For those of you following me on Instagram or Facebook, you will more than likely know that I am taking part in a month long challenge called Me Made May. The challenge started eight years ago by UK sewist, Zoe Edwards of the blog So, Zo..What do You Know? - and it "is all about improving your relationship with your handmade wardrobe, and perhaps also learning about yourself and your creativity." I personally think it's a great opportunity to really appreciate what you've spent time making for yourself - which may be just one simple tee, or a whole wardrobe packed with me made garments - as well as to help you plan what you really need to make next...not just something with the next pretty pattern or fabric that pops up in front of you. This challenge is very good at identifying the 'gaps' in your wardrobe. And to help with that aspect, I'm really pleased to be able to sponsor the first prize for the month. To help fill a gap (an actual need!!) in your wardrob, I'm going to be giving away:
To enter, you need to head over to Jennifer Lauren Handmade (a very talented Kiwi pattern maker, sewist and blogger). Jen helps out with Me Made May, and is hosting this giveaway. The competition is open world wide and closes 8pm Sunday 14th May NZDT.
The Fielder Top and Dress pattern by Merchant and Mills is definitely the most popular pattern in the store at the moment. And I understand why! It is a classic style that combines the casual comfort of a sweater with the versatility (and let's face it - ease of construction..) of woven fabrics.
The bodice and arms are designed to be sewn with laundered linen, soft cottons, lightweight denim, wool, light flannel or crepe; it is then finished with comfortable cotton ribbing at the neck, cuffs and hem.
For the neon pink and white version in the photo above I used virgin white laundered linen for the sleeves, and a lightweight cotton canvas for the bodice. I also swapped out the rib hem for more of the neon pink!
While I have only made the top ( a few times...!!), this pattern also includes a dress version - which I'm sure is equally as comfortable as the top. Judging by the photo below, it certainly exudes understated style and effortless elegance.
I've just finished a pair of jeans.. Ginger Jeans by Closet Case Patterns to be precise. I've made View A (mid rise stove pipe) in the organic stretch denim I have in the store. I'm pretty happy with the end result, but it's not to say there aren't things to improve next time.
The most time consuming part for me was getting the fit right - this is always a bit of a challenge as I vary so much across sizes, and sometimes I just want to give up and sew! But perseverance is rewarded - I am really happy with how these fit.
Fifteen days of May have gone by, and so far I have been able to wear at least one Me Made piece from my wardrobe each day. Here's a quick re-cap. If you are feeling inspired by any of my makes, scroll down for links to the fabrics and patterns you can find in the Miss Maude Store.
Here's a quick peak at the latest project off the sewing machine. And perfect timing for Me Made May and the autumn weather. These Morgan Boyfriend jeans are the latest pattern release from Closet Case Patterns - a relaxed fit, comfortable, non-stretch denim pair of jeans.
The pattern includes detailed instructions, so if you haven't made jeans before - it is just a simple case of following along. I would suggest any intermediate sewer would easily put a pair of these together. They really aren't as hard as I had anticipated - in fact they were lots of fun and I'm eager to start another pair of jeans. Probably Ginger skinnies next....
This is the only photo I have at the moment - but will post some more once I have some!
Day 1 of Me Made May has been pretty much perfect. Firstly I was actually able to find a suitable outfit for the day that included a me made t-shirt; then I managed to find a serious chunk of time to get stuck into my first pair of jeans; and thirdly, my man-about-the-house cooked up a delicious roast for lunch!
Today's outfit included a Lane raglan by Hey June made up in this beautiful Liberty of London Jersey (Paper Garden Blue) with contrasting sleeves. Comfy, slouchy and pretty...without being too pretty.
Colette Patterns have released a new skirt pattern. Selene - a classic pencil skirt. I have been lucky enough to get an advanced copy, so I've made one up in denim for casual autumn style. It is perfect timing as my autumn wardrobe is somewhat lacking (to say the least!).
She has a thing for stacks of beautiful fabrics, delights in holding something made to last, and respects good craftsmanship. These are the driving forces behind the Miss Maude shop. And here are her musings.