My Final Makes Of Me Made May

Life has been heavy the past few days, my mind caught up in worry and stress. So, I did not have the mental energy to appreciates many of my makes. But I shall share what I’ve got nevertheless.

Day 24: Cardamom Shirring

I mentioned I got the hang of shirring in my last post and this is the result. It’s my first attempt at shirring a garment and I am so happy with it. I had to unpick a couple of rows as I forgot to lengthen the stitch or had the needle in the wrong position. Once I got the hang of it the bodice came together beautifully. I highly recommend using shirring. I have a brother machine with a top loading bobbin, most of the tutorials assume a side loading bobbin which recommend a low tension for the top stitch and high tension for the bobbin. I don’t have the ability to change the bobbin tension on my machine so I got a bit muddled. As soon as I followed the Brother instructions on their website it worked like a charm.

Day 25: Moneta Dress

I made this dress recently, I wrote a post in April, Moneta In The Sun. The subtle metallic sheen in the fabric really makes this dress something special. I’m drawn to prints with faces or figures. I’m not sure what it is but many of my recent purchases have depicted images of women. This design has a wonderful energy to it. Shame it was the last lot from Crafty Sew & So.

Day 30: Joni Dress

This is a real treat to wear. Only finished yesterday and I couldn’t wait to swish about in the garden. The finishing of the neckline really bugged me on the first Joni I made. the fabric stretched about the twist so i had to add elastic, also the binding was way to thick and heavy and the top stitching just didn’t work well through all that fabric. This time I added binding to the lower section and the front part of the neckband before I twisting the top. All my seams are beautifully hidden and the jersey won’t have a chance at stretching out. I’m delighted with the result. Even though I wasn’t a fan of the finishing I still adore Tilly’s book, Stretch. I made the fluttery sleeves from her tutorial and it was a lot easier than I thought, i’m very much looking forward to altering more sleeves from various patterns to recreate this look.

Thanks for reading. I’ve really enjoyed this month of makes. It’s good to have a thing to do everyday during this time. I’ll try and stick to weekly posts on what I’ve made. It’s gratifying to look back on what I’ve achieved.


Stay safe, stay kind, stay home if you can

Me Made May Week Three

My roundup of the penultimate week of Mmmay. The month has flown by, it’s been a treat to see everyones makes. a little sprinkling of normality in this time. this is going to be a super quick post as im not feeling all that great.

Day 15: Agnes Tee

I’ve made a few of these but this is by far the comfiest. It’s made from sumptuously soft japanese jersey. definitely secret pj’s. I altered the pattern in a couple of ways, firstly bringing the hips down at least three sizes. I tend to find Tilly and The Buttons patterns have generous room for hips so I’ve taken to altering all of her patterns this way. Secondly I added bands to finish the sleeves and bottom hem. I much prefer this look to the turn and top stitch.

Day 17: Self Drafted Skirt

Ok so I missed day sixteen this week. I can’t remember why but there was probably a very valid and reasonable excuse. This is my first box pleated skirt, it was the end of a roll so i had to work out the width myself. There’s a subtle textured pattern which you can just about see here, love the fabric weight and the way it holds pleats.

Day 18: Joni Dress

It’s hard to see much of the design here. There is a super flattering twisted neckline. the skirt is nice and full. Again as this is a Tilly pattern I had to reduced the hips. However, I forgot another issue i sometimes have in the shoulders. As my bust is on the larger side I often go conservatively by going for a bigger size, but my shoulders are pretty narrow. Before I make another one I want to figure out how to narrow the shoulders. Anyway, this month is about appreciating my makes! So i will just say that this is a beautiful and flattering dress.

Day 19: Self Drafted Top

So this is the top that I was working on in the previous post. It worked…eventually. there are many problems i could dwell on but i shall not. Okay the good things, I am delighted with the fit around the arms and neck. Most tank top patterns do not work well for me. The straps are either way too long or I end up showing a lot of bra with gaping underarms. This is perfectly respectable and has a pleasing neckline.

Day 20: Fabric Trays

These were so much fun to make, honestly came together in less than fifteen minutes and are super cute and useful! I am no doubt going to make many many more. All you need is a few scraps of fabric and some wadding. I used some pretty lightweight cotton wadding and they still feel sturdy. I used A design from A Spoonful of Sugar, the tutorial uses a charm square but I made mine a touch bigger.

Day 21: Shirring!

Somehow I got this so very wrong the first time I tried. The problem was the instructions id found were all for side loading bobbins, mine is top loading. After a week or so I tried again using the instructions on the Brother website. Et Voila. I have accomplished shirring. I shall be making the Cardamom Dress from Deer and Doe.

Thanks for reading, I plan to try and post weekly after this month, though I imagine they’ll be a bit shorter.

Stay safe, stay kind, Stay home if you can.