Monthly Archives: May 2013

Me-Made-May Week Five Wrap-Up: The Finale!

“I, Kelly of Cut Cut Sew, sign up as a participant of Me-Made-May ’13. I endeavour to wear one handmade garment each day for the duration of May 2013″

We have reached the end of MMM!!  It was so rewarding for me, I would like to write more about it but I am so doggone tired…my little one was up pretty much all night last night and I got about 2 hours of sleep, ugh.  So let’s get on with the wrap-up, week five!Me-Made-May Week 5Me-made items, clockwise from top left:  Miz Mozelle peplum top, Voile top, lace Briar t-shirt and refashioned skirt, PJ pants, Briar sweatshirt, Cascade skirt and Briar t-shirt, Nani Iro double gauze self-drafted JCrew knockoff

You can see my Flickr set with all 31 pictures here!

Van Gogh Cascade

This week’s theme over at Project Sewn is all about your signature style, and it got me thinking about what I love to wear.  I’m a busy mom, so I need my clothes to be comfortable and easy to wear.  But I like to look put together- I’m not one to run around in sweatpants (not that there’s anything wrong with that!)  My perfect outfits feel like pajamas, let me wrangle my kids, and look polished all at the same time 🙂  It’s no secret around here that I adore Megan Nielsen, and when she came out with her new Breakwater collection of patterns it was love at first sight!  I’m sure I will end up with all of them eventually, but for now I snatched up the kit for the Eucalypt dress (because that fabric is FABULOUS!!) and also the Cascade skirt pattern.  Here is my first Cascade, and of course I paired it with yet another Briar t-shirt:DSC_0435The fabric is a rayon challis from the new (?) Van Gogh collection from FreeSpirit.  It is very soft and drapey, and has just enough weight to keep this skirt in place, even on a windy day.  It was very easy to sew with, not much of a departure from a standard cotton fabric.  I love the print, the colors…and the way the print flows on the skirt reminds me of water; which I think is what Megan said she had in mind when she designed this skirt.DSC_0411I lalalalalalalooooooove it!  I feel so sassy walking around in it- it just flows and moves so nicely. It was super windy while I was taking these pictures, which helps to show off how it moves.  But I can also tell you that it does a great job of staying in place- it can get a little sexy at times but at no point did I flash my undies 🙂DSC_0311The pattern is easy to sew up, but it does use quite a bit of fabric (almost 4 yards).  Luckily I got this fabric super cheap on Etsy, but after making this I would say it is worth it even at the regular price.  If you have a rolled hem foot for your machine I would advise you to make friends with it before sewing this pattern, and if you don’t have one they sell for $10 on Amazon.  Seriously, there is rolled hem for miles on this skirt and I can’t imagine doing it all by hand!DSC_0367Once you have the three main pieces sewn together and hemmed, all that is left is attaching the waistband/ties.  There are three waistband options:  tied in back, tied in front, or buttoned without the ties.  I chose to have it tie in the front, and I am really happy with how it looks.  My tummy is not always the flattest after having two kids and I feel like having the bow there sort of camouflages that area.  DSC_0379Including tracing the pattern and cutting, I sewed this in two evenings, which is a super fast project for me (I am not a fast sewer).  I plan on making a solid color jersey knit version next for a little more casual look.

I sewed up this Briar last night- it is a straight up cropped version, but I drafted some little cap sleeves for it using this post on Megan’s blog.  Easy finishes all around- for the hem, sleeves and neckline I serged the edges and folded them over 1/2″, pressed and sewed in place.DSC_0273

The length is a lot more cropped than I would normally wear, but I wanted something that would work well with high waisted styles since I don’t like tucking my shirts in (I always feel like they are shifting around and pulling funny!)  I think it’s a fun way to wear the cropped look without actually showing any tummy 🙂DSC_0441If you like it and you feel so inclined you can vote for my look at Project Sewn 🙂  All three looks by the competitors were FANTASTIC this week, but my fav is Sophie’s from Cirque Du Bebe.  She has such amazing style!!

I’ll leave you with a few more pics just because I love the way this skirt photographs!DSC_0412 DSC_0404 DSC_0308 DSC_0313 DSC_0438

*I wanted to add a note about my necklace-I bought it from the super talented Merl of Clyde’s Rebirth.  She designs an eco friendly line of handmade jewelry that is amazing!  You can find her here.  I am in no way affiliated with Clyde’s Rebirth, I just think her stuff is awesome 🙂

Me-Made-May Week Four Wrap-Up

“I, Kelly of Cut Cut Sew, sign up as a participant of Me-Made-May ’13. I endeavour to wear one handmade garment each day for the duration of May 2013″

We are on the home stretch now, only one more week to go!  I had my first repeats this week, I still have a few handmade items in my closet that I haven’t worn yet this month but I wanted to get back to some of my favorites.  I am going to try to get most of them out in the next week.  Overall I am pretty happy that I had enough to make it this far without wearing the same thing twice!  Here’s my week:Me-Made-May Week 4

Me-made items, clockwise from top left:  PJ pants and fleece Renfew top (for cleaning day!), Japanese linen Darling Ranges dress, Colette Laurel top, Colette Laurel dress, Washi dress, Lacy Briar t-shirt and Moss denim skirt (Project Sewn 80s outfit), Mission Maxi dress with lace Briar t-shirt

It’s the 80s- Rockin’ with Chewbacca!

Once again I am sewing along with Project Sewn, and this week it’s time for an 80s flashback!  You can go here to see everyone’s outfits and vote for your favorite 🙂 I grew up in the 80s and have fond memories of neon, lace, parachute pants, mini skirts…so this was a fun week for me!  And then, as I was on my way to take a few quick photos of my outfit, I saw THIS:DSC_0216Chewie Van!!

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