Tuesday, 22 April 2014

Made By Me #20

After moaning that I had only managed to sew one evening last week I ended on a high and made another two dresses bringing my tally to 31, eeep!  I now have enough dresses for the MeMadeMay challenge I have set myself though by the time May is through I will have more than required so some won't even get a look in!  I have decided that for MeMadeMay I am going to wear a different me made dress each day and document my efforts on instagram and here in a weekly round up post.

One dress that will definitely make the cut is this one.  I have made two dresses using Art Gallery fabric and I love it, it hangs beautifully and is such nice quality.  I would have ordered more by now if only I could decide which design I need first, not easy when you've run out of fingers to count the ones you want!  I keep putting off making the decision but think I will have to just go for it and take the plunge.

Shoes: M&S

I've been asked a few times if I am going to be making sleeveless dresses for the summer, in a word - unlikely.  I really dislike my arms and bearing them in the sun actually makes me feel hotter than keeping covered up.  I usually do this by adding a cardi over a strappy dress but am planning on sticking to elbow length sleeves this year to see how I get on.  I will be lining the bodice with a thinner cotton but as the fabrics I use are all 100% cotton I am hoping this will mean they are cooler anyway.  I am hoping they are cooler than adding a cardi to a strapless dress, we shall see!


Sunday, 20 April 2014

Made By Me #19

This is one of those fabrics that just doesn't come across well when photographed.  It is the loveliest print, covered in different coloured rain drops in varying shades of grey and red.  It isn't perfect though, it has a bit of a texture that makes it stick to my tights and annoy me.  I resolved this with a slip but I guess it won't be an issue when it's too hot for black tights.  It looks as if the sleeves on this one are a bit tight in the photos, they really are not and I couldn't be bothered to take the photos again so hey ho.  I often wonder if any of my neighbours have noticed us taking photos in the garden and what they think we are up to.  I used to feel that our neighbours in the flat must have commented on the number of parcels I bought home from work every day! haha.  I'm not paranoid, honest!!

Dress: Made by me using Washday Rain by Makower
Shoes: M&S

I've not had much time for sewing in the last week, I have only sewn one evening and made one dress and am getting serious withdrawals.  Why aren't there more hours in the day?!


Friday, 18 April 2014

Made By Me #18

Crazy cat day today!  I love, love. love this dress.  It is definitely one of my favourite me made dresses and well worth the hassle (and expense) getting my hands on this colourway of the fabric.  The versions available in the UK are all too pale in colour for my skin tone and I really, really wanted it so I took the plunge and ordered it from the US via Etsy.  It took over three weeks to arrive and I got stung by customs but none of that has made me love this dress any less.  The cranberry background is a beautiful kind of burgundy tone and perfectly sets of the bright pink cats. The cats remind me of Lyzi and her cat tattoos.  This dress gets a lot of stares when I wear it.  A lot of them are from little girls probably thinking I am wearing the most amazingly awesome dress ever.  That's what I tell myself anyway ;)

Dress: Made by me using Purrfectly Happy by Lizzy House
Pattern: Emery by Christine Haynes
Shoes: M&S

Have a fantastic Easter bank holiday weekend.  I will be wearing something other than a me made dress today as we are painting our bathrooms and there is no way I am going to get paint on any of my babies!!

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