Me Made May Roundup (yes, I know it is halfway through June)

Apologies for my long absence from the blog, I have recently started a new job which has kept me very very busy! So I have a little less time for blogging, but I’m still making time to sew- there are a few unblogged projects in the queue. And on the bright side, I am I working as a web developer which means I will soon be putting my new skills to use spiffing up the blog!
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Me Made May ’14 + Indie Sewing Month!

Me Made May is here! This will be my very first Me Made May, and I’m pledging to wear at least one handmade item every day this month.  Thought this is mostly going to consist of made from scratch outfits, I’m including refashioned items in here, since I do have a couple of reworked bits and pieces kicking around my closet.  Also due to my recent foray into sewing with leather, I have some kick-ass me made accessories!
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Gif it up

I was going through the photos on my phone this weekend and realized that because my lovely photographer/boyfriend Dan takes sooo many shots of me in quick succession (most of which don’t make it into the blog), they are very GIFable. So I had a bit too much fun with Gifboom this weekend and made some gifs of my creations. I think it’s a cool way to show the garment in motion, which somehow seems to give a totally different perspective on it Here are a few of the best ones:

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The Lady Skater

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Stretch velvet pencil skirt

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Virginia Leggings

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The peplum dress

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And of course for bonus points, my two favorite helpers.

I’ll be incorporating gifs into more of my future posts, so get excited!

Ode to an amazing seamstress

December has been rough.  Last week I arrived home for the holidays and was looking forward to spending the week at home- hanging out, catching up, and-  most importantly – sewing with my mom.  We got home from the airport and I went straight to bed, excited for the morning so I could show her the most recent dress I had sewn.  Unfortunately mom didn’t get up again the next morning. We were shocked and devastated by her death.  This came right on the heels of an accident that befell my cousin Isaac earlier this month, resulting in extremely severe injuries.  So, not an easy month for us.  And certainly not an easy Christmas.

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Mom taught me everything I know about sewing.  Without her patient guidance I certainly would not be the seamstress I am today. She helped me through numerous harebrained sewing projects when I was younger, gifted me her old sewing machine, and was always down for a trip to the fabric store.

Since she was my number one fan- i’m convinced she was responsible for at least 50% of the hits to this blog- I wanted to write a blog post in her honor.  Mom was an amazing sewer.  She has been creating beautiful quilts for as long as I  can remember. All over the house are examples of her quilts, wall hangings and table runners. For years  she has done all of the quilting herself (rather than sending the finished tops to a professional to have the layers stitched together aka “quilted”), and she also did a fair bit of quilting for friends.  Here is a small sampling of some of my favorites:

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A Ruth McDowell style art quilt- mom designed it herself based on a photograph and translated it into fabric.

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I’ve always loved this flannel lap quilt she created using fabric that was pear and cat themed….what’s not to love about that?

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This kite wall hanging has some pretty amazing quilting on it.

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another example of her talent for machine quilting

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a kaleidescope wall hanging

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Another one using Ruth McDowell’s technique, this  wall hanging is based on a photo of my grandmother, my aunt, and my cousin Michelle.

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This apple picker wall hanging is based on a photo she took on the farm.  Unfortunately she didn’t have a chance to finish it- this was one of her most recent projects.

I can’t capture them all- there are dozens and dozens more in the house, and dozens that she gifted to others.  Words can’t express how much I will miss her. There were so many things we still had left to do together,  and so many questions I wanted to ask her.  Best mom in the world.

I finished the lining!

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Make your eyes hurt? Those busy busy front seams are causing me to wish I’d bothered to do some pattern matching. Oh well, it’s only the inside.

This dress has been causing me a lot of can’t-finish-it-in-time angst lately, but I’ve decided to forge ahead an try my best to crank it out! If I can just get the bodice assembled and apply the boning by Tuesday, I can hopefully spend my extremely long drive to Pennsylvania doing the absurd amount of hand stitching this pattern calls for!

Onward!

The people have spoken- GertieLex wins

ok, we’re going gertie-lex!  the tulip skirt and strapless bodice won out.  Except I’m not going to use the strapless party dress pattern from Gertie’s book- I just don’t like those little wings.  I looked at a lot of different bodice patterns:

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But V1174 from Vogue patterns won out. I love the bodice and I think sticking a tulip skirt on there can’t be that hard….right?

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I also got the fabric this weekend at sewfisticated!  I’m going to keep that a surprise until I finish the dress.  But lets just say it’s a color I don’t normally wear.  And I normally wear grey, black, and navy.  So the field is wide open….

This will be my first time combining two patterns together, but fresh off of my triumphant (read: semi successful) re-sizing of the Gertie Wiggle Dress (Bust at size 8, graded to a size 4 at the hips), I think I’m ready for it!

Also, I took advantage of the Craftsy sale to buy Gertie’s Sew Retro Perfect Bombshell Dress class.  Because lets be real, I really don’t see myself getting through a boned bodice without some kind of professional help.

Help! What should I make for my Aspen dress?

The time has come for me to start my Aspen gala dinner dress.  This is a formal work event. Literally the only time all year where I have occasion to get this dressed up.   I can’t decide what to make! Will it be:

The Elisalex

Drew Backless Dress

Something long and modern, like this Drew Backless Dress from Named Clothing

  

Some Gatsby inspiration?

something a little more lana del rey?

Gertie’s strapless party dress?  or maybe some franken-dress action- I’m thinking strapless party dress bodice, with an elisalex tulip skirt. An Elisagert.  Gertielex.  Whatever.

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I also kind of like this Burdastyle illusion neckline dress. Buuuut I kind of feel like I’ve been there, done that.

I CAN’T DECIDE. Time’s ticking away.

And then there’s the fabric question!  If I’m going the long and flowy route I think chiffon is the obvious choice. But for any of the more structured options I just can’t make a decision.  Taffeta?  Silk Dupioni?  Brocade? Velvet? NO SATIN (except i might possibly consider silk duchesse, but who am I kidding I don’t have $50/yd).

HELP (I need all 3 of you followers to weigh in on this, I don’t have a big enough following to allow anyone to slack off!)

PS here’s what I wore last year:

that’s some secondhand designer silk right there. I also wore it to my own birthday party.  it’s my birthday and I’ll be overdressed if I want to.

New indie pattern company

I just found out about this new pattern company- I don’t think I’ve been this excited about something since I picked up my first ever indie pattern (the Jamie Christine mission maxi) and started sewing again for the first time in years.

I read about Named Clothing over on House of Pinheiro a couple of days ago and basically got heart palpitations and spent about 20 minutes at work covertly scouring their website on my phone.  It’s exactly the kind of style that I love-  simple modern lines, nothing too girly or frilly.

I’ve already bought the pattern for this Blair Batwing Shirt

but obviously I have plans to make basically everything else as well: