Folks, I've participated in at least 3 (that I remember) Me-Made-Month challenges since 2011 and the last time I played was the only time I was completely successful. If you can count wearing both garments you love and garments you feel sort of meh about and garments that you downright hate a success.
I AM participating again, but this is the first year where I feel that I won't be quite so bound to wear me-mades that I don't love. My last two years of sewing have really brought me on a journey towards sewing things I love and will actually wear.
I, Lisette of WWNDW?, sign up as a participant of Me-Made-May '15. I endeavour to wear one me made item each day for the duration of May 2015.
Yes, you've heard me right - despite that, I'm still pledging the same pledge I've always pledged. I think this is the first year I'm being realistic about my goal, the first time I feel I'm not overestimating my hand sewn wardrobe. I know I'm a slow sewer and as long as I'm producing a high quality, well-fitted garment I've become really happy with that title.
So I've made a cheater list of my Me-Mades with a rating based on how I felt wearing them in the past to see what I might need to consider finally donating to the Goodwill at the end of May.
1. Organic sweatshirt Lola Dress
2. 1940s linen shorts
3. 1930s tap pants
4. Leather Clutch
5. 1950s swimsuit
6. Project bag
7. 1940s plaid blouse with pearl snaps
8. "Gunne Sax" dress
9. Pink 1940s shirtdress
10. Two zip hipster bag
11. Lacy underpants
12. Madeleine bloomers
13. 1970s linen stripe pullover
14. Bird dress
15. Banadana skirt
16. Psychedelic stripe pants
17. Peasant blouses x2
18. Pillbox hat
19. Refashioned 90s dress
1. Downtown tunic
2. Plaintain Tee
3. 1940s cycling blouse
4. White one-shoulder tee
5. Land Army overalls
6. 1970s dickey
7. Purple 1940s pajamas
8. 1970s camp shirts x2
10. Teal jersey dress
11. Galaxy dress
12. Peasant blouse of muslin
Really Unloved Makes
1. Gold leggings
2. Tie-front skirt
3. Envelope pleat sheath dress
4. Psychedelic sheath dress
5. 1970s pleated skirt
1. Medieval dress
2. Regency chemise
3. 1970s does regency dress
In Purgatory (The Mending/Finishing Pile)
1. Pleather bustier
2. Pin-Up girls bra
3. Pink t-shirt
4. Navy knit dress
5. 1970s plaid skirt
At the beginning of this challenge, I'm starting with 5 dresses, 2 pairs shorts/pants, 4 shirts, 2 pairs underwear, 1 pair pajama shorts, 1 skirt, 3 bags, 1 hat and 1 swimsuit that I love. Now that isn't a bad wardrobe if I'd been better in the past about sewing for a wardrobe rather than a whim. I'm still in the process of learning to make things that make up outfits and are cohesive with things like shoes that I already own. Although the lack of pants and shorts, which in RTW I wear almost every day, would be my handicap.
For my "meh makes" I have 2 dresses, 1 pair overalls, 8 shirts and 1 dickey. I guess from that we could draw that I have a hard time making shirts that I like, and that would be true! I think the trouble is I haven't tried to sew knit tops, which is what I prefer to wear.
The really unloved makes I'm still holding on to are 2 dresses, 2 skirts and 1 pair of leggings. These are often items that had weird fits but I've loved too much to throw away. Those that are well made will probably finally be retired to a bin in my closet.
Sadly my mending/WIP pile is still a bit out of control. I usually like to focus on getting these done during MMM rather than before since the effort of doing MMM often eclipses my enthusiasm for sewing during that month.
See you all in the morning in my me-made jammies!
EDIT: I ran out of time partly from just not having enough of it and partly from sustaining a hand injury in pilates class that prevented me from getting the hand sewing done in time on my actual Spring for Cotton project, so I'm counting this instead.
Heyo, I actually have something to show to y'all today! I've just squeaked this in for the Small Human Being Sew Along (see banner on right hand side). I was originally going to do View 3 with the bretelle ruffles, but the eyelet I had was much too white so I nixed it for some off-white rick rack from my Grammy's stash.
Ta-Da! So the story behind this is that last year James built a gorgeous dark brown midcentury style dresser for his friends' new baby. When I pulled out this romper pattern and then this great caning print fabric it seemed meant to be as my half of the gift for her. I like to wait until babies are at least 6 months before sewing for them because tiny baby clothes are boring.
Now to the eagle-eyed sewists out there, I challenge you to find the three things that I goofed that I find irksome...
1. One of the legs is cut with the print upside down. The gathering has disguised that a bit, thank goodness. I didn't realize there was an up and down to the print until it was too late.
2. There should be two rows of rick-rack on the waistband or the one row should be centered. Due to the highly confusing and vague instructions I ended up using my own method for constructing and applying the waistband. This meant my pre-sewn rick rack was no longer centered.
3. The buttons don't fall on the center back line. Because the instructions and pattern envelope have no guide as to what size of buttons to use or how many or even a line for placement I was at the mercy of my Reader's Digest Guide as to how to set all that up. I used some vintage buttons and did lots of careful measuring but I was doomed from the start because the yet again crummy instructions led me to attach the bloomers to the waistband so that they didn't go all the way to either of the waistband, rather there are two 1" "tabs" of waistband that overlap. This should only have happened on one side, so the back bib overlaps 1" more than it should as well...I think..my brain still hurts from trying to figure it out.
Pattern: Advance 6063 (1952)
Size: Size 1
Fabric, etc.: 1 yard of quilter's cotton from JoAnn's years ago. STASHBUST! Rick rack is from my Grammy's stash, vintage buttons, elastic and skirt hook are all from stash.
Needle/Tension/Stitch Length: Size 12 universal/4/3
Time: About a week, mostly due to the terrible instructions!
Notes: Besides the instructions, these would have been a lot faster to make and really they're pretty cute. I think I would only attempt them again if I were making them for my own children though, and then I would definitely keep the bretelle ruffles, they remind me of Stephanie from Full House!
It also doesn't give you a measurement for how long to make the leg elastic, so I had to look up standard baby measurements for the clothing industry.