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Makes I’ve made between September ’13 and now

Well there’s nothing like throwing your hat over the wall to bring you back down to earth! I’ve just signed up for Me-Made-May’14! Here’s what I’ve pledged…

I, Helene from 25reasons.net, sign up as a participant of Me-Made-May ’14. I endeavour to wear at least two me-made items each week for the duration of May 2014. I also endeavour to create a proper plan for my winter wardrobe sewing, and make 2 new items to completion from that list.

You may have noticed a couple of things about this blog. A couple changes? Yes! I completely changed the look of the blog. I hadn’t been happy with the theme I was using for some time, and then the fabulous Heather Lou from Closet Case Files posted about her experiences with changing her blog. I was instantly in love with her colour scheme. I mean that yellow! That haunted me for weeks! Now I know they say that mimickry is the best form of flattery, but I reckoned I couldn’t really get away with copying her beautiful new look. So I set out on a search of my own.

Although I’ve learned heaps about using WordPress, even some code si now no longer beyond me, but if I could find the perfect solution with great support, that was going to be it for me. And I did. I signed up with StudioPress, and bought a theme from PrettyDarnCuteDesign, and worked at it a bit, with excellent support from PDCD and Brad Dalton from WP Sites, and ta-dah! It’s ready. I hope you like it. I’d really love to hear what you think, so please leave me a comment.

So what else did you notice? The fact that I haven’t posted since December last year? Yep. It had all gotten too big to tackle. Every time I thought about blogging my makes – and there have been several in that time – I had to confront the makeover, and it just ended up in the too-hard basket, and never came out. Well, until Heather came along. Thank you so much Heather! If it weren’t for you and your yellow that I still covet, this task would have stayed underground!

And then, along comes May, complete with everyone’s “I’m doing ‘Me-Made-May’14!!!” posts, and I decided it was time to get back in the game. So here I am. Nervous about fulfilling my pledge, but taking on board the whole “this is not supposed to be stressful” thing.

Before I get into sharing my plan for Me-Made-May’14, here’s a list of what’s in the image above, things I’ve made since The Craft Sessions last year. From left to right…

  • Wiksten Tank Dress – I made this dress from a linen I picked up on sale from Tessuti‘s in Melbourne a couple years ago. I added a little 2-button tab at the neckline, a pocket with buttoned tab, and I made it in a smaller size than the first one I made.
  • Here’s the first Wiksten Tank Dress I made after my class with Sophie at TCS last September. It’s in a gorgeous Nani Iro double-gauze cotton. I love wearing it because it’s so soft.
  • My second Sorbetto top by Colette Patterns. I used a beautiful shade of pale blue linen for the top, and embellished it with shell buttons and an appliqué flower in a Liberty Tana Lawn. The pants are in a medium-weight linen with a lovely texture. I used Tessuti’s Laura Pant pattern.
  • Next is my first Sorbetto top in a very light woven rayon front, and an Alexander Henry Fulham Road lawn back. I adore wearing this top. I love how it looks on me, and I really love the fabrics. The skirt is a cheap denim from Darn Cheap Fabrics Grainline Studio Moss Skirt. Great pattern! Unfortunately, the skirt became too big for me about a month after I made it, and I had to do a very fast, last-minute, right-before-going-out alteration to take the back seam in about 2-3 inches, and I really messed it up. I can’t wear it any more, and have the Moss skirt pattern on my list for Me-Made-May’14.
  • This is my best-made garment to date. It’s the Colette Patterns Hawthorn dress in Liberty Tana Lawn Strike. Tons of hand-stitching, I added a lining, and I really should write up a separate post about this one.

So… phew! My first ice-breaker post done! I’ll be back in the next day or two with my MMM-14 plan.





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