Monday, June 1, 2015

Me Made May 2015: Celebrating Handmade Clothing


Me Made May was started by some talented sewing blogger 's who wanted to show that they could wear something they made each day for the month of May. Well I have never participated but 2015 is a year of new projects, let me show you what I have created for my first Me Made May. 


Let me start with, I have a closet full of handmade clothes but they were made before I was pregnant and when I was much thinner than I am now. Thus, my body shape has changed and now there is a need to alter patterns, find larger sizes in some and create a whole new wardrobe. My first Me Made May is completely comprised of projects that I completed in May. 


My first creation was my favorite pattern of all time, The Emery Dress from Christine Haynes Patterns made with vintage strawberry cotton with white piping on the neck and sleeves. This is actually my third Emery Dress and I make three this month!! This pattern fits my body just right, it has the retro look but isn't too pin-up, something that I love about it. 


My next project was inspired for May the 4th, the ultimate Star Wars holiday. I created a Vintage Pocket Skirt, pattern from Sew L.A.. This is HANDS DOWN my favorite skirt pattern! I've been searching for a pattern like this for years. The elastic waistband makes it so comfy and not binding, so I am totally able to wear it all day. The gather in the back give it the retro look that I love, along with the cute vintage pockets on the front. 


Next is a Shift Dress from Christine Haynes book Skirts & Dresses for First Time Sewers. This was such a quick sew, it was so cute on, however, with having a little one I had to add an extra five inches to the bottom because moving a lot I needed the extra length for modesty. The fabric was a beautiful vibrant cotton and makes it perfect for summer. 


Emery Dress #2 of the month, this version is actually sleeveless but you can't tell with my cardigan. The amazing vintage Disney Print is linen and very vibrant in the colors, The piece of fabric was found on eBay but it wasn't enough to do a top too, so I "made it work" and used a red linen on the top. The dress caught a lot of attention at Disneyland. Wishing I would have gotten a photo with Minnie Mouse, next time! 


My second Vintage Pocket Skirt, this time I used a cutter vintage table cloth that I found at the local flea market but I fussy cut it so that the flower basket was on the front and the flowers were placed perfectly on the pockets. Ric Rac trim on the hem, I'm really obsessed with doing that right now. 


Then finally my third Vintage Pocket Skirt, told you it was my new favorite. This time it was made with vintage green floral fabric, bakelite buttons and vintage yellow trim. These skirts are so nice and I am able to make one up within one nap time. 


Then Bev at Flamingo Toes started up another installment of Sew Our Stash, where you create a garment using a fabric from your stash. This month's focus was Tops and I created a Sailor Top, pattern from Fancy Tiger Crafts. This fabric I made a skirt from for my mom and had just enough to try this new pattern. While attaching the yoke I wasn't sure how the shirt was going to look but upon finishing it I really liked how it came out. Must make more of these, it was very easy and you didn't have to use interfacing, which I really liked. 


My third Emery Dress, this was my first Emery that was pleated rather than gathered. One inch pleats are on the skirt, I made my own bias tape so that it was a perfect match on finishing the arms. I chose to line the whole dress because the shirting was so thin, I didn't want to be showing my undies. 


Last, but definitely not least, The E.S.P. Dress, pattern from Decades of Style. I've admired this pattern forever and I waited because I was somewhat intimidated by the raglan sleeves, but after completing the Sailor top...I made this one afterwards. The fun retro print was from Joann's and it washed so nicely and is surprisingly soft like jersey but it is cotton. Pockets are hidden, this dress is so much fun like the Emery that I have another one planned in the near future. 

Hope that some of these creations have inspired you to create your own, or maybe you found a pattern that you were looking for. If you have any questions please don't hesitate to ask. Looking back, I didn't wear something everyday, but creating nine new garments in 31 days is pretty darn good. 

~Amanda