Me Made May 2016

May is super busy so I decided to focus on wearing clothes I’ve made but planning my week ahead rather than just throwing on ‘the same old thing’.

This year’s pledge was to wear something I’ve made everyday. ‘Keeping it simple’.
Day 1: Burda Jacket, Vogue jeans and Butterick top 
Day 2: Simplicity 1425 top with my block skirt added to make this dress.
Day 3: Burda Style dress
Day 4: Vogue 1407 
Day 5: Burda style 7828 wrap dress
Day 6: Simple skinny jeans and New Look top

Week 1 was warm so dresses were my go-to work wear. I keep a jacket at my desk to overcome the aircon.

Morning workout set: Steeple chase leggings, New Look top, McCalls jacket

I did 4 morning training sessions and above is my loudest workout set (no makeup).

Day 7: Lace dress using block pattern.

The weekend was social and I still squeezed in a park run on Saturday morning.

Day 7:Steeplechase leggings and New Look top
Day 8: Vicki’s fabric choice using Simplicity 7156 (to be blogged)

This week is a juggle so this is what I’ve worn so far. 

Day 9: Kwik sew dress
Day 10: Burda wrap dress

I have two ‘business casual’ work days this week so this is what I’ve put these aside.

Day 11: Vogue jeans and block pattern top
Day 12: Simplicity skirt and wrap cardi
Day 13: Vogue jeans and New Look wrap top

Training wise, this week is a quite one because Sunday is the half marathon so I’ve done 2 training sessions early this week. My legs need a break because I know I’ll be running for at least 2 hours on the day so that’s it for training hard.


And that gets me through the first two weeks of MMMay 2016.

Simple Skinny Jeans

Yes it’s Spring and I’ve made jeans. Simple Skinny Jeans using Sew Liberated Patterns.

White Tree Fabrics provided me with this pattern to try. And I did give this pattern a good try. 

Firstly I tried this pattern out using a stretch woven that had some stretch. I hadn’t bought the ‘real fabric’ yet. I did buy it in Melbourne last month:)
All the reviews of this pattern mentioned how low the body of these jeans are, so I raised them by 10cm. I checked this measure to the skinny jeans I love wearing.
The rise ended up right on my waistline. I prefer jeans to sit below my waistline so I removed 2.5cm from the top of the jeans for the second pair.

I did make the 8 size but had to take the legs in a bit at the side seam.
I also took some width out around my knees.

From the back I still had some work to do getting the leg fit right and bit of caboose work. The main caboose work was to raise the back yoke and back pockets up.

You can see how this additional work paid off. This fabric also had a lot less stretch than my test fabric.
Can you see the knit fabric at the waist?


That’s why they’re so comfy. 

Is that a bad thing? Comfy jeans?


These front pockets I drafted into this pattern, are functional. You have to take into account they might stretch open if the pocket is too low or not secured with additional topstitching.

The test functional pockets on the first pair of jeans kept flipping open so I topstitched them down at near the waistband.

I used double thread on the seams so they wouldn’t pull under the stress of the pattern stretch.

There’s as much topstitching on these jeans as you would see on any jeans.

As I said at the start, I gave this pattern a very good try and they work for me now.

I wore these jeans while sewing on Sunday and I could cut out patterns on the floor and still breath easily.