MMM final post

Today’s a glorious autumn day for the last day of Me-Made May 2013 (red theme).

These poles located outside the main stadium have all the names of the volunteers who made the 2000 Sydney Olympics possible. I’m standing near my name listing.

My three me-mades are:
Silk blouse: Vogue 8118
Skirt: McCalls 8972 This link takes you to the red slub version.
Jacket: Simplicity 4698 also worn on Day 22.
Here is my set of MMM13 and the photography goes from mediocre to not that bad.

So that’s it for this year’s Me-Made May collection. Over 400 people participated this time so keeping up with everyone was the toughest part. Zo has run this again and done so well. The Friday themes organised by Claudine have been fun.

Meeting everyone in person especially the Perth meetup with CarolynS, Penny and Jenny as well as everyone online has been the best part of this challenge.

Head to toe

Winter is coming… I love Game of Thrones! So to keep my little legs warm leggings using a pattern McCalls 6404 View D aimed at non-gym activities worked wonders. Then came the top Kwik Sew 3567.

The legging uses a stash of navy cotton/spandex from the Remnant Warehouse and 2 green zippers from zipper stop. 

After reading the reviews on PR, I cut the small size. So depending on the fabric, I’ll make extra small next time. Flattering sizing for this shortie! I orginally took 2.5cm off the leg length at the ankle. After the initial fitting, I took off an additional 7cm off the length.

Now for the tushy adjustment…
I’ve deepened the back crotch curve and after the initial fitting, the centre back now has a very small yolk. The pattern now as a longer centre back seam (4cm) now and and a sway back adjustment (3cm). 

I’ve used a straight stitch for construction and cover stitched the seam stitching. Other reviewers said they should have used a wider elastic, so I used a 32mm wide elastic in the waistband. That worked a dream. As did marking the top of the leggings to the top of my unmentionables. That also worked well because it was just me and the mirror working on the fit of these leggings. Let’s move on…

Then I had to have a long sleeve top – didn’t I?

Using Kwik Sew 3567 View B with a V-neckline and fabric from my favourite local fabric place MyHung, sold me the last of the purple roll to make this top (and more longs later). We haggled a bit – just for the fun of it.

I can safely say tracing out the small size and sewing this top took 3 hours. 6mm seam allowances are wonderful using a simple straight stitch for the seams and coverstitched hems. This little number was great the next morning at the gym.
At the end of the class, no glistening markings and fleshy bits showed and the class was hard but worthwhile.

Here’s today’s work wear outfit. Me made dress Simplicity 8914 and me made cardi. And the light fog lifted too.

Almost there

We have mild winters but it does get cold here. This is the Brickpit Ring Walk at Sydney Olympic Park.
I’m wearing Me-made knit top from my pre blogging days and mustard skinny jeans Vogue 2014.
Here’s the archery area at Sydney Olympic Park and I’m channelling Wonder Woman.
Me-made navy wrap Simplicity 2603 and me-made knit dress Vogue 8379.

I made this little black dress Butterick 5314  when I was a larger size so I’ve used a belt.
The Jalie 2921 scarf top was made last year and I’ve crossed the scarf tie and knotted it behind my neck. I’m at Sydney Olympic Park again but it’s foggy. Who said Winter is coming?
These dark brown boots are all of $20 and it’s taken me a long time to wear them because they have lots of detailing but I’ll be wearing them a lot this winter.
This was the first pic I took so you could see how thick the fog was. That’s one of the light towers along the Olympic Boulevard (coming out of my head) and you can’t see the row of light towers behind it. That’s how foggy it was.

So the next day with lots more fog, I decided it was time to play with the exposure adjustments on my camera and this shows what I’m wearing better and you can still see how foggy it was.
This is a purple ponte dress Butterick 5676 I made last year and one of the first stretch woven shirts in taupe I made in my pre-blogging days. I love wearing my blue suede boots.
Two more MMM13 days to go…

Thank you for the comments on my hoodie. I’ll show you the smart casual version next and I’m working on a pair of longs for the gym. They won’t be as rad as Melissa’s but they’ll still fit well.

BTW, I only meant to tire myself out with the car tyre reference but I thought this did give you an idea of what we get up to at the gym in the morning. We’re a tight-knit group of crazies.

Avocado women’s hoodie

The cold hit last week and I had to wear my 70s/80s tracksuit top at the 6am outdoor class. The sleeves billow a bit so the women’s Avocado seemed like a good option to try next.  The sleeves got in the way of the car tyres we hold while running up the grass hill.

I made the 6 but I’ll make the 4 next and shorten the sleeves and body.

Mari gave me this pattern as a thank you for testing the mens hoodie. This all-over fabric was from the Remnant Warehouse and since it’s white on the wrong side, I’ve lined the hoodie with a Pitt Trading Remnant.

Renata, this remnant piece was from that elusive Pitt Trading remnant bin.

I’ve done a 2cm rolled shoulder adjustment and sway back adjustment.

This hoodie pattern has all 4 pockets so I kept them on this versioin to see how the pattern detailing worked for this women’s style. Clear elastic is used to keep the pockets from bagging out of shape. Clever.

Thumb opening on sleeve
I thought you might want a closer looks a the thumb opening feature of this hoodie. Now that we’ve got our cold weather, this is a very timely feature.

The thumb opening is placed 5cm or 6cm forward of the sleeve join. And the sleeve band is very wide so there’s no sleeve pulls. Clever little pattern piece.

This fabric is a synthetic masquarading as a wool and it has drape but no elasticity so the elastic used at the pocket will keep the shape of this hoodie for a few seasons.

I thought I’d add this photo taken when Sharon and I were at sewing.

This version has now been worn at the gym and was ideal in warmth and length. It didn’t get in the way of holding car tyres either. Gym cover up tops need to be long enough to cover the tushy and this hoodie fits the bill. Mission accomplished.

Beajay mentioned that I’m going to play with this pattern to make a smart casual version for end of the day drinkies. I’ll show you that next in size 4 using a stretch knit.

I have to say that working with Beajay to get her jacket pattern to fit was a good learning experience for both of us and a bit scary. I’ve read alot about making adjustments and Carolyn has got her TNT patterns sorted so the ‘rubber hits the road’ when making these adjustments for a real person and not just on paper.

Amanda’s FBA method for sizes above an E cup was a revelation to both of us. Thanks Amanda.

Then Rebecca and JudieL helped me sort out my own bra making test garment  I had another go at getting Kwik Sew 3300. I think I’m one step away from making my first bra. Yay. I’m not expecting much so I shouldn’t be disappointed with my first few makes. Yay.

MMM this week

Day 22: Here’s a bit of purple and taupe. Purple is my favourite winter colour. It”s been cold outside and a bit wet so out come the boots!
Jacket – Simplicity 4698 jacket
Top – Purple winter top
Skirt -Straight skirt with split

Day 23: Moved into the brown/red combinations. Skirt –
Jacket – not blogged
Cardi – McCalls 5978 cardi
Top – self drafted bits and pieces top
Skirt – me made straight skirt not blogged

Day 24: At Sydney Olympic Park because I cycle train here. The rain eased up today but it was still cold this morning.
Jacket – Grey version of Vogue 7764. You’ve seen the pink version. This grey version was a test jacket.
Trousers – Made 2 years ago.
Top – Kwik Sew 3378 in red.

Day 25: With Sharon at sewing and we had a break from the wet weather too.
Hoodie: Avocado women’s hoodie (to be blogged next). Size 6 is the test version. I’ll make size 4 next. That’s why I test patterns and road test them where I can. You’ve seen the mens hoodie before.
Skinny jeans: Vogue 1204

Sewing bloggers also there included Kristy, BeaJay, Rebecca Howard, Sandra (aka Dilliander) and JudieL from PR. That ‘fractured cardi’ Sharon’s wearing is going to be the basis of a workshop a tutor will run for us later this year.

PS: Hi Penny

A little faux coat

My littlest niece (LN) had her birthday (see desserts) and she chose a white faux fur for her jacket. I know that white fur will get dirty but as I said to her Mum when she smiled at LN’s fur choice, “We can always dye it later.” 

I’ve been following 21 wale because she sews great gear for very young growing family so I thought that sewing for this 8 year old was doable.

Both LN and her Mum picked a princess-seamed, zip-front jacket with zipper welt pockets from Young Image Magazine Autumn/Winter 2012/2013. LN wanted it hip length. This jacket will be hip length within 12 months.

This test version is a floral denim that had been sitting in my stash. Why test the pattern? I wanted to check the construction before I cut into the fur.

Can you see the coat handle on the inside collar?
So I used a open-ended zipper on the fur version once I knew the denim test version worked.

I decided to sew the zipper in the front before sewing in the sleeves because I didn’t want the front opening to be wonky or have to battle with the full coat when sewing in the front zip.

 Once the zipper was sewn in I attached the lining and then flat sewed in the sleeves, finished the side seams and hemmed the sleeves and jacket.

Both jackets have a coat handle to hang these coats anywhere.

I’ve used white satin binding for the welt pockets and at the edge of the collar.
The heart print lining shows when you roll up the sleeves. LN was quick to point out ‘no one will see the lining’ – observant.

I’ve whitened the pic below so you can see the true colours of the fur and how the fur lines up.

LN loves her fur version and she made taking these photos a challenge. LN-1: Aunty-0. 
She didn’t like the denim jacket so it now belongs to one of her little friends.


Cinnamon Cream Oyster cakes

Tosca cake

I thought you might like the Me Made desserts first. I love to bake for special occasions and the recipes are on my food blog.

Here’s my church outfit for a cool Sunday morning on Day 19.
Shirt – Butterick shirt with Pattern Magic double collar
Reversable jacket – Made in 2011

By the afternoon, I took the little ones to the park to kick around a ball. Thanks Amy for taking this pic.
Skinny jeans – Vogue 1204 This wool blend fabric is perfect for cooler weather.

Here’s Mum in a Me-Made fleece fully lined Burda 7749 coat and Me-made lined self-drafted skirt, off to church. I think I should make another jacket for Mum this season. 

Then Day 20 at work I rugged up for work and Jeanne took this shot.
Top – Jalie 2921 scarf top
Navy wrap – Simplicity 2603 wrap
Jacket – McCalls 6292 snakeskin trimmed jacket
Trousers – Burda 7746 lined trousers

Day 21 is an after work pic. I made this wool skirt many years ago with a double-breasted jacket and a short skirt too. The fabric was given to me by an aunt from overseas so it took me some time to cut into it and I will always keep it as a memory of her and that visit.
Sandwich bolero from 2011. This is a good travel piece.
Top – Kwik Sew 3740
Skirt –  never blogged. That’s how long ago I made it.