Sunday, 31 May 2015

So what's been Learnt in the final round-up in M-M-May

There it is, there it went, a whole month whoosh.. gone! 
My first participation of Made-Me-May and on reflection its been pretty good fun over-all, doing what it said on the tin...
1) Slight waning on the daily selfie taking...tick 
2) Posed a good review of the O' apparel needs, wants and oh dear.. BIG tick 
3) The bonus feature-found some great new sewing buddies along the way...  double double tick. 
So here's the round up of this week. 
Bank Holiday Monday 
Catching up with few jobs at the studio- my newly and firmly loved Hudsons and White lace neck tee   
Bit of sunshine about so the Gabriola got its first airing,  so loved wearing this again and has inspired me to make another for this year- teamed with the 2nd outing for the Peter Pan Super Hero top  

Second wear for self draft skirt- little well a lot disappointed with this, some how the fabric has acquired lots of small pulls and snags so will be demoted to a knock around the house wearing item 

Black & White reversible wool blend  spot skirt 

This is where I started to stumble at the final hurdle, nearly forgot to selfie take so settled with Christmas PJ's pleas excuse the ironed in or folded creases! Bottom two pics are of new top seen later in post 

BIG FAT FAIL .. really CBA to take pic and post but it was Hudson pants again ..  I seriously cant get over how much in LOVE with these guys I am, much to the disgust of my kids who think they are ridiculous ( or just me in them!)  but I don't care a tuppence more are planned!!!! they were  teamed with with pink blouse  

Felt like getting dressed up a bit today a good excuse to wear n share my new make that will be bloged in full later on - I desperately need to sew a holiday wardrobe over the next few weeks and this is my first all made from let over scraps! whoo    

So what's been learnt from this exercise then...? 
1) I need a more relaxed look; now that my job front has changed I no longer need "officy" type wear ( hoorraaaa!) 
2) Dresses I don't wear them much, something to think on or perhaps more the styling of dress, already eyeing up the Davie dress from Sewaholic 
3) I love the colour red so why the hell have I got so little of it, especially a top of some form
4) A distinct absence of trousers ...what's going on how come these have been over looked! ahah ..a good reason for more Hudson's :)  but also "proper" trousers i have some patterns but research is under way 

what about you then - what has your MMM 15 exposed for you? 

love to hear 
. XX Amanda XX

Sunday, 24 May 2015

Hurricane Made-Me-May

Here we are again then folks - hope you've all had an amazaballs week with your Made-Me-May challenges - loving the IG  postings. 
Quick round up with a few re-wears 
Monday- had a double dose for MMM15  
By day .(Butterick retro tulip dress for a Quality day ( included my annual performance review...gulp think I did okay.
For the evening  my favourite duchess satin and flower lace Elisalex  for a Majors banquet!!  

                                                                                                                                            Another Quality day out - starting to flag taking the selfies which I'm sure we all feel at this time of the month. This was an early make of a Vogue classic beige skirt with pink stripes teamed with Butterick pink blouse 
Tulip jersey skirt ( never bloged for some reason) and cream shantung cami with lace top 

Starting to feel the love again in my bicycle top and head band 
 Oh and had to throw this in ... I've been dead naughty and treated myself to a cover machine!!!! EEEEKKKK just getting to grips with it but so far swoooooon xxxx
Mooching about in Denim tunic dress and Newly made and totally loved lace neck tee ( still not bloged but fairly ..YAWN ) 

A lovely day with my baby- an Irish Feis in Oxford- wore Leatherette skirt (worn once before this month) and the Eiffel trifle top

slob out day well sewing lots I even got to finish my Hudson Pants !! whoo so thats what i wore 

So there we go a round up of week 3! a coulpe of re-wears and I'm  really starting to find my gaps and where i want to go next with my wardrobe :)

- just a wee share on the dancing as proud mummy moment here  - she's been out for 6wks or more with an injury - her dance teacher didn't think she would be going so hadn't worked on her "stuff" - but you cant keep a jigger from jigging! she's not had a particularly good season so told her to go out, relax, enjoy it and we weren't bothered if she came last! 
 WELL blow me - she got recall (that means the top 50% get to dance a 3rd dance) errr...yes she was!! came 4th in a light round and 7th overall (one judge had even placed her joint 1st after the first two dances) well this all probably sounds totally gobbly gouch for those not in this world but WHOOOOOOO but a few daft moments were had 

 Have a great last week Guys - till next week XXXX Amanda XXX

Sunday, 17 May 2015

An even faster whirl-wind round-up for wk 2 #MMM15

Phew well don't know about you but what a week ...manic at its best - how have you all been doing on your MMM15 challenge then? I have to admit starting to find it a bit tedious taking the selfies every day- but on a negative/positive... my god I need some plain colour block items in my wardrobe- of which I have started and planed but it SO HARD i love patterns and prints!!!
here goes then-
day 10 - McCalls I didn't promise you a rose garden shorts  

Day 11- Peter-pan goes super hero top and first ever me make Burda red circle skirt 

Day 12 - a trip-out to complete a  days CPD- (continual professional development) 
in Burda tough love VERY baggy trousers  not blog posted in detail here 
and the first of my must staple plains - Not yet bloged but very much loved already lace neck jersey tee 

Oh and this what was involved in my CPD day - pretty amazing don't you think - the dress is made from 501 black plastic gloves!!!


 Day 13 - The sun was  out so it called for something Bright and simple - Sew serendipity skirt and Butterick tee 
Day 14 - and a down turn in weather - so check me out in appliqué rose skirt for my trip to the Chiropractor 

Day 15 - self-draft circle skirt not yet posted " Oh" and a sneak peak pic of  the fruits of my very much loved and excited purchase cover machine EEEEKKK  and the 2nd outing of white lace neck tee - told you I needed plains 

 OK this is what I have been working on most of the week - a revamped Irish dance dress - made 18 mnths ago but little madame grew!! lol so all took apart let out sleeves down and a new skirt along with 500 more crystals :)
 Day 16 - relaxed afternoon down the studio cutting fat quarters in baby cord appliqué pear skirt adaptation of Sew serendipity skirt and Dashwood studio made belt ( un-blog posted) 

and here we go the final for this week - Day 17 - 2nd outing for leatherette skirt and Landmark knit double collar sweat 

Hope you've ll had a great week - 
bye for now xxx Amanda 

Sunday, 10 May 2015

whirlwind round up-Made-Me-May week 1

My first year taking part in Made-Me-May

Day 1 - Leatherette skirt and animal print pink Tee -did the job for visiting a training centre to complete their quality audit   -
Skirt  made Dec 14 with Vogue 8749 
T-top Simplicity 1325
( and a note to self on how not to take selfies!)

Day 2 - Poached egg blouse for a relaxed Saturday  - Butterick 5711 pattern not really blog posted much on this but a lovely soft viscose 

Day 3 - You may (or may not) be aware that I have started making wrestling apparel! Double take.. yes you read correct wrestling wear, robes, trunks, singlets and tights! As I find it pretty hard to get RTW leggings long enough (not that I've bought RTW for so long now) I guessed I could make my own by using the Jalie pattern. So Sunday morn I ran up these funky knit leggings, just because I was inspired too and not that I wanted a MMM sew - unfortunately there wasn't as much stretch on-grain as there was cross-grain so the of risk builders bum when bending over increases - therefore I either don't ever bend or retain for toddling around the house only!

Day 4 - Nellies on parade top - Bank Holiday Monday sun was out to shoot the short video to advertise my over-locking workshop find it on FB

 Day 5 - Route 66 Jersey tee and baby cord skirt both Butterick patterns 5354-5649
can't believe I made this skirt nearly two years ago! and still going strong for a days sewing at home

Day 6 - Silk Dupion Cynthia Rowley skirt by Simplicity 2512- Pink chiffon Blouse Vogue 8857 and Burda 7184 cardigan for a busy day morning at the Studio then a drive out to complete another quality audit at an FE college.
Day 7 - A chilly day so a great excuse to wear my Robert Kaufman Flannel skirt, day & evening spent down at the studio with me Sewcial Sewers-pattern as the leatherette on day 1 Vogue  8749

And Finally Day 8 - my most favourite Spring tunic from Simplicity 1325 B out on the road for a trip to Worcester and more quality auditing 

Phew there it is then, a whirlwind round up of a busy week - I must say I've found it most interesting looking back over week one; its also been a great treat seeing other uploads on Instagram and found some other great sewers to follow :)
Same time next week then folks and have a great 2nd week in MMM`15 xx

Saturday, 9 May 2015

Nellie's on Parade

I do believe this has to be the cutest top I currently posses in my wardrobe.I'd wanted to showcase some of the fabric we have on sale at the Studio and although probably a smidgen bias, I have to say, in all honesty that sewing with Sevenberry cotton's is definitely one of life pleasures.

For a fun summer top, Elephants on Grey and Baby Buddies pink seemed the perfect choice -Don't you just love the little random blue birds perched on the head every so often! 

Pattern choice was Butterick options 6185. I was drawn to this when it was first released by the double collar- didn't realise that the trousers and skirt were elasticated, so they will probably never see the light of day, not quite ready for that styling feature just yet- but I do plan on making the dress version for my jolly-bobs in the summer.   
Dreaming of my summer jollies?
Construction wise was very straight forward, bust darts and vertical  back seam; didn't even bother with a FBA due to the loose fit so went with a straight size 12 with a regular forward thrust shoulder alteration. It was still a tad roomy for my liking so I took the back and side seams in a smidgen or 1/4 inch ( that's a smidgen in my world) .  
I had some grey satin bias tape left over from another project, what it was  I cant quite recall but there was just enough to finish the arm hole edge-
 Gives a nice finishing touch don't you think? 
My impression of an elephant asking for a bun please!!  
Excuse the tangent shoot off here but it is slightly related.. honest! What d'you think of the Cath Kidston bag I made? squirrels with their nuts!!! lined in the prettiest ditsy flowers -The relation to this post is that the fabric are both Sevenberry, which is what made me make my Nellie top! 
I made this up as a proto-type for Kate who was joining the studio and wanted to make it.  
Sewing with the Sevenberry fabric was such a pleasure, its' what convinced me that a top would be a doddle and a pleasure to sew  and wear. 
The Cath Kidston pattern from her latest book,its surprisingly large and roomy and would highly recommend- being lovely,I decided to give the bag to my fabo Sister who lives in Canada, but did sweat a little when it took a whole 5 weeks to arrive!!! Think the carrier pigeon must have gone the long way around.        
Kate's Version - in Dashwood Studio  Fabric-Geo segments and baby seedlings - adorable

That's all for now - Have a great weekend everybody  xxx