Peony Dress

I ordered some knit rayon from Britex over the summer and this was one of my first projects to test sewing a dress with my serger. I’m quite happy with how this turned out although I think I am still learning some techniques and developing my skills.

I really like the details of this fabric and it’s fun to have something easy and comfy in the summer.

This is a StyleArc pattern and photo credit to my brother-in-law!

Me Made May 2021 week 3

The week started off with a linen dress with flamingos. This is a dress that I made last summer during the pandemic. This dress is a simplicity pattern that I modified to have a button up front.

Next is the same version of the dress but with a back zipper and I beaded the neckline.

Next outfit was a blouse that I made as a knock off of a jcrew top and some shorts (a pandemic project).

This poodle dress is a Carolina Herrera silk with sketches of her poodle.

This next top is proof that not everything online is great. I really like the design of this – I added a row of beads between layers of the ruffle. That said – the fabric is awful. It’s very scratchy and tough. I tried to wear this but after about 30 min everything was digging into my skin and I put on a tank top instead.

We went on a walk in a nearby park over the weekend and I enjoyed wearing this new tennis skirt. It’s purposefully pleated so that the front has a non pleated section.

This next dress has a fun ribbon print and I beaded little geometric squares to make it a bit fancier.

We also played tennis and I tested out a second new tennis skirt! This was made with scraps from an old project.

Last but not least – here’s some fiddle head ferns and ramps from our local farmer’s market! Yummy!

MeMadeMay 2021 Week 1

It’s Me Made May! I’m going to try and wear clothing I made all month – at least one peice per day!

Here’s how it’s going so far!

Leggings for tennis on May 1

May 2 – this blue cotton dress on a walk to get the mail

May 3 A linen dress with fabric my mom and I bought in Vancouver

May 4 a Liberty of London dress I made last summer during the height of the pandemic

May 5 kind funny but the same print -just in yellow instead of purple -bought many years apart!

May 6 a beta fish top I sewed during the pandemic

May 7 my ULTIMATE house dress. Fabric from a small local shop in NJ. I also make this new relaxed denim blazer for work. To make it a bit more fun I made a Mulan patch and sewed it on the back -i love the original movie so much after so many years. This is from the scene where she wipes off half her makeup in the reflection of a pond.

Bernie Mittens

Inspired by the inauguration, I read this article about the woman that sewed Bernie’s mittens here.

It was so interesting to learn that she made them from old sweaters that were accidentally shrunk in the dryer… guess what I have shoved in my closet?!?!

I’m pretty happy with how these turned out so far for a VERY fast and easy project.

They are lined with a fleece that’s leftover from some of my original masks.

It’s supposed to be cold this weekend so this is just in time and its fun to use this sweater for something new!

Liberty Pajamas for my Mom!

I bought a really nice cotton Liberty of London print for my mom from Britex in San Francisco. She wanted some pajamas and I thought it would be a fun project!

I have started using some online patterns and so I decided to try the Closet Core Caroline Pajama pattern. These had a few options and I kind of did a hybrid of their pants with piping but then I cut the pieces to be shorts and short sleeves.

Another thing I finally started to do was add interfacing when the directions call for it. Interfacing is a second fabric layer that can be ironed on or sewn to your outer fabric and it adds a level of sturdiness and structure to the outfit. In this picture below you can see the white fabric getting iron on.

I realized I didn’t take any in progress shots. Well… this was actually a pretty complicated pattern so I was definitely focusing!

The shirt and shorts both have a golden bias tape that I used as piping. This was really interesting because you basically tuck the piping into the area where you’d normally sew a seam such that when you flip it out it appears from within the seam. This was pretty technically challenging and in hindsight using a metallic fabric was also pretty unforgiving since it catches the light. I am still very happy with how these turned out!

Here are the shorts -they have a fake fly, pockets, and elastic waistband.

Here is the shirt! This was a very interesting collar. The shoulders are finished with a flat-felled seam and other seams are french seams. Buttons are from Britex too.

Here’s the inside so you can see the interfacing and inner seams:

This was a fun project that arrived safely through the mail!

Working Apron

I move around when I work and I love to listen to podcasts while I sew. I found that not all of my clothes have pockets or useful holders for all my most used tools. I could try cleaning my working space… or I could strap them to my body!

Tada!

My cellphone fits in the long pocket and you can see the headphone wire coming out. I also keep my stitch clippers in the top pocket.

You can really see the stitch of the serger here. I used it to finish each square and then I just sewed it onto the backing. This made this a super quick project.

I also made another stocking for a friend who is having their first Christmas in a new town.

Happy holidays!

First Christmas in our Apartment

We’re staying in our home for Christmas this year and so we realized we didn’t have some basics –

It was time to make stockings!

These were honestly pretty easy – all from old scraps from our pirate Halloween costumes, a dress, and a dress shirt. Makes our apartment feel a little more cheery even though we’ll certainly miss our families this year.

We hope everyone continues to be as well as possible ♡

A New Jacket

I had some leftover fabric from some old projects and I decided to make a new casual blazer.

This pattern is from a cool Canadian brand called Helen’s Closet.

This was fun! I used a series of sewing techniques to complete this. The sleeves are finished with a blind hem, the collar is prick stitched, and I hand finished the back hem. The inside is mostly serged.

I liked it so much I started to make another one!

Halloween 2020

I saw a funny video of people planning to deliver candy through socially distant means and it made us think that a certain Christmas present needed an upgrade!

This is a velvet mask lined with linen for breathability. Red velvet mouth with white teeth. These are actually the materials from our earlier pirate costumes and one punch man costume.

Fun stuff!!

Memorial Day Dress

I hope everyone had a nice holiday!  I have had this summery linen from Britex fabrics in San Francisco in my fabric collection for a long time.

It was finally time to turn it into something fun! 

This dress is one of my favorite simplicity patterns and it is super easy to make! I started sewing Sunday night and this was ready in time for our hamburger bbq on Monday!

I dont have any more zippers with me so I cut the front in half and added an extra inch to create a panel for a button closure.  I swear the bottom lines up but its hanging open in this photo.

The side has a nice gathered feature that I like.

The back has a big solid panel that is quite nice to highlight this print.

It was a really nice day and it was nice to have something summery to wear.