Tuesday, 24 May 2016

Another skirt

Another 2314

This fabric is a polyester and needed fully interlining with butter muslin so that it would feel nice against the skin

The inside of the waistband was made with a scrap of grey cotton



Sunday, 22 May 2016

Simplicity 2314 Again


Another skirt:

With cotton which has been in the stash for ages - not see-through so no lining.

I used a curved waistband rather than the straight waistband in the pattern, but I need to make the waistband a little longer!


Thursday, 19 May 2016

Kwik Sew 3815


Pattern from stash..completed!

Kwik Sew 3815 as an anniversary present - I just need to wait until the beginning of June to find out if it fits. Not only does it look too large... but it also looks like I have inadvertently made a "Royal Mail" fleece for him!


I did not put on the elastic and fleece bands at the hem or the sleeve hems. I also did not put in the zipper pocket on the top section. The pattern asks for lots of contrast fabric - I did not do any of that. The only bit I did use contrast for was the "pocket" piece - which is inside the pocket. It would be too bulky with two latyers of this thick ex-North Face fleece, so the pockets inside are red activewear fabric.
 I also included reflective piping in the straight seams - but even with ironing first it still ripples :-(

The sewing machine needed a good clean after sewing this garment!

This took 4 evenings to make - so about 4 hours work. It helps that I have made Kwik Sew 3816 and Kwik Sew 3813   in the past - and they are essentially the same pattern.

Using the walking foot makes a real difference - I forgot to use it for the collar and it really warped.

Monday, 16 May 2016

Simplicity 2314


Simplicity 2314 - which I bought in February when I was stuck in Cornwall.

I did cut out a skirt in Feb but the fabric was terrible for a skirt  and ended up as a lovely Anya  bag:

I am really happy with this blue skirt with the flowers though. I need to ensure I have tops to go with it! I wore it out the evening I made it and received several compliments - so it makes me very happy!

Reduce the stash and use what I have... also Me Made May


I, Catherine of http://clothesandsewing.blogspot.co.uk, sign up as a participant of Me-Made-May '16. I endeavour to wear only Me Made Clothes each day for the duration of May 2016, with the exception of some activewear tops.

As I know I can wear Me Made everyday my real challenge is to create a wear different outfit combinations, rather than "I wore the same as last Thursday" :)

.. and added on 30th April - Make a pair of jeans before the end of Me Made May - since they are on the SWAP AND I live in them at the weekends - and I don't have any Me Made Jeans... and the jeans I do have which are RTW are not that comfy anymore......

Unsubscribed from the fabric shop emails I receive .. hopefully that will reduce my fabric buying.

Thinking about what Me Made May has taught me so far - half way through and still not started on trousers / jeans!

Me Made May 16 - week 2

 Monday 9th May - at work top, skirt, underwear




 Tuesday 10th -  at work top, skirt, underwear and scarf



Wednesday 11th cycling to work in top and skort


at work - top , skirt, underwear

Thursday 12th top., skirt and underwear

Friday 13th - evening out - top, skirt, knitted cardigan 


Monday 16th May - top, cardigan, skirt


So far - other than sports bras, all underwear made by me. Then no photos at weekends - so much dashing about forgot to take them. I HAVE found out that I wear some RTW jeans a lot more than I thought I did - despite them not fitting properly. Must get on to make some!

Sunday, 8 May 2016

Me Made May - week 1


Sunday 1st May

Early morning run:
Fehr Trade Surf To Summit Top
 Jalie Skort pattern combined with McCalls leggings from ????



Then "normal" clothes for the rest of the day:

Kirsten Kimono Tee
Trousers: 



Monday 2nd - May Bank Holiday in UK

Both my son and I wore Me Made for our Superhero race:
 to keep warm I wore my green trousers

Tuesday 3rd May
Cycling to work:


 at work

WEdnesday 4th May
cycling to work

Me made top and skort

at work: 

Me made cardigan, to, skirt, underwear
 Thursday 5th - cycling to work me made top, skort, buff

At work me made top, skirt and underwear


FRiday 6th Me made Anna dress (and underwear) -

Saturday 6th Me made top, skirt and undewear. Also me made running skort in the evening.