Me Made May – Week Three

A more successful week of pictures! And an excellent week as it was also my birthday!

So we resume Me Made Made on Saturday. Matthew’s friend came to visit so we headed into Cambridge. It was such a beautiful day, perfect for the Varsity rooftop terrace – it would have been rude not to really!

I wore one of my all time favourites. This dress is New Look pattern 6262 in a pretty, soft, floral viscose. Check out my earlier pattern review for this one if you’re interested. 

  
On Sunday we went for a wander round Ickworth. I wore my Aztec print New Look 6053 skirt which I love and need to make more of. I run away screaming from anything remotely bodycon, but I found this fitted skirt flattering because of the darts. 

I tried out a couple of trends at the same time too – the slogan tee and long long cardigan, both from H&M. Not sure if the top is too cringe but I love the cardigan that was like a cape in the breeze. 

   
 Skipping a few days forward (my bad) to Thursday and my birthday! Such a beautiful sunny day, cheers weatherman. I wore this pretty purple dress to work. It’s New Look 6124 in a polyester panama fabric and a lot more flattering than I initially thought it would be!

  
Since it was my birthday I went for a double me-made day – why not? In the evening I wore my beautiful and bright Sigma dress from Papercut Patterns (review available in an earlier post). 

  
On Friday I headed North back home again and went out for tea with the whole family to celebrate. I got a candle in my pudding and everyone sang happy birthday to me in the restaurant – hello bright red face!!

I wore my grid print New Look 6095 shift dress with a H&M little black jacket and M&S heels. The heels are necessary with my family. At 5’10” I’m not exactly short, but I do feel it with the boys all being over 6 foot!

   
 

And that’s it for week three! Last one to come next week!   

Me Made May – Week Two

And what a great week it was! Not quite a full week of handmade though. I didn’t ever fully commit – although actually that might have just been on Instagram (@fee_smith in case you’re interested), but hey four days are better than none!

So, beginning with Saturday, I went for my current favourites. These shorts are the first I’ve ever made and I’m amazed at how well they turned out! They are Simplicity Cynthia Rowley pattern and I’d highly recommend it! Check out my pattern review post if you’re interested.

I wore these for a great day back at home in the Lakes with the uni girls. It was so much fun my face ached from laughing so much. Take me back to uni and living with these girls! 
 
Up next we have this little crop top. I made this using New Look 6217, which should really be a full length top. This pretty floral viscose fabric was just something I had leftover from a dress I made and I didn’t have quite enough for the full length, so cropped was how it had to be! 
   

  

First handmade workwear of the week was this teal shift dress in polyester panama. Check out my earlier post to hear me absolutely rave about this pattern – I love it! 

  
And to finish off week 2 I wore this handmade skirt for drinks on Friday night. I went for a browse in River Island on my lunch and they have skirts in at the moment that are exactly the same shape but with a zip down the front. I love it when that happens. Maybe I’ll make another using this pattern and pop a zip in. 

  
Thanks for reading, pop back for week 3!

Me Made May – Week One

As is fairly standard for me, I joined Me Made May a little late – well, a day late. So for the first day for me but the second for everyone else this is what I wore:  

This dress must have been one of the first I made. I was back up north at home for the weekend and thought if I’ve got any chance of managing this I’d best start way back in the archives. 

This is the Cynthia Rowley for Simplicity pattern 2443 in a fairly thick jersey fabric. It’s so comfy and I even bothered to sew the pockets in on this one. I should really wear it more.

   
 
The second day of my week featured a self-drafted, loose-fitting top with an exposed zipper at the back. I made this years ago and based it on a top I already had from Topshop. Because it’s loose-fitting and I didn’t include any darts (schoolboy error right there) it, like most of my self-drafted stuff, doesn’t fit very well. I think I can pretty much get away with it though – at least I hope so! My cardigan is also handmade/handknitted by my lovely Gran. And it happened to be a pretty much exact colour match – winner.

    
It’s a similar story on day three – a badly self-drafted crop top that I keep meaning to alter, with it’s poor fit hidden beneath another of my Gran’s great cardigans.  

  
Day four was my first me made May day at work. This is going to be the challenge. Don’t get me wrong, I wear handmade stuff to work all the time so that’s not an issue. My problem is going to be that I don’t really have a month’s work-wear made! Maybe I’ll have to make a black pencil skirt and just wear it all the time with different tops. We’ll see. 

This dress is one of my most regulars and is the New Look 6143. I’m wearing it with a necklace from Topshop and jacket from George (yes, as in George at Asda – how nice is it?!)

   
 

Polkadots, pleats and a Peter Pan collar for my next day of me made May. I think this is such a sweet pattern and it fits so well! This one is Simplicity Lisette 1419 in a polkadot polycotton. This is another of my handmade workwear rotation.

  
My final outfit for the week, guest star: Poppy the King Charles Cavalier, the best little dog. 

And this is when I realise I’ve already repeated a pattern and it’s only week one… Another New Look 6143, this time in a crepe fabric. At least this one doesn’t have sleeves. 

And that’s my week one of Me Made May! If I haven’t completely bored you come back next week for week two of the challenge.

So Sigma, So Bright

 Styling up my newly finished Sigma Dress for a night out. The bright and bold print calls for minimal accessories, so I’ve gone with some of my favourite New Look black heels and a silver statement necklace I picked up at a London market.

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I love the shape of this dress, but it’s a bit short for casual-wear I think! This will be added to the going-out section of the wardrobe, perfect to take me through spring into summer.

Cynthia Rowley for Simplicity 1371

IMG_3911I used this pattern to make my first ever pair of shorts and I love them!

I used grid print crepe fabric from Remnant Kings to make the high waisted shorts in view D, inspired by a pair I saw in Topshop. I got two metres of the stuff and managed to get a shift dress and these shorts out of it – well impressed!

I’ve always avoided trousers and shorts, thinking they’d never fit right or be too difficult, but these were pretty easy to make and are a great fit.

I’d definitely recommend this pattern for anyone who, like me, wants to just have a go at making shorts. The high-waisted shape with the pleats at the front and darts at the back is really flattering, I think anyway! Just a warning though, they are really high waisted. I love that about them as I have a fair few cropped tops that will go great with them and my quite a long torso!

The instructions for this pattern are so clear and detailed, which I was so grateful for because I could not work out which pieces went together how to make them! I didn’t need to alter it at all either – although to be fair I wouldn’t know how yet!

I’m really pleased with how these turned out. I’d definitely make them again.

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Next I’m going to have a go at making the cropped top, view A, minus the ruffles! It’s so similar to tops I’ve seen in Topshop and River Island, but I’m going to make my own unique version.

A Shorts Story

          It’s more of a photo story – check out my new shorts!

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I used the last of my grid print fabric to make these shorts, which turned out pretty great! Using Simplcity Cythia Rowley 1371 and Topshop inspiration I had a go at my first pair of shorts!

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Top – H&M

Shorts – made by me

Necklace – Accessorize

Boots – New Look

Sigma Dress

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The Sigma Dress from Papercut Patterns – finished!

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I’m a total convert to this New Zealand based pattern maker! The patterns have so far been so easy to follow and make beautiful dresses, plus they come in the most beautiful packaging. I mean they do take a couple of weeks to arrive and are at the top end of my budget, but still great as a wee treat.

The Sigma Dress was a Christmas present from my brother, so I thought it was about time I made it! I bought the fabric aaaages ago from Fabrix in Lancaster, my favourite fabric shop of all time. It’s quite thick with a one-way stretch and actually very similar to a lot of the prints on the High Street at the moment.

These are from River Island (and I’m still so tempted to buy both) and have a similar smudged pattern.

Here are my work in progress shots, as modelled by my mannequin below!

It’s not obvious from this photo but I went for the version with gathers either side of the waist, which I thought would be most flattering. I cut out the medium size without bothering to measure because I made the Clover dress in a medium, but this one was massive! I had to unpick the waist to take in the side seams and then still had loads of excess material at the back. I’ll definitely be measuring properly and cutting a smaller size next time! It’s also quite a short pattern, which was fine for this dress but worth noting for the future.

I was a bit stuck with this dress for a while though because I couldn’t decide on what to do for the sleeves. I think the versions with the long sleeves look great, but I wasn’t sure about it for this thick material. I like the short sleeves too, but there have been so many times I’ve added sleeves to dresses and then wished I hadn’t… but I went with the sod it, let’s do short sleeves attitude!

I’m really pleased with how this one turned out. Love this pattern and its definitely one I’ll be using again. Next time though I will measure up properly and cut out the size that will actually fit properly! And probably add a few inches to the length too; ah tall people issues.

It’s a Shirt 

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Hot off the sewing machine, this is how I styled my very newly finished chiffon shirt for today’s Sunday pub lunch at The Bull Inn. Delicious food and no washing up – what’s not to love?!

I love how the pastel purple of the chiffon brings a bit of colour to the rest of this monochrome outfit, and the white of the collar and front band looks great with my little white bag!

Jacket: H&M

Shirt: Handmade

Jeans: Monsoon

Boots: New Look

Bag: Accessorize

 

 

Burda 6847

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My first finished coat!

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I won’t lie, this coat is very similar to one I already own, bought from Primark at the start of the season… I just thought I could make a better version!

This is the first Burda pattern I’ve used and it was brilliantly straight forward. I went for view B but didn’t bother with the collar. There aren’t many pattern pieces and the jacket doesn’t require lining so I think this was a perfect choice for one of my first coats.

I think I started this jacket in December, but the reason it has taken me so long to finish was actually just the wait for the bronze coloured zip to arrive! I’m pleased with how this jacket turned out, although looking at the photos I think it is a little big so I might take all the seams in a bit. The problem is that although this is a beautiful, soft, fluffy fabric, it’s bloody hard to work with! The hems are nowhere near as neat as I’d like them to be because of that, but luckily you can’t really tell because it’s so fluffy (I hope).

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Grid-Print Decisions

IMG_3892I recently bought this crepe fabric as part of my first ever online fabric order!

I got this and three other fabrics from Remnant Kings, and I’ll definitely be shopping on their website again. I’ve always been wary of buying fabrics online because you don’t get the opportunity to physically see and feel the fabric before you buy it, so you don’t know exactly what you’re getting. That wasn’t a problem at all though and I was really pleased with all the fabrics in my delivery. The materials were all true to their description online, both texture and colour-wise. It’s almost a bit dangerous though, knowing how easy it is now to buy fabric just whenever I fancy…

So this grid-print fabric is everywhere at the moment and I now have two metres of the stuff – so what to make?! These are my options:

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This top from Topshop has a sheer back, which I can replicate using the boxy top pattern of Simplicity 1366.

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These shorts are also part of the Topshop set. I could use Simplicity 1371 to make a similar pair with a higher waist.

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Or, back to my old favourite, the shift dress!

Would it be bad if I made them all? Possibly grid-print overkill…