Saturday, 23 May 2015

Me-Made-May review #3

Me-Made May review number 3 starts here:

Day 12 Friday 15th

Theme Friday I think I wore my abstract jersey top and completely forgot about Theme Friday

Day 13 Saturday 16th

brand new unblogged top Kirsten Kimono Hack

Day 14 Sunday 17th

Magpie Kirsten Kimono Tee

Day 15 Monday

Geometric cowl top no picture today

Day 16 Wednesday 20th

Chevron skirt.
The outfit laid out in the linked post is exactly how I wore it on this day!

Day 17 Thursday 21st

Cowl Renfrew and Husband in one of his shirts made by me

Six ou of seven again this week, but I have not been so good at documenting my Me Mades this week for some reason.  I have still been going through some of the stuff I have accumulated 'because I might use the fabric for something'. I have been a bit more ruthless than I usually am in throwing stuff out, but I have also repurposed some of the things that I have had for a while.  The new Kirsten Kimono Tee hack at the top of this post used an old t-shirt of Youngest's that she grew out of before she had worn it much. I am also working on a couple of other things where the fabric is coming from PJ's and Tee's of Husband's. Being a XX or XXXL kind of bloke, there is a lot of fabric in one of his tee's!

Tuesday, 19 May 2015

Me-May-May review #2

Me-Made May review #2:

Day 7 (friday 8th)
 Plantain Tee under my hoodie. This was the first Theme Friday and was 'Your sewing Space' so I thought I would show the mechines I have at my disposal - so I have here a treadle Singer that was converted to electirc from my M-i-L's mother, my elna overlocker, my 16yr old Elna (behind my head), my new Janome (on box), my daughters John Lewis mini machine and an old Elna portable/travel machine.

Day 8 Saturday 9th


Unblogged top burdastyle 02/2013 #127

Day 9 Sunday 10th
Plantain Tee - no picture

Day 10 Monday 11th
Burda Magpie top - no picture

Day 11 Wednesday 13th

Blue MyImage cowl top & Simplicity skirt

Tuesday was not MMM as I go to the gym on Tuedays and Thursday was a no go as I was just grumpy and had a lot of stuff in the wash!

My MMM observation so far is that I have a lot of tops!  and have more to come... Some people would rather make a dress if they have enough fabric, but I don't seem to wear the dresses I have that much, so will get much more use out of a top. More effort required on making bottoms I think!

Tuesday, 12 May 2015

being indecisive....



I am so indecisive!  I have some abstract print jersey left over from a previous make and had decided that I was going to make one of 2 patterns: the Lady Skater dress which I have made before and thought I might give another go, or this pattern from Burdastyle.

Image of The Lady Skater sewing pattern (for teens and women)  Versus 110_0213_b_large

I had pretty much decided that I was going for the Burdastyle dress - I have liked it since I got the magazine, have had the pieces traced out for a year and Middlest pretty much told me not to make because it was too trendy(??!!). I have only seen a couple of these around the Internet and I'm not really sure why.

Then today I was scrolling through my blog roll on Feedly and saw this post from Sew DIY. In it she has made a dress using Simplicity 2443.
Image result for simplicity 2443
I have had this pattern for some time and always thought I would get round to making both the dress and the jacket at some point.

Arrgghh! Inspiration is all well and good, but sometimes it is paralysing! Help!

Saturday, 9 May 2015

FO: Self drafted Jumbo corduroy skirt

I have been doing a pattern cutting course for some time. We have made bodice, skirt, dress, trouser and jacket blocks to fit ourselves and have drafted variations on each. Up until recently I have not actually made any of the patterns we had drafted, other than the toiles required to perfect the blocks.

A little while ago I thought it was high time I remedied this and made a pair of trousers (post to come). Spurred on by this I had a vision of a skirt that had an inverted pleat and pockets at the front.

And I had the perfect fabric - a lovely jumbo corduroy that I bought at my local market some time ago:
To make my skirt I used the pattern we had drawn up for an inverted pleat front skirt:
front to be cut as one piece
and the pocket front skirt:

I knew I didn't want it as long as the block we drafted or as flared. The pleat in the front was all wrong to start with - as drafted the pleat is wider at the bottom to help the fabric hang better when it is made up. This didn't work with the corduroy as it cut across the wale of the cord and looked terrible! I then folded the pleat so that it was equal all the way down and followed the lines of the cord which worked much better.
My teacher said to cut away the back of the pleat to minimise bulk at the waistband
I used some chambrey-like fabric for the pocket lining as the cord was too thick, and I also used it for a facing instead of a waistband. I have lost some weight since making my block, so I had to take in the sides quite a bit at the waist and hip.

I have worn this skirt loads since I made and really like it. I thought the pockets would be enormous, but they are perfect. It is pretty much exactly as I imagined it to be - that doesn't happen very often, so I am super chuffed!

worn with unblogged Bronte Top

the skirt sits at my waist

Also, a month or so after I finished it a Boden catalogue popped through the door with this skirt which I think looks pretty similar:


Me-Made-May review so far

Here is my first round up for Me-Made-May. This year I am planning to wear me-made items for 5 days out of 7 and to weed out stuff from my wardrobe that I no longer wear. I have worn me-made everyday so far apart from Tuesday as that is the day I go to the gym and I have not made any sports wear!

Day 1
Self drafted dress



Day 2
no photo, but I wore this 'Knock off' top:


Day 3
Same top as yesterday


Day 4
Blue MyImage cowl neck top

Day 5
Colette Jasmine top
Feeling as blurry as the photo at breakfast!

Day 6
I wore an blogged top and as yet have no photos of it or me wearing it!

I also did really well on going through stuff in the first couple of days of May.  I have had a pile of clothes that Youngest has grown out of sitting outside her bedroom door.  The pile has also included various items of mine, and countless outgrown shoes from all family members.  I have been planning to go through the pile and work out what to keep for the fabric, what to offer to my friends daughter, and what to donate to charity. Locally we had a call out for donations to Nepal, specifically asking for warm clothes for adults and children, coats, duvets and towels amongst other things. Our Primary school managed to collect 3 7-seater cars full (with all the seats down) in 2 days and the people at the collections point were so grateful. It was heart warming to see people give so generously and it certainly made me be less sentimental about some of the clothes I gave, because I knew they were going to directly to people who needed them more that me.

As I suspected, my first week of MMMay15 has been mostly tops, and it is still too cold to wear most of them without another layer on top! I am greatly enjoying seeing what other people are wearing in the Flickr group too.



Wednesday, 29 April 2015

Me-Made-May 15

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Just to say that I am signing up to Me-Made-May'15 this year. Here is my pledge, and I think this is the first time I have actually managed to sign up before the 1st of May!:

 'I, TamsinWP of Pimpmycurtains.blogspot.co.uk, sign up as a participant of Me-Made-May '15. I will endeavour to wear a me-made or repurposed item for at least 5 days each week for the duration of May 2015. I am also looking to go through my current wardrobe and weed out stuff I no longer wear'

I really want to weed out my wardrobe. I do it sporadically, but often end up not getting rid of the things that I weeded out because I like the fabric/it might be suitable for one of my girls/it's the only thing I have that goes with something I want to keep. This means I have a lot ot stuff around the house including a pile of things to sort through that is almost as tall at me! With 5 of us in the house and the girls growing constantly, I am feeling a bit overwhelmed by the amount of stuff we all generate!

I am planning to sign up to the Pinterest group and the Flickr group, but I will probably only post here each week with a summary post.

Good luck everyone!

Thursday, 16 April 2015

Work in progress - dress for Eldest

I am currently working on a dress for Eldest but am unable to continue until she gets home from school. We chose a contrasting trim for the sleeves, but I'm not sure how she will want it - in-your-face obvious (on left) or discrete (on right), bearing in mind we also an orange zip which will be exposed. We shall see....