Mittwoch, 29. Juni 2016

Me-Made-May'16 days 19-31

Dear sewing fellows,

nearly one other month has gone since Me-Made-May'16 and I missed to show the last twelve days.

May 19 Blouse Bruyère, Deer+Doe
I still love the lovely thin lawn of Annakabazaar and enjoy wearing this shirt which is veiling my hips quite well.

May 2o Colette Patterns' Peony Dress
I made this dress some years ago. The neckline is quite nice and the wool crepe makes it easy to wear when a black garment is needed.

May 21 Archer Shirt, Version B, Grainline and Ginger Jeans, Closet Case Files.
The lovely Liberty Tana lawn and the cute derrière ruffle add up to a comfortable shirt. The high cut jeans are made out of a thin dens linnen with elastan. The waist band sadly is too wide, but it is a very versatile piece of my wardrobe.

May 22 Alma blouse, Sewaholic
This little blouse was made out of a liberty remnant. The little cap sleeves are providing good protection against burning sun.

May 23 Camì Dress, Pauline Alice
The fit of this dress is rather bad, but I so love the fabric with it's little teapots, cups, saucers, spoons and sugar cubes.

May 24 I love to wear my BleuetRobe , Deer+Doe
You can see that I love Liberty Tana Lawn! The shirt dress pattern is cute and very well fitted. There is no waist line; so sitting at the couch in the evening is not uncomfortable.

May 25 At our trip to Etna, I protected myself against the wind with my old unlined coat McCall M5525. You cannot see my white linnen shirt B4985 I once had sewn inspirated by Carolyn's lovely versions. Repeat of the linnen Ginger jeans.

May 26 Malvarosa Dress, Pauline Alice.
This was my last year's favorite dress.

May 27 Moana Dress, Papercut Patterns.
My new summer dress. The italian linnen is quite stiff and combined with the pattern not so flattering, but I love it.

May 28 Flora Dress, ByHandLondon.
This liberty dress is calling summer to me.

May 29 This viskose knit dress is a staple of my wardrobe (Garçonne).

May 30 Anna Dress, ByHandLondon (old picture)
Why the Anna dress is not the first dress I would chose to wear I don't know. Maybe the mille fleurs print with this pattern is too granny-like? 

May 31 last day of Me-Made-May'16 and of our holidays. Travelling was so comfortable in my new Guise Pants, Papercut Patterns. I paired it with another little blouse, Datura by Deer+Doe.

I loved taking part at this great international group of sewers at Instagram. However, there was a huge quantity of participants and I missed the cozy group of flickr where I had participated last year and where I had found a lovely handful of international sewing friends. I hope finding them all next year maybe at Instagram?

I had no difficulty wearing selfmade clothes every day. My intention had been to improve my ability of taking pictures. Sadly I have to admit to have failed this. I think I will try next year again!

Thank you, Zoe, for organizing this lovely event and thank all of you who have been looking at my pictures, given kind comments or who are reading my posts!

This evening, I will have a look at weekly MeMadeMittwoch!

Euch allen Dank, die Ihr hier lest! Ich werde den deutschen Text erst mal weglassen, da das Zweisprachige sehr viel mehr Arbeit macht. Laut Statistik habe ich einen großen Anteil nichtdeutscher Leser und hoffe, dass Ihr deutschsprachigen mein holpriges Englisch versteht!


Freitag, 24. Juni 2016

Reef, Megan Nielsen

My dear sewing fellows,

I was a pattern tester for Megan Nielsen's new cute pattern Reef which features a camisole and shorts set with lovely clean lines.

I made pyjamas out of remnant Nani Iro double gauze which is a very lovely and cozy fabric. Despite it's double layers, the fabric is very nice to wear at high temperatures.

The camisole is bias cut, features a v-neckline and a special crossover yoke in the back. I chose the mid rise shorts with the lovely curved hem.
I feel no need of pockets in my pyjamas but I made one pocket to test the pattern's clever staypocket with great success.
To spare my precious fabric, I cut all of the facings out of an off white cotton lawn of my stash.
The camisole is quite loose but covering, appropriate for sleeping wear. There are instructions how to get a closer fit if desired so.
Camisole and shorts sizes were chosen following my bust and hip sizes and the sizing is spot on. Those wrinkles in the back are due to the fact I had to climb a little stone wall to take the self-timer pictures.
I followed the instructions with only very little changes: I sewed two times over the neck v to ensure the seam. I understitched the neckline and armhole seams where I could reach them. I trimmed back the hem of short pieces 7 and 8.

Pattern: Reef, Megan Nielsen
Fabric: Nani Iro Bird's Eye Jiu metalic double gauze
Camisole size S
Mid rise shorts size M

I loved to sew this pattern. The instructions were very clear, some little tweaks have been done now and I love the neat finish acquired by the facings.

There is a short rise version of the shorts, too. You can sew either version without the curved hem. However, I like the curved hem being modest for my old legs. The camisole's high low hem gives a lovely line. Both patterns can be used for casual tops and shorts, too. Have a look at my old Megan Nielsen Briar shirt combined with the shorts.

I recieved the pattern for testing but all the thoughts are my own.

Have a nice sewing day!