Welcome to Week Four of Me-Made-May ’15! This was another good week with fewer repeats than I had expected. Let’s get straight to the pictures!
Friday’s theme was “animals”. I dug out this t-shirt that I self-drafted (with the help of Design-It-Yourself Clothes by Cal Patch). I had planned to make some changes to it, but after putting it on, I decided it still worked. Another point for immediate gratification!
Note the lovely clip-on earrings scored at Brimfield.
Now for one that long-time readers will recognize. This dress was in my first post for this blog. It was a pairing of Alabama Chanin reverse applique and beading with a pattern from The Party Dress Book by Mary Adams. It was beyond my skill level at the time, but it was so worth it, imperfections and all.
The bodice actually has three layers of fabric for the reverse applique. I was hoping the extra layers would also provide stability to the top, which they do. (Yea!)
My photographer (my daughter) told me we absolutely HAD to have a twirling shot. This circle skirt is pretty awesome.
Next is this Alabama Chanin corset from Alabama Stitch Book by Natalie Chanin. This is such a great tank. It has fit me at various sizes and has such interesting lines.
It’s also reversible! I usually wear it like you see it above because I like to see the seam allowances, but you can also wear it as below for a more subtle effect.
Check out the starfish we found! (Don’t worry, we put it back.)
These shorts are a free pattern from Anna Maria Horner. I really needed some shorts a few summers ago, so I made these from some Amy Butler Nigella fabric that was a home décor cotton. At that point, I just used pinking shears on all my seam allowances after sewing, so I always have little frays and strings hanging down inside, but the fact that I am starting to think about finishing my seams on a regular basis shows me how far I’ve come. Maybe someday I’ll be a patient sewer…or maybe I’ll be so fast and AWESOME, I won’t have to be patient! Even better. 😉
You will probably not be surprised to see yet another Alabama Chanin make. These are a summer staple for me. This is the Fitted Top from Alabama Studio Sewing + Design by Natalie Chanin.
It’s also reversible.
Try not to be shocked. This one’s from Alabama Chanin, too. This is the Long Fitted Dress from Alabama Studio Sewing + Design. Maybe you can tell that the top in the above picture is really just the top part of this dress. You might also recognize the fabric from Day 21. I got a lot of mileage out of this sheet and the t-shirt I cut up for neck and armhole binding.
The dress has a small train, which I love. Yes, it means you have to hold your dress up a like a lady of the olden days, but that’s kind of fun. I could have cut it off, but I kept it. It makes me feel fancy. 😉
I like to wear this one with the seam allowances showing, too, but you could easily turn them to the inside.
Most of these makes are from pre-blogging days, so it’s fun to get them out.
Next week’s Me-Made-May post will cover the last three days of May. Three more to go! I can’t believe it. See you then, if not before!