Tag Archives: Lessons Learnt Skirt

Me-Made-May Week 5

The end of the line… Me-Made-May 14 is over and I have already posted two lessons on declutter and body image, I have a few more lessons to write about.

Me-Made-May day 26

Me-Made-May day 26

Assymetrical Top, Lessons Learnt Skirt

A top thathas been completely overlooked in May, good thing I had time to pull it out in the last week. Good thing I did! The fit is a bit off, but if I pull it up a bit it will drape in both the front and back,making the bad neckline fit almost look intentional. A great comfortable top with some interest in the neckline, even if my pose does nothing to show it.

Me-Made-May day 27

Me-Made-May day 27Blueberry Sorbetto, Three year pants.

In theory I like these garments. In reality the fit is a bit off on both of them. I love the blue colour of the blouse, but the bust darts sit too high on me and it’s bugging me. Likewise the pants have a bit of excess fabric in the front. Neither garment is so bad that it will get the axe right away, but I will look to replace them in the future. I did, unexpectedly, liked the look of o tucked in bloues in high-waisted pants. A surprise!

Me-Made-May day 28

Me-Made-MAy day 28Indian Shirt, Namesake Skirt

I like both of these pieces even though the skirt waistband is beginning to lose its shape. However the shirt doesn’t go very well with the high waist of the shirt so while both garments are keepers, they should just not be paired. BTW, my hair is a total mess. Haircut definitely needed and now we are close enough to the wedding we’re attending in late June that I can actaully get it done.

Me-Made-May day 29

Me-Made-May day 29The Turnaround Dress

I still haven’t blogged this dress and it deserves a post of its own because let me tell you: I love this dress! I wore it to a family day at the race tracks (carousels, horse riding, horse races, lunch – fun for the whole family!) and I loved that I my look was so completely different from everyone else’s. I felt like I stood out in a good way, I liked that feeling. Yup, I was completely full of myself as well.

For days 30 and 31 we just stayed at home so no me-mades for those days (note to self, make a few more casual me-mades to wear around the house).

I completed yet another month of me-mades! However, since I’ve come to the realisation that I’m not very fond of my wardrobe I have no idea what I’ll wear in June. But that’s an issue for another day!

Advertisement

Me-Made-May Week 4

Me-Made-May day 19

Me-Made-May day 19

Starry Organic Alma, Exposed Zipper Skirt, RTW cardigan (Camaïeu)

Love the blouse! There’s not much more to say. I like the skirt, it’s a basic shape with a fun pop of colour. However the sewing is pretty bad and all I can think of when wearing the skirt is if anyone else notices them. Probably not right, I mean it’s practically only sewists who care about stripe matching right? The verdict for this skirt is that it will be kept in my wardrobe, until I can replace it. Seeing how the skirt is totally wearable, it’s not unflattering or too worn, I have other things to prioritise before replacing this skirt. So a keeper it is! I have two of this cardigan (one grey, one navy) and I love wearing them. Cardigans like these should definitely be on my “to buy”-list even if I do want to sew toppers as well.

Me-Made-May day 20

Me-Made-May day 20

Lessons Learnt Skirt, Green Floral Blouse

Skirt – no comments needed. The blouse is awkward, it’s the blouse from the Burdastyle Sewing Handbook. In theory I like it and I could like it on me as well, just not this version. What is awkward? Let me count the ways. The sleeves hit at a bad place, especially since they have cuffs. The cuffs hit me right where I want to bend my arm, pushing the cuffs up, or restraining me at first. The blouse is made before 2014, aka. the year of the Full Bust Adjustment, meaning I never did an FBA and my ample bosom makes the elastic go up, hitting me above my natural waist – not pretty. Plus the colour is a bit too pale on me, a brighter green would have been better. I could see myself making another version of this blouse, granted I fix the errors above, but I can’t really place it at the top of my sewing list.

 

Me-Made-May day 21

Me-Made-May day 21

Midnight Sun Shirt, Midnight Sun Skirt, RTW cardigan (Target)

Symbolic dressing today. I’ll explain in day 22’s description. I haven’t worn this combo before, the shirt and the skirt as a dress. I struggled with an FBA in the making of the shirt and the fit is not spot on, however it looks much better when belted. I like the slight A-line shape of the skirt, it has six gores to shape it. These will stay!

Me-Made-May day 22

Me-Made-May day 22

Striped Organic Alma, Thrifted skirt (Sunshine 365)

Premiere wearing of my Striped Organic Alma, with matching belt. The symbolism continues. You see, last night I took my green belt in judo. Before that it was orange, but since I don’t have an orange belt the yellow belt yesterday stood in. Today I wear my green belt. With pride. Both in my judo accomplishment and due to the fact I really like this blouse, such a cool fabric and great fit! The skirt is thrifted but I love it, the shape is great and I love how it swooshes as I walk. I keep wishing for the Hollyburn skirt in various giveaways, maybe I should just relent and buy it already.

Me-Made-May day 23

Me-Made-May day 23

Pretty in Pink dress

I really like the shape and the square neckline of this dress. However, it’s not that the fit is too bad, it just sits badly. The edge of my bra is on display, the sleeves feel a bit dated and I’m not 100% sure about the colour. It was a tough call, but as I kept tugging on the dress all day to try and at least not show my bra I think it’s time to let go. The negatives, sadly, outweighs the positive. The same goes for its sister blouses.

Me-Made-May day 24

I wore a thrifted dress as I didn’t meet anyone today. Very comfortable dress, I need more casual dresses in my wardrobe.

Me-Made-May day 25

Picture is old, but I looked like this. With different hair. And a hat. The shoes were the same, but are unseen.

Lime Truffle Dress.

Busy day today. Out running before eight, brunch at my sister’s, last gymnastics class for kiddo and voting for European parliament. When I first made the Lime Truffle Dress, it was my first Colette Pattern. I thought this dress fit well, since Colette drafts for a C cup, whereas most others draft for a B cup it fit me better than anything else I’d made. But since discovering the FBA (why, oh why did it take me so long!?) I realised that this dress doesn’t fit that well. I kept pulling it all day. It won’t go right away because the fabric makes me happy and if this dress is to be replaced I need to find a fabric that makes me equally happy. Also I wore a hat. Hats are great for blocking the sun without hiding your face behind sunglasses. More hats for the people!

 

 

Me-Made-May Week 3

Me-Made-May day 12Me-Made-May day 12

Lessons Learnt skirt, Metal Cardigan, RTW t-shirt (Vero Moda) and belt (Target)

This is the first time I’ve worn this cardigan since I made it (BTW, check out that belly in the creation-post. Yikes!) When I made the garment I was hesitant about the fact that it has no closure and I thought about adding a hook and eye. Unfortunately that wouldn’t work as well without that big belly so it has just been left in my wardrobe for the past year. Now during Me-Made-May, when I really want to put my wardrobe to the test I figured it was about time I actually wore it. I figured I’d do a wrap under a wide belt as styling.

The verdict? I’m unsure. I love the fact that the words spell out excellent music (Hard, Rock and Metal), but the fit is weird. I think the magazine used a heavier knit. The sleeves are a bit too big and feel a bit pyjama and the ruffles (which BTW are uneven) hit me in a very bad spot. Plus I noticed today that the print varies in colour, going from green on my left to teal on my right. As fun as the fabric is I think this cardigan is not for me. Hopefully I can make this fabric up for something else, but it’s hard since it’s cut in panels. Maybe something for the kids? I’m not quite ready to let it go, but maybe it’ll be for the best. I don’t feel completely confident in this outfit.

I don’t intend to assess my RTW as much as me-mades this month, but two comments regarding today’s RTW: The belt is tight and I had to take it off in the afternoon (making the cardigan look even sloppier). I do like the lace detail around the t-shirt’s neckline, those I the kind of details I want to be working on in my clothing.

Me-Made-May day 13

Me-Made-May day 13

The Turnaround Dress (unblogged), RTW cardigan (H&M), belt (thrifted)

This dress is my turning point. It is not modern or trendy but it is fun and unusual. Belting over a cardigan is not something I’ve done before, but in this outfit it works. A keeper! Inspired by all other lovely Me-Made-Mayers I ventured out and bought some reddish lip gloss. I think I might like som elip colour!

Me-Made-May day 14

Me-Made-May day 14

Moo Moo Tunic (unblogged), 3-Year Pants (unblogged)

This outfits makes me torn. On one hand I’m not so sure that the tunic is a flattering shape on me, on the other hand I really like the colour and I felt good in it. The pants are a bit ill-fitting, but that is hidden due to the fact that the fabric has a bit of stretch in it. However, I rarely wear them outside of the Me-Made months. I think these are keepers – for now. If I don’t wear them more, off they go.

Me-Made-May day 15

Me-Made-May day 15

Rule Britannia dress. RTW cardigan (Camaïeu)

We had a crisis drill at work, with planned work hours from 7 to 18. I decided to go for comfort. I know I have worn the dress before this month, but in a different outfit (different cardigan, a loophole which I accept). However, after working up a steam initially, the cardigan went off. Love this dress! Comfortable, fun, colourful, structured and feminine, all of my core words in one dress. Plus the right colours as well!

Me-Made-May day 16

Me-Made-May day 16

Lessons Learnt Skirt, RTW top (thrifted) and cardigan (Camaïeu)

This skirt is a real staple piece, even though it’s a bit too bog in the waist. Love the pockets, the shape and the colour is perfect for matching. I have a denim version of this skirt planned for fall, inspired by Zooey Deschanel (I know that the skirt in the link is a dead ringer for Colette’s Ginger skirt, but I’m using what I have). The top is thrifted and even though I’d like it just a few cm longer I still like it. Great colours, easy to wear and just enough prints, I like them regular and small.

Me-Made-May day 17 and 18

Me-Made-May day 17

Painted Aqua dress

This dress is super comfortable and so easy to wear. It was perfect for the day planned taking care of children (my MIL and I took care of my children as well as their two cousins). You gotta love a well-fitting jersey dress.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Me-Made-May week 2

Me-Made-May day 5

Me-Made-May day 5Namesake Skirt, top H&M, jacket (Apple Bottom viaMarshall’s)

Back to work for the first time in May. This day added the challenge that I would take the kids to the playground immediately after work, meaning my outfit had to cater both to the office and to the playground.

I like the skirt and I want to make another version for fall using a corduroy and doing the front button closure. I also like the denim and that the colour is so bright blue. Unfortunately (there often is an “unfortunately”, isn’t there?) back when I made the skirt I thought interfacing was for stabilizing in thickness only, not thinking about stretch on the bias. Seeing how I thought the denim was sturdy enough on its own, since I wasn’t too familiar in the world of bias stretch, the waistband is not interfaced. And it’s beginning to show. It’s losing its shape and have stretch out a bit. I’m taking that a lesson learnt. The skirt will be kept though, right now I feel that there are other skirt ahead in line for tossing out

Me-Made-May day 7

Me-Made-May day 7Lesson Learnt Skirt, Midnight Sun Shirt and cardigan (Camaïeu)

Yep, you guessed it, a regular day at work. The me-mades are my Midnight Sun Shirt and Lessons Learnt Skirt. I tried to do an FBA on the shirt, it’s not completely perfect. However, the shirt does not gape and it somewhat follows my curves. It works better on its own and with a belt to tie it in at the waist.

Me-Made May day 6

Me-Made-May day 6Denim Pencil Skirt, Blueberry Sorbetto (unblogged) and cardigna (Camaïeu)

Just another work day. I wore my Denim Pencil skirt and Blueberry Sorbetto. The cardigan is RTW. While I like the Sorbetto, it works tucked in for me, not untucked, there are a few minor mistakes. The darts fall a bit too high on me and I couldn’t quite figure out how to sew the bias neckline so it’s a bit wonky. I love the colour and print and this blouse makes me want to wear blue more often, as does the skirt. These are keepers!

Me-Made-May day 8

Me-Made-May day 8Starry Organic Alma, skirt (365 Sunshine, via flea market), cardigan (Camaïeu).

You see why I can’t have a diary blog? My life’s not that interesting. Another day at work was spent in my new Starry Organic Alma. The cardigan (how I wish I can ditch those soon) is RTW and the skirt is second hand. Love the Alma! Love, love, love! The FBA is totally successful and I noticed that having a well-fitting blouse improved my posture and confidence. I stood proud and tall, secretly hoping that someone would ask about my blouse. No one did.

M-eMade-May day 9

Me-made-may day 9Chocolate Pants, wrap cardigan (H&M), jacket (Lindex)

It was cold, raining and I was tired when I got up. One of those days when comfort is key. I put on my Chocolate pants and RTW tank and cardigan. On my way out of the door I remembered that it’s Friday and we can choose to join the Friday theme over in the Flickr group. I didn’t bother going back to change clothes, so I missed the Blue photo challenge. Ah, well. The pants fit fairly well, but are sewn one baby ago. However, as I pointed on in the Flickr group, these pants may not fit perfectly, but they are still fitting better than any RTW pants I own.

Me-Made-May day day 10 and 11

Me-Made-May day 10 (2)Megan skirt, top (Vero Moda via thrift store)

I’ll admit it straight up. I’m cheating. I said in my pledge that I would do no repeat outfits, yet I wore the same thing Saturday and Sunday. But I don’t care. I don’t think it would have made much of a difference to swap the t-shirt. I’m in my Megan skirt and RTW t-shirt (Vero Moda via thrift store). I originally made the Megan skirt as a maternity skirt and I wore it for most part of the pregnancy, it was a bit too tight in the end. Now, with its wide elastic waistband, it’s a super comfortable skirt for wearing around the house “doing nothing”. I like that it’s as comfortable as sweat pants (my vice, which I want to shed) but I still looked dressed. Stuff like this is needed in order to have a complete me-made wardrobe.

Me-Made-May: Days 28-31

Day 28

What’s me-made in today’s outfit?
The 3-year-pants and the Moo Moo tunic
Where was it worn?
To work, with training in our very cold conference center.
How often is it worn and why?
Both pieces were finished in May so they haven’t gotten a lot of wear. The pants are exactly what I needed so they will probably get a lot of wear. I’m not so sure about the shape of the tunic, perhaps I need to tighten the underbust elastic.

Day 29

What’s me-made in today’s outfit?
The Namesake skirt
Where was it worn?
Another day of training in the cold conference center.
How often is it worn and why?
This skirt gets a lot of wear. Easy to match and comfortable!

Day 30

What’s me-made in today’s outfit?
Lessons Learnt Skirt and Mock Wrap Top
Where was it worn?
Regular day of work
How often is it worn and why?
The skirt has been worn plenty of times during MMM12. I did not expect the top to see the light of day during May, but summer disappeared on us. I can’t put my finger on what it is I don’t like about this top, but it is something.
In my pose I’m trying to convey “Where did summer go?”

Day 31

What’s me-made in today’s outfit?
The Namesake skirt and Blueberry Sorbetto
Where was it worn?
Work.
How often is it worn and why?
Obviously I like the skirt (see above). I wasn’t sure about the Sorbetto when the month started but I’ve gotten some styling tips along the way and now I like it, even on me. If I were to make another one, I now also know what to change about it.

Finished!

Me-Made-May days 22-27

Day 22

 What’s me-made in today’s outfit?
Another Belle -Skirt
Where was it worn?
The kiddo had an eye infection so I stayed home with him. It was a minor infection and he wasn’t sick at all, plus it’s slow at work, so we visited some playgrounds and just hung out.
How often is it worn and why?
The skirt is a great casual skirt. My problem is that I rarely know what to match it with.

Day 23

What’s me-made in today’s outfit?
“The Azalea that wasn’t”-blouse and Exposed Zipper Skirt
Where was it worn?
To work
How often is it worn and why?
The skirt gets some wear. I like the idea of the blouse, but I’m not sure it’s the most flattering silhouette on me.

Day 24

What’s me-made in today’s outfit?
Blueberry Sorbetto and Lessons Learnt Skirt
Where was it worn?
To work
How often is it worn and why?
Considering that the skirt is made from the lessons I learnt during last year’s Me-Made-June, it’s no wonder it gets a lot of wear. The Sorbetto wasn’t worn until Me-Made-May, but I’ve learnt how to style it better, I also found ways to improve it if I were to make another one.

Day 25

What’s me-made in today’s outfit?
“Not a Maddy”-blouse and Denim Pencil Skirt (the necklace is handmade by my cousin)
Where was it worn?
To work
How often is it worn and why?
The skirt gets a lot of the. The blouse, while I like the idea and construction of it, I never feel completely comfortable in it.

Day 26

What’s me-made in today’s outfit?
The Sookie Dress
Where was it worn?
A day in the garden.
How often is it worn and why?
Considering I finished the dress two days prior to this wear I can’t really say how much wear it gets.

Day 27

What’s me-made in today’s outfit?
Star T-shirt
Where was it worn?
Forest playgroup.
How often is it worn and why?
Mostly just during Me-Made-Months. I did the sleeves at an weird length (elbow) and I never stitch the facings down. I should fix those things.

Me-Made-May days 14-17

What’s me-made in today’s outfit?
The Leaf skirt.
Where was it worn?

To work. We had people visiting from one of our plants.
How often is it worn and why?

I love this skirt! This is the second wear, only because it’s brand new. I really need to take it in at the waist, it’ll drive me crazy otherwise.

What’s me-made in today’s outfit?
Green blouse and the 3-year pants. The necklace is made by my cousin.
Where was it worn?

Regular day of work
How often is it worn and why?

The blouse gets its second wear and will probably be worn quite a bit. The pants were made 3 years ago, ended up too long and I didn’t like the high waist. Yesterday I found them in my stash (I keep on forgetting them) and shortened them and realised they didn’t look so bad after all. It’s a good thing they’re stretchy though as my fly job is horrible.
(The necklace isn’t worn that often, I’m not a big fan of pearls. But she did make it for me, so I might give it some wear)

What’s me-made in today’s outfit?
Lessons Learnt Skirt and Flouncing Sleeves top
Where was it worn?
Regular day of work
How often is it worn and why?
The skirt is sewn based on the lessons I learnt during last year’s Me-Made-June, so it’s no wonder it gets a lot of wear – it was what my wardrobe needed! The top is also one of those easy to wear tops.

What’s me-made in today’s outfit?
Floral and Coral Dress. The kiddo is me-made too.
Where was it worn?
Annual family visit to the horse race track (look closely and you can spot the horses over my right shoulder, on the inner track).
How often is it worn and why?
I like this dress and it gets a few wears each summer, mostly for parties and such. I would like to make it in a fancy fabric, as with many dresses, but for now this is perfectly fine.
Were there any winnings at the race track?
Not a lot. I gambled for about 100 SEK and won 13 SEK on a 10 SEK bet. As the waitress said, let’s consider it as paying for the event.

Me-Made-May day 5-8

Whats me-made in today’s outfit?
Unblogged Envy dress
Where was it worn?
A day at home with the in-laws visiting
How often is it usually worn and why?
Not that often. It’s perfect for casual occassions when I want to be a bit dressier but still not over the top. I’m not convinced with the dress, but it usually gets fairly good response during the me-made months.

Whats me-made in today’s outfit?
Star t-shirt
Where was it worn?
Flea marketing
How often is it usually worn and why?
Not a lot. If we have weekend plans I prefer something more dressy, if we don’t I prefer even more lounge-y. However I do want to dress better at home.
(Did I buy something?
Why, thank you for asking! My lovely flea market finds will be presented in an upcoming post)

Whats me-made in today’s outfit?
Polka dot shirt dress
Where was it worn?
Work.
How often is it usually worn and why?
Second wear as I finished it earlier this year. I’m a bit iffy about the fit, the dress had more ease than I expected, I should have made it a size smaller.

Whats me-made in today’s outfit?
Blouse with a bow, Lessons Learnt Skirt.
Where was it worn?
Work.
How often is it usually worn and why?
Second wear for both pieces. the blouse is a bit boxy and I’m not quite satisfied with my fabric selection. The skirt gets its second wear only because it’s new, it’ll get a lot of wear in the future, I suspect.

Me Made May Days 1-4

Day 1:

Whats me-made in today’s outfit?
Oldie, but goodie-top
Where was it worn?
To an outdoor museum (Kulturens Östarp)
How often is it usually worn and why?
To be honest, this top gets mostly worn during the me-made/self-stitched monthes. Too casual for work and for leisure I have many more interesting options.

Whats me-made in today’s outfit?
Flouncing Sleeves-top, Exposed Zipper-skirt, Curtain purse (ie. completely me-made outfit)
Where was it worn?
Work
How often is it usually worn and why?
The top sees pretty heavy rotation during spring/summer as it is easy to match. The skirt, not as much. I like it but there are some flaws I always see (and doubt anyone else does).

Whats me-made in today’s outfit?
Lessons learnt skirt, Green Burdastyle-blouse and Curtain purse
Where was it worn?
Work
How often is it usually worn and why?
First wear for both pieces. The skirt will probably be worn a lot, the blouse I’m not 100% satisfied with. I don’t know how to fix it, though.

Whats me-made in today’s outfit?
The Leaf skirt, the Moo Moo tunic
Where was it worn?
Work
How often is it usually worn and why?
The skirt is love! It’s a bit too big in the waist so I must take it in. The tunic saw its first wear today and I’m really not a tunic person. Perhaps I’ll tighten the underbust elastic.

Summary: 3 completely me-made outfits during the first week and 1 outfit with 1 garment.

Lessons Learnt Skirt

Back in July I listed what I’d learnt from Me-Made June. Now, as I’m on the Spring/Summer sewing of 2012 I try to use my lessons learnt to build my wardrobe. The first piece lives up to many of the lessons.

Lesson one: More solids and neutral

I found that while I’m drawn to prints in the fabric store, they are hard to match when it comes to wearing them. By making garments in neutral colours and solids they are easier to match and I get more use out of them. To make neutrals more interesting I must go for intersting cuts and lines.


Lesson two: More everyday clothes. Lesson three: Sew with a plan

An A-line skirt in a “simple” fabric is a perfect everyday skirt. It can be dressed up or dressed down. It’s a perfect basic in a sewing plan since it can go with prints and neutrals depending on my mood.

Lesson four: More separates. Lesson five: Use good quality fabrics.

Dresses become one outfit. Skirts and tops can become several outfits (back to lesson 3 about matching). This fabric is not a very hich quality, but I had the garment in mind when selecting it and thought about how it would look, how it would fall etc. The final result looks nice and clean and the fabric was a perfect match for an A-line skirt.

Lesson six: Pockets

I found that I often lacked pockets so I picked a model with pockets. The two pockets are sewn on, which made them easy.

My last lesson was “dare”. This does not come into play with this particular project, but it does for some of the things lined up in my future.

Project summary:
Pattern
: Burdastyle 10-2011-119
Difficulty:2/5, Burdastyle’s rating  – I agree. It was very simple sewing with no hard techniques.
Alterations: None

Fabric: Cotton.
Notions: Thread, zipper, interfacing.
Price: Fabric 69  SEK (€7.84), thread + interfacing  SEK (€0.11).
Total: 97 SEK (€11.03).

Project Summary: A skirt which is easy to wear and easy to match. It will have to wait for warmer weather, but I have a feeling that this will be yet another wardrobe staple for me.