I got so caught up on Instagram with Me Made May that I forgot to blog six (6!!!) new makes. Clockwise from top left: a Cashmerette Springfield, two Love Notions Vivace Dolmans, an airplane-print Sew Liberated Estuary skirt, and two Cashmerette Websters. A couple of those patterns – the Vivace and the Webster – are new to me, and both were easy sews. Er, mostly. Attaching the collar on the Vivace may possibly have given me fits, both times, and it doesn’t lie quite as nicely as it should.
Thoughts on Me Made May: I sometimes get into a rut of wearing the same things over and over, and this challenge allowed me to put some thought into it and reach for the makes that I might not wear as often as I’d like. I don’t have enough handmade bottoms to make it through a month of only handmades, but I did have enough tops and dresses to not have to repeat anything – and I still have a few makes I didn’t wear during May.
I’ll definitely do it again. I’ll try to take better photos next time – my facial expressions on half of the photos were just this side of stormy.
In other news, I adopted a kitten from the rescue I volunteer with. Meet Reynir:
Still coming right along with Me Made May. Today’s choice is a brand new Springfield top that I sewed just this morning. Cupcake fabric, just because. Nobody will ever accuse me of being mature for my age, and I’m just fine with that.
This time I went down a size in the bust, to a 20 E/F, but graded out to the same size as last time in waist and hips and I’m pleased with the fit. It doesn’t gap under the arms anymore and covers my bra better.
It’s such a fast project – took me about two hours start to finish, with a break in the middle to drive my latest foster cat to her new forever home.
I don’t talk it about it often on here, but I’m involved with animal shelters & rescue and have been for around a decade. I’ve fostered dozens and dozens of cats, from bottle babies right up to senior kitties. I haven’t been able to do it recently because of the pandemic situation, but I’ve spent years taking photos of adoptable cats – and sometimes dogs, too. It’s difficult at times but so, so rewarding.
I wonder if I should start posting some rescue photos here. Hmm. I also wonder what I should sew next – another Webster (looks like I forgot to post the first one here) or the Holyoke I’ve been planning for months.
Not a lot of sewing going on around here at the moment – I’m laid up with a virus from hell plus sinus, throat, and ear infections. It’s all starting to clear up but oof, when my immune system goes down for the count (which it does not do often) it really goes down.
I’m not someone who can generally just sit and watch TV without doing anything else at all, but I spent a number of days over the past two weeks doing just that. I mostly rewatched favourite things, like Good Omens (… more than once), a bunch of Marvel films, Yuri On Ice, Law & Order: SVU, and various Star Treks.
The one productive (if you can call it that) thing I managed to do was… er, make my cats an Instagram of their own.
Follow them at fur.for.brains for furry funtimes, I guess. They’re nerds but they’re excellent nerds.
A couple of months ago I had my medication changed, and a side effect of that was that I lost about 15 lbs rather accidentally; the clothes that I’ve made until now are still wearable but new makes do kinda need to be a different size. Which is a bit of a pain in the ass, as it means reprinting and reassembling my favourite patterns, as well as making new muslins for some. So that’s what I’m doing this afternoon – the print-and-assemble part, anyhow.
I need to find an adequate way to store my printed patterns, too. Until now I’ve had them piled beside my cutting table but that’s not particularly organised. I don’t like the idea of folding them because ugh, creases. Not sure I like the idea of rolling them any better. I’ve seen some people hang them from hangers with clips – might try that, maybe. If anyone has suggestions, I’m all ears.
Finn is helping me pick a project for when I’m done with my patterns. Sometimes I just need to take a bunch of fabric out and lay it everywhere so I can look at what I have. I’m leaning toward making a P4P Tulip Tee out of hedgehog-print jersey, but the one thing that gives me pause is that there aren’t finished measurements for anything but length. I know these are difficult when a pattern includes multiple variations, but it’s a particular pet peeve of mine – not everyone likes the same amount of ease in their clothing and finished measurements are often more important to me than body measurements when it comes to choosing a size.
The Good: After a month, I finally have my computer back from the repair shop.
The Bad: It’s near the end of its life and will have to be replaced sometime in the next couple of months.
The Random: I have thirteen (13!) finished sewing projects to share.
… But that’s if I manage to actually take photos of all of them. It’s a lot to do all at once, especially since I don’t have a safe place outside to leave my camera & tripod when I run inside to change – I have to bring it in with me every time.
So aside from sewing up a storm I also sorted and decluttered my fabric stash. Most of it I kept, but I did get rid of some inherited fabric that I didn’t particularly like and knew I’d never use. And I discovered (or re-discovered, really) that I have far too many cotton fat quarters, leftover from my bag-sewing phase. I have 67 of the things! Ack. Fab colours and patterns, but what am I going to do with them all?
Parker, as always, has been ‘helping’ with the making. I never sew alone.
I don’t have much free time left this evening, but I’m going to see if I can’t at least get my Everyday Dress cut out. It’s out of stashed cotton, because of course it is. I had to shorten it by six inches and it’s still going to be longer on me than it is on the pattern model. Being short is fun.
Three more pairs of pajama pants from the same 5 Out of 4 pattern, because when I said I wanted to use up the mystery flannel in my stash, I meant it. I have enough left for one more pair and for a blankie for the cats, but I need a break from clothing that I can’t even wear at this time of year. I suppose I could have waited until fall to deal with the flannel, but then I’d have to have it in the stash all summer, looking at me. Yep.
The yellow pair is made from the strangest, stiffest flannel I’ve ever felt. It’s still adequately comfortable, at least.
The future-cat-blankie fabric was popular when I laid it out as a decoy so the cats would stop attempting to sleep on my pants-in-progress. I figure I’ll just fold up the edges and zip around them with the machine so they don’t fray, and then the little monsters can have their soft fabric fix without furring up whatever I’m working on.
What to make when feeling less than stellar? Pajama pants! And, I mean, what else am I going to do with the mysterious flannel in the stash I don’t remember buying?
I used a free pattern from 5 Out of 4 Patterns; even for something as simple as pajama pants there are a couple of details I really like. First: pockets! As far as I’m concerned there is no item of clothing intended for my lower half that could not be improved by pockets. Second: the low-rise option only applies to the front waist, meaning there’s a nice curve that makes it sit right where I prefer it in the front while still rising high enough in the back to cover my not-insignificant butt when I’m lounging around.
The pattern is unisex, and recommends sizing down for women – I went down one size from what the hip measurement put me in and they fit fine. Actually, more than fine. I really like the fit, so I’ll definitely be making these again.
Say hello to Autumn. She’s apparently feeling like a bit of a goof tonight.
The universe tried to defeat me today as far as photos go. It was cold and windy with a thick layer of grey cloud, and I had equipment issues, to boot. I misplaced the quick-release plate from my tripod, so the only real option I had was the edge of the parking lot where I could set my camera on a car; then the remote refused to work so I had to resort to setting a ten-second timer and scrambling into place after each click.
Issues aside – yay, I have a new dress! It’s a Montrose hack. I lengthened the hem and flared it some, gave it a mild high-low cut, then added elastic and a fabric tie belt to the underbust. I should have traced the edited pattern pieces before putting the dress together, but I didn’t think about it at the time, so if I decide to make another in the same style (which I likely will) I’ll have to pin the dress out and trace from there.
I swore I was not going to be that person who puts a photo of her cats in every post, but Parker’s asleep face-down on a pile of seersucker and it’s the cutest thing.
Not pictured is 2 yards of purple travel knit. The lemon-print fabric is cotton/spandex knit, and the rest are woven cottons. The fox-print is slated to become a Montrose with black sleeves, and the rest… well. I haven’t quite decided. Tops, I’m sure, but I haven’t settled on which.
But speaking of Montrose, I’m working on a dress hack at the moment from some leaf-print green cotton that’s been in my stash for at least five years. I need to sew in elastic and waist ties plus hem the sleeves and such and it’ll be done… probably not in time to take photos outside before the sun sets, though, and tomorrow it’s supposed to rain. Hmph.
Parker is ‘helping’ with the process, naturally.
He’s not actually much help, but he’s cute enough to make up for it.