Although I’m a sewist of many years, you could say I’ve been indulging in this obsession in a quiet little corner of my own. I have relatively recently discovered the vast and inspirational on-line sewing community and right now I can’t get enough of indie-patterns, fabric shopping, and keeping up with other sewists’ makes on Instagram. I’ve enjoyed taking part in a couple of photo challenges on Instagram, such as #miymarch16 where participants were challenged to post photos with daily sewing-related themes.
Now I hereby declare, that I have made my pledge to take part in So,Zo’s Me-Made-May ’16 challenge. If you’re not familiar with this hop over to Zoe’s blog to read all about it (click on the #MMM16 badge on the right).
We’re all taking control of our own challenges, and the idea is not to sew yourself silly making your summer wardrobe (unless you really want to!), but to use the month of May to focus on your sewing and identify your own personal challenge that will make you stretch your skills, share your achievements or simply embrace the handmade love in your wardobe. Many people have pledged to wear self-made clothing every day in May – I’m looking forward to seeing everyone’s outfits popping up on social media!
I’m already on a personal mission not to buy any ready-to-wear clothing, and more often than not on any given day I will be wearing something I’ve made myself. So my own pledge for MMM16 is to focus on the gaps in my wardrobe and make (or plan to make – no pressure remember?!) some basic tees and vests, for example. I’d really like to nail a great woven tee pattern so that I have more ‘go-to’ quick and simple sews that I know won’t fail.
Over the last couple of weeks I have tried out the Scout Tee by Grainline Studio and the top version of the Colette Patterns Laurel. Neither are worthy of a dedicated blog post, nor extensive photography, but here they are in their insta-snapshot glory!
I’m not keen on the unfitted shape of the Scout on me, but I did use a crispy quilting-type cotton so I think it might be ok if I size down and use a more lightweight fabric. I prefer the more fitted shape of the Laurel – bust darts and back darts but it still pulls on easily with no fastening! It would be perfect, but there is something odd going on with the sleeves. The sleeve head looks quite tall on paper, and sure enough made up it feels restrictive. Also, there is so much ease that I struggled to set in the sleeve without any gathers (ok, there might actually be some!).
I’m thinking drafting a hybrid using the Laurel bodice, with armscyes adapted to take the Scout sleeve. I’d also like to adapt my own t-shirt pattern to a vest as you can never have too many of these in the Summer.
Another easy Spring shape that I sewed recently is this self-drafted striped sweatshirt tunic. A really easy and relatively fast make – totally perfect with leggings in changeable weather.
I have a LOT of sewing plans buzzing around in my head at the moment. I’m accumulating new fabric faster than I can sew (oops!) and hope to use #MMM16 to focus a little more, maybe even making some sketches with fabric swatches. My mantra for the month will be ‘no pressure’ but at the same time I’m desperate to do some serious sewing, especially as my wonderful husband just treated me to a new sewing machine…