Me Made May 2015: Days 11 – 31

Why doesn’t WordPress have an autosave function? Why don’t I save draft posts while I write them? Why does my laptop never crash when all I’m doing is binge watching Revenge? Anyway, last weekend’s MMM15 post disappeared with a blue screen of doom, so now there is one mammoth update for the rest of May.

Day 11 - 12 | Pattern . Paint . PanDay 11: Viscose dress (pre-blog)
Pattern: Self drafted
Fabric: Black, blue & yellow floral viscose
Sewn: Spring 2014

Day 12: Lace contrast yoke top (unblogged)
Pattern: Rub off from RTW top
Fabric: Aqua jersey and cream stretch lace
Sewn: April 2015

Day 13 - 14 | Pattern . Paint . PanDay 13: Denim skirt (pre-blog)
Pattern: Self drafted
Fabric: Denim
Sewn: Spring 2014

Day 14: Contrast yoke, wrap back top (unblogged)
Pattern: Hacked from RTW rub off
Fabric: Upcycled black jersey & zebra print jersey from Ebay
Sewn: April 2015

Day 15 - 16 | Pattern . Paint . PanDay 15: Floral shirt dress (pre-blog)
Pattern: Vintage
Fabric: Floral viscose & purple viscose lining
Sewn: Spring 2014

Day 16: Shirt dress (unblogged)
Fabric: Upcycled men’s shirt
Sewn: January 2015

Day 17 - 18 | Pattern . Paint . PanDay 17: Repeated Lady Skater from Day 5 (pre-blog)

Day 18: Contrast yoke, faux back button placket top (pre-blog)
Pattern: Self drafted
Fabric: Black viscose, black linen, black & white floral chiffon
Sewn: Spring 2014

Day 19 - 20 | Pattern . Paint . PanDay 19: Denim skirt (unblogged)
Pattern: Self drafted
Fabric: Upcycled denim from unworn dress, white cotton lining
Sewn: May 2015

Day 20: Handbag (unblogged)
Pattern: Self drafted
Fabric: Mystery 50p/m green loose weave fabric, stash scraps of pleather, polycotton lining
Sewn: November 2014

Day 21 - 22 | Pattern . Paint . PanDay 21: Upcycled skirt (pre-blog)
Fabric: One of my mum’s old skirts
Sewn: Spring 2014

Day 22: Repeated jersey peplum from Day 1

Day 23 - 24 | Pattern . Paint . PanDay 23: Floral dress
Pattern: Hacked Simplicity 2444
Fabric: Floral viscose & plain poly crepe du chine lining
Sewn: June 2014

Day 24: Floral dress
Pattern: Hacked Simplicity 2444
Fabric: Floral polycotton
Sewn:August 2014

Day 25 - 26 | Pattern . Paint . PanDay 25: Underwear (unblogged)
Pattern: RTW rub off
Fabric: Cream stretch lace & jersey
Sewn: April 2015

Day 26: Repeated Ava from Day 2

Day 27 - 28 | Pattern . Paint . PanDay 27: Repeated floral peplum from Day 3

Day 28: Jersey dress (unblogged)
Pattern: Lady skater bodice & self drafted skirt
Fabric: Zebra print jersey & upcycled men’s t-shirt
Sewn: Summer 2014

Day 29 - 30 | Pattern . Paint . PanDay 29: Repeated lady skater from Day 4

Day 30: Upcycled white lace dress (pre-blog)
Fabric: My Nan’s wedding dress – I took a few inches off the skirt and lowered the armholes, and considering it’s nearly 60 years old and originally handmade, I think it’s in amazing condition and totally wearable today. I haven’t worn it many times, thinking it’s too precious and I should save it for special occasions, but that feels a bit silly now.
Sewn: 2012

Day 31 | Pattern . Paint . Pan

Day 31: Collared top (pre-blog)
Pattern: Self drafted
Fabric: Mystery silky, slightly textured fabric
Sewn: 2012/13

Phew. I’m kind of surprised I managed Me-Made every day with only one use each of the underwear/handbag cheat, and not too many repeats. I thought I’d be frantically sewing mid-month, but with work being busier and several projects for my nephew, I’ve only been working on one dress (still unfinished, grr) in the last half of the month. I think trousers and more work appropriate dresses should be on my sewing list; as much as I love my floral cotton dresses from last summer, they are mostly relegated to weekend wear now. Jersey is the new cotton, and solids/prints the new floral. Well, maybe.


Me Made May 2015: Days 1 – 10

As promised, here is my first batch of (dodgy) MMM15 photos.  MMM15 | Pattern . Paint . Pan Day 1: Grey feather jersey peplum top (unblogged)
Pattern: Hacked from the Lady skater dress by Kitschy Coo
Fabric: Upcycled men’s grey feather print t-shirt & dark grey jersey
Sewn: April 2015

Day 2: Floral Ava dress. Pink cardigan (not me-made, but knitted by my Nan for my Mum over 20 years ago)
Pattern: Ava by Victory Patterns

Fabric: Floral polycotton & contrasting broderie anglais
Sewn: Spring 2014

MMM15 | Pattern . Paint . PanDay 3: Floral peplum top
Pattern: Simplicity 2444 hack
Fabric: Floral polycotton remnant
Sewn: Summer 2014

Day 4: Floral lady skater dress (unblogged)
Pattern: Lady Skater by Kitschy Coo (with altered neckline)
Fabric: Grey and black fleece backed jersey from Birmingham Rag market. The print is on the fleece side.
Sewn: Winter 2015MMM15 | Pattern . Paint . PanDay 5: Feather jersey lady skater dress (pre-blog) & Gaptastic Cowl (pre-blog)
Pattern: Lady skater by Kitschy Coo
Fabric: Grey, navy & green feather print jersey
Sewn: Spring 2014

Day 6: Black & white print jersey skirt (unblogged)
Pattern: Self drafted
Fabric: Black & white textured heavyweight jersey from Bham Rag Markets
Sewn: April 2015

MMM15 | Pattern . Paint . PanDay 7: Upcycled skirt (unblogged)
Pattern: Self drafted – box pleats, exposed zipper, faux waistband, lined
Fabric: Gathered skirt from an ancient Primark dress I never wore because the bodice had weird pleats on
Sewn: May 2015

Day 8: Knitted hoodie
Pattern: Divi hoodie from Ravelry
Yarn: Super cheap acrylic
Knitted: Feb – Sept 2014
This is definitely my most delayed blog post item, purely because after finally finishing it (my first proper garment), I realised just how crap the sizing really is and I didn’t really know how to fix it. MMM might finally make me attempt to make it wearable.
MMM15 | Pattern . Paint . PanDay 9: Floral Ava dress (& another Nan-knitted cardi that I’ve permanently borrowed from my Mum)
Pattern: Ava by Victory Patterns
Fabric: Floral and navy polycottons
Sewn: Summer 2014

Day 10: Floral strappy top (pre-blog)
Pattern: Self drafted
Fabric: Floral cotton
Sewn: Winter 2014

So far, so good. I haven’t had to resort to bags and underwear to get my 1 handmade item in, nor have there been any repeats. That no doubt will change over the next week!

Me Made May 2015

MMM15I am officially the crappest blogger ever, but I shall attempt to catch up with my recent makes as part of Me Made May 2015. In 2014, I completed my 15 days of wearing at least 1 handmade item, so despite my sewing being a bit sporadic since my move, my possibly unachievable but definitely belated pledge for this year is:

‘I, Briony of Pattern.Paint.Pan, sign up as a participant of Me-Made-May ’15. I endeavour to wear 1 item of handmade or upcycled clothing or accessories each day for the duration of May 2015’.

There will most definitely be repeats and the accessories part is totally my cop out for the days when I want to wear RTW items, but hopefully the challenge will inspire me to wear some items that just sit on my shelves, finally start some of the planned pieces from stash fabric and highlight what I’m missing/wear most/don’t need to keep. Hopefully there’ll be weekly updates, but who knows, maybe it’ll be a mid June whole month summary again.