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?

Saturday, April 23, 2016

Spring Wardrobe: Outerwear

Recently I used the Konmari method to declutter and tidy my house and wardrobe. Ever since, I started thinking a lot about my wardrobe and my sewing. At times, my sewing can be all over the place - splurges of the moment on fabrics I don't really need, the excitement of a new pattern release that isn't my style 100%, but look cute on the model and it goes on. I want to sew more consciously and add pieces in my wardrobe I know I'm going to love and get a lot of wear out of.

I'm starting by planning my spring wardrobe more thoroughly and with longevity in mind. I know the main hole is my outerwear. My spring outerwear game currently consists of one pleather jacket, one denim jacket and some cardigans. I'm planning to add these types of outerwear:







I'm planning on using some indie patterns I have and draft my own patterns to make them. If you have any pattern suggestion please let me know!

So, how about you? Any spring wardrobe plans? 

Sunday, April 17, 2016

Sewing mojo....come back!

I recently went through a phase of sewing drought. I had ideas, I just couldn't find the motivation to make them happen. I hadn't touched my sewing machine for over a month. I missed sewing, but when it came to me actually sew something I couldn't find the focus to do it.

I thought I share with you the tips that helped me get my sewing mojo back:

1. Start slow

I always find that if you start with small, instant-gratification, quick projects, you are most likely to find your mojo. After my long period of sewing drought I started with a Grainline Linden Sweatshirt and a Named Beatrix crop top. These took absolutely no time and they gave me the push I needed to keep going.

2. Have patience

It's not gonna come in one day. And you most probably can't make a coat for your first project back from the sewing "coma". Start with small steps. Devote 15 minutes a day to your sewing, even if its just to sew a hem. 

3.Tidy your space

I find that I can't really function in a messy enviroment. I suggest you start by tidying up your sewing space first. We all know what a mess that can be, but it is so worth the fuss! After your space is tidy, you'll find the need to create something in it.

4.Find inspiration

Many people may find this strange, but the thing I enjoy most about sewing is the planning. I love browsing through Pinterest and Instagram for ideas and seeing what other fellow makers are creating. For you it could be a browse through the Internet, a read of your favorite sewing books/magazines or simply a stroll in the sun. 

5.Just do it

Stand up from the couch and start making. Worst case senario, you'll not like what you make. So what? Start again! The fun is in the making, right?

I hope you'll find these tips helpful. And please share whatever tips you have for getting your sewing mojo back after a long drought!

Saturday, March 26, 2016

Pattern testing: Nita Wrap Skirt

Hello lovely people! It's been quiet around here lately and the reason is that I've been Konmaring the s**t out of my apartment all month long. It's been a really tiring process, but with really satisfying results! A full blog post to come on this soon. But in all the mess that is currently my house I did manage to squeeze in a little sewing time.

So may I present to you, the Nita Wrap Skirt from SewDIY patterns. Another lovely pattern from Beth. I was a pattern tester for her Lou Box Top, so I already knew I was in for something good.

"The Nita Wrap Skirt is a fitted wrap skirt that sits at the natural waist with an angled front, three length options and three waistband closure options. The pattern features waist darts, a built in front facing and optional lining. Make the mini length in denim or corduroy for a versatile casual skirt. Combine a neutral twill with the midi-length for a sophisticated look that will take you from the office to happy hour in style."

 I decided to make the maxi length with the tie waist closure. I cut a size 10 for the waist and graded to a size 12 for the hips. I didn't make many modifications except from lengthening the front darts by 2cm. I'm really happy with the fit and I love that there are no fussy closures.

For this, I used a grey rayon blend that drapes beautifully and finished everything with french seams. You could use really any type of fabric for this skirt. The possibilities are endless, just by changing the length and the fabric type. You can see all the amazing versions from other pattern testers here.

The skirt was really easy and quick to sew. I'd say it took me three hours from taping to hemming. As with all Beth's patterns, the drafting is exceptional and the instructions are really easy to follow. 

*Disclaimer: I received this pattern from Beth for free to test, but all opinions are my own. I sent feedback on the draft to Beth. I was not paid to test this pattern, and was given a free copy of the final pattern as compensation.*