Weekends Are For Making Things, vol. 1

I don’t think WAFMT will ever catch on as shorthand for “weekends are for making things” but maybe it’s worth a try! This has become a bit of a mantra for me over the last year or so. I make things during the week too, but Saturday and Sunday I often have a lot of time at home alone except for the cat (this is one of the consequences of being married to a chef). Some weeks I read a lot, or go play board games with friends, but often I just Make Things.

This weekend, we spotted these beautiful strawberries at the farmer’s market. I’ve never bought a whole flat before, but it was hard to resist.

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A Friday MMM13 update

I fell off the wagon a bit this week, what with catching a nasty little cold, having to go to a soccer game (not the place for a stylish handmade skirt!) and generally getting lazy about outfit-planning.

Me Made May days 6-9

The extent of my me-made clothing lately – some pajama pants I made, probably about 8 years ago at this point! To my teen-aged self’s credit, I shortened the pattern to get some cropped summer pants.

Plus, the weather in the DC area has exposed a major gap in my homemade wardrobe! I have plenty of sweaters and scarves for when it is 50 degrees or below, and enough skirts and dresses for when it’s truly summery, but on those days when it’s too warm for long sleeves or tights but not warm enough to go bare-legged, I’m stuck.  Today’s project won’t help with that, but now I have another skirt option, PLUS it’s my first re-fashioned garment!

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More MMM

Since I have so little me-made clothing, I figured I’d skip it on weekends when my outfits run more towards sweatshirts and old jeans. But I just finished this top, so here we are! That’s one May-made garment done.

Me Made May 13 day 5

This is a Kirsten Kimono T-Shirt, made up in a mystery knit from my coworker’s attic. Total cost, $0! Which is just as well, since it’s not perfect. The red-and-white and nautical theme makes this not quite my usual style, and the fit’s not perfect. But it’ll do. Next time (and there will be a next time for this super-quick pattern!) I’ll grade from an XS at the top to S for the hips instead of cutting a straight S. But this fabric is pretty stable so it made for good practice sewing knits, and I’m pretty pleased with how it turned out. Plus now I have a July 4th outfit if I need one!

Finishing this little top so quickly (I spent about an hour on it yesterday, and an hour today, with plenty of distractions in the meantime) has my confidence back up, so I think I’m ready to tackle marking and sewing my already-cut McCall’s 6512, and after digging through my closet I have some alteration ideas for a couple of my summery dresses. So stay tuned!

Me Made May and another attempt at blogging

‘I, Susanne, sign up as a participant of Me-Made-May ’13. I endeavour to wear at least one handmade garment at least 3 days a week for the duration of May 2013.’ Additionally, I pledge to finish at least 3 projects during May.

And with that, I’m making another attempt at blogging. I think this is my third try, not counting the dark days of Live Journal back in high school. But I’m hoping that Me-Made-May will give me the motivation to get started here, and I think blogging might help me bridge the gap between planning knitting and sewing projects and actually executing them (note to self: buying a pattern or eyeing fabric on the internet isn’t the same as adding a garment to your wardrobe).

Since it’s my first time, I’m setting the bar relatively low – 3 days a week, and finishing 3 more garments. Right now my me-made options are limited to 2 skirts, 1 dress, 1 t-shirt, 1 sweatshirt, some pajama pants, and assorted sweaters, scarves and socks. Plus my wedding dress, which isn’t exactly everyday wear. So even though everything I’ve made fits pretty well into my daily uniform of cardigan, knit top and jeans or a print skirt, the options are limited. How many days a week can you wear a green cardigan, anyway? (I have 4 me-made and 1 store-bought, all different shades).

Anyway, here is Day 1 of Me-Made-May:

Me Made May, day 1

Cardigan: Tangled Yoke, raveled here. I made this back in 2009 and I wear it a lot more now than I ever did then.

Top: New Look 6940. I used a really floppy rayon jersey from the clearance section at Joann. The construction of this shirt means the stretch goes both directions, and it’s sagging. I’d make it again in a slightly firmer fabric, though. It was also my first time sewing stretchy fabric, so the finishing leaves a lot to be desired!