Wednesday, April 29, 2015

Me Made May 2015

I feel like anyone who is reading a sewing blog will have stumbled across So Zo What Do You Know who puts on Me-Made-May each year.

As this is the first year I've actually started sewing (yaa me) - I have been amping up for this experience since I found out about it.

I already do MeMadeMonday - which was inspired by the fact that most of my sewing gets done over the weekend - and then I'm usually so besotted with what I've freshly made that it gets its first real world outing the Monday after I've sewn it.

So what does Me Made May 2015 hold for this fledgling sewer/blogger. Well - big things I guess.


'I, Jenna of Sew, Knit, Crochet - Hooray, sign up as a participant of Me-Made-May '15. I endeavour to wear something either I have knit/sewn/crocheted, or that someone has lovingly made for me - each day for the duration of May 2015. I hope to expand my capsule wardrobe so that this experiment of mine becomes a set of timeless classics that can continue each month, so that one day, I do have the me-made-wardrobe I truly lust after.'

Big breathes kids - it's going to be a challenge. Hopefully one that allows me to REALLY see what store bought items I don't necessarily need - so why am I clinging onto them like they are some sort of precious possession. I also think - this will be good - it will let me really see if what I want to make for my capsule wardrobe is ACTUALLY something that I need.

Wish me luck, I am gonna nail this :)



Tuesday, April 28, 2015

Delinquency at it's worst

I have had that guilty little niggling feeling in the back of my mind that I need to UPDATE MY BLOG!

I have been incredibly delinquent in doing this - and I apologize.

Reasons?  I have a few

The age old reason I've given before - I'm a tax advisor by day - which means I have very distinct and very busy periods that tend to come and go through the year with various deadlines.  January 31 is the tax return deadline, sure - but the fiscal year technically ends April 4th here in the UK - which means I had to do a whole load of payroll and calculations, and all sorts of muck.  It's also tax exam season, which means my little army of helpers have abandoned me at work to study.  This means I'm doing the work that is typically spread across 6 people mostly by myself.  Wah wah wah - there is that sob story.

I was also off on a fancy schmancy conference for work.  Less fancy schmancy - more fun.  It was in Brighton, and was a lovely two day period where I could just kind of sit back and listen to the company plans, and then socialize (and get far too drunk) with my colleagues.  Of course with my totally shit super amazing immune system, all this fun, socialization and general not being cooped up in my house away from every and all germs, meant right after I was struck down with the lurgey.  Of course it always hits me the worst Friday evening when I get home from I was out for a weekend, and then also a few weekdays.

Here's the view from my room on the conference:

 Another great reason is the lovely new season that has recently hit the UK (and most of the Western world).  Spring Hayfever Season!  That feeling of eyes being so itchy you would love to claw them out, waking up after a day in the sunshine feeling like somethings sat on your chest, itchy throat, runny nose feeling.  Yeah - I get those.  Yeah, they suck.  It's like having a perma-cold.  You can't sleep the whole night as invariably  your allergy medication wears off sometime around 2 or 3 which means you can't breath through your nose which means you wake up extraordinarily early due to dry mouth (ick, TMI).  I had that.

There is relief in sight.  I headed to the doctors on Monday and got my arsenal of allergy medications.  Not the over-the-counter shit that makes you drowsy during the day and stops working in the middle of the night.  But proper by prescription only medication that took me seeing a specialist in tears to get (it is really truely amazing what a constant bunged up nose will do to someones sanity).  I am on day 2 of my new (not new, but newly implemented for the current hayfevery season) and I can say - that I was on my game today at work.  Which must mean I had a good nights sleep.  I can say, when I did wake up today, my nose was clear (miracle), my eyes didn't itch me like crazy, and I felt like I actually (gasp) SLEPT!

So - in light of the above - I've made very, VERY little progress on my capsule wardrobe plans.  So...what have I done in the past....month and week?  I have sewn up a lovely, nay, GORGEOUS Davie Dress by none other than the Sewaholic.  I had this Ponte Knit in my stash (can I call having 2 or 3 fabrics in my house a stash?) that I had planned on using to make a long sleeved turtleneck somethingoranother from Burda.  But I dreaded tracing out that pattern, and I dreaded looking at the non-existent instructions, and Sewaholic released the Davie Dress - which is my IDEAL shape.  Fit and flare - check.  Made from some stretch fabric - oh gosh yes please.  So I ordered it and printed that damn PDF, cut cut tape tape, and SQUEEZED (literally squeezed as I only had roughly 1.6m of my fabric) the Davie Dress pieces onto the fabric and sewed this beauty up.

Apologies again for the disgusting bathroom photos.  I need to get a nice tripod/camera/handhold button thingy.  I found a great little bit of greeny AT my flat to take pictures at.  Either that or rope my poor husband into taking pictures of me.......

So - here are some photos....

Playing with my SUPER fun giant foot (to help the fabric not move around while sewing as it was stretchy)

Hanging on the wardrobe

Sketchy bathroom picture of me wearing it

I also had a lovely memademonday where I broke out some trousers I already made - they are very Spring colourful and I still love them (and they fit better than I remembered)

I also played around with some boxes of hair-dye.  I recently went dark brunette, and REALLY started to miss my blonde locks.  I always want what I can't have till I get it, then I want whatever I gave up to have it back...and I wanted to be back as a blonde lady.

Here's the intermittent results of that experiment (not too bad - I'll need to recruit in a professional to help me get it fully done - as I went from Dark Chestnut brown to this in a matter of 2 days)

No - my hair isn't curly naturally - but I bought a curling wand, and with all new toys I just wanted to play.

I also made (but have not photographed) an item from that ever-illusive capsule wardrobe.  I made a pair of navy blue cigarette trousers (similar to the ones photographed above).  I haven't actually taken a picture because I was hemming the bottom, being oh so careful as I hand-stitched to make sure the stitches weren't visable on the outside of the trousers, to get to the end and realised the whole bit (granted just the ONE leg I attempted) was crooked....waaaahhh - so I'll have to cut (seam rip) those stitches out and re-do that.

I was happy that I tried them on - and adjusted the inside seam on the legs, and the outside seam on them too - pre-finishing up.  They were much too large - I think the stretch of the fabric contributed to that - but I am not one that is keen on the baggybum trousers, so I took them in by probably a cm each side....rather a large adjustment on inside and outside seams!  I'll finish them off and get them posted.

I also recieved some faaabbrrriiic this weekend. had a sale on their Jersey fabrics, and dreaming of that wrap dress I placed an order.  It's a lovely blue colour, and sooooooooo soft (drooling here) - I cannot wait to get that done up!

I also have been day dreaming about an inspiration pattern that I saw - and took the opportunity to order it.

I'll be making the pattern on the left (stealing the pocket design from the dress on the right).  Just tell me I won't look like I'm wearing a table cloth ;)

What. A. Post.

I think I'm all caught up on my recent makings.  I'm still only 3/4 done my crochet skirt (see the red/yellow/purple crochet skirt from prior posts).  I've also decided I want to knit a nautical themed jumper from my yarn stash (I actually have about 50 balls of yarn languishing in my cupboard now) - so will need to find my needles to start on this.  

I'll try to be more regular - I've got a few things planned for this long weekend in the UK.  A jumpsuit (ohhh yesss), a pair of black cigarette trousers, the wrap dress....and even GINGER JEANS!!  I did buy the fabric, just need a few deep breathes before I begin.

What's in your queue?