star on the front of the sweatshirt. I did lots of testing as I wanted to make sure that the jersey wouldn’t stretch out of shape. I love it so much that I have just bought up the last of this fabric so that I can make a replacement, should anything happen to this one! (Anyone else do this?!!)

Day 21

I had another lovely day of sewing and wore one of the tops I made on the Saturday – it is a vest based on the Tilly and the Buttons Agnes top. I love the fit of the Agnes and as I usually find vest patterns don’t fit well, I used the Agnes top as a jumping off point. I scooped out the back by three inches and curved in the arm holes. I omitted the neckband, as I wanted to try out my new coverstitch machine. It worked out really well and I think I will make lots more in navy and black. The fabric I used for the toile was from Girl Charlee. I wore the vest with my Closet Case Patterns Morgan jeans (when I wasn’t wearing my pjs!)

Not including all of the new things I have made this weekend, I still have tonnes left in my handmade wardrobe that I haven’t worn yet this month. I’m really hoping the weather stays nice so I can get out my summer dresses next week!

Me Made May 17 – week two round up

Week two of Me Made May is officially over and what a week it was!

Day 8

I started my new job today so decided to go in reasonably smart until I knew what the dress code was. I chose my latest Colette Patterns Moneta dress, in the autumnal leaf print as I can wear it with tights, it looks smart but is one of the comfiest dresses in the world!

Day 9

I opted for my Kommatia Patterns black Palazzo pants that I recently tested, teamed with my Sew Over It Silk Cami in this fab black and white rayon. My grey Driftless cardigan was a big staple this week too.

Day 10

As the girls at work had been having a look at my blog, there was definitely some interest in the Toucan Zinnia skirt that I recently made. I paired this with another Silk Cami top in this stunning polyester silk from Sewn. This outfit definitely is a conversation starter!

Day 11

I was lulled into a false sense of security due to the previous day’s lovely weather so got my legs out in one of my Tilly and the Buttons Bettine dresses. I adore this pattern, especially the pockets! The fabric is a double gauze that I bought from Miss Matatabi fabrics. I did manage to avoid the tropical thunder storms luckily!

Day 12

Friday was the day of the Dressmakers Ball, an event put on by the lovely Sarah and Freya of Crafty Sew and So, in Leicester. I travelled up there with my sewing buddy Amelia, and we got all glammed up in our me made finery! I decided to give my McCalls 7154 birthday dress another outing, as it was such a labour of love to make and definitely needed to be worn more than once! I also took my gold sequinned dress to get changed into for dancing! The event was such a lovely evening, where I got to meet lots of Instagram friends in real life and spend the night cooing over fabric, gossiping, making new friends and dancing!

Day 13

Due to a lack of sleep from the ball and a day of travelling, I get it casual in me made yoga pants and my lovely cat print blouse. Again this fabric was from Miss Matatabi and is the prettiest, softest cotton lawn.

I may have also slightly broken my not buying fabric this month pledge, as there was a closing down sale at Sewn and some Robert Kaufman jersey that I had had my eye on for months was too good to resist!

Day 14

A day of life admin and visiting family meant double Tilly and the Buttons! I think the the Agnes top and the Cleo dungaree dress work perfectly together. This was the first Agnes I made, from the gorgeous Sugar Skulls fabric from Fabrics Galore.

So, we are halfway through and I have still got lots more outfits in my handmade wardrobe to get through. Let’s see what the weather has in store!

 

Me Made May 17 – week one round up

So, the first week of Me Made May is over – that’s seven hand made outfits done!

I haven’t been working this last week so I kept things fairly casual as we were doing a lot of spring cleaning!

Day 1

We were visiting family in London so I got a great shot on the roof, looking out over the city, wearing my Tilly and the Buttons Agnes top and Closet Case Patterns low waisted Ginger jeans. I only made this top last month but it has already become one of my favourites!

Day 2

I had choir practice so I wore my newly made Tilly and the Buttons Rosa shirtdress with my Grainline Studio Driftless Cardigan. I love the contrast yoke on the shirtdress – it makes a really interesting feature. I also added side pockets to the shirtdress, rather than the patch pockets, as I like to have functioning pockets. I really love this cardigan and already have a royal blue one planned, thanks to some fabric that I bought from Gabby’s recent destash!

Day 3

This was a day of clearing out and going to the tip – yuck! I wore my super cosy Grainline Studio Pug Linden and my self drafted yoga pants, made from a lovely stretchy viscose mix.

Day 4

I went out and about this day and I got my hair done so it was a dungaree dress kind of day! This is my Grainline Studio Moss skirt/dungaree hack (yes, three days in a row for Grainline patterns!) You can read more about it here. I paired it with an older make of mine – a pretty pink floral Belcarra blouse by Sewaholic.

Day 5

More spring cleaning so this was a day for the super comfy Sew Over It Carrie trousers and Measure Twice vest. I love the cherry print rayon of these trousers.

Day 6

Running errands in my super cute Tilly and the Buttons Cleo dungarees with my stripy Agnes top again. I love this star needlecord and thought the stars and stripes combination worked really well.

Day 7

I hosted Sunday lunch for my lovely friends Joanna and Gabriella so took the opportunity to get a bit more dressed up than the rest of the week! I wore my self drafted rayon maxi skirt, with contrast waistband, with my self drafted cropped blouse – the weather was lovely, so this was a great combo!

All in all, a great week. I am looking forward to next week and bringing out some of my smarter me made outfits, as I am starting a new job on Monday. Just need to decide what my first day outfit will be!

 

 

 

 

Me Made May 17

For the past three years, I have taken part in Me Made May. If you don’t already know, this challenge started by a sewing blogger called Zoe, eight years ago.

It is a fun challenge that gets the sewing community together and we make a pledge for the month of May regarding our handmade wardrobes.

The pledge is completely unique to you and what you feel you want to do in that month. As my handmade wardrobe has grown so much over the past couple of years, I feel very confident that I will be able to wear handmade clothes every day, seeing as I wear handmade most of the time anyway! I thought that I would add some extra elements in for myself as well this year, so here is my pledge:

 ‘I, Sarah McKenna, of LikeSewAmazing, sign up as a participant of Me-Made-May ’17. I endeavour to wear at least one handmade item each day for the duration of May 2017.

I will post daily outfit pictures on Instagram and also do a weekly round up blog post of my handmade items with a final summary blog at the end of May.

I pledge to not buy any new fabric during the month of May, but to shop from my stash (commissions aside)’

Apologies in advance for all of the outfit of the day spam!!

Let me know in the comments if you are joining in and what your pledge is!