Me-Made-May 13 – week 2: its all about the polka dots baby!!

We’re in week two and it’s time for my polka dot challenge!

I managed six days of me-made dots this week. It would have been seven if I’d conquered my half done Burda dress. Sigh….

Let’s check out the dots!!

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Self-drafted Elsie knock off dress worn for a stroll around the canal on Bank Hol Monday.

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Wearable Mathilde muslin (though I’m pretty sure the yoke stitches are going to snap soon because it’s too tight).

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Prima Tea Dress; never blogged. It has very flattering under-bust gathering and a gored skirt. But I ran out of fabric for the sleeves and it looks silly without them so I always wear a cardigan!

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Cowering from the rain in one of my earliest makes; self-drafted chiffon top with peter pan collar. I wear this all the time. Its going to fall apart soon.

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My new morse code crepe Sorbetto (minus the pleat) with contrast bias binding. Not really digging this boxy style but it got some compliments so may keep wearing it.

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Finally a lovely satin nl 6808. The fabric is from the Birmingham Meet Up so wearing this reminds me of that day. It’s super comfy and flattering and much loved.

And that is it for week 2! I’m already worried about week four but we’ll see how it goes.

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P-P-P-PINNING POWER!

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For the record I am not, and never will be, a Scrappy-Do fan.

He may have been the thing that killed the cartoon in the hearts of children all around the world.

In fact I’m not sure I know anyone who actually liked that annoying pup.

But the alliteration was calling to me.

Pinterest!!

I love pinning and will continue to do so but I really want to use Pinterest to drive action and results in my creativity rather than just being a mood board.

Last year I made few things from my pinterest boards.

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Souces: dress via A Beautiful Mess; cookie cutter pumpkin tutorial; tote made with ink blot tutorial
 

This year I want to aim for at least TEN makes from pins but would love to do TWELVE. A bit like the Pinterest Challenge (which seems to have gone a bit quiet lately).

So how are you going to do this Amy?

The “Don’t Just Pin In!” Challenge

I’m not going to allocate each month a pin but instead go with the flow.

I mentioned my desire to conquer blouses in this post so I made a pinterest board for my blouse inspiration.

I  also want to action anything I’ve pinned that incorporates scallops into my clothes! And definitely in collaboration with the above point.

Recipes are encouraged as it will develop my cooking skills. Ideally I’d like to make more savoury food than baking but I am obsessed with sweet treats so let’s see.

And finally anything home or DIY related would be great to include.

My first pin turned to reality for 2013?

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Fish Karahi – Fish cooked with onions, peppers, tomatoes, garlic and ginger to create a rich authentic taste.

I made this the second week of January by sort of following the recipe here and what I remembered of an amazing meal at from Akbars restaurant.

What next?

There are already some front runners for this year:

pinata cookie pinThis is likely to be the next make. Piñata Cookies for Mr AR’s Birthday.

blouse pinAfter that, this blouse by Charlotte Azou has been paper drafted using a similar pattern and I’m currently refining the collar.

topshop pinAlso lined up is this polka dot Topshop dress. I have fabric and a pattern ready!

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Next, if I manage to overcome my previous fabric stamping fails I’ll be making a horse print dress just like this.

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And if we move to a new house this year I’ll definitely be making a triangle quilt.

I want this exact style but with slightly different colours.

So do you use Pinterest for making mood boards? Or do you actually turn these pins into tangible real life makes?

I’m taking the Don’t Just Pin It challenge this year. Anyone want to join me?

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**And yes I know I have one too many full points in my ellipsis but it took me sooo long to make the graphic and the button while poorly that when I spotted it I didn’t have the heart to amend it, even though the professional editor in me is very disappointed in my sloppiness**

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MMM12: Day 21. Elsie knock-off

Woo I’m super pleased with myself. And not afraid to say it!

Ages ago I saw a picture of Elsie and went “ooooooh”.

I love Elsie’s blog A Beautiful Mess. Her fashion taste is fab and she always tries to include lots of varying fun diy ideas. She’s also a lovely photographer.

Immediately I pinned this dress on Pinterest and set about making my duplicate! What do you think?!

Unfortunately my fabric isn’t as bright, but it is still lovely and was £1 a metre! Have I said before that I LOVE Jack’s Fabrics.

I then made my own pattern for the front panel. I use baking paper when making my own pattern pieces. It’s a bit stiffer than tissue paper which makes it harder to pin but the pieces last longer.

I found some cheap red lining fabric and buttons that are a near perfect match for the Elsie buttons. And set about sewing. I decided not to include the sleeves as they looked a bit poofy in the picture and I didn’t think they’d suit me.

I’m super pleased with the construction because I used french seams, top stitching and my serger finished all my seams beautifully!

I wore the dress to work and was quietly smug. It turned out to be lovely and sunny today too so I didn’t feel too out of place in a sundress.

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