MeMadeMay 2016

#MMMay2016

MeMadeMay 2016

“I, Freya of (handmadebyfreya.com, elisepatterns.com and @elisepatterns on instagram, sign up as a participant of Me-Made-May ’16. I endeavour to wear at least one item of Me Made clothing each day for the duration of May 2016″

Crikey, I can’t believe I’ve actually gone and signed up to this. Seriously – the number of UFO’s lying around my house is quite terrifying. Also, considering that I mostly make bras and other underwear items at the moment, this is going to be interesting as I’m going to attempt to wear things other than that!

I’ll mostly be on instagram documenting my handmade makes if you want to follow me there…

The other thing I need to work on is the posing!

Memademay2016, cocodress

 

Françoise, Francoise dress, Tilly and the Buttons Sewing Pattern

La Françoise….

Françoise reminds me of school. Not school uniforms but of French classes. Our French textbook at school was called “Arc en Ciel” and all I remember from that text book was the name François and Françoise. I always found it odd how in French you could have interchangeable masculine and feminine names when in English we don’t. Anyway, boring history trip of my life aside… Tilly (& the Buttons) has used the name for something infinitely cooler than my old French language textbook….

 

I’m not going to lie to you, this is a fabulously easy dress to make! Even more so with Tilly’s brilliant instructions. I spent precisely one afternoon doing this, so I can tell you, it’s quick too!

Françoise, Francoise dress, Tilly and the Buttons Sewing Pattern

And for an added bonus, I used up fabric from my fabric hoard, that I had dug out of the remnant bin for £4 – a lovely weight stretch cotton sateen. And in a completely shock move I chose a fabric that was not predominantly black or white!

Due to the stretch, I didn’t even bother with a zip…. The only downside is that with such a bold print, it detracts from the French darts on the dress which are an interesting feature in themselves.  For a wearable toile, this dress has turned out quite well, I added 2 cm length in 2 places but next time I will be needing to lower the bust dart a little bit.


Françoise, Francoise dress, Tilly and the Buttons Sewing Pattern

 

 

Style Arc, Maggie Shirt

The Style Arc Maggie…

 

Style Arc, Maggie Shirt

This is the Style Arc Maggie shirt and it’s the first Style Arc pattern that I’ve tried. This is the kind of shirt that I normally love – loose and baggy, perfect over a pair of skinny jeans.

Judging by my face, you can tell I’m not 100% Enamoured…

Style Arc, Maggie Shirt

Ok – it’s not that bad and I’m not that grumpy…. Well, not normally unless I haven’t had a cup of tea and you’re talking to me less than an hour after I’ve woken up.

Whilst the pattern is printed on nice thick paper, the instructions are scant. So if putting in a shirt placket puts the fear into you, I’d probably avoid this pattern until you’ve tried a pattern with more comprehensive instructions. I’m not a beginner sewist, I’ve put in plackets before and when I followed the instructions even I was scratching my head. I’m not sure about their method to do the front pleat/placket but hey, it’s wearable and I don’t care that much. I’ll probably make it again and vary it slightly.

I made up the shirt in a white spun viscose and added a random 4 inches to the shirt but actually could have got away with adding less.

And hey look, it’s another item of clothing in white!! Looks like I’m on a roll here… Anyone want to bet the colour of the next item I make? Funnily enough, I can tell you that it’s not that hard…


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Bumblebee Banksia…

Bumblebee Banksia Top, Megan Nielsen Pattern

Ok, so the Megan Nielsen Banksia pattern isn’t a new pattern but it’s kind of new to me. Well who cares? I eventually got round to making it despite it being in my pattern pile for a while.

Bumblebee Banksia Top, Megan Nielsen Pattern

I have to say, the instructions for this pattern were really easy to follow and there are two methods for the placket construction which are really thorough. I hate putting in plackets and buttons in general but I’m actually really impressed with the results of my placket.

Unusually for me, I didn’t alter the length of the top nor adjust the bust and yet the length isn’t too short for me and nor are the bust darts in too weird a position. I wouldn’t normally wing it but on this occasion it seems to have worked out!

The fabric is a pretty little bumblebee print on a fairly thick-ish cotton, it’s probably quilting cotton but it feels softer. With the weather turning, that’s not such a bad thing to be honest as i’m looking for warmer tops.

Bumblebee Banksia Top, Megan Nielsen Pattern

Initially I tried to make the plackets from the same cotton but it was far too thick for the placket. As I’d bought the end of the roll, I didn’t have enough for the collar and used a coordinating cream silk from my stash, which is what I used for the placket too. I’m glad I did because I think it looks really smart. Despite my initial hesitations about the peter pan collar (because generally I don’t really suit cutesy type clothes), I’m actually really liking it!

Bumblebee Banksia Top, Megan Nielsen Pattern
I can definitely see a few more being made in the future…

By Hand London Anna Maxi dress

BHL Anna Maxidress…

I’ve been meaning to make up this dress for absolutely ages. I finally did and then lost some weight, so it’s kind of baggy now…. I made this dress up with a lovely black viscose. It’s so drapey and fluid.

By Hand London Anna Maxi dress

I opted to make up the thigh split version with the v neck bodice version. It’s a bit cold to wear it outside now but I’ll definitely be wearing it next summer. I might even make the thigh split a bit more daring as it’s not that high on me as well as taking it in a bit.

Because it’s a little bit baggy, it just looks a bit more matronly than i’d like and is doing something a bit weird at the bust line. So I definitely need to change that!

By Hand London Anna Maxi dress

 (How brown are my arms compared to my ridiculously white and pale legs??)

All in all though, it’s a very quick dress and I would definitely recommend it to anyone that hasn’t tried it yet!
By Hand London Anna Maxi dress

Stripey Tilly Coco Dress

Another Coco!

I love how easy and simple this dress is! And it is the perfect casual, relaxed but still pretty smart dress to wear at the weekends…. Nice and stretchy when stuffing your face with a yummy Sunday Roast in the local pub…. (Yep, I’ve already tried that…)

Anyway, Tilly is a genius for designing the pattern but I think we already knew that… (and if you didn’t – it’s the Coco dress by Tilly and the Buttons).

Stripey Tilly Coco Dress

Oh and if you are wondering where my awesome heels are from, they’re from Clark’s! So comfortable and flattering – seriously I hadn’t been to Clark’s since approximately the last time I needed to buy school shoes. I was pleasantly surprised by their shoes!

Stripey Tilly Coco DressI opted to go without the pockets as I’m naturally an apple shape, pockets that are placed near my midriff do me no favours! The fabric is a striped black and white viscose knit. Not sure if it was double knit or not but it’s fairly stable and quite warm.

Stripey Tilly Coco Dress

(Apologies for the black underwear…)