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Me-Made-May weeks 3 & 4

1 Jun

It’s been tough the last couple of weeks. I just came back from holiday and in my endeavour to wear ALL of my clothes on holiday I wore barely any the week before. Me-made that is, I still wore clothes.

Plus, taking pictures of myself is getting SUPER BORING. I figured for the week I was on holiday I’d have loads of pictures of myself but turns out the weather was pretty pants so I lived in my rain mac all week.


Sunday 18/5/14


Dress: Green Cambie (unblogged)

I swear, I do actually enjoy knitting.


Wednesday 21/5/14


Dress: Stripey Knit Dress

Belt: Primark


Thursday 22/5/14


Top: Primark

Skirt: Denim Kelly (unblogged)


Sunday 25/5/14


Jacket: New Look

Dress: Green Cambie

Belt: Primark

Monday 26/5/14


Dress: Coral Simplicity 1803 (unblogged)

You may be wondering what on Earth I’m doing.

Well this was the first day of holiday- we went to Great Yarmouth and on the way there stopped off in Norwich for a bit of sight-seeing.

We found a yarn fair!!!!



There was pretty much every type of wool from sheep, to Alpaca to pony, camel and even dog hair wool!IMG_7342


The best part was I got to have a go at spinning my own yarn!


(Don’t worry- she did actually have a head but I didn’t tell her I was going to put a picture of her on my blog so I rubbed it out 😉 )

So the first picture was me demonstrating my yarn- which was quite terribly spun and had thick and thin parts. But I’m still dead proud!

Tuesday 27/5/14


Dress: Polka Dot Skater (unblogged)

Belt: Primark


Wednesday 28/5/14


Difficult to see but it’s pretty much the same combo as Thursday 22nd

Skirt: Denim Kelly

Top: Primark

Cardigan: Primark

Shoes: Wellington Bowl

Thursday 29/5/14


The milkshakes in Great Yarmouth are absolutely bloody amazing. This one is chocolate hobnob flavour. Probably the worst one but look how epic it still is.

Dress: Aurora Dress

Cardigan: Primark

Belt: Primark

Friday 30/5/14


Best day ever!

Dress: Saltspring (unblogged)

Cardigan: Primark

We went to Banham Zoo which is absolutely fantastic. I got to feed some goats and they went a bit cray



Me-Made-May has been harder than I thought!

Wearing me-made clothes is not the challenge. The main challenge was taking photographs of myself every day. The other thing is trying not to repeat clothing too much- it’s pretty boring for you guys to look at the same photos for a month.

However, it’s taught me a lot about gaps in my wardrobe and the way I dress. I definitely need to make more tops, I knew this already but I don’t even own many tops so I wear the same ones constantly. I also need to make more in the way of accessories- knitted belts could add texture too but I don’t think it would be too hard to make some leather ones either.

I also need more cardigans (I’m always working on that one!) and since I pretty much lived in my mac for the week I’ve decided to have a go at Sewaholic’s Robson at some point.


I’m glad I took part because I have much clearer sewing goals now but I’m also glad to be done with photographing myself!

Did you succeed in your MMM14 challenge?


Me-Made-May week 2

17 May

It’s definitely getting harder now. I want to wear my polka dot dress all the time and if I wasn’t doing MMM I definitely would. This is good though because it’s pushing me to pull out things I wouldn’t usually wear.

I did fail a little on photos this week- I forgot to take 3 of them!


Saturday 10/5/14: Aurora Dress

We went to see Jimmy Carr that night and I thought it would be so awesome to get a photo of me in my handmade clothing with Jimmy to post on the blog. Unfortunately it was quite late and he announced he wasn’t going to do any photos 😦


Monday 12/5/14

Kind of difficult to see what I’m actually wearing!

Cardigan: Peacocks

Shirt: New Look

Skirt: The ‘failed’ pencil skirt

Actually, I’m glad I wore this. I’ve lost a little bit of weight, all of which has come off my bum and hips and I think it’s helped me like this skirt more. Now I’m on the lookout for a nice black textured fabric to make a black version!

Tuesday 13/5/14:

Dress: Minnie Mouse Dress

Cardigan: Probably Primark, could be New Look. I have more black cardigans than a normal person should! (And yet I can never find one to wear!!)

Belt: Came with a dress. I think it was possibly a Tesco one.

Wednesday 14/5/14:

Er, sorry for the lollipop and the mess! We had a sweet buffet at our wedding and we’re still making our way through the lollipops!

Cardigan: Primark

Belt: Probably also Primark

Dress: Rushed Rat

Thursday 15/5/14

I forgot to take a photo… Again I wore the Aurora Dress.  I know I just talked about not wearing the same thing twice…. The way I see it, I didn’t see anybody I know on Saturday so why not wear it again on a Thursday?! I did change it up though and also wore my Agatha with it.

Friday 16/5/14

Another non-photo day! I wore my Simple Daisy dress, provisionally with my Hiro cardigan but the weather has been Be-A-utiful so it was off for most of the day and now I’ve left it at work 😦

Saturday 17/5/14 Today!

Cardigan: Miette (unblogged)

Dress: Saltspring (still unblogged!)

I know I wore this dress last week but 2 things. 1- it is HOT and I really need to create some more summery outfits. 2. I wore a different cardigan and honestly I think this looks like a completely different outfit compared to last week’s version:


Not a bad week but I really need to get my butt into gear and finish some things I’ve started otherwise we’re going to be on repeat for the rest of the month!

How have you found week 2?

Me-Made-May week 1.5

9 May

I didn’t die!!!

I’m so, so, so sorry that I didn’t post my Hollywood Sewalong reveal post on Monday- I honestly thought the reaper was coming for me and I’m pretty sure you guys wouldn’t want to see photos of me with tissue bunged up my nose and snot dripping down my face



A post is on its way, pending decent weather, but for now here’s MMM week 1.5

Thursday 1/5/14

Looking very snooty here…

Cardigan: Peacocks

Dress: Astoria Dress


Friday 2/5/14

Head’s chopped off but that’s a good thing- the illness starts here.

Jumper: Chuck (not blogged about yet)

Dress: My original Best Dress Ever


Saturday 3/5/14

Top: Asda!

Skirt: Miette Take 2

On Sunday I pretty much wallowed in my own pit of misery. Monday wasn’t much better but I did manage to do some sewing which you’ll get a glimpse of in the next two pictures!

Wednesday 7/5/14

Cardigan: Agatha v2.0

Dress: New! Not blogged about yet.

Belt: Primark


Thursday 8/5/14

(Please ignore the washing that needs putting away. I’m trying to.)

Dress: New! Also needs blogging about

Blazer: New Look from yolks ago

Scarf: Next


Friday 9/5/14

Cardigan: Primark

Dress: Simple Daisy Dress


Overall, not as successful as I was perhaps hoping- my plans were mostly thwarted by germs. But every day that I actually wore clothes I managed to wear me-made so that’s something!

I think what’s apparent here is that the photos are terrible! I need to find an indoor photo space somewhere instead of standing on the bed (which is probably how it broke, whoops!)

I also definitely need to make a blazer- no more New Look for me!

How’s your Me-Made-May going?

Biggest project yet- eek!

4 Apr

My sister is 16 and has her prom coming up in June or July (I really need to find out!) and we’ve been out a few times to try on dresses etc but prom dresses are expensive!! She trains for swimming like 5 times a week so she doesn’t have time for a part-time job and really she’s struggling to find the money to buy one.

I politely offered to make her one, not really knowing what she had in mind, to which she accepted.

After talking with her it turns out this is what she wants:



That’s a lot of beading. And I’ve never worked with side cut outs before so this is going to be a challenge!

The fabric arrived this morning, which I’m just washing and then I’ll be getting started. I’m making the main body of the fabric in a lovely wine chiffon lined with wine ‘silk’ (not real silk, she is on a budget!)

I’ve taken out the idea of a side zip now, I think in favour of fastenings (I’m thinking hook and eye) at the shoulder or a hook and eye system at the side, but I’m wondering if she might be able to slip into it without any fastening since the back is so open. I think I’ve figured out the rest of the construction in my head, it’s just the doing-up part I’m not sure about. Any suggestions? And well wishes- I definitely need those!

Hollywood Sew Along- Part 1.

3 Mar

You guys, I’m participating in my first sew-along! (and you should too! See at the end for details.)

The lovely Freya from The Dressmaking Diaries emailed me a while back to see if I was interested in a vintage dress challenge. Well, yeah, obvs!

The inspiration was going to come from a film…The Notebook.

Ah, here was a blow. I’d never seen The Notebook, nor was I particularly interested in doing so. I’m not one for lovey-dovey films really, but having looked at some stills from the film where Rachel McAdams wears some beautiful clothes I decided to give up 2 hours of my time to it.

Anyway, I screen-shotted a load of stuff throughout the film (and then found much better quality photos online so what a waste of time) and created a Pinterest board!

So the challenge is to create something inspired by the film, no other rules. This has made it really hard for me to decide what to do so initially my Pinterest board looked like this:

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So that’s pretty much everything.

I’ve finally managed to pin some relevant stuff and narrowed down my choices a little.

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Of course Lauren’s wrap dress made it on there. I’m not ashamed to admit I have a bit of a girl crush on her and love everything she makes, this being one of my favourites. The top right dress I’ve been in love with for some time too and I’ve always admired a coat dress. This, it seems, was the obvious choice for me.

I’m still not sure exactly what I’m going for yet, but it’ll be centred around that purple dress that she wears for all of 2 minutes of the film.

Speaking of which- the iconic blue dress- she wears that thing on the first day in the pouring rain, then wears it for a subsequent 2 days. On that third day when she returns to him it’s a wonder he took her back, even if she is his true love, what a skank!

So that’s where I’m at at the minute. Go check out the other bloggers who are participating! I’m sure they’ve come up with something awesome.

Freya at The Dressmaking Diaries

Amy at SewsnBows

Charlie at This Blog is Not for You

Hannah at Made With Hugs and Kisses

Now we’re getting this party started but we’d love it if you guys would participate too! This one’s super easy- there’s no specific pattern to follow and the deadline is ages away which is awesome. It’s totally open to interpretation! The first post is today, there will be a second on April 7th containing fabric ideas, patterns etc and then the big date you all need to know about is May 5th.

Do let us know if you plan on joining in and please, please, please! leave links to relevant blog posts/pictures in the comments section, I’d love to see what everyone’s made! Here’s a button if you’d like to grab it for your blog:

Notebook Button 150


Look forward to seeing what you all do very soon 😀

Pattern Post! And decisions, decisions.

23 Jan

I love getting post. Some people are all down on it because of bills. Whatevs. I’ve got that direct debited so no misery for me- all post is good post in my world!

Especially today’s post. Eeeeeeeeeee!!!

This beautifully-wrapped parcel arrived from Patterns From The Past as part of the prize I won in the Stitcher’s Dream give-away (yes I think I’ll have to link that post for the next few months!)

Three lovely patterns: (which are photographed the wrong way and apparently very stubborn as they won’t rotate. grr.)

This gorgeous coat dress.

I’ve lusted over a coat dress ever since I can remember and found the perfect pattern but it was $65. $65!!! I very nearly bought it but luckily for my wallet somebody bought it before me and then I found this beauty. The skirt isn’t as full as the other one and the buttons come down into the skirt in this pattern but I can work on that 😉


I’m not particularly in love with it but I had like an extra $3 or something to spend with my voucher so I just chucked it in. You know I make the most of everything 😉

This I could probably do something with

This I’m not so sure

It’s like a peplum gone wrong. Horribly, horribly wrong.

Finally, I ordered this.

Which I love.  I love that style of blouse so just having that pattern would be enough but the fact it COMES WITH A MATCHING SKIRT OMG.

I mean technically, that’s a dress. I know that. I could just make a dress. But why do that when I can make it INFINITELY COOLER by making matching separates and then whipping my skirt off to show everybody? Huh?

I’ve seen some that include matching shorts too but they were in sizes way too small for any natural human being so I’ll find another shorts pattern for that and then I’ll be the coolest person in the entire galaxy for having matching shorts, skirt and shirt. Hah.

Also in Pattern Post news I have received the Georgia dress from By Hand London (another giveaway winning. Thanks to Fabric Godmother for that 😀 )  and also the Clara Dress from Dragonfly Fabrics.

Unfortunately, I haven’t actually made a single thing.

Well, that’s a lie, obviously. I made my Miette skirt which will be blogged about very soon, but apart from that….

I just can’t decide!! I keep thinking yes, I’m definitely going to make that pattern from that material and then…

What if it’s the wrong thing? What if I could’ve made something better?

I need to snap out of it or I’ll have nothing to wear! (Also a lie.)

True Bargain Hunter

10 Jan

Anyone ever played the Lego games? Instead of True Jedi or True Believer I have now accumulated enough points to be a True Bargain Hunter.

I mean there’s the £52 overlocker for a start, the massive fabric hauls from Walthamstow, other general bargains and now this: a knitting machine.


This is hands down the best £11 I’ve ever invested. Yes, that’s right £11!!!!!!!!

The knitting machine and I were meant to be. I found it on preloved but it was located in Southampton. I emailed the seller to ask if they could post it to me but luckily, preloved shows your location and it turned out his daughter lives in the next town. Even better than that, he was coming down the following week to see her!

So this evening I made the 5 mile trip to collect the thing- the man was so lovely. It was him and not his wife who had done all the knitting would you believe! Apparently he made loads of jumpers for his children (a fact which was corroborated by his daughter whilst I was there!) and clothes for his wife (who also vouched for him) and spent ages talking me through all the bits as he knew I was a beginner. Honestly, I kind of want him to be my Grandad!

Anyway, enough talking about my new Grandpuppy; I obviously tried this out as soon as I got home. It was a little bit tricky getting my head round all the new terms but definitely manageable.


The handy device that does all my work for me:


My knitting in the machine


And out!


Seeing that square come out the bottom of that machine was an awesome feeling! I screwed up a few times at first (obviously) and nothing was coming out so when you finally start seeing this block appearing… it was close to the feeling on my wedding day, serious.

Ok, the more observant among you will have noticed there’s a couple of holes and one of the corners is slightly rounded. In fact, I could have sorted the holes out as the instructions (oh yeah, this thing came with instructions!) include how to pick up dropped stitches and I did have a quick go but for a test square I kind of couldn’t be bothered. The corner is rounded because I screwed up the casting off and kept forgetting to carry the yarn over, but I reckon by the end (the left hand side) I got the hang of it. I reckon it’s probably better than my first hand-knitted square though and I know why I dropped the stitches so it won’t happen again! (I hope: it almost definitely will.)

How awesome is this yarn by the way? I bought it a while ago because it looked fucking awesome (a good judgement call if you ask me) but had no use for it. Socks. This knitting machine does socks you know….

My goals for 2014 might have to be revised- 2 cardigans is nothing now!

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