Friday, 22 May 2015

Me Made May Days: 16 - 22

Another week has past, here are my Me Made May outfits!


Day 16:

Me Made: Kirsten Kimono Top and trousers
Also wearing: Ancient Pink Cardi and vivobarefoot shoes


 Day 17:

Me Made: Lady Skater
Also wearing: 2yo worn out Clarks Brogues.


 Day 18:

Me Made: Renfrew top, still to be blogged
Also wearing: M&S jeans, and secondhand seasalt cardi. This was a housework day so scruffy slippers add to the outfit!

 Day 19:

Me Made: trousers
Also wearing: People Tree top and M&S Cardi. Vivobarefoot shoes


 Day 20:

Me Made: trousers and unblogged Sorbetto top
Also wearing: Old Cardi and vivobarefoot shoes

 Day 21:

Me Made: Skirt
Also wearing: Seasalt cardi, top and coat! Winter boots. Guess what the weather was like this day?!!


 Day 22: Looking like I have been awake all night.... Husband has been away all week!!

Me Made: Chelsea Trousers, unblogged.
Also wearing: Second hand top and ancient cardi. Vivobarefoot shoes. 

Only a week and a bit left, May has gone fast!


Monday, 18 May 2015

20/52

little e: determined to change the duvet cover herself....

Big E: Sports day at school!

Friday, 15 May 2015

Me Made May Days 9 - 15

Almost half way through already, craziness!


 Day 9:

Me Made: Renfrew top, still to be blogged
Also wearing: M&S trousers, ancient cardi and Vivobarefoot shoes.

Day 10:

Me Made: CardiganKirsten Kimono Top and trousers
Also wearing: Clogs.
'just take the bloody photo' face

Day 11:

Me Made: Kirsten Kimono Top and trousers
Also wearing: M&S cardi and vivobarefoot shoes.

Day 12:

Me Made: Trousers
Also wearing: 2nd hand top and cardi.

Day 13:

Me Made:  Kirsten Kimono Top and  Hummingbird Skirt
Also wearing: 10 year old cardi and sainsbury's leggings. Vivobarefoot shoes.

Day 14:

Me Made: Trousers
Also wearing: 2nd hand top and cardi. Vivobarefoot shoes.

Day 15:

Me Made: Banksia top 
Also wearing: M&S Jeans and cardi. Vivobarefoot trainers.


This week has definitely been the week of the trouser! I think my obsession has paid off since I have only worn jeans once and they are normally my 'Mummy uniform' . I also realise that the more exercise I do the more huge my shoulders and bust appear in comparison to my hips and legs... oh well, I will just have to make more dresses now :)


Thursday, 14 May 2015

Many Pairs of Trousers

Those who follow on instagram will know that over the last few weeks I have become  mildly obsessed with making trousers. Not all bad since my trouser collection a few weeks ago consisted of one pair of red M&S trousers that stretch out of shape in about 30mins.

It all started with this attempt at cropped trousers.


I have worn them a few times but they annoy me and are just not right so I bought the Jocole skinny pant pattern as it has a thinner leg:

Ladies Skinny Pants, Capris & Shorts -XS-XXXL - sewing pattern
via

This pattern has a secret though - a jersey waistband! I thought this would be perfect, comfy but smart.

The pattern says to choose a size by hip measurement so I cut a 12 and made up a muslin. I couldn't get them over my calves... I ripped them apart and sewed them with a smaller seam allowance and they were marginally better but the legs were still tight in funny places and there was masses of extra fabric under the bum.



This got me on google and, after a few false starts, came across this post by Cation Designs. Every possible trouser alteration is here!

Then the pattern hacking began. I decided I needed a full bottom adjustment, knock knees adjustment, large calf adjustment and a reduction in the curve of the front crotch. Phew.

I measured the pattern and compared to my actual measurements then altered it accordingly, it's a wee bit messy now...


I then took the shape of the leg and drafted a proper waist with darts and a side zip so I  now have my very own trouser block. Stupidly excited by this...

When I made the first muslin with the alterations I actually danced around the house - it worked and they fitted really well.

Jersey waist
Normal waist before being taken in just a wee bit more in the inner thigh.
So far I have made one pair with a jersey waist and one with a normal waist in stretchy fabric and one with a normal waist in non stretchy.

Jersey waist with hip rumpfle that has now been taken in
normal waist, stretchy fabric


Normal waist non stretchy fabric.

The spotty fabric is stretchy so I have had to take it in considerably and now have another pattern block for stretchy fabric.

I bought a denim and floral fabric to make another two stretchy pairs, I might attempt to put pockets on the denim pair to make them more like jeans. In fact I might get carried away and make a jeans block with front fly but that might be going too far...

Anyway, I have always wanted to be able to wear trousers that are comfy and fit properly but, as I now realise, my trousers have to be a very odd shape to fit when on....


 I didn't realise I was such an odd shape until I started this mission... I just hope mu knock knees aren't this pronounced in real life :)




Tuesday, 12 May 2015

A Cardigan - M6844



Normally I get my cardigans from charity shops but I am finding it harder and harder to find the kind I like - long and loose. When I saw this pattern on sale before Christmas I bought it because view B is my perfect cardigan.


I had fabric waiting for the pattern - a grey ribbed cotton/linen blend jersey that I got from organiccotton.biz (the one on the right) , so thought cardigan perfection was within reach. I was wrong, it was a disaster, loose rib was horrible to sew and the cardi ended up enormous by the time I finished. It got sent to the charity shop in disgust and the pattern got put away for now.

About a month ago I ended up with 2m of this fabric (instead of a refund for some fabric that's colour ran when I washed it) and had another bash at the cardigan pattern.




This time it worked, just, this fabric is awful as well!

 I cut a M and it fits fine, the next time I will lengthen the arms though. They are not as short as they look here in real life.



Now to try and write up my epic trouser making sessions that have been happening.




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