Me Made May Update 2

Still Truckin’!

The middle part is always the hardest. Things come up, I get busy, the usual.  Despite this though, I have been doing pretty well!  I’m behind on posting the photos, but I have been wearing my me-made-clothing and enjoying it. Trying to prepare for our random weather has been a little challenging (especially if you are someone who bikes or uses public transportation like me), but I’ve dealt with it – rain boots go with everything, right?

Hearts Down Spring Top

This shirt is a combination of two patterns I have used before. Simplicity 2652 provided the base, but it would have been way too wide for a simple shirt, so I brought in all the darts from my favourite pattern, McCalls 5929.

The print on the fabric is actually all little hearts. That look was a little too cutsey for me, so I cut out the pieces with the fabric up-side down. I like that this way, you can see that they are hearts only if you look really closely, but it also gives a nice chevron effect as well.  The cotton is really soft and it’s so comfortable. I’ve already worn it to the market a couple of times! I think if I were to do this again I would take out the same amount of volume, and add elastic at the waist instead of buttons.

Special thanks to my awesome photographer, Denis Duquette. We were going for a natural look and the shoot was really fun. There was a lot of giggling going on!

Attending: MMM and P.J. Party!

Count me in!

I, Erica of Experiments and Accidents, sign up as a participant of Me-Made-May ’12. I endeavour to wear 1 item of handmade clothing each day for the duration of May 2012.

May is a great month for this challenge. It’s certainly not summer here, but I might not need my winter coat either. I’ve got quite a few more hand-made items to spread around this time, so I’ll be jumping right in! One of my favourite aspects of this challenge is discovering new sewing blogs through the flickr group.

I’m also participating in the P.J. Party! Karen always has the best ideas. I already have the “jammy pants” made and boy are they cute. I’ll never buy a pair again, now that I know how easy and satisfying it is to make them!

Colette Palette Challenge – My Moodboard

In an attempt to be a little more organized when it comes to my sewing projects I am participating in the Spring/Summer Palette Challenge from Colette Patterns.  I would like to pack as many hand-made items on my travel adventures this summer (more on that later), so I will be sewing with those trips in mind.

After a dreary Canadian winter, I am really looking forward to a wardrobe full of bright colours! I have been keeping some inspiration images on Pinterest (here and here). I’ve got a yellow Minoru on the go at the moment and already know that I want to make a fuchsia one as well. I know there will definitely be more maxi-dresses in my future and more knit fabrics, and that I am in need of skirts.

So, it’s a loose plan, but at least it’s a colourful one!

Image Sources: Blue Suit, Dress, Orange Skirt, Shoes. Tulip photo: my own.

The Dorothy Shirt

I used to do some character work as Dorothy Gail from The Wizard of Oz and modelled as Dorothy as well (I have some really fun images from a shoot in a coin-laundry). It involved false eyelashes, a basket, and  – of course – ruby slippers! With it’s slightly gathered sleeves and checkered print, I like to think that this shirt is the casual, ready-to-wear version of that costume. It was so easy to make (McCalls 5318) and probably had the fewest pieces I’ve ever used for a pattern. And I always appreciate a pattern with a lot of darts. I decided to match the checks when I could, but not to get all hung up on it either.

The only drawback with this shirt is that I also modelled it after one of my person’s button-downs (I tried to steal it so many times that I just decided to make my own). We have discovered just how matchy and  “his and hers” it looks if we both wear them! Schedules will have to be worked out…

Simple Pleasures: laundry on the line

I love to analyze the laundry on the lines around my neighbourhood. It can be very revealing about who lives there! It’s basically hanging out your life on display  – even the sheets on your bed.  What’s on your line? Baby clothes? Lingerie? T-shirts over and over?

I had several of my big pashminas and scarves out there this weekend as part of our giant spring clean-up.  Our line was a crazy explosion of colour and patterns! They are so light and long, they caught every little breeze.