Me-Made-May 13 – week 1

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Well hello!
May is upon us. And for everyone in Europe we had a bank holiday to kick  things off too!

I managed four out of five days in me-mades this week. I had agreed with myself a goal of six out of seven days in each week but hey, this was a short week!

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Day 1: green bias stripe top from self drafted pattern. Not blogged because its the same fabric and pattern as my bias stripe dress!

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Day 2: sweetheart print truffle bodice with self drafted gathered a-line skirt. More about that later.

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Day 3: one of the first ever things I made, my georgette star print top using New Look 6962.

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Day 4: strappy top made from the skirt of a topshop sundress using Butterick 5653.

I had an awesome weekend. I saw my little brother on Saturday and went to Abakhans where I bought chevron print fabric for an unbelievably good price. Saw friends and ate good food on Sunday. And larked about around the canal and docks before having a bbq yesterday! Plus I watched three good films and snuck in a smidge of sewing!!

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Hope you had a fantastic weekend too!

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Feeling fruity and a review of New Look 6962

Oooh yeah feeling fruity again…

I’m obviously referring to my berry sewing fest from last week. I was making New Look 6962 view D without the tie.

I used my raspberry chiffon and am extremely happy with how  it turned out.

Sadly I didn’t get to wear it anywhere but my hallway as Sewing Sarah, my sewing class buddy, was poorly and so we couldn’t go out for her birthday drinks.

Hope we can rearrange soon, not only to let this little number out on the town but also so Sarah doesn’t miss out on a celebratory pint of ale! Yep that’s right, we’re the new breed of seamstresses that drink ale and cider and we look right foxy doing it.

I think it’s much smarter without the tie. And I didn’t line the sleeves so you get that lovely sheerness in them.

Crazily the lining cost more than the chiffon thanks to the wonderful world of Jack’s Fabrics. £1 /m for the chiffon, with £2.40/m for the lining.

Want to hear a secret? The lining is actually red. Like strawberry red! See…

Wild eh?

It took about 3 days, a few hours here and there so it wasn’t stressful to make.

And because I’d made the pattern before there was no surprises.

I altered the front panels to be a cm wider so it was more modest. Don’t want to be flashing people now do I!

Review:

Jeez the girl on the envelope has a weird expression. It’s like constipation meets terror. Or something like that anyway. But I still wanted to make it! (maybe I shouldn’t criticise on photo poses, ahem see above!)

Given the variations and the sweet top in the photo I knew this would be quite versatile and straightforward. I’ve made views C and D and neither disappoint.

Negatives:

Working with chiffon is always a nightmare so think my negatives are all tied up in that (I’ve made it twice in chiffon/georgette). Really, I bet it would be a dream in a simple cotton!

Also I hate flapping ties at the front of a top when you know there is elastic in there as well. Either use a tie or use elastic, why both?!

My only other comment is that without the front panel adjustment I need to wear a tank top underneath. That’s not necessarily a negative as sometimes layering is a good luck, but if I wanted that sheer style I could have saved myself the time lining my first version.

Positives:

The elastic waist is easy to fit and flattering. The design and instructions are nice and simple too. I omitted the facings since I was lining the fabric but they seem rather simple to add in.

Would I make it again? And what would you do differently?

I’d use a cotton! Man, just a nice simple cotton where I only need to add a few facings and bias tape and be done even quicker than normal!

I definitely want to try the variation on the neckline with a contrasting colour. I see that as my way into some colour blocking fun.

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