Monthly Archives: June 2013

No time to sew

And apparently no time to post either. Sigh. Not much sewing going on lately, save for a project that I can’t write about yet. So, in lieu of current sewing, here’s the write-up on a couple of my new shirts from May.

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The yellow one was first. It was actually the test shirt, to make sure the style would look okay on me and have enough ease to be comfortable with a camisole underneath. Sure enough, I added just a smidge more ease to the second shirt.

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enlarged sleeve

The pattern is just my self-drafted kimono sleeve t-shirt with extra room added to the sleeves and body, and hems on the sleeves instead of sleeve bands. That’s it. Quick and easy.

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Looser sleeves

Though it’s hard to see in the photo the yellow one is actually thin yellow and white strips. The fabric has been in my stash forever (yea for stashbusting!) so I don’t have a clue what it is. Probably some sort of poly/cotton blend, from the feel of it. It’s a very lightweight knit, perfect for hot weather and just sheer enough that it really requires a camisole underneath. It thought it would be great test fabric, since my “good” piece of fabric is also a very light weight knit that requires a camisole underneath.

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The second shirt is out of this lovely black and gray striped knit. The fun part is that the black stripes are actually lace. I need to try this shirt on sometime with a bright or light colored cami, to see how much color actually shows through the lace. This piece is also out of my stash, and the shirt used up all of it. Nothing but scraps left.

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a little bit looser sleeve

Both shirts are terribly comfortable, especially with the recent heat wave that’s kicked in here. I swear, it feels like we went from snow every week to a summer heat wave. The black and gray shirt has rapidly become one of my favorites. I’ve worn it at least once a week since making it.

So there you go. Two more super quick tops to add to my arsenal of t-shirts. And two more pieces of fabric to add to my stashbusting count!

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Me-Made-May …the rest of the month

Hey look, it’s June. Perhaps I should post the rest of my Me-Made-May updates. I’ve read other bloggers mention that they get burned out taking a photo everyday during May. I can certainly understand that having now (tried) to do that myself. I also got tired of writing the updates, but that might be because I had so many repeats, or just that I wear jeans and a t-shirt most of the time and it’s not very exciting to write about. Regardless, here’s the rest of the month.

May 15-threeDay 15 Me-Mades: Another raglan t-shirt

This is another old shirt from the depths of my closet. It’s a little short for my current tastes and feels  a bit blah, so it doesn’t get worn much. The fabric is some sort of squishy stretchy polyester, and it was a bear to sew. Those three buttons there aren’t functional at all, I just needed something to cover up the ripples in that seam. And of course, one button was lost in the laundry the last time I washed this. So now it’s really not going to get much wear, at least not until I find some new buttons.

IMG_1862Day 16 Me-Mades: Stripey Renfrew

Yup, still loving this shirt.

IMG_1873Day 17 Me-Mades: Knockoff GAP t-shirt

Another repeat, but hey, it’s a really comfortable t-shirt.

Day 18 Me-Mades: Knockoff GAP t-shirt

I totally didn’t get a picture today. But the shirt I wore is exactly the same pattern as yesterday, just in plain gray fabric.

IMG_1899Day 19 Me-Mades: Twisty Dress

New dress! New dress! Finished at the last minute the night before, no less.

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Day 20 Me-Mades: Drapey cowl shirt

Somewhere in the depths of my studio is the pattern for this shirt. But I don’t care if I ever find it, because I’m not making another one of these. I realized, when I put this shirt on, why it’s languished in the back of my dresser drawer for so long. I hate the way it looks on me. It’s not terribly comfortable, and I feel like it makes my shoulders look really broad. Plus, it’s too short, so I spent the whole day tugging at the hem. The only thing that made it at all wearable was the jacket I wore over it. Yup, this one’s gotta go.

Day 21 Me-Mades: Er, no picture again. I got busy. Same t-shirt as day 6.

IMG_1985Day 22 Me-Mades: New shirt! Not blogged about yet.

Day 23 Me-Mades: Um, day 23 appears to have fallen into a black hole. Can’t find the picture I took, and can’t remember what I wore. Oops.

IMG_1998Day 24 Me-Mades: Raglan t-shirt

Nothing very exciting, just another raglan t-shirt. Really, I had no idea how many shirts I’d made off this pattern until doing this challenge. In the interest of variety I think I need to try some new patterns.

Day 25 Me-Mades: This is the last day with no picture, I promise. I just wore a gray t-shirt again, off my Knockoff GAP T-shirt pattern. I think I wore that shirt 3 or 4 times this months and never managed to photograph it. That’s okay though, it’s pretty uninspiring. Just your basic gray t-shirt.

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Day 26 Me-Mades: Cotton gauze button-up shirt.

This is one of those nearly finished projects that I find buried in my studio and can’t for the life of me figure out why I never finished it. This shirt was completely done except for buttons and buttonholes. Needless to say, that was a quick fix. I plan on making another one shortly and will blog about both then.

IMG_2006Day 27 Me-Mades: Throwback sleeveless blouse

My husband told me I looked like a throwback to the 80’s in this, and it would be a good gardening shirt. That’s his way of saying he doesn’t want to have to be seen in public with me when I’m wearing this. Really, it doesn’t fit well enough for me to wear it out anyway. The armholes are way too loose. But still, I didn’t think the fabric was that bad. Oh well. It’s comfortable and breezy, so it actually does make a good gardening shirt.

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Day 28 Me-Mades: Geometric Twisty top

This is the first top I made off one of my favorite Butterick patterns. I’ve since tweaked it and made it up as a dress. I still like the original top, though it is a bit short these days.

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Day 29 Me-Mades: Another new, unblogged about shirt!

Well I guess this means I have something else to write about now that May is over.

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Day 30 Me-Mades: Ariadne tunic, and white cardighan, modified nursing cami

The cardighan is pretty old (at least 10 years), and made from a Lose Hinse pattern. It’s pretty basic, but I like it. I opted to just put two buttons near the neck for closure, instead of all down the button band. And while I didn’t make kiddo’s outfit, it is from the thrift store. Seriously, that’s the best place for buying baby clothes without going broke.

IMG_2118Day 31 Me-Mades: Long sleeved raglan t-shirt for me, and mama-made pants for the boy, along with a grandma-modified onesie!

Last day!! My top is completely boring, but I made up for it with kiddo’s clothes. I made the pants, and my mom added the matching long sleeves to his onesie. And she embroidered  the ducky on the front.

Phew! I survived, but I’m glad May is over. The challenge was great for making me think about what I wear, and for getting me to clean out my closet a bit. I dug out some tops that I haven’t worn in years, and for good reason mostly. This also helped me narrow down some areas for future sewing. There was something really satisfying about knowing I had on at least one thing I’d made myself every single day last month. This has really re-charged my desire to sew more of my own clothes. So here’s a big thank you to Zoe for hosting Me-Made-May 2013!

And now I feel the overwhelming desire to sew something that will require no pictures of me…