Thursday, April 3, 2014

Me Made May 2014

Well it is that time of the year again. Me Made May is coming up in a few weeks. Zoe of "So Zo, ....What Do You Know" has set the challenge in motion again.

Wearing a sleeveless Sewaholic Pendrell blouse a wardrobe staple
I have taken part for the last couple of years and as well as having fun, documenting my month it helps me identify gaps in my wardrobe as well as identify what I really wear.

I bet that my all time  favourite  denim skirt (the Grainline Moss Skirt) will feature more than once in Me Made May
This year I want to up the ante slightly and add a self made piece of jewellery very day as well as a self stitched item. A few years ago I was making a lot of beaded jewellery and now hardly wear any of it. This will be a good opportunity to see what I really wear and I can perhaps get rid of some what I  don't wear at the end of the month.

I only got to wear this once last year. Hoping for a warm May!

So here goes.............

 'I, Debbie of Sew Debbie, sign up as a participant of Me-Made-May '14. I endeavour to wear at least one self stitched item of clothing and one self made piece of jewellery each day for the duration of May 2014 and have great fun doing it!!

Me Made May 2013

Sunday, March 23, 2014

Marfy Top

I discovered a Marfy top free pattern sew along the other day. Of course it was back in January, but better late than never!

I have been wanting to try a Marfy pattern for a while but have been very intimidated! But thanks to both free patterns on the Marfy website and wonderful instructions from A Challenging Sew I have made a top this week.

This is my wearable muslin. I have a beautiful red silk that my mum bought me back from a recent trip to Hong Kong that I plan to do the "real" one in.

I ended up wearing it last night. We had friends over for dinner and it was perfect paired with skinny black jeans and a little black cardigan.

I used a piece of fabric of unknown content, perhaps rayon (viscose?), very soft with a nice drape. I used couture techniques as suggested in the sew along such as hand stitching the gathered section when attaching the top to the collar for softer gathers, back dart opening and lots of hand stitching.

Sunday, March 16, 2014

Robson Coat

Very exciting day today! I finally finished my Sewaholic Robson Coat.

I purchased the fabric in March last year on a trip to Seattle, at a fabric store called Nancy's Sewing Basket. Instead of souvenirs I like to bring home some fabric or yarn from a trip!

It is a light weight twill type fabric in dove grey. I added a black and white contrast fabric for the tabs, belt and under the storm flaps.

It wasn't a difficult sew, it is just that I got side tracked on other projects. But I made a determined effort to get this UFO finished before I started on anything else.

Excuse the shadows!

Even though it is still cold here in Ontario, it was a beautiful day with a clear blue sky. Great for the photos!

I used a canary yellow bias binding for all the seams and really like how the inside of my coat looks.

Close up of the wrist tabs and the black and grey buttons I chose for the coat.

I love my new Trench Coat!

Sunday, February 23, 2014

Pastille Dress - Worn at last!

What do you wear to a summer wedding when you are on a RTW Fast and you have had no time to sew? And of course you want to wear something new!

You thank goodness for a green linen Pastille dress  that you made in summer 2012, from the Colette Patterns Sewing Book, and have never worn!!

Being linen it was the perfect fabric for a hot day in Australia!

I loved making this dress but then never seemed to have the opportunity to wear it. This seemed the ideal opportunity.

It was a total coincidence that I matched the bridesmaids!

I paired the dress with copper coloured accessories and a wrap.

Caught with my hand in the sweetie jar!!

I will definitely be wearing this dress again!