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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.

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And I still haven’t finished updating Me Made May. Urgh. I don’t think I’m so good with the whole taking photos thing! Although, I do have editing software on my phone now so if I can find an inexpensive tripod that I can leave set up, and a phone holder thing, I’ll be able to take photos on my PHONE and edit them and write posts! That seems like a pretty good plan.

Anyways, I’ve been sewing a bit. I made another Cake Patterns tank (the Janthina Shell), and I really love the pattern although I’m ultra super short through the upper body so next time I’ll have to raise the arm holes. There will DEFINITELY be a next time for this one. Love it so much. And today I finally printed out Colette Moneta, and taped it together (Is it just me or is their print-at-home layout horrifically wasteful? I had to print ~19 pages for the bodice and short sleeves, and it feels like I threw more than half of it into the recycling!). I had a Tiramisu dress that was giving me Issues, so I chopped off the bodice and slapped on a Moneta bodice instead. I checked Moneta against my Scout Tee, and determined the neckline was way to wide and high for me, so I changed it a bit. I also did a teensy swayback adjustment, and lengthened the front by about 1/2″. Then attached the Tiramisu skirt! It’s AMAZING. Seriously. The only issue? Not enough fabric, so I had to seam the front and also cut it on an angle. Still, I didn’t do too bad a job matching stripes on the fly, so I’m not terribly upset.

I’ve already altered the pattern to have a 1″ swayback adjustment (or short-back adjustment, tbh) and measured the neckline as I HATE the fold-over finish. I’ll be using a regular bound edge for the next one I’m making. In fact, the next one is coming up pretty quick. I have a delightful teal ponte, and some black ponte. I’m going to do black side panels and a black belt. and black binding on the neck. Just about to do a small FBA (I’m using the L size bodice for the FBA, and making it a touch bigger than the XL for this fabric), and I’ll convert the dart into a wide princess seam for the side panels. Teal is not my colour at all, so this feels like a good option for making it work!

Here’s a sneak peek of my Monetisu? Tireta? Whatever mashup name you choose, it’s a great combo. Moneta/Tiramisu Mashup!

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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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I know I didn’t blog much this past year, but I feel like I actually accomplished a good amount of sewing. Mostly because I’ve worn most of it very very regularly.

– grey linen Hummingbird skirt: This skirt is amazing. I love it. I’ve worn it SO much it’s coming apart at the seams, which might just be a factor of how much I move in my skirts and thus the strain I put on the seams. They’re all felled, and some of them have twill tape and/or interfacing sewn and ironed into them now because they’ve started splitting.

Grey Linen Hummingbird

Grey Linen Hummingbird

Grey Linen Hummingbird pockets. That's a ghost print, not a sperm print.

Grey Linen Hummingbird pockets. That’s a ghost print, not a sperm print.

– denim ramie Hummingbird skirt: This is also amazing. It’s about 1.5″ longer than the regular short Hummingbird and I’m having the same problem with the seams showing strain. I swear, it fits! But I crouch and run and climb and MOVE in these skirts, and non-stretch fabrics just don’t quite do it. Next up, Hummingbirds with the flared back in the shorter length AND Hummingbirds in stretch. Another option is to use a 4-piece skirt back design I have, with a flared cb bottom panel. I had 3 of those skirts at one point and although they kept the pencil silhouette, they also gave me enough room to move.

Denim Ramie Hummingbird

Denim Ramie Hummingbird

– cognac (?!) organic cotton knit Scout tee: This is so comfy, but 1) the fabric wrinkles SO bad, and shows all the lines from drying on a rack, and 2) the pattern is so unflattering. Surrendering my waistline that much is not a thing I should do, although I’m more inclined to do so for summer in a soft knit like this tee. I’m still considering making more knit t-shirts using drapey rayon knits and things like that, but I won’t be making the Scout in a woven any time soon. I’ve tried a few (including a red linen one with black sleeves and trim!), and… not for me. Note: I adore the neckline on this tee. It’s this twisted neckline.

Knit Scout Tee

Knit Scout Tee

– Really Bright cotton lawn Belcarra blouse: Love it. The fabric is a little too stiff, but I don’t care because the colours are amazing and it fits and reads as professional. LOVE. If you have beefier arms, it also covers the pits perfectly, so if you don’t shave and your office doesn’t appreciate that, you can do a summer blouse with no one the wiser.

Bright Belcarra

Bright Belcarra

– blue flowered voile Belcarra blouse: Love it. The fabric is TOTALLY not me, but the voile is sooooo soft and light and lovely to wear. I have 2 more lawn/voiles and one poly for more Belcarra blouses.

Blue Voile Belcarra

Blue Voile Belcarra

Cambie Skirt: Nope. That A-Line shape? Nope. The poor fabric choice? Nope nope. It stands out from my body WAY too much. I feel like a kid dressed up in a cone, pretending to be a Christmas tree. The pockets are super rad though, and I think the skirt will work better in a fabric with drape. Haha. OR I could just use my 1/2 circle skirt pattern on the bodice once that’s fit. IDK. I have enough Cute Cat fabric for the full skirt, so that’s another option.

– charcoal wool 1/2 circle skirt on yoke with Cambie pockets, and full heavy satin lining: OMG, this skirt is DREAMY. It’s longer than I normally wear (I didn’t shorten my pattern whoops) but it’s soooooo nice! I wore it over Christmas and had fun swooshing around. I sewed it in about 3 hours so where it’s sewn to the yoke is not perfect… and the hem decided to annoy me and bubble… but I don’t care, it’s lovely! I have some red wool to make another skirt out of. (It’s in the wash, so no pic!)

– 2 pairs leggings: I need more, with different/better fabric… like wool jersey. I found my medieval stocking pattern, so I’ll be morphing that into a full leggings pattern with some pattern manipulation (maybe this weekend). I guess I mean “tights” pattern, since there will be feet on my leggings! This will be even better for work. Making leggings is SO expensive compared to buying them though. $15 for wool leggings at Costco. $17 for 2 pairs of cotton leggings at Costco. It’s hard because I’m on a limited budget, but I can do this.

– Renaissance Doublet: Well, mostly a friend made this for me in exchange for my old spinning wheel and a huge pile of roving. :D She patterned it and fit it and cut it and sewed most of it together. I’ve done the finishing, button holes (going over machine done ones in silk thread! I only have one mostly done, whoops.), buttons, and need to cover the waist seam with some bias tape or something. Now I’ll be able to find the wide single fold bias tape I know I have, because…

Renaissance Doublet

Renaissance Doublet

– reorganized sewing area – ongoing. I got a wardrobe earlier this summer but didn’t love it enough to put shelves in for organization, so that was a fail. But my parents gave me a HUGE lovely tall dresser at Christmas, since they are moving. HUGE and LOVELY and TALL. Pretty much everything except my hand-drawn patterns (well, and fabric) fit into it, it’s AMAZING. Everything is organized. The only downside is there is no drawer deep enough for the large envelopes I store adjusted patterns in. I’ll have to pick up some nicer magazine holders to organize those into on top. This is just incredible, this organization.

Due to the organization, I also found my quilt fabric. It’s all cut, I just need to sew it together. I even know where the batting is. Amazing. The colours are not the colours I’d go for these days, but I’m still going to make it. It’s just HUGE blocks that I can lay out in some pleasing pattern on my living room floor before sewing.

I met up with some friends and we went to an Our Social Fabric sale. I got ~4m poly-wool suiting (grey skirt!), a tonne of different fabrics for linings, and a black fabric with drunken polka dots on it. I have enough dots for a Belcarra AND a Cambie with full skirt. I also got a bolt of nice stretch denim I’m sharing with my friends. I was thinking Ginger jeans, but I’m not sure. There’s definitely a stretch Hummingbird in the fabric’s future.

I also got sucked into buying Moneta. I have a teal ponte I think will be great with it, as well as a weird fake-sweater knit. I’ll be doing the Tiramisu skirt though, because I LOVE the skirt on that dress. Love it. I also have a partially finished Tiramisu dress I’m going to try to get done this weekend.

My New Year’s “Resolution”? I seriously need to figure something out so I can take photos in my apartment.

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