Tuesday, 19 May 2015

Me Made May 2015

For Me Made May this year, I decided to see how many days I could manage wearing a different handmade item before I had run out. I thought it would also be a great opportunity to take a proper look at my wardrobe and how far my sewing has come since I first started almost 2 years ago.
So this is a round up of the first 14 days and I've managed a different item each day so far! Some of which like my New Look basic top I had pretty much forgotten I owned, and I love the fabric print in that one. What I've realised so far is that all my me made items are mostly tops and dresses with the odd skirt. I have loads on my sewing list for summer, and I've decided now to stick with mostly separates. I've just purchased a new trouser pattern to make up some light cotton trousers for summer, and you can expect to see a few more versions of the named shirt, possibly my favourite pattern yet!
For more details on each item, follow me at emilykatemakes on Instagram.
        Named Shirt Dress .                                                              Folded Mini-skirt
     Sewaholic Robson Coat                                                           New Look 6483 Top
Tilly and the Buttons Delphine Skirt                               Tilly and the Buttons Megan Dress
  Tunic from first GBSB book.                                         Tilly and the Buttons Mimi blouse
         Self drafted T-shirt                                                Wrap dress from 2nd GBSB book
Named Shirt with pleat detail.                                          Hacking jacket from 1st GBSB book
Tilly and the Buttons Lilou dress                              Button back blouse from GBSB 1st book (Mathilde)
 Emily Kate.


Tuesday, 12 May 2015

Named Wenona Dress

I've been drooling over various shirt makes on Instagram and Bloglovin for a few months now, but rather than rush out and buy every pattern I loved, I decided to invest in just one that I could use for several different looks.
I just adore the Wenona from Named Clothing, it comes as a shirt/dress pattern already with an option to add a pleat detail. It's a loose fit that's super comfy and looks great cinched in at the waist with a belt. I've been looking for a RTW denim shirt dress since before I started sewing, so I thought this was finally the perfect opportunity to make my own.
The pattern comes on one big sheet that means you have to trace the pieces and add seam allowances before cutting out. It's probably a good thing as I'm usually super lazy and cut out my pattern pieces when I shouldn't but even so...I did resent it a little.
The instructions are pretty clear and easy to follow. It says you should always match up the pattern pieces edge to edge, but I found I had a fair bit of extra length when sewing the sleeve panel to the back so I lined up the edge minus the seam allowances and it worked just fine. I also found the sleeve vent to be really long, so I haven't sorted out the buttons on the cuffs just yet, I think i'll need to add a button or two along the vent also. This was also my first time doing a shirt with a collar and collar stand and the instructions were so helpful I didn't even need to Google like usual! The fabric I used is a mid-weight, soft blue denim from Fabrics Galore.
My favourite thing about this pattern is the point at the back of the collar with the button, and also the sleeve panel, a perfect opportunity for colour blocking.
I've already made another version of the Wenona that will be appearing on the blog soon, and I've already got plans for at least two more in the next month or so.
I've decided this will be my pattern for One Week One Pattern in September!

Emily Kate.