Tuesday, June 21, 2016

Where's My 'Stache?

Hello beautiful people! Summer is here, the sun is shining, the days are big, the spirit is high and the mood is bright (oh! did I just rhymed there? maybe not). A desperate need of some interior design changes was in the air for quite a long time now! So, when the lovely girls from the Fabric Yard contacted me for a guest blog post, I couldn't be happier!

Fabric Yard is an online company with a great range of both retro and modern quirky designer cotton prints, based in the North coast of Ireland. They really had me at quirky! The hardest part was actually picking a fabric. I spent a good amount of time browsing through the endless fabric possibilities, unable to set on one. I seriously challenge you to pick just one fabric from the shop, without hesitating.

I finally settled for this amazing fabric, called "Where's My 'Stache?" in White, by Alexander Henry. They kindly sent me 2m of fabric, but then it came the second hard part, deciding what to do with it. I knew it would make a lovely skirt or pair of shorts, but I loved the fabric so much, I wanted to be able to see it everyday! And then it hit me! It had to be a home decor piece! And what better, than squishy, comfortable cushions?

I made two large-envelope style- pillowcases for my plain-old white pillows, using this tutorial. The fabric is really a top notch cotton! It sewed and pressed amazingly good, and I couldn't be happier! The cushions brightened up my living room instantly and they make me smile every time I pass by.

I think, I'm a home decor sewing convert. I never thought it would be something I would enjoy, but I really enjoyed sewing these. A huge thank you to the Fabric Yard for sending me this amazing fabric for free is due!

So, what about you? Do you enjoy sewing home decor pieces? And are you a fun of quirky fabric prints?

Friday, June 3, 2016

Me Made May '16 Recap

Hello lovely people and happy new month! So May is over, and I'm here for my final Me Made May'16 recap. This year I pledged to wear as many handmade garments as possible. I didn't set a specific number of garments or days. Since I decluttered my wardrobe in late March my handmade wardrobe is very limited and since I didn't sew many new garments the last couple of months I thought I'd work with what I had. Lately I focus more on quality and sewing things that I really love and enjoy wearing, rather than quantity. So with that said, this May I wore 16 me-made items:

Tops: 10
Outerwear: 3
Bottoms: 2

Out of these, 8 were from indie sewing patterns, 1 was from a knitting pattern and 3 were self drafted. If you're interested, these are the patterns:
Mona jacket by WearLemonade
Victoria Blazer by ByHandLondon
Opal Cardigan by Paprika Patterns
Plantain Tee by Deer&Doe
Senna Skirt by Lindsay Woodward
Sarah Shirt by ByHandLondon

To be honest, looking back to this month, I realise that my wardrobe is really boring. Yes, it is practical and yes, it does suit my day-to-day life, but it wouldn't hurt to have a little more umph! I definitely have to sew more things for my wardrobe, but to be fair that is something I already knew before participating. Also, I seriously need to add more bottoms, as well as more dresses (greek summer heat is sooo close!).

It was really fun participating for the 3rd time and seeing what everyone else was wearing! I sure have a lot of sewing to do, and I can't wait! So how about you? Did you participate in MMM? Did you learn anything new about your wardrobe this time around? 

Sunday, May 29, 2016

Me Made May '16: Week 4 Round Up (aka the Plantain week)

Hello everyone. Let me start by saying that, since I'm (obviously) a jeans and tee kind of girl, my handmade t-shirt game was really shameful. Last weekend I decided to change that and I made 4 new Plantain tees. So, needless to say that I wore a Plantain tee every single day this week! 

23/5: Swing back beige Plantain and RTW sweatpants for running errands
24/5: Swing back grey Plantain and RTW black skinny jeans for a coffee date with friends
25/5: Same Plantain as yesterday  (without any shame!)
26/5: Striped Plantain and RTW black high-waisted jeans for drinks with friends
27/5: Black Plantain and RTW flares for a coffee day with the bestie
28/5: The only day of the week that a Plantain wasn't involved :P. Hand-knitted sweater and RTW jean shorts for a stroll around the city

I'm really sad that May is almost over, but I can't wait to start filling the gaps in my wardrobe that I spotted during Me Made May. Have you realized anything new about your wardrobe during this year's MMM?

Monday, May 23, 2016

Me Made May '16: Week 3 Round Up

Hello everyone! I hope you're having a wonderful May so far! It's this time of the week again. I'm here to share my me-made wardrobe of yet another week! 

15/5: A self-drafted knit tank top with my RTW flares, and my favorite RTW cover up

17/5: A secret project, that I'll share soon, for a night out with friends

19/5: My freshly done short and sweet sweater from Pickles

21/5: My By Hand London Sarah Shirt for a stroll in the sun

Can you believe that we are nearly done with Me Made May? Have you enjoyed the process? 

Sunday, May 15, 2016

Me Made May '16: Week 2 Round Up

Hello everyone! So, it's already the second week of May! Like, seriously, where has this year gone?

Here is the round up of my second week. I know it's not a lot, but this year I'm trying to be realistic with documenting my me-made wardrobe and the way I incorporate them in my day to day wardrobe.

9/5: Loungin around the house in my striped Deer&Doe Plantain tee and RTW sweatpants

10/5: Night out in my Lindsay Woodward Senna skirt

11/5: Off to work in my By Hand London Sarah Shirt

13/5: Self drafted tank top and flares for work

So, are you enjoying Me Made May so far? Are you participating or are you watching from the sides?

Monday, May 9, 2016

Spring Wardrobe: Outerwear #1 Perfecto Mona

Hello everyone! Recently I shared a post about my spring outerwear sewing plans. Now this is an area that is lacking in my wardrobe. Except from the occasional cardigan my spring outerwear game is really low. And it's time to change it!

When I first started sewing, never in my wildest dreams I'd imagined that it would come a day that I'd be able to make my own biker jacket! In my mind sewing something like that was really intimidating and nearly impossible! But guess what guys? NOTHING is impossible! So here it is my very first suede biker jacket! And I'm IN LOVE!

The pattern is  Mona from a French pattern company called Wear Lemonade. I already had this pattern for a while, but forgotten about it over time. At the time the pattern was available as a PDF, although it doesn't seem to be anymore. The pattern features bust darts, a zipper closure and 4 press studs. My favorite thing though about this is that you only need around 1.5m of fabric! And the options are countless!

For my version I cut a size 38 for the bust, grading to a size 40 for the waist and hips and the fit turned out perfect. I used a beige suede I already had in my stash (hooray for finally de-stashing something!), a fun leopard print bias binding for the inside and 4 rusted gold toned press-studs. Side note: if you want to install decorative press-studs, but you don't have the right tool, you can totally improvise and use a screwdriver and a hammer ;)

The PDF pattern came without any instructions, but there is a video up on the Wear Lemonade website, that takes you through the whole process step by step. Even though I don't speak any French whatsoever, it was really easy to sew this jacket. I'd say it's suited for an intermediate sewer or even an advanced beginner.

There's really nothing else to say about this pattern, either than this is possibly one of my top three makes of all time and surely there are many more versions of this coming soon!

So, what are you guys sewing these days? 

Sunday, May 8, 2016

Me Made May '16: Week 1 Round Up

Hello lovely people! As you know it's May, and you must already know by now, that May in the sewing community means only one thing: Me Made May!

Since I did a huge clearout of my closet over the past few months, not a lot of my garments made the cut. I kept only those garments I wear and enjoy wearing often. So there are some pretty big gaps on my wardrobe at the moment and my me-made game is running low. But nontheless I really wanted to join again this year. It's such a fun project and it really makes you evaluate your wardrobe.

Because I didn't want to put much pressure on myself, I pledged to wear as many handmade garments as I can for the duration of May. No specific number of days or garments.

Putting together this round-up I realized that 4 out of the 6 handmade garments I wore this week haven't been up on the blog yet(ooops!). I really have to take some pictures of my makes!

1/5: Doing some stretching in my self-drafted leggings
2/5: My new favorite Mona jacket (soon to be blogged)

4/5: You know you love a garment when you want to wear it every single day. That's Mona for me right now.

5/5: New Victoria blazer in ponte knit(soon to be blogged as well!) and a self-drafted knit tank top.

 6/5: Wearing my Named Beatrix crop top with my Paprika patterns Opal cardigan.

So, that's it from me on the first week of May. How about youAre you participating in Me Made May '16? What is your pledge?