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.
Here is a simple guide to show you how to install the buttons and rivets available in the Miss Maude Sewing Store.
you will need:
a solid metal surface (the bottom of a cast iron pan will work!)
an awl or other sharp point - ie a nail.
wire cutters (for rivets only)
your rivets and buttons
extra fabric, rivets and buttons to practice
It is recommended that you practice on a scrap on denim (the same number of layers as your finished garment), before you try installing on your garment.
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.
This year Miss Maude is proud to sponsor Me Made May. The month long challenge is a great way to become more aware of what's in your wardrobe and to really make the most of what you've got - as well as identifying a few holes that may need filling.
This week I will be giving away $120 worth of beautiful new and vintage haberdashery from the store to one lucky winner. If you win, you'll receive everything you can see in the picture above, plus a little more....
To enter head on over to Jennifer Lauren Vintage to check out the details - you will also be able to check out her beautiful, vintage inspired sewing patterns while you are there...
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.