Me Made May Finale

Why bog you down with a million and one excuses for my extended absence? The upcoming blog posts will feature finished items, almost finished items, WIPs, and even photos from my trips. But first, let me post my finished looks from Me-Made-May 2015 (I have got to be the latest person ever with this post.) So, lets get started…

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Day 22 – Features a simple self-drafted elastic skirt and the Shapely Cardigan.
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Day 23 – Features a self-drafted elastic skirt and Hortencia by Andi Satterlund.
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Day 24 – Features Hetty by Andi Satterlund.
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Day 25 – Features Miette by Andi Satterlund
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Day 26 – Features a self-drafted skirt and Elsa by Andi Satterlund
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Day 27 – Features Hetty by Andi Satterlund
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Day 28 – Features Marion by Andi Satterlund
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Day 29 – Features Simplicity 1803
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Day 30 – Features Marion by Andi Satterlund (Pheonia made a slight cameo)
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Day 31 – Simplicity 1803 dress and Myrna by Andi Satterlund
All of the looks from Me Made May 2015!
The complete looks from Me-Made-May 2015!

Okay, that concludes this post. I’ll be back later.

Me Made May ’15 – Week 3

I can’t believe that the month of May is almost over. My outfits from Week 3 are below. IMG_20150515_134048Day  15 (Friday) – I took my Dad to his doctor’s appointment and we ran some errands. I repeated my red Hetty cardigan and my Simplicity 2512 skirt. IMG_20150516_113147Day 16 (Saturday) – My sister was attending a conference for the weekend, so I had my nieces and nephew. I knew it would be a hectic day, so I went for super comfy. Hence, the chucks and my Casual Summer Top. IMG_20150517_093840Day 17 (Sunday) – I attended church and repeated my Simplicity 2444 dress along with my Mei-Mei Shrug. IMG_20150518_123643Day 18 (Monday) – My niece had her Awards Ceremony. So, I wore my Simplicity 1803 dress from the OAL2014. I took along my red Hetty, but it was so HOT that I never did wear it. IMG_20150519_181617Day 19 (Tuesday) – This was a lazy day. I washed my hair (hence the hat) and went to church that night. The hat is Naturally Comfortable by Lisa Gentry. I repeated my skirt, which is a self-drafted elastic skirt (A tutorial for a elastic skirt can be found HERE). IMG_20150520_093223Day 20 (Wednesday) – My nephew had his Promotion Day. I wore my Myrna cardigan from the OAL2014 with one of my favorite dresses. IMG_20150521_112113Day 21 (Thursday) – I wore my A to Z cardigan with a thrift store skirt that was upcycled.

Me Made May ’15 – Week 2

I completed Week 2 of Me Made May ’15. The details are below.

IMG_20150508_130045Day 8 (Friday) – I was a hostess in the graduation and we had to wear black/white. So, I took along my Sweet Pea shawl to keep warm in the cold building.

IMG_20150509_120014Day 9 (Saturday) – I started packing up my apartment. So, I wore my Butterick b5653 and my red Hetty cardigan.

IMG_20150510_131531Day  10 (Sunday) – This is the second time my Beulah cardigan has appeared. I wore it with my Modcloth dress to church this previous Sunday.

IMG_20150511_091013Day 11 (Monday) – I wore this self-drafted skirt and matching headband to work. A tutorial for a simple elastic skirt can be found HERE and the tutorial for a retro headband can be found HERE (It’s not the exact tutorial I used, but I can’t find the original).

IMG_20150512_092644Day 12 (Tuesday) – I worked then traveled home on this day. So, I was looking for a super comfy outfit. I am wearing my Marion cardigan.

IMG_20150513_123347Day 13 (Wednesday) – I wore my Mei-Mei shrug with a comfy dress.

IMG_20150514_151353Day 14 (Thursday) – I spent the day with my Dad running errands and I wore a cardigan and a dress from the OAL2014. The cardigan is Myrna and the dress is Simplicity 1803.

Well, that concludes Week 2 of Me Made May ’15. I’ll see you next week…

Me Made May ’15 – Week One

Initially, I was unsure about participating in Me Made May this year. My reasoning for this is that I didn’t have as many sewn items as I wanted to. For example, I wanted to make a dress. But, my last dress was Simplicity 2444. Even though I did not meet my craft goals, I still decided to challenge myself to wear my handmade items the entire month. On the bright side of things, I definitely have more sewn items than last year. So after much debate with myself, I decided to give it a go. I am glad that I did.

Day 1 (Friday) – I kept things pretty simple and just wore my Beulah cardigan over a black dress and black leggings. This was my first knit cardigan and it is still a favorite.

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Day 2 (Saturday) – This was one of the most relaxing days. My final exams and final papers were complete. I had no other obligations. So, I just relaxed, Netflixed (not a real word), and knitted. Of course, I went out to eat. Zinnia is my go-to cozy and relaxed cardigan. This was the first skirt I ever made. It has no lining, so it is for hot weather alone. It is self-drafted and I used this tutorial.

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Day 3 (Sunday) – I went to church and wore my favorite cardigan, which is Hetty.

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Day 4 (Monday) – I had to go to work on this day. I am wearing my Chevron  crochet cardigan with my self-drafted owl skirt.

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Day 5 (Tuesday) – This was another work day. After work, I attended the opening of a new exhibit at the Museum of Durham History. So, this outfit worked for both places. The skirt is Simplicity 2512.

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Day 6 (Wednesday) – This was my first time wearing my Henriette cardigan, which I was pretty excited about. I am wearing my favorite handmade dress, which is Simplicity 2444. I really, really, really want to make another. I just can’t seem to find the time.

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Day 7 (Thursday) – This is what I am wearing today. This is another work day and I went for super bright colors to perk me up. The cardigan is Miette and the skirt is self-drafted.

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That’s it for week one. I’ll see you next week…

Finished: Simplicity 2512

I actually finished this a couple weeks ago but, I am just now posting the finished garment. This is Simplicity 2512 and I bought the pattern for 50 cent from the thrift store. I started this skirt in September 2014 but, I did not consistently work on it. I finished it just because I was sick of seeing it on my sewing table.

This fabric was bought over the summer from Hobby Lobby. I think it was on sale for like 1.50 per yard. I also inserted a black satin underlining.

This pattern was fairly simple to follow. It was my first time inserting an invisible zipper. As you will see it is not so invisible. Hopefully, I will improve with time.

My favorite part of this skirt is the sweetheart waistline. It actually has a short sash at the waist but, it blends in with the print.

I am pleased with this outcome. The next skirt I want to make is Miette.

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Finished: Kente-Inspired Skirt and Sash

I bought this fabric this past summer while browsing Joann’s Fabrics. I wasn’t set on what I was going to make with it but, I knew I liked it. My nieces hated it. Lol

Well, Global Education Day was coming up and they asked us to dress for the occasion. I then remembered this print! I wanted to make Simplicity 2444 with it but, unfortunately I did not have enough time. (I was on the planning committee for the event). So, after our final exam and final presentation on Saturday, I immediately came home and got to work.

I can’t say this is a specific pattern. It was definitely a variation of the One-Hour Skirt. I added a sash, lining, pockets, and length. So, I definitely did my own thing with it. But, I was really pleased with the end result. Everyone loved the outfit.

Today, I was asked twice if I was from Ghana. This is probably because Kente cloth originates from the Akan group of South Ghana. A guy in the airport said he just came from Ghana and that they definitely dress exactly the way I was dressed.

Unfortunately, my cloth is not genuine kente cloth but, I do like the end result.

Also, the head sash was made using this free tutorial. It worked up super quick so, I can see myself using it in the future.

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OAL2014: Blue Myrna and Marvel Dress

I finally got around to taking those pics of my second finished outfit from the OAL2014.

In reality, I made this dress before the Owl dress. So, this dress will always have a special place in my heart because it is my first dress. To top that, it’s a dress I love! The process of this dress went by wonderfully because of LLADYBIRD’s wonderful tutorials and detailed instructions. Near the end, I did get anxious and did the skirt portion on my own. In retrospect, I wish I would taken LLADYBIRD’s advice and put the pockets on the side. I definitely have kangaroo pockets.

So, let’s get into the details. I went with the offical OAL2014 dress, which is Simplicity 1803.This dress was made as written. The only slight adjustment made was tacking down the yoke portion to prevent gaping. I made Version A without sleeves. I also added the tie end to this version of the dress. I like how the tie end wraps around the back and then ties in the front. The details are kinda obscured with this print. I did a narrow hem which turned out pretty nice for the most part. The line did get a bit crooked when I top-stitched the hem. I finished my seams by using pinking shears. However, for the interfacing, I finished the seams using the zig-zag stitch.

The fabric for the dress is a Marvel print in cotton. I underlined the dress with a black satin fabric.

So, let’s talk about my Myrna cardigan. This is my second Myrna. After my first Myrna worked up so quickly, I decided to make another. The yarn used is Knit Picks Wool of the Andes in Whirlpool. Again, I got gauge with Size 8 needles. Initially, this blue cardigan was meant to go with the owl dress but, when it arrived I liked the color with the Marvel dress. With the Marvel dress in mind, I decided to go with contrasting buttons in the color red. I was hesitant to do this at first because I thought it would limit the cardigan but, it doesn’t limit it at all. Also, this time I went with 1-inch buttons and they stay on perfectly. I made the XS size, which has a 30 bust. My bust is 32” but, I wanted the 2-inches of negative ease. I really like the fit of this cardigan. And of course, I really appreciate that Andi’s designs always fit into my wardrobe so seamlessly. I have already worn this cardigan so much. It is the perfect balance of lightweight yet warm. It gets really hot in Alabama so, I like lightweight cardigans that work perfectly in air conditioned buildings.

I can’t think of anything else to say about this outfit besides I adore it. As I’ve said before, I am all up for participating next year should LLADYBIRD and Andi decide to do another OAL because this really made me step out of my box and challenge myself.

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Finished: Simplicity 2444

Remember my frustration with this dress. Well, it is all over and done.  And now I have a staple dress that I simply love!

This is Simplicity 2444 and it can be a really quick project if you don’t have the hiccups that I experienced with it. Pretty much, this pattern runs small. I am a 32” bust and the Size 4 has a finished 32.5” bust. Well, initially it was too small and I could not close it in the back.

I made the following changes to it:

  1. I took out the side seams and stitched with a 1/4” seam allowance instead of the 5/8”
  2. I did not bring in the back pleats as much.

And that fixed the dress! I now can move about comfortably in the dress.

The fabric was purchased at the thrift store about a year ago for $2. I had about 3 yards so I did the version of the dress that required the least amount of fabric. I really am not sure what type of fiber it is. Initially, I thought a type of polyester blend. Now, I think it may be cotton. I’m not sure but, I love the moveability of the fabric the comfort of it.

While I was working on this dress, no one liked the fabric. My family is not big into plaid. I may be one of the few. However, this morning when my Dad saw me he was like,  It looks so good. I didn’t think the plaid would look right. It’s nice now that I see it. 

So, check out the pics.

IMG_0604[1] IMG_0599[1] IMG_0601[1]Extra Thoughts: I have packed my sewing machine away and maybe I’ll get to sewing something while in school. As a going away present, one of my co-workers from Ghana, Africa has given me some authentic African fabric. It is so gorgeous and I can’t wait to make a dress from it. It is about 3 yards and I am thinking of using this pattern with my personal adjustments for it.

Finished Object: Dress for My Niece

With my most recent failure in dress making, let’s talk about a successful finished dress.

When, I started the OAL2014 I didn’t know anything about the amount of fabric needed. So, I had quite a bit of fabric left over. I decided to make my niece a dress with the remaining fabric.

I bought this pattern from Wal-Mart because it was only 97 cent, simple, and too adorable. Unfortunately, I don’t have the pattern in front of me so, I don’t know the pattern number. I’ll update with that information later.

I really liked how this dress turned out. My favorite feature is the rick rack. Now, I want a dress with rick rack 😉

My niece loved it and we wore our matching dresses to church this past Sunday.

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UPDATE: The pattern is Simplicity’s Sew Simple line in A1397.

My Love/Hate Relationship with Sewing

Just when I think I kinda have the hang of this sewing thing then, I realize that I don’t. Let’s talk about Simplicity 2444. I really debated between making a Size 4 or a Size 6. Well, I went with the 4. HUGE MISTAKE. The thing runs really small. I went with the size 4 because I wanted a fitted bust with no gaping. My bust is a 32” and the size 4 is 32.5” when finished. Now the dress itself is beautiful and I adore the darts and how it brings everything in at the waist. But, in the end, it just doesn’t fit :/

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Sorry about the crappy photo but, I just wanted to show you a pic of the dress so far. It looks fine in the picture but, I am actually attempting to hold it closed in the back. 

After I finished my side seams, I tried on the dress and it is too small. I will play with letting out the seams and maybe some of the darts. I have also been debating adding a fabric panel to the back. I just don’t know. Of course, I stayed up until 2:00 am fiddling with it. And I knew I needed to go to bed but, the mistake just kept niggling at my mind.

I really enjoy how sewing allows for you to have a wonderful finished object suited to your likes but, I get super annoyed with the fit issues. Maybe it’ll come in time.

Also, how annoying is it to work on something for hours on end and then have to rip back all that work?!?! Argh!!!! Ok, I’m finished with my gripe.

Oh yeah, I don’t know if I want to toss this crap of a dress, buy another 2444, and try again in a different size. Or just work with what I have because I loathe giving up on projects. Another thing is, I love this plaid fabric and I found it at the thrift store so, I will need to search for a similar print if I were to attempt it again.

Was this project a waste of time and materials? Right now, I’m not sure and will have to find out.