MMMay14 | The Plan

Most of my sewing over the past months has been, appropriately so, for spring/summer wear. Not so much for autumn/winter, which is upon us right now here in Melbourne. So last night, I spent some time pouring over my pattern collection, working out what I really need in my AW wardrobe (which is pretty much everything!!), and thinking about which fabrics would be best for each pattern, as well as all the Craftsy classes I’ve signed up for but haven’t done, and here is my pledge for MMM-14.

I, Helene from, 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.

Now, since I promised to make two complete garments for MMM-14, I thought I’d prepare several patterns, just in case I get stuck with any one of them. And so, without further ado (does anyone still actually say that???), here’s my plan…


My Plan

(click on the “Me-Made-May’14” image just above the “My Plan” heading, and that will take you to the MMM-14 sign-up blog post)

1. Craftsy | Patternmaking Basics: The Skirt Sloper – with Suzy Furrer

Craftsy - Patternmaking Basics - The Skirt Sloper by Suzy Furrer

I will start this class in May, and learn how to make a skirt sloper.

2. V8835 | skirt in Collina Italian wool

V8835 - Collina Italian wool

This skirt should see me through winter, and well into Spring’s still-cool weather. It’s a wrap skirt, and the only thing I need to purchase before I get going is the lining. It’ll be great to wear with a pair of nice thick tights and my new boots. That beautiful wool I purchased from Tessuti‘s last winter will be gorgeous to wrap around myself to create some very winter cozy yumminess.

3. V8835 | skirt in red linen

V8835 - Red linen
V8835 – Red linen

I picked up this remnant piece of lovely linen from the remnant table at Tessuti’s for a mere $24! It’ll be fabulous as a winter skirt. I have to source some fine leather straps, two exactly, to sew across the front flap of the skirt. I think that’ll look really great with my long black boots.

4. V8972 | dress in yellow ponti print, view C

V8972 - yellow ponti print dress view C
V8972 – yellow ponti print dress view C

This is one colourway of a gorgeous ponti print form Tessuti Fabrics. I actually loved it so much, I bought the same fabric in the aqua colour. Will use that for a summer dress I think. Meantime, look! I have a jacket all ready to go with this dress!

Yellow ponti print dress with jacket
Yellow ponti fabric with my boiled wool jacket – isn’t it perfect!

I’m really excited to make it. I think I will love wearing it.

5. BurdaStyle | Overlap Skirt 08/2013 #130

BurdaStyle - Overlap Skirt 08-2013 #130
BurdaStyle – Overlap Skirt 08-2013 #130

And the last piece on my list is this fabulous skirt. I’m going to use this 2.5m “remnant” I picked up from Tessuti’s for just $29.25. It’s poly blend, apparently, and that’s all I know about it, but I think it’ll drape nicely for this skirt. The pattern calls for a separating zipper, but I can’t quite figure out where that will go. I like that it’ll be a fairly “secure” wrap. I think I’m a little past major exposure on sitting, if you know what I mean. I’ll have quite a bit left over from this fabric that I can always use for another skirt or something else down the track.

So, that’s my plan. What do you think? I’ll finish up with a bunch of skirts, and a great dress. I know I’ll be missing some nice tops to wear with the skirts, as well as a couple pairs of pants, but those will come later. Hopefully in June and July, but at the very least, before winter and the cooler weather turns towards spring and summer!

Next I think I need to schedule in my sewing time, otherwise this plan may go the way of oh! so many others, I fear.

See you in May!





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