I haven’t really been one for tank tops, but it’s summer and I saw this new pattern on so many body shapes. I had to try it myself! (Patterns 4 Pirates Essential Tank.)

There were some alterations. I did a pivot-and-slide FBA in the front, and then in the back I graded out significantly below the waist, and did a swayback adjustment. It’s still not perfect, but it’s so much nicer than items available in stores.

Blue linen tank - front

Blue linen tank – front

Blue linen tank - back.

Blue linen tank – back.

The purple/blue one is a linen knit, with centre front and centre back seams due to the very narrow fabric pieces I had. Scraps from Our Social Fabric! The linen didn’t have enough recovery, so I chose to use bands in a grey and black stripe cotton. I love it! There’s a little swing out in the front that could be due to the fabric, and the back could use a little more tweaking, but it’s so comfortable!

I also made an orange as a remake of a tunic length t-shirt I made to wear with leggings. I had to fudge a bit, but I’m a lot more pleased with the fit of the tee now! It’s in the laundry, so no pics today.

In other news, Me Made May was a success on my part! I have a couple knit dresses that are now loungewear, due to the knits not having enough recovery to actually be full-skirted dresses. I made a bunch of pairs of the Patterns for Pirates Peg Legs (altered for a higher rise and narrower waistband) to wear under skirts and dresses, and also made a couple new dresses! The light seems pretty good in my dark apartment today, so the goal is to get a bunch of things photographed, and drafts started.


Quite a few things have changed since I last posted. I’ve started doing some Medieval Recreation stuff again (yay!), I’m no longer working in #science, and currently I’m on a 3 month contract in an office where the dress code is a LOT more business than I’m used to! I’ve also started working on a Capsule Wardrobe for work, so I can always look professional and put-together, with minimal effort and thought. Partially born from not having enough clothes for work, and partially born because I’m lazy.

So Me Made May is going to be a bit different this year. I can’t wear all Me Made stuff all the time, as I haven’t had the time or energy to sit down and fit/sew stuff that suits the business vibe in the office. That being said, I do have some things that I wear regularly that I’ve made – a Moneta dress (omg I need more of these), a cardigan, a couple t-shirts. Other than that, everything is altered. A friend gave me suit jacket that needs to be altered, all my purchased (second hand!) skirts need to be altered, and I have a couple pairs of trousers that, yep, need to be altered.

I think my goal will be to wear Me-Mades/Altereds every day. This will be do-able if I actually make it to my sewing machine and sew up my test blouse today, and finish putting together the t-shirt I cut out 3 weeks ago. And make another Moneta, now that I’ve figured out the fit.

Another bit on the list is definitely – NEW BIKE SHORTS. You know, to wear under skirts for modesty and to prevent chaffing. But that’s another pattern I haven’t worked out yet, so it might not happen at all in May.

I went camping this past weekend and wore my new multi-period underdress! Alas, I overfit it somewhat and need to open up the seams and insert some gores. Whoops. Otherwise, it was very comfortable. The arm holes didn’t bind, the sleeves were comfy, and my phone fit down the front between the dress and chemise, under my jacket and blanket and hood… yes, it was REALLY cold all weekend.

War in the Distance

War in the Distance

Which brings me to a new requirement. Wooly garb. I went to the thrift shop yesterday and picked up a length of teal wool that should be enough for an underdress, and a length of grey wool that was perfect for a Viking apron dress.

The Viking apron dress is already made. I bound the top edge with rust linen, and attached buttons instead of using (really expensive) proper apron pins. I will need to stitch down all the long seams by hand, and hem it (…probably by machine!) so I can wear it and be warmer this coming weekend.

Fish buttons on apron dress

Fish buttons on apron dress

I’m also re-building a smock I made years and years ago, as I never finished the seams and it’s come apart in multiple places in the wash. This means unpicking, ironing, sewing the seams back up, top stitching them down (all by machine for this one!), and adding in a couple panels for width due to the loss of width with the new seam allowances. It’s worth it, though, as this one is of a silk/linen blend that is absolutely dreamy to wear.

So that’s what I’m working on this week – altering the new dress, finishing the Viking dress, and fixing an old smock. For this coming weekend I do have undertunics that will work for the Viking dress, but the extra layer of the smock would probably be appreciated! Hopefully I can get it all done in time.


Scenery – this was after I had walked about 2km, and I was still cold.

I’m still thinking about the Mashup Dress. I have enough fabric, so I might re-cut the bodice starting with an XL and doing the 1″ (2″ total) FBA, as it just doesn’t feel right on. The skirt will also be re-cut so it doesn’t have the gathers at the waist and is instead more of a circle from the waist. It’s about 2/3 circle, I think. Really swishy and nice on its own.

But! That will have to wait, as I am working on making a 15th century-ish short sleeved kirtle with a waist seam! Yes, I know. Not really the modern clothes I’ve been trying to work on. But I have 2 weeks to make the kirtle, and then 1 more week to make a viking overdress for another event I might be going to. I will also need to find a lap table or something for my camping stove at that event, as I’m not sure if a kitchen will be going and I shouldn’t have my stove right on the ground. But that will be simple enough. The trick will be actually making the clothing items I need!

I’ve been doing a lot of research, and it looks like the short sleeved kirtle or cotehardie might not be exactly period, but it will be a lot more comfortable in the summer, and also easier to wear layered under things in the winter. Yep, that’s my story and I’m sticking to it. The part I’m most concerned about is hand sewing the button holes for the lacing. I haven’t done that in AGES, and don’t have a source for silk buttonhole twist. So I’ll be using regular top-stitching thread, doubled and waxed, for the button holes.

Ok. Got to get ironing. The bodice has been worked out based on a ’50s dress I made ages ago. I closed up the darts and did shaped panels under the arm. For a more early period option, I’d extend the skirt from those panels, but as I’m working with a cotton linen blend, I’m just going to chuck in a waist seam and attach a gored skirt there. If it works for me, I’ll make a more accurate one with long sleeves and shaped full length side panels out of wool. And as an underdress, the one with a waist seam should work for multiple periods. Maybe I’ll make a Mary of Hapsburg overdress one day!

I’m not 100% convinced about this, but I think once it’s hemmed it’ll be great in the winter with a cardigan. Mostly the waistline looks… weird. I have a super high waist, but the dress almost looks too long in the back and too short in the front. Meh. Maybe next time I’ll do a band at the waist instead of just bodice -> skirt!

Dress Front

Dress Front

The main colour is teal ponte, and the black is a higher quality random bit of ponte I had in my stash.

The bodice is a Moneta in L and a 2″ total FBA which may not have been enough in this more solid fabric. I drew in princess seams to do side panels, and also used the back for neck and arm bindings.

Dress Side

Dress Side

The skirt is Tiramisu, cut big and with no CF or CB seams. I used the slash pockets from Cambie.

Dress Back

Dress Back

Maybe if like it better if there weren’t the gathers for the skirt? Idk, I’ve been looking at pictures of Moneta all week while I tried to decide what to do, and I actually really liked them on people!

So that’s my new dress. Yay dress! I definitely want more in softer jerseys, and will probably make more in ponte with some size adjustments.

Sorry for the wonky photos. I did them with my phone propped on some stuff on a chair!


Today I’ve been playing with printing some patterns, in the hopes that once the dryer is fixed tomorrow, I can dry my fabric and then start sewing some more things!

I’ve started doing a bit more renaissance/medieval stuff again, and as the last event I went to I ended up with some heat exhaustion, I thought I’d pull some linen (or linen/cotton blend in this case) from my stash and make a new dress. A cooler dress. But under the dress I’m going to test Katafalk’s Lengberg Bodice (Not really safe for work, folks! It’s opaque, but it’s still skivvies.). She and I are apparently almost exactly the same size, so I’m using her pattern as a base. I’m going to test it with random linen scraps first, then hopefully hand stitch one in white linen.

I’ve been doing some research, and I’ve decided to make a short sleeved linen kirtle. 15th century-ish. I’m not exactly sure if it will have a waist seam or not yet, that decision will be made once I have it fit and I lay the pattern out on my fabric. Short sleeves aren’t exactly super common according to some of the research I’ve read (See: Will the Real Fifteenth Century Sleeve Please Stand up? by¬†Charlotte Johnson (Lady Mathilde Bourette)), but it will be more comfortable when it’s hot. And when it’s cooler I’ll be able to pin on sleeves and then throw on a wool overdress for the complete layered look.

I will want a real linen dress, as well as a woolen overdress. This means I’m going to be saving my pennies for a time, since linen and wool aren’t the cheapest of fabrics. Thankfully where I am, there are a couple excellent discount stores for coloured linen and wools – Atex Fabrics, and Dressew. (I buy all my white and unbleached linen at Maiwa Supplies, which is $$$ but the quality is out of this world lovely. And I need less for a shift or headdress than I do for a full dress.)

Otherwise, I need to finish my colour blocked dress today. One thing at a time, self. One thing at a time.

Yes! I’m already making another one.

I used the size L, and did a 1″ (on one side, so 2″ total) FBA and spun the dart out to make it a princess seam bodice, with the seam laying off to the side of my bust. I also pieced the back. Then I sewed it all together and tried it on! Actually pretty darn good. I just needed to take in the princess seams where they meet the arm hole, due to a tiny rib cage and a fairly high bust. The extra length is really good, but there’s still space for a black waistband should I so choose.

It’s a really pretty jewel tone teal ponte, with black sides, and other black trim I haven’t decided on. You see, I’m stuck! I’m not sure if I should line it with powernet, or just leave it and add a black neck binding and teal sleeves with black trim, or if it should be sleeveless, or if I should do a Tiramisu skirt or a full circle skirt, or what.

So indecisive.

But me, a non-dress-wearing-person actually LOVES the dress she wore today and wants more. So, uhh, I’m gonna listen to myself.

I probably could have finished it today, but I’d rather take my time and think about it, and not use too many spoons sewing. I’m so SO thankful that this knit dress has worked so well with minimal changes.

(I still have plans for more wide leg trousers, and more skirts, and more blouses, and even some woven dresses. But! Knit!! Dresses!!!)