I like that you can see my house and my husband reflected in my glasses
You guys, how is it already May?!? I feel like just yesterday there was a ten foot pile of snow out in front of my house. It always happens that when we come back from April break at school, the year is over. Now, don’t get me wrong, I’m not complaining about the onset of spring or the rapid approach of summer. Not me. No sir. But yes, it’s May. And that means Me-Made-May is upon us again! I love this challenge! It’s going to feel a bit different this year as I’ve been sewing for about two years now but also just did a gigantic wardrobe purge in which a lot of me-mades went to the charity shops. So here’s my pledge this year:
I, Carrie of Oh, She Dabbles, sign up as a participant of Me-Made-May ’15. I endeavour to wear a me-made item each day for the duration of May 2015 and not have any total outfit repeats.
Now what have we here? Just a new hand-knit sweater! Everything about this outfit makes me smile: one of my favorite dresses from Boden (seen previously here in Barcelona), a necklace from my darling husband for our anniversary, the most fabulous Sven clogs, my go-to Warby Parkers, and the Clare Vivier bag I treated myself to when I finished paying off my student loans. And a new sweater!! This sweater is the perfect addition to my spring wardrobe because it layers over my waist-defined dresses so nicely. And check out these short rows…no evidence at all! Woo!
Pattern: Lila Pullover by Maddermade
Yarn: Brooklyn Tweed Shelter in Fossil
Alterations/Changes: I knit it about 2.5″ shorter than what the pattern calls for. There were a few reasons for this decision. One, I’m super short waisted and usually wear waist-defined dresses. And two, I didn’t have nearly enough yarn! I only had 7 skeins because I had originally bought it for another sweater but decided I didn’t like the pattern anymore. But I was determined to make it work. I’m so glad I did because this yarn is perfect for this pattern. Soft and wooly and not even a little bit itchy (despite me being quite sensitive to wool usually.) So good! Oh, I also used size 5 needles for the sleeve cuffs because they were way too loose on the size 6s. Otherwise, I knitted it entirely as written. It’s a great pattern and would be an excellent first sweater to try.
So there we have it! May already! Also it was incredibly windy while taking these photos so I’ll leave you with one of the many awkward outtakes:
So many things to manage!
Sometimes, blogging involves going out in public, finding interesting spots, and taking hundreds of pictures to find one or two good ones. Other times, it involves eating donuts and hanging out in a friend’s condo because it’s raining and you’re feeling lazy. Can you guess which this photoshoot is from?
This is my second pair of Ginger Jeans, this time made using the awesome Cone Mills denim from the kit. I wear these at least twice a week and the fit is still the same. The recovery on these puppies is insane. It’s amazing what a difference the denim makes! There are still a few tiny tweaks I’m going to make for my next pair but I’m super happy with the fit on these compared to my muslin.
I couldn’t resist the Merchant & Mills x Uniqlo collaboration. This sweatshirt is so soft! Plus I love all the scissors. I ordered it online and it was delivered within a few days. Love when that happens.
Pattern: Ginger Jeans from Closet Case Files
Size: 10 (with some changes below)
Fabric: Cone Mills heavyweight stretch denim from the Ginger Jeans Kit, notions from the Thread Theory kit
Alterations/Changes: Based on my muslin, I made a few changes. I shortened the front crotch by about 1/2″ and straitened out the curve to help take away the excess fabric from the front below the zipper. Using the sewalong, I also narrowed the upper thighs along the inseam. I graded down to the size 8 through the thighs and back to the 10 at the calves. Next time, I’m going to shorten the knees about 1/2″ as well and maybe take a tiny bit more out of the front crotch. Also, I used the pocket stay again because it’s the greatest thing since sliced bread (or maybe for sliced bread…)
Sweater: me-made (details below)//Shirt: H&M, thrifted//Pants: Virginia leggings
After two pairs of Ginger Jeans in a row (second one coming soon) a quick sew palate cleanser was just what I needed. I came home from work on a Tuesday afternoon and decided I needed to make something. I printed out this pattern, tiled it, cut my size, cut the fabric, and sewed it up in a grand total of 3 hours…including eating dinner! It was so lovely. Plus, I’ve worn it so many times. I’m ready to take on some more complicated patterns again. Which is good…I just bought a bunch of silk
Pattern: Oslo Cardigan from Seamwork Magazine
Fabric: Jacquard knit from Etsy
Alterations/Changes: No buttons because I was feeling laaaaaazy.
Between my crazy commute and my Konmari attack of my sewing room and wardrobe, I haven’t had much time to sew lately (post Ginger jeans…more photos coming soon!). I’ve been doing a bunch of knitting (which you’ll see if you’re following on Instagram @shedabbles) but I’m getting really excited to plan my spring sewing. There are a few remaining items from my winter sewing plans (the silk Archer, the chambray Alder shirt variation, and maybe the Clover pants, though I’m thinking of using that burgundy twill to make another pair of Ginger jeans…) Also, I’m planning on buying no more fabric for a while…I have so much!! So, much of this will be made from my existing stash.
- Named Clothing Beverly Twisted Bikini (this one, I’m going to have to buy fabric for…)
- BurdaStyle Wrap Blouse 04/2014 #115 (I have a few different silks in my stash that I want to use for this)
- By Hand London Anna Dress (making this in Cotton & Steel Frock Rayon)
- Closet Case Files Carolyn Pajamas (I have a few voiles in my stash that are destined to be adorable matching PJs!)
What’s in your queue for spring sewing?
One of my goals this year was to figure out making jeans and bras. With all this snow, I’ve tackled both already! This week was my school vacation and I loaded up the dog and all my sewing supplies and headed up to my parents’ house in Maine. I figured if I couldn’t get somewhere warm, I could at least create my own little sewing retreat (complete with Mom’s delicious cooking!) I was up there for 4 days and managed to make my test Gingers and a pair using yummy denim from the kit! Up first today, my test pair.
I have worn these for the last two days, so they’re a little bit stretched out but I’m so happy with my first attempt at pants! Heather’s sew-along was immensely helpful and I just took my sweet sweet time. The second pair came together much more quickly once I had a handle on the steps. There are definitely a couple little fit issues, but they’re far better than any RTW jeans I’ve ever had and far more comfortable. Definitely a wearable muslin!
Pattern: Ginger Jeans by Closet Case Files
Size: 10, view B
Alterations/Changes: I cut a straight size 10 based on my waist and hip measurements and made no changes for this pair. I did use the tutorial for adding a pocket stay on the front pockets which I highly recommend. So comfy!! They fit pretty darn well for zero adjustments, but there’s a little extra fullness in the front crotch that I took care of for my next pair. Also, I have really skinny legs compared to my hip/waist measurement, so they don’t exactly look like skinny jeans on me…more like the stovepipe legs of view A. But it works for me. They’re so comfortable and I think they are pretty flattering too. I still have the thinner denim from the kit unused so I might keep the hip/waist as is and size down the legs to get the skinny jean feel for those.
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