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Me Made May 2017 Wrap Up + June Plans

It's time for a Me Made May wrap up!

This was the first year I had actually participated, although I vaguely remember seeing it on Instagram last year. My goal this month was to wear at least one handmade item every day. In hindsight that was a little ambitious for my first Me Made May, especially going into winter here in Australia. Yes, May does start to get a little colder and I am a complete wuss when it comes to cold.

Spoiler alert: I didn't end up wearing one handmade item every day. I did, however, start a new plan for the future: prioritize handmade clothes. Other goal? Make more Winter clothing. Since I learned to sew on cotton fabrics, everything I'd already made was lightweight, and not all that great for the cooler mornings. That, and you'd end up seeing the same 4 - 5 skirts over and over again... Here's some of my favorite outfits that I've photographed this month!

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I've also got a free printable for you in case you want to download the instructions at home! 


1) Write your ideal final measurements on the "height", "base" and "width" lines. 2) Write those measurements + seam allowance near their corresponding colour, except for the base. 3) Divide the base by 2, and write that number + seam allowance next to the base colour. 4) Draw your pattern onto paper! 5) Cut out fabric 6) Sew together - fold in half, sew blue sides together and pinch the bottom corner to the top corner of the green lines. Optional: 7)  repeat steps to create a lining.
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Pretty Ponte | Sew Over It Tulip Skirt

This was the first skirt that I went "I can do this in an hour! Challenge accepted." ...Except then I decided to line it and I hadn't lined a skirt before.

Turns out, it's super easy. Both lining the skirt and making the Tulip skirt, I mean. My review for the Tulip skirt pattern? Super easy. Would recommend to anyone who can install an invisible zip. If you can't, if you use an even stretchier fabric (and omit the zip) it should work! (note, I haven't tried doing that)






I may be completely obsessed with this ponte. Saw it on the clearance table while I was out hunting for a completely different fabric, and decided that it would be perfect for the Tulip skirt. Turns out, ponte is brilliant to sew with, and the one I got didn't fray. Win! Problem is, I apparently need to practice installing invisible zips with a ponte. Also hemming. But for the moment, I quite like how it turned out!



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Mothers Day Scraps | Colette Sorbetto

Backstory:
A million years ago I'd learned how to make circle skirts with an elastic waistband, so I bought some fabric on clearance (sensing a theme yet?). By the time I got around to making it, I realised I thought it was a bit too old fashioned or not for me. So I made Mum an elastic waisted circle skirt. With lots of scraps left over.

Two weeks ago:
Mothers Day is coming up! Had to make something for Mum. The conditions were: it had to fit on the scraps I had of this fabric and be something mum would actually wear. I hadn't made the new Sorbetto pattern yet and it seemed like the perfect one. I made version 3 (with the sleeves). I also had a Grainline Studio's Farrow dress I wanted to make as well.



Friday before Mothers Day:
Realisation hits that I probably won't get both finished by Sunday. Tries anyway. Finishes Sorbetto.

Saturday:
Realises that Farrow isn't going to get finished. Try anyway. (Fail).



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#TheSewbackProject - High School | Colette Jasmine

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Today's Sew Back for me takes us back to my final year at high school (yes, that is long enough ago that I can use it in a throwback!). I was in the extension course for Music - basically it was (from what I can remember) a performance-based subject where once a semester we would have a concert of pieces we'd worked on. At our very first concert, I wore my favorite shirt at the time and black pants. I was feeling my look that night, I tell you. Get to the concert and discover that one of my friends wore a shirt in the exact same colour with a black skirt.

It was mildly mortifying and completely hilarious at the same time.



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In this episode:
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10 points for alliteration in the title ;)

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