Monday, 26 May 2014

Me Made May 2014 - Week 4

Monday - Day 19 - Sorbetto top (by Colette Patterns) in purple check (2014) and grey jersey scraps "necklace".

Tuesday - Day 20 - Mabel skirt (2nd attempt) in grey polka dots (2014) - a better fit than the previous incarnation, but I want to try one more time - with modifications to the waistband - before I give up on this pattern. The grey top is a new iteration of my go-to self-drafted pattern from the Japanese sewing book which Y tells me roughly translates as "Remaking Kimono Fabrics" - so of course I make this pattern in jersey - linen jersey in this case, which is quite lovely.

Wednesday - Day 21 - Purple and Yellow Strrripes cardigan and black jersey cowl neck tank.

Thursday - Day 22 - Magenta Whisper Cardi (2014) - Newly finished and blocked.  My first cardigan knit in laceweight (Marta's Yarns Magic 2 ply merino).  So light but quite warm.  Since I still have heaps of laceweight in my stash I'm planning on trying a Strrripes cardi in this stuff too.

Friday - Day 23 - Striped "paper crane" jacket, adapated from Pattern Magic 2 (circa 2008).  Again, this pattern was designed for a woven fabric - with a more "architectural" feel.  Making it up in some gorgeous grey/black/blue striped jersey gives a more fluid and comfy result - fastened with a bull-dog clip (one of my favourite fastening tricks).

Saturday - Day 24 - Red "Monday Morning Cardigan" (2011)

Sunday - Day 25 - Shalom cardigan (2010).

Sunday, 18 May 2014

Me Made May 2014 Week 3

12 May:  Tried out a new skirt pattern - Mabel (by Colette Patterns).  This one is a size too big and a lesson in not sewing in a hurry - I managed to place the back of this skirt upside down (ie:  I discovered the waist band notches at the hem....  oops...)

13 May:  Orange Vitamin C cardigan (I think the pattern is actually called Vitamin D, but the colour....) and blue Draupner shawl/scarfy thing.

14 May: Grey polkadot jersey top (I've made 4 or 5 tops using this pattern - this is the original.)

15 May and 16 May:  Had a cold and didn't leave the house.  Snuggled down in my handspun Garter Yoke Cardigan.

17 May:  Dinner with the girls.  Second attempt at the Mabel skirt.  This one is the right size, but I will try some modifications to the waistline on the next version. Purple Goodale cardigan.

18 May:  Purple Goodale cardigan (again).

At just past the half-way point, I still have 4 or 5 cardigans that have yet to make an appearance.  This includes my just-completed Whisper cardigan which I finally got around to blocking this morning.  I'm missing wearing some of my ready-to-wear clothes.  My me-made stuff doesn't always feel sophisticated enough for the office although I think I get away with it thanks to a "let's just humour the eccentric library dragon" ethos.

Monday, 12 May 2014

Me Made May 2014 Week 2

5 May: Colonnade shawl knit from handspun (2009)

6 May: Grey pinstripe jersey twinset (2012?) and Aibhlinn cowl (2004)

7 May: Red jersey jacket (2011) (daytime); Sari fabric and red raw silk tunic (2006) (evening)

8 May: Grey Goodale cardigan (2012)

9 May: Shifting Focus cardigan in "Norway Spruce" (2012-2013)

10 May: Red jersey jacket (2011) (as per 7 May) and handspun Garter Yoke Cardi (2010)

11 May: Drifting cardigan in grey and blue stripes (2011)

Sunday, 4 May 2014

Me Made May 2014 Week 1

I didn't get around to signing up for this "officially", but I had this idle idea that I would attempt Me Made May this year.
My pledge is to wear at least 1 me-made item of clothing each day of May.  (Socks don't count as I wear hand-made socks everyday anyway - especially now that the weather has turned cooler.)

So far:

1 May - Aurora Damson Shawl (2010)
2 May - Black/White/Grey jersey jacket. (c2010)  I don't have any photos of this.  Must remedy that.
3 May - Simple Purple-ish Shawl (2008), Garter yoke cardigan (2010) - see 4 May.
4 May - Denim skirt - converted from old jeans (2013);  T-shirt - pieced from thrifted jersey knit scraps (c1994); Garter yoke cardigan - Knit from handspun coloured fleece (2010)