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Me-Made-May '18

Over the past couple of years I have enjoyed seeing sewists me-mades during May, the support and encouragement given to one another in the sewing community is amazing and people's wardrobes are truly inspiring.So, this year I'm taking part. I, Rebecca of this blog and @rebeccas_stitches on Instagram sign up as a participant of Me-Made-May '18. I endeavour to wear all my me-mades during the month at least once, to integrate my self made clothes into my regular wardrobe rotation. I will document the challenge photographically and round up the month in a blog post.I have many self made clothes I've yet to share either here or on insatgram, and I'm looking forward to seeing how much of May I wear my self made wardrobe. If you'd like to take part head over to So Zo's blog bloghttp://sozowhatdoyouknow.blogspot.co.uk/2018/04/me-made-may-18-sign-up-here.html?m=1 <a href="http://sozowhatdoyouknow.blogspot.co.uk/2018/04/me-made-may-18-sign-up-here.html" …

Closet Case Files Kalle Shirtdress

I liked the look of the Kalle shirtdress when it was first released and loved Lauren's (Guthrie and Ghani) versions in her summer capsule wardrobe. But it was Beck's (I sew therefore I am) versions that cemented my need for it in my wardrobe! I am a total fan girl of Beck's and would happily wear her gorgeous wardrobe of me mades.
As usual before I make a garment I find blogs of it and take notes of their findings. It is mixed for the Kalle shirtdress, some say they have sized down and preferred the fit and look. While others have made the size as guided by their measurements.
I was unsure so decided to make a wearable toile with a soft brushed cotton and viscose mix I had from Minerva Crafts. I made a size 12 based on my chest measurement.

I've worn the dress a lot. It fits easily into my 'throw it on and head out the door mummy wardrobe', and while it's maybe not the most flattering dress for my figure sometimes I don't want to feel constricted by…

My #2018MakeNine

This is the first time I have taken part in #MakeNine, a list of 9 projects I really want to make this year. It is run by Rochelle of @homeowfibre and the details can be found on her blog at luckylucille.com.

What I love about this challenge is its really simple to narrow down your goals and work at your own pace, having the whole of 2018 to complete it! I've decided to only use patterns and fabric I have in my stash, apart from the coat fabric, as I don't have coating fabric laying around in my stash.

The reason I am limiting myself to patterns and fabric I already have is because of life in 2017 (being pregnant for the first half and then having a newborn who never heard of naps, and trying to lose my squishy baby body) meant that I collected the patterns and fabric and now need to get sewing.

Here is my #2018MakeNine



Jennifer Lauren Handmade Nixie Briefs  When Jennifer released this pattern I clicked purchase straight away! I love the feminine style of these bum covering kn…

Jennifer Lauren Handmade - The Auden Men's Cardigan Pattern Review

I was chosen this month to review the Auden cardigan by Jennifer Lauren Handmade, yay! I have many of Jennifer's patterns and had been promising the Husband a handmade piece of clothing for quite a while so I was very pleased to be chosen. I love the saddle shoulder detail and slim fit body.



The pattern lends its self to using contrast fabrics for the body, sleeves, neckline and cuffs, making the most of the saddle shoulder detail. The two options are; View 1 has a contrasting neckline and elbow patches and View 2 is a more subtle option without the contrast neckline or elbow patches. The Husband decided he wanted a subtler option without any contrasting colours and opted for a quilted dogtooth fabric from Minerva Crafts.

The fabric was a nightmare. Frayed easily and often (all over my carpet) and my sewing machine was not a fan of its bulkiness!

The pattern is a pdf which I sent to Netprinter who printed it in A0, copy shop size, no pritt stick or selotape for me.

FIT

So I made Vi…

I'm the lucky winner of the Sewmesunshine competition!

@sewmesunshine.uk ran a competition on Instagram to win lots of fab sewing goodies in celebration of being open a month. I was the very lucky winner! Defiantly check out her shop - sewmesunshine.co.uk for the most gorgeous fabric and haberdashery items.
Here are the lovely sewing goodies;

The packaging is defiantly a ray of sunshine, with purple and yellow packaging and biscuit tape!


Inside were:

Harriet let me choose 2 meters of any fabric I liked in her shop. She has so many gorgeous fabrics the choice was hard, I could easily make clothes with most of the fabric she stocks. In the end I chose the above Atelier Brunette Twist Dark Blue cotton, which I think I will make the Closet Case Files Kalle Shirtdress with. 
A Sewing Makers workbook, this is a great for recording your makes. It includes space for 25 sewing projects, with pattern, date, body measurements, pattern modifications, outcome and fabric swatch. There is also a designing chapter, planning - where you can list your fabr…

Introduction

Hi, my name is Rebecca and I started sewing quilts for my children, but a year and a half ago I ventured into sewing my own clothes (in any spare time I have while being a mum of three young children and working full time) and have not looked back. This blog will chart my progress to a me made wardrobe.

I hope you enjoy sharing this journey with me and I would love to hear about your experiences too.