I’m late, I’m late!

Actually, I’ve been pretty busy and haven’t had a chance to transfer the photos and set up the post until now. Oh, and yesterday I went fabric shopping and got some more knit for another t-shirt (this time it’s raspberry!), some coarse wool for sleeves for my doublet, and some more possible rayon-poly-lycra for trousers or skirts. I only got 2m though without realizing it’s only 140cm wide. So I’m not sure about trousers, but I will definitely make a skirt!

Today is mostly a PJ day as I’m cleaning and cooking and sewing. I want to try the Pipi Shell again, without making mistakes with the binding (my error as I didn’t adjust all the pattern pieces!) and with a few more adjustments so the fit is more like my Tee. I also have the Janthina Shell that I had to pause on because of an Out Of Tape Error. I’ll be trying that one in a linen knit, assuming I have enough for a double layer in at least the front. I’ve been warned that the linen knits can go sheer…

Anyways, here’s what I wore this week! Not all have pictures, as I helped my brother move some stuff last Saturday so wore only me-made undies, and spent most of Sunday in my PJs sewing.

Day 8: Really old “Blank Canvas Tee”, Hummingbird skirt, and I think home made leggings.
May 8, 2015

Day 9: Me made undies, oooooold dress pants I altered, oooooold t-shirt. No picture!

Day 10: PJs, and sewing… The picture does not showcase the loveliness of the pattern I tested though, as I made some errors and made it out of envelope with no waist shaping. What a silly thing to do with my shape. :)

Day 11: I forgot to take a picture? I have no idea what I wore. Probably those purple pants…

Day 12: Belcarra blouse out of the softest voile, Hummingbird skirt. I really like the Hummingbird in the short version, but when you’re active and have a long stride, the hem is NOT big enough for a non-stretch woven! I’ve worn-to-death two of these skirts, and what happens is the seams pop open at the hem. Whoops!
May 12, 2015

Day 13: New skirt from stretch bengaline! Hummingbird in the front, “flippy” skirt a friend drafted and made for me in 2007 for the back. The front of the drafted pattern matched the Hummingbird, and I added 3″ to the back. After wearing it for the day took those 3″ back out. I forgot it had been drafted for stretch fabrics. Yes, I’ve been the same size for almost a decade.
May 13, 2015

Day 14: The new skirt that I took in (rather poorly, but I really don’t care!), and my purple knit Scout Tee.
May 14, 2015

Day 15: My stretch bengaline skirt, MEC merino tee, turquoise Fluevogs. :) It was Fluevog day and I went out with some friends to do some shopping.
May 15, 2015

Day 16: Purple wide leg Barb’s Stretch Pants, that I’ve realized need some adjusting in the back… and new shoes that I didn’t manage to get into frame! I’ll be pulling out the top stitching, seams, AND serging to add a gore to the back inseam of those pants. Sigh. But after taking photos of my backside, I can see they’re pretty darn bad. I wouldn’t buy pants that fit that poorly so I’ll make the adjustments. It might be easier to just make a new pair, but this way I’m not wasting fabric…
May 16, 2015

So I was fortunate enough to be a tester for printing a new pattern from Cake Patterns (WOO!), and decided to go through the whole process and make up the pattern.


Umm. 1.5″ petite adjustment above the bust. After I sewed on the neck binding. Whoops. I always forget how short I am above the waist. Thankfully I can just re-cut from the tank I am wearing, then re-sew the whole thing. :) I will definitely get a lot of use out of this pattern, the V-neck once it’s been raised is just about perfect, and I love the height of the underarm. The addition of sleeves will be super simple, and then it’ll be really close to my favourite, super old t-shirt that I haven’t been able to get rid of. Just a soft v-neck instead of a scoop.

I used my Blank Canvas Tee (the original!) as a guide for a minor swayback adjustment, and I think I’ll use it as a guide for some more adjustments to the back, as I’m so narrow above the waist there compared to my front.

Unfortunately, I’m not wearing any me-mades so far today! Just some me-hemmed yoga pants. I was hoping this would be a quicker make, but figuring out the neckline (Just trust. Really.) and then having to re-cut have made it a bit longer than I expected.

Oh well. I’ll be done in a couple more hours, especially since the neck binding makes sense now.

I made it through Week 1 with a lot of repeats. Oh dear. I didn’t realize how much I rewore stuff. Or, I did, but yet I hadn’t actually pictured it. Oh well. The clothes I wear are the clothes I have. I’m not going to fuss about it too much.

I do have fabric for a couple more skirts and another pair of pants. Hopefully I’m feeling up to sewing this weekend, so I can make something new to wear!

Day 1: Denim ramie Hummingbird Skirt, knit Scout Tee, leggings from my own pattern.
May 1, 2015

Day 2: Barb’s Stretch Pant in dark denim (#2), Threadless shirt.
May 2, 2015

Day 3: Barb’s Stretch Pant in dark denim (#2), original knit Scout Tee.
May 3, 2015

Day 4: Barb’s Stretch Pant wide leg edition (#1), purchased tee and tank.
May the 4th be with you, 2015

Day 5: Barb’s Stretch Pant in dark denim (#1), Sewaholic Belcarra, gigantor cat.
May 5, 2015

Day 6: Barb’s Stretch Pant in dark denim (#1), knit Scout Tee. I think I need to rethink that combo.
May 6, 2015

Day 7: Barb’s Stretch Pant wide leg edition (#1), purchased hoodie, tee and tank.
May 7, 2015

OMG, it’s May! That is, it’s Me Made May and I FINALLY have enough me-mades to participate!

I’ll have to do phone selfies (woo!) in mirrors at work as I have nothing set up here at home and the tripod attachment thing I ordered for my phone has not yet arrived.

This should be fun. I wear me-mades pretty much every day as it is. My 2 pants and 1 skirt are me-mades. The other skirt I wear I altered to fit, but if I wear it with me-made leggings I’m sure it will count.

Hopefully documenting this (maybe weekly posts? I’m not sure) will prompt me to fill some gaps in my wardrobe. Some items need replacing, and I have the fabric for at least 3 more t-shirts and a couple more pairs of leggings. I also need more bottoms. Then there’s also the Brightest Hiking Gear Ever. I need to get on that.

My colour palette is black, grey, maroon/burgundy-ish, purple, and coral. Pretty much all shades of these colours are accepted, as long as they are harmonious with other shades I already have.

In fact, I just made some maroon/purpleish dress pants from my Style Arc Barb’s something something pattern. I just pivoted at the crotch point and made them 4″ bigger at the ankle (1″ on the inside, 1″ on the outside) and they’re pretty much perfect. The fabric I used is a different kind of drapey stretch from the denim, so they’re a little big. But with the elastic waist no one knows. And they’re comfy like PJs, but look like dress pants. The Best. I hope to score more fabric for a narrow legged pair as well as a skirt.

Super creative title, I know.

I made the StyleArc’s Barb’s Stretch Pants again. With pockets that I drafted! The pockets are a touch small, but they will fit my current phone and keys, which is a definite improvement over no pockets.

This time I also used 5/8″ seam allowance for the inner and outer seams (but not the centre seam!!) to narrow the legs. It actually worked quite well, but I have a fitting “issue”. You see, I have tiny knees and really large calves, so the jeans are slim cut through the thigh and calf, but baggy at the knee and ankle! I’m not entirely sure how to deal with this. I think I’ll end up washing them, then putting them on inside out and pinning them to a closer fit through at least the knee.

The only difficulty with that is of course I did a felled seam on the inner leg this time (I was testing things! It worked really well!).

Anyways, the first pair of trousers are super comfortable and I really like them. I’ll be altering this pattern to make somewhat more of a boot cut, as well as doing fully shaped lower legs so I can actually have a true “skinny” jean. I’ve never seen a shaped trouser leg pattern like that before, so this should be interesting.

I’m sewing with some friends on Sunday, so I might be able to get some pictures of my stuff ON me instead of just hanging up. :)

I know I want to make a softshell jacket, but I also recently did a closet clean out and I’m really running low on some clothing items. Namely Hummingbird Skirts (my grey linen one is pulling apart at all the seams right at the hem!) and trousers (I have two pairs and they are both old and poorly fitting).

So because I follow the Curvy Sewing Collective, and there was this post on elastic trouser waistbands, I got a bee in my bonnet and have sewn up a pair of trousers today. Yes, the Barb’s Trousers from Style Arc (I got the PDF format off Etsy!).

So, I purchased the pattern (as one does) and noticed that the three sizes are all in separate PDFs. Uhh. That’s awkward. It would be great if they were nested, and also if they were set on the pages just a little better so there wasn’t that wee sliver of pattern on an otherwise empty page. However, it did tape together pretty well, and since it’s only 3 pieces, I suppose it wasn’t that big of a deal. But it would be nicer.

I sewed the size 22. In a stretch denim I randomly purchased a bolt of for $20. The only adjustment I made to start with was I lengthened the CB seam by 1.5″, as I have a high waist and large behind.

Except for some serger issues (I swear I’ve rethreaded it 3 or 4 times now and it STILL won’t sew right!), they went together perfectly. I made the waistband elastic shorter by wrapping it around my waist instead of whatever the pattern reccomends… and they’re way too big above the hip. Whoops!

I can take in the CB seam on this pair no problem, and maybe take in the side seams a little bit.

I definitely need to make some adjustments for future pairs, because there WILL be future pairs! The CB seam needs to be taken in at least 1″. The side seams need to be adjusted for a small waist on both the front and back. And the waistband will need to be adjusted as well.

Otherwise, they fit pretty well! I might fuss with the CF seam a bit, maybe adjust the curve, maybe not. The length is really nice, since my black ponte jeans are almost 2″ too short. And the stretch and elastic waist at my natural waist line are also nice. They just need to be tighter!

And!! I chose this size run because I’m trying to be more honest about my measurements (my Belcarra blouses are a little snug…), but they’re too big! I even wouldn’t mind them being smaller through the thighs, but I guess that really depends on how stretchy the material is.

One other thing I’ll be doing for future pairs is drafting some pockets, probably with a waist stay and fake fly. I don’t really like rear pockets, but I do need somewhere to put my keys and/or phone at work. And really, I get so tired of the fact that women’s clothing has so few pockets. We need to carry things too!

(And I’ve hemmed them and adjusted the CB seam. I took 2″ out, and they feel almost perfect now. Yay!)

I went to another fabric sale today, and have come away with a bolt of BLINDING CORAL RED softshell fabric. They also had a bunch of sample sizes of bonded waterproof fabric that I managed to snag. These, plus the (ugh, beige) quickdry nylon-lycra stretch I got over the summer, mean I need to start considering sewing my own outdoor gear. And by considering, I mean actually doing it. I’ve been thinking about it for years at this point!

Red Softshell

Red Softshell

First of all, I live on the Wet err, West Coast of Canada. It rains a lot here, and I like to be outside. Not only do I take the bus everywhere, but I also try to hike as much as possible. So I’ve been looking at sewing patterns and doing some research. There’s, well, not a lot of info out there!

Caroline of Little Package wrote a guest blog on Sewaholic.net about sewing waterproof jackets. She also has a blog I’m looking through for more tips and info.

Bicitoro has some great tutorials about sewing for cycling. Unfortunately some of the older ones no longer have pictures, but the site is still a great resource. I’m going to look for some neoprene to make some spats! Such a great idea.

I love the shaping in this softshell jacket. It looks like the seams are pressed open and topstitched, and the hems are bound. I have plenty of fold over elastic for that option!

This Bushwalking site has a discussion on seam sealing. I’m not sure I’ll do that on a softshell jacket, but it could be useful knowledge if I do end up making a waterproof Minoru.

Bonded Waterproof Fabrics

Bonded Waterproof Fabrics

And after spending most of the evening looking for information about sewing softshell, I don’t have much! That’s pretty disappointing, Internet. So I suppose I’ll just treat it like it’s fleece, and not worry about the seams leaking or anything like that.

After looking through my stuff I’ve decided to go with McCall’s 4664, which has a jacket, top, bra, trouser and cap. It’s out of print, but Pattern Review has some old reviews of the pattern. I’ll be making pattern adjustments tomorrow, and maybe also a test jacket out of some old sweatshirt fleece. I’m pretty sure this pattern is missing some outdoorsy components I’ll be wanting to add! First up I was thinking of drafting a collar instead of the hood, and I’ll need some sort of a zipper cover for the top, so it doesn’t jab me in the chin. I’m also thinking about installing zippers for the pockets. I really do prefer that for security. I often have my phone and keys in my pockets, and I so don’t want to lose them!

The other pattern I was looking at is Jalie 2679, but I think I’ll test the McCall’s pattern first. The advantage of the Jalie pattern is that it has raglan sleeves, so there are fewer seams over the shoulder.


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