So it only took me two weeks to get sick of taking daily photos for Me-Made May! I mostly worked from home this week, and ran errands and did the day-to-day-life thing, so nothing too exciting to show you in terms of daily outfits. However, let me show a couple of garments I sewed up that made their debut this week.
This is the Willamette Shirt by Hey June. I’m attending the Sewing Pattern Review Weekend at the beginning of June, and there are a couple of challenges on the table for attendees: one is a pyjama contest (working on the top at the moment), and the other is a Camp Shirt contest. What’s a camp shirt, you ask? Good, I’m glad I’m not the only one. I pictured some kind of Girl Guide uniform suitable for bunking over at Camp Hideaway. But I have since learned from Wikipedia that a camp shirt “is a loose, straight-cut, woven, short-sleeved button-front shirt or blouse with a simple placket front opening and a “camp collar” – a one-piece collar (no collar band) that can be worn open and spread or closed at the neck with a button and loop.”
Upon learning this information about camp shirts, my next reaction was, “definitely not my style.” But I thought I’d be a good sport and sew one up anyway. I had this Rifle Paper & Co floral rayon challis from Cotton and Steel in my stash. I love the blues in the pattern but the orangey-reds aren’t really my thing. Since I was fairly ambivalent about the fabric, I thought I’d use it on this shirt that I was bound not to wear very much. I even said to my husband part way through sewing it that “this is going to be hideous” — and being the agreeable guy that he is, he agreed heartily. lol
So that was a very long lead-up to tell you that I was wrong! All my low expectations were greatly exceeded. I actually really love this shirt! The rayon challis is fantastic to wear on a hot day — it’s floaty and breathable and it’s like wearing nothing (if wearing nothing is your thing). And I like the style of the shirt, too! It’s basically something that falls somewhere between a t-shirt and a blouse on the casual-dressy scale, but is as easy-going to wear as a t-shirt.
I also can’t say enough about how much I loved this Hey June pattern. All of the interior seams are enclosed by the yoke facing and french seams, and the pattern walks you through all the steps for that (rather than just suggesting somewhere that you consider using french seams). The directions were so clear and well-illustrated. My only minor complaint about the pattern is that is specifies too much yardage for the smallest sizes; in other words, it doesn’t take into account that you can fit some pieces side by side rather than all in a row along the length of the yardage. So I ended up using much less fabric than the pattern specified.
I actually can’t remember having this much fun sewing something in a long while. Now I’m wondering if Camp Shirts are going to become a Thing in my wardrobe. Who knew?
The other top that made its debut this week is the Sew Over It Molly top. It is from an e-book of patterns called My Capsule Wardrobe: City Break eBook. I usually avoid pattern bundles, but I think this one will be a good investment, as I plan to also make the Alex shirt dress from it, probably also the Erin skirt and, if I can find the right fabric, probably the Lola coat as well.
I used a cotton jersey with elastane and sewed a size 2. I’m noticing that it is bunching up at the sides of my bust, which makes me wonder if I need to — gasp — make a full-bust adjustment? That is not a technique I ever thought I’d need in my repertoire. However, I have a few swing-shaped tops (this one and a couple of Deer & Doe plantains) that have these wrinkles. Maybe because I usually cut the smallest size, there is proportionally less room for the bust in there? I’m thinking I will size up for my next Molly, which might be a dress.
Stripe-matching! Yasss, queen.
Thoughts about Me-Made May at the end of Week 3:
- It’s clear that I am a jeans-and-casual-top kinda girl at heart. I like to think of myself as much more stylish than that, but real life is different than my “ideal self” in my head.
- I have a LOT of me-made dresses that are languishing in my closet. Maybe you can relate? I think a lot of sewists go through a Sew-All-The-Dresses phase, especially in the earlier stages of one’s sewing career. Like a magpie, I was attracted by all the shiny-object dress patterns. Now I find I’m being more practical about my sewing choices. However, I know many of those dresses will be put to more use once we get into the heat of summer.
- Also: fuck taking pictures every day. Who needs the pressure of putting on makeup and accessories if you’re just planning to clean the house and do some gardening? Amirite? lol
- I cannot, canNOT get into the frenzy that is Me-Made May on Instagram. Instagram, as much as I *want* to love it, just makes my brain hurt. I hate the way I end up scrolling quickly through a trove of amazing photos, but not taking the time to smell the roses, so to speak. My brain fills at a too-fast rate, and I feel like I’m not only ripping myself off by gobbling everything up so quickly, but also those who have gone to such trouble to sew something and take a picture of it. It just feels too greedy, somehow. More on that in an upcoming post that I am SLOWLY formulating and will take a lot of time to write. 😉
- I’m actually really pleased with the number of me-made garments in my wardrobe, and that it hasn’t been difficult to get dressed every day and feel great in something I’ve made. Yay!
- I’m off to sew some solid-coloured shorts so that I might actually be able to make an *outfit* of me-mades for a change!
Hope you are enjoying your May, whether it’s Me-Made or not. 🙂
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