Thursday, 23 May 2013

7th to 13th of May - MMM '13

Well thank goodness I didn't commit to posting on a daily basis - I've failed to manage weekly!  I am still trying to fit me-made items into my wardrobe, I pledged 4 a week and I'm pretty much on track.  It's really made me think about the items I have made to date.  Firstly, here is my catch up of the second week:

MMM ’13 – 07/05/13 – Free Tilly & The Buttons Picnic Blanket Skirt –
Modern fabric, 115 cm wide, approx 2 m used, £8.
Old buttons found in charity shop - would have liked one more!

MMM ’13 – 09/05/13 – Modified vintage pattern, 'The People No 919' circa 1960s.
 Vintage fabric, 36" wide, approx 2 yards, bought for £8

MMM ’13 – 09/05/13 – This is my favourite dress, orange is my colour

MMM ’13 – 10/05/13 – Friday theme - taken in my craft room.
Simple A-line skirt, View 2 of Simplicity 9561 circa 1970, charity shop find for 50p.
Red fabric from Ikea, £5.38 for 1.8 m. Self-drafted pockets.
Colette Sorbetto, me-made bias binding and bow, 0.75m of Broderie Anglaise, £3.75.
MMM '13 - 11/05/13 - Another Colette Sorbetto! I can't even remember how much I paid for this fabric remnant.
Very fine fabric so all French seamed and double layered for 'Mena' sleeves.
My OH made me have my photo taken on this sofa as I blend in
 - he thinks I'm a bit obsessed with this colour!


So, the good news is I managed 5 items instead of 4, more than my target (which is just as well as Week 3 has been a bit 'iffy'!)

And what had I learnt at this point? ... I stick to patterns I feel comfortable with.  I haven't worn any repeat items at this point but Sorbettos are really well represented and I definitely got my money's worth out of my 60s dress pattern.  I'm starting to see how I need to change and get brave to move my sewing forward.

I'll be back with Week 3 - frankly there are only so many awkward photos of myself I can look at in one hit - not a natural model!



  1. Good heavens - what an achievement! I looove the orange dress x Jane

    1. Thank you, it is absolutely my favourite - the colour, the fact that it's a 60s pattern made of 60s fabric, the fact I found the fabric tucked in a corner in a second hand furniture shop and got it for £8! :)

  2. I am not good with picture of myself. Yours actually look really good. I think the orange dress suits you particularly well :-)

    1. You are very kind, my husband thinks my discomfiture is very entertaining, I knew this would be the hardest part of the challenge! :)

  3. Love all the items you have worn.. SO pretty.. And I love the sorbetto top too.. I did 3 or 4 of them.. Happy Me made 2013.

    1. Thank you. I do love the Sorbetto, you can alter it so easily. I do need to tackle new things though - after all I made this pattern for the first time once!

  4. You're doing really well Jacq. LOVE the orange dress on you, it looks fabulous.

    1. Honestly, it's the easiest pattern in the world, I can squeeze it out of 1.5 Yards of 36" wide vintage fabric - and this particular one is interlined with a charity shop cotton bedsheet! I don't tend to own up to that bit when wearing it!

  5. I think you look great - best thing is to be real. and your clothes are super reflections of you. Lovely and so inspiring.

  6. Thanks Ruth - they're certainly 'real', end of the working day photos. I don't know how other participants are organised enough for morning shots - my routine prioritises a big breakfast!


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