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    Me-Made-May 13 – week 3: Uh oh this isn’t going as well as I’d hoped

    Why oh why are there five weeks in May! At least we’re at the half way point.

    After a recent comment from Roisin I’ve upped my ridiculous expressions in my posing. It’s all for your entertainment.

    I found this week hard because a) the weather was absolutely rubbish b) I have fallen out of love with some of my me-mades so they didn’t even make it out of the drawer when I looked and them and c) I’m in holiday prep mode so I have loads of 90% finished items I could have worn this week if I’d been more organised.

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    New Look 6808 with button-back alteration and cute birdcage fabric. This wrinkles like a mofo though!

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    New Look 6808 with contrast pink collar (when I wear this with my leopard print shoes I feel like I’m impersonating Anna from Paunnet)

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    Self-drafted green bias stripe dress. I made this before the top version from week 1!

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    This horrible old me-made top has fab colours but terrible construction. I think I’ll be binning this one. You can see from my sulky face that I hate it

    Other than that I wore repeats which I won’t bore you with!

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    Smile for the birdie button-back blouse and the giveaway winner announced!

    First up my giveaway!

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    Let’s announce this bad boy. Random number generator has chosen…..

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    Congratulations!! Send your postal address to me at almondrock.wordpress@gmail.com and I’ll arrange delivery.

    Moving on. My love affair with New Look 6808 continues.

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    I cooked up the idea of adapting it to use buttons at the back quite a while ago but couldn’t wrap my brain around the logistics of the conversion.

    I finally figured it out last week and realised I’d been so silly over thinking it!

    To adapt the back bodice pattern piece I traced a copy, then extended the fold line by about three inches. Then I added the marks for my buttonholes where the original fold line had been, marked a new fold line and I was all set. I also did away with the darts as they would have messed with the fabric pattern.

    I used a gorgeously soft, grey rayon I bought at the Harrogate Knitting and Stitching show. It has lines of different bird cages with birds on it! It is rather see through though.

    I didn’t line it other than the sleeves which is a feature of NL 6808 I love.

    This top uses 8 buttons. It felt like a lot! I made contrast covered buttons from a black twill I had in my stash. It needed to be twill because the white of my button base kept sewing through. Can you get black ones?

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    The first time I wore it a giant German Shepherd dog slobbered on it so I know it’s popular with the animal kingdom!

    What do you think? Hope you like it!

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    Recap of 2012 (part one)

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    As I read everyone’s reflections of the sewing year I notice excellent throughput and similar tales of joy and woe.

    Now I want a go!!! Here are my hits, misses, reflections, inspirations and goals!

    5 hits

    1. The knockoff Elsie dress

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    2. New Look 6808 FINALLY

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    3. Little Green UFO

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    4. Slippy shiny slinky fake cambie

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    5. I love polka dots 6808

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    5 misses

    1. Twinkle skirt – still not hemmed and mega frumpy

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    2. Tartan 6808 – cut a big slash in the back bodice when being careless

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    3. Fish print dress – Something about the fit or the length just isn’t right but I adore the fabric

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    4. Little Red Lace Dress – Too smart for work but too prim for parties

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    5. Not-so-sexy Sadie – Already falling apart due to poor jersey sewing skills

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    Stay tuned for more in part two!

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    I BLOODY LOVE POLKA DOTS

    Small ones, medium ones, giant ones.

    So it’s not surprising I bought 5 types of polka dot fabric at the Birmingham meet up!

    This is what I did with my three metres of black and white large polka dot satin fabric.

    First up I wanted to make a Colette Truffle dress. I made FOUR toiles trying to get the fit right.

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    I got the bodice fitted after two toiles because I used a TNT pattern to get the sizing and darts placement right.

    I just could not for the life of me, get the skirt to fit. So I gave up.

    I desperately wanted the flounce but settled for a gathered skirt that I drafted myself.

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    I teamed the dress with gold glittery shoes and a black glitter headband.

    I’m pleased with the fit in the back. I usually have a lot of gaping around the upper back but nailed it this time and my zipper is pretty neat.

    There is a little bit of gaping around the neckline but think that’s because it’s a touch too low for me combined with such a drapey fabric. Also I normally love gathered waist dresses but after a few too many cakes lately I’m not sure it’s as flattering as it could have been. I’m too ashamed of my handstitching to show you inside I’m afraid.

    And then because I didn’t need the extra fabric I’d bought for the flounce I made I had a metre left over!

    Hello New Look 6808!

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    The best bit about making another one of these tops is that I knew I could fix the sleeves. I did this in two ways. I altered my pattern pieces to lower the bottom of the armhole on both pieces but increase the armhole curve on the back piece by a few millimetres.

    Then I sewed the sleeves in flat! This was a revelation!!

    I knew you could sew sleeves into jersey tops/dresses in flat but I wasn’t sure about woven garments.

    A quick rummage around my google reader unearthed Sunni’s confirmation that you can!

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    I made the gathers a bit more pleat like on this version. Though it’s hard to see in this photo.

    The top fits like a dream with room for a big fat dinner.

    I’m soooo making 50 more of these.

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    MMM12: Successful? And a load of other waffle

    Wooo I survived my first me-made-month. I did pretty well. 10 items worn collectively about 22 times. I used my ink blot tote bag so much and my red polka dress got worn quite a few times! I’m sure that the next time I attempt something similar it will go even better.

    Kate, Kate and err Kate

    Now for the rest of the excitement! I’ve been partying it up during my long weekend and there’s still more to come. Friday night was a work Jubilee party. Here is me and my friend Natalie with Kate Middleton. We’ve been told we look like sisters…. you decide hahah.

    On the Saturday I did some sewing and screaming before we went to see Prometheus at the cinema. Not sure how I slept that night but it was a really good film. The screaming was for a red lace party dress I’ve been working on for a week. I don’t know what was going on but lace and I were NOT getting along. It also didn’t help that a) I kept sewing my lace the wrong side up and not noticing and b) I kept changing the style of the dress.

    Sunday I picked up the dress again and with the power of Prince (me singing “Little Red Lace Dress” instead of “Corvette”) I powered through the last stages of the dress ready to wear to my second Jubilee party of the weekend.

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    The dress started life as a big gathered skirt with an elastic waist hidden in a casing. I wanted to do a revealing back too as I thought that would be cool.

    I soon corrected my thinking.

    Open back? What about a bra Amy? Big gathered skirt? Won’t that make you look like you have a crazy red lace frou frou dress on? Elastic in a casing? Isn’t the dress just screaming red if you don’t have a waistband? So this is what I finally ended up with.

    A shift dress with a visible elastic band waist and regular back panel. Possibly suitable for work too?!

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    If you’re curious about the drink it’s Singapore Sling! We had lovely teapot cocktails which we drank from delightful teacups!

    We also pranced around in various Royal Family masks, played giant Jenga and had a humongous fireworks display!! Great night.

    What’s next you cry?! Well tonight I’m hoping to whizz through New Look 6808 in red polka dots with red satin bias trim! Then I can take it on holiday with me tomorrow yippee!! More on that when I return…