This week was hard. It’s been dire on all fronts. A fair few repeats and realisations, and very few photos. I wear the same outfit every day, I struggle to think outside my ‘jeans and a top’ box. I’m starting to accept that I need to make a sewing wardrobe plan and stick with it. I need to be stricter with my sewing intentions, and stop getting distracted. I’ve got so many basic tops, that all my outfits have become boring, uninteresting and bland. Anyway, before I slate myself further, here is my (extended) week of outfits…
- Vest top. Under a jumper. No pictures. Nothing to show. It’s nothing to write home about.
I updated this skirt especially for MMM. I didn’t wear it often because there was something amiss. I decided that it was a waistband. Not that you can see it here. I prefer my skirts to have waistbands, and luckily I had some leftover denim. Easy.
Um… I don’t actually remember, and I didn’t take any photos to remind myself. FAIL!
- Floral jersey Tiny Pocket(less) Tank and a make-do-and-mend-ed cashmere cardigan
- Floral jersey Tiny Pocket(less) Tank. Yes, again.
- 3/4 length Scout and a make-do-and-mend-ed skirt (no picture).
- Victory Hazel
This was made pre-blog. I like it a lot, but it turned out very office-y much to my dismay. One day I will make another one, but in some plain colours, to avoid the skirt and blouse effect of this one.
I forget how much I like this version. It’s made from an old skirt of my nana’s.
- All my outfits are quite samey and boring. I need more variety.
- I shouldnt be too worried about what doesnt fit perfectly. No-one else really notices.
- Jeans should be banned for a couple of weeks.
- A few casual dresses wouldn’t go amiss.
Since completing my first knitting project, I have gone a little knit crazy. I am determined to knit a jumper or two (Chuck is on my hit list for sure). I want to brighten up my knitwear wardrobe and replace any horrible plastic fibres with beautiful, beautiful wool. As they say, practice makes perfect, so that’s what I’ve been doing. It is indeed spring, but it’s never to late to start a learning curve!
- First up, but second finished is this hat:
The pattern is from Knitty Gritty (again) although I decided to make the rib band smaller than specified so as to be more in proportion with a tiny baby head. This meant more rows of garter stitch, but I definitely prefer the outcome. This took me a long time to finish as I kept stopping and starting. It’s made from leftover yarn from the booties, but makes quite an adorable gift, right? Right? I kind of messed up the top and made it sit all pointy… I think I’ve learnt a valuable lesson about the weight of knitting and pulling stitches, I just don’t know how to explain it eloquently. A pom pom sorts everything out though. She/he’ll never know.
- Second is this little pin cushion:
Now I’m a proper member of Ravelry, I spend quite a lot of time browsing free, easy patterns in order to practice knitting with. This popped up, I need a pin cushion (I’ve been officially told off about the pins on the carpet!) and it worked out very nicely indeed.
I used the Tofu Pin Cushion pattern from BitterSweet, which is super sweet, however mine isn’t quite the right colour for tofu. Nevermind, I wasn’t going for culinary accuracy anyway. To keep in with the light mauve-y yarn, I used purple embroidery thread for the eyes and mouth. The filling is a block of car cleaning sponge. It’s cute yet functional so I’m happy.
And for my next trick…
So many projects, so little time.
I struggle to buckle down and finish garments. On Wednesday night I managed to finish off a small knitting project and fix a skirt to wear today. Pretty productive for a school night, however I also have a jacket lining to sew and insert, a dress I started making for a party but couldn’t finish on time (I got sick!), a merino knit top I started months ago (just a Lydia, but still, I can’t seem to get past the boring bit), a wool jersey pencil skirt, a cross stitch I’ve been working on for a year, an Archer shirt cut out and I’ve just ordered some yarn to knit my first jumper. Whew!
Where will I stop? The idea of working on one item at a time (or at least one sewing, one knitting etc) is so appealing, but try as I might, I just can’t stick to it. My mind constantly darts about to new things i want to make, new things I want to learn, new things to replace the old in my wardrobe, and my hands and my time just can’t keep up. Certain projects (Lydia, pencil skirt) aren’t as visually arresting to work on which presents a problem to me. Not that every single sewing project needs to be a Galliano gown, but sewing a plain black skirt just isn’t as fun. The worst thing is that I know it will be fun once I’ve made it, and once I’m wearing it every day because it goes with everything I own. My brain can do the right thing when prompted, but it lacks stamina with rational thought. Other projects (cross stitch) are just plain boring to do, and seem overwhelmingly time consuming.
What’s the best way to tackle this? I’d love to sit down and finish them all in one go, but it’s surprisingly hard to do. I’ve got no interest in finishing the dress, despite drooling over the pattern for a few months and now that most of my jacket is made, I’m bored of working on it. (I think that’s a separate jacket-related problem though, one which I’m hoping to overthrow.)
In the midst of all of these unfinished projects, I have a mental list of projects I want to undertake. New, exciting things! Practical wearable things! Summer-related things! Baby-related things! It doesn’t help having a small fabric stash that I’d like to get through. I’m trying to buy yarn one project at a time though, which is how I intend to keep it. My flat isn’t big enough to hide fabric and wool in.
How do other people deal with overactive creative urges? Do people keep sewing to-do lists, or work on the fly? I must admit a lot of my pattern buying are spur of the moment purchases. Sadly this means I don’t get around to making a lot of them as fast as I’d like, but boy are they fun to go through.
What do people do when they have too many projects? Is it best to take a breather from it all, or just plough through it like a machine?
Despite the stain, I still wear this from time to time. I’m concentrating more on what I wear and what I have made, and I think I need to lower the armholes a tiny bit on future Scouts.
- Calvin Klien/Vogue blouse (unblogged)
This blouse was made after this mess to redeem myself. Redeem myself I did not. It wrinkles like a bitch and doesn’t get worn much. It’s more droopy than blousey. I might relegate it to sleepwear.
- Polka Blank Canvas tee
Yep, again. I was always expecting repeats. I went to ATP and basically took some jeans and a few tops with me, so don’t expect any revolutionary outfits for the next few days.
This gets worn loads. So much. I want some more of these in my life.
Not the greatest picture of all. My documentation of MMM is getting progressively worse. This dress isn’t a maxi anymore. I chopped the bottom off so it’s now around knee length. It wasn’t really full enough to walk normally in as a maxi dress, but I think it will get much more wear now. Unfortunately you can’t really see here. Better photo to come
I can’t say that much about jeans and t-shirt outfits. They are a huge part of my life right now.
- Cream vest top (unblogged)
- Knickers (unblogged)
Another uninspired outfit. Not much me-made on show, but at least I know it’s there. They are both very simple basics, and wearable muslins. Nothing to write home or blog about.
- Relying on jeans and t-shirt combos is a bit boring.
- Re-evaluating what I have can lead to winning results.
- I need to make more garments for my lower half, and stop making Scouts and Tanks.
- Self-portraits – could do better.
As this is my first ever Me-Made-May, I thought I should make an effort document it and what I am learning about my me-mades. This first week has been okay, although it is a bit of an effort making the conscious decision to choose from a limited wardrobe selection. Honestly, I thought it would be a bit easier. Having lurked MMMs before I figured it would be simple, but it’s actually proving to be a bit of a struggle, and a lot of forethought is needed. I think this is predominantly because I dislike most of my wardrobe right now, me-made or otherwise.
- Black pencil skirt (before blog)
- Not so Blank Canvas tee
This was a pretty easy outfit. This skirt goes back years, and I wear it a lot, although it fits pretty badly. Luckily you can’t tell from this dodgy PhotoBooth shot. The tee gets worn a lot, expect to see it pop up again this month.
Worn with some jeans and a cardigan from Uniqlo. I felt terrible and had to leave work early, so no photos of me looking pale and sickly I’m afraid.
Feeling better, but not enough for a photo of myself. I’m not very good at it at the best of times. This is a really lovely top to wear, and I find it dresses up jeans without being too, well, dressy.
- Failed Tiramisu
This was a fail, but I like to wear it as a house dress. I’m too pernickity to flaunt the weird side seams and bad hem job outside, but indoors I will twirl away to my heart’s content. It’s so comfortable and I should really make another.
This was my first time wearing this, on a mini trip to Brighton. Whilst it is a closer fit than my polka dot version, it’s still very comfortable. A bit more casual though.
Travelled home on Monday, and got changed into my comfy house dress.
Fail. I failed to wear anything me-made to work. I feel awful for not participating properly. It was hot, a lot of stuff was still in the wash, I panicked. I am going to wear my pjs tonight though to make up for it.
- I wear more polka dots than I realised.
A collection of items on the agenda today, but I’m going to lump them into one post for the sake of economy.
- Success! I made a t-shirt
Steph C’s blank canvas tee pattern got used once again. This time, with bigger side seams for a closer fit. I also scooped the neckline out a little bit.
It’s made from a nice stable cotton jersey I scored off eBay. I used my overlocker with glee. Not much to say other than I am quite impressed with my finishing. I believe I’m getting better at it, or perhaps just more patient with it. I’ve chosen not to bore you with pictures of topstitched shoulders.
- Disaster! I made some trousers and am unhappy with them!
Spring came, and I’m now in that weather territory where it is too hot to wear tights with skirts, so trousers become a must. I revisited the Thurlow pattern in my attempt to make slim(ish) pair of trousers. I had seen a few re-works of this pattern, so wanted to try it for myself, but as the pattern already fit very well around my hips and backside I just shaved off width from the crotch down.
Once I put these together and realised that they weren’t quite what I wanted, I became very disillusioned with them and avoided sewing on the final button for three weeks. I’m still very, very unimpressed with them, and still have not worn them. I have tried photographing them to no avail. They just look bad, the photos look bad, and it’s a bit of a moot point. Maybe this is that part of trouser sewing that I had been avoiding up until now – the crucial moment of realising that obsessive muslin-ing and careful fitting really does pay off.
- On a different note, it’s time for…
‘I, Lauren of Crafty Little Bugger, sign up as a participant of Me-Made-May ’13. I endeavour to wear at least one self-stitched garment each day for the duration of May 2013′
Let’s see how long this lasts. I’m a late recruit. As it’s my first time, I’m not being too hard on myself. I’m going to pledge to a garment a day and will try my hardest. I will also allow myself to wear garments that I have refashioned. At the moment I’m having a severe falling out with my wardrobe and as such I’m struggling to get dressed in the morning as nothing fits or looks right. I’m hoping this challenge will spur me on to realise that I have made some nice, wearable garments for every day. More troublesome than that, I need to work on photographing them!
I’ve watched previous participants who seem to do okay with it, so time will tell. Wish me luck!
My first proper knitting project! Baby booties!
I have always wanted to knit, but always lacked the confidence to try. Knitting seems like such a homely sort of skill, one that is passed down to you. My nana was a mean knitter, and used to make awesome neon jumpers and knitted tortoises. She passed away many years ago, so I am unable to badger her for tips and tricks. However I did inherit all her sewing notions, which included a plethora of knitting needles and crochet hooks. For years I have held onto them, but figure that I should stop fannying about and just try some knitting. After all, discovery is a huge part of learning a new skill.
For my birthday I received (asked for) a copy of Knitty Gritty by Aneeta Patel. It has received many favourable views from beginner level knitters and seemed to be the go-to book for those who just didn’t get it. I cannot tell you how many times I started knitting simple scarves, only to fail at almost every stage. Despite the huge amount of instructional videos out there, I just couldn’t understand. It looked simple and do-able, but I could not do it. This book changed all that. It is the most easy-to-understand, clear book I have ever read about knitting and I would recommend it to anyone wanting to try knitting. It makes what seems a daunting task a pleasurable dip into unknown waters.
My point is that you should check out the little red booties I made! Again!
They are project two in the book and I knitted them in Sirdar Baby Bamboo yarn which is a bamboo/wool mix. Now I’ve just got to wait for some pregnancies to run their course!