Friday, April 28, 2017
I'm excited for Me-Made-May this year! I've been in a bit of a sewing funk the last couple of months, partly due to limited sewing time, which paradoxically made me waste the sewing time I did have without actually sewing anything. I've also felt kind of bogged down by several gifts I've been making for people - according to my blog, I've made exactly three things for myself in the last year: my Adelaide dress last June/July, the grey cardigan I finished last October (which I wear a lot but don't totally love), and the half-slip I threw together this Spring.
So I'm really excited to focus on making for myself next month. I've been noticing a lot of gaps in my work wardrobe this year: I'm set for slacks, but I don't have enough tops that I really like, and all of my dresses are short-sleeved or sleeveless. First up on my list are a woven t-shirt and a long-sleeved lady skater dress, both in fabric I got from the Hancock's closing sale last Summer. If both of those get finished next month, I'm thinking about a long-sleeved button-up in a beautiful light-orange voile I've had in my stash for a while and a sewn cardigan in a purple scuba knit (also from the Hancock's sale).
I'll try to keep a list of what I've worn each week. I think this project will be helped by the fact that my semester is over as of this weekend, so I won't feel the need to be quite as dressed up at work (almost all of my work wardrobe is ready-to-wear, mostly hand-me-downs or purchased second-hand). The one thing that could put a wrench in my plan of wearing me-mades every day is the weather - so far we've had a pretty cool spring, too cold for me to wear most of the clothes I sewed for myself in the Texas heat. If all else fails I guess I'll wear a lot of sweaters!
Saturday, April 22, 2017
The sewing machine was $85 and in good condition, with a new power cord. It sews really smoothly. It's my new everyday machine, and I'm enjoying it a lot. It's a table model - its undersides are exposed, so you can't put it anywhere else and expect it to sew (it came with the table).
Monday, April 17, 2017
I made up the quilt pattern based on a picture of a quilt I had seen online. I like it because it looks sort of like a double-wedding ring, but without the crazy template piecing. I used two jelly rolls of Arizona-themed fabric from connecting threads. I picked this fabric because my friend and her now-husband met and still live in Arizona. It was a happy coincidence that several of the fabrics are a kind of coral-ish orange color, since our bridesmaid dresses were coral/orange!
Here's my sketch of the quilt blocks. It's a twin-sized quilt (I didn't measure it after I washed it, but the blocks finished at 30" by 30", and it's two blocks wide by three blocks long).
Friday, April 14, 2017
So I made myself a half-slip using some Bemberg rayon I had bought for another project that I'm not sure will ever get made. I followed Gertie's tutorial. I cut two rectangles, each 25" wide and 19" long (which is wider than the tutorial suggests for my hip measurement, but I was worried about wearing ease, and I think I made the right call - I need to be able to walk to work, climb stairs, and generally feel comfortable walking around while I'm teaching). I used French seams and a double narrow hem at the bottom.
I used a bit of lavender picot-edge elastic that I had leftover from making several pairs of undies, and I didn't use any lace or bows.
The rayon is super slippery, and the slip works really well! It was kind of difficult to cut and sew the rayon accurately, but given the non-public nature of this project, I don't think it matters that it isn't perfect.