It’s the end of #MMMay14, I can’t believe just how fast this month went by! I think I want to make this a bit of a staple, maybe not outfits everyday but perhaps a me-made outfit of the week- My-Look Monday? maybe 🙂
on with the looks!
On Sunday I wore this bracelet I made last January- I love this bracelet, I don’t know why since I don’t like spiders, but I guess making one of my fears into something beautiful is kind of cool.
Monday was a day of travel back to Hamilton to pick up some at-home-work while Bev is away in Saskatchewan teaching, and then back home again. I found this bag pretty handy. This was a mom-make, just a nice over the shoulder bag, it fits a lot! I think she drafted this one herself.
Tuesday was a down day where I didn’t leave home, so no make-up, leggings and a random top. This one I didn’t make, but I did all the applique all over the front- it says ‘I love my BIG sister Kristie’, and has references to all of our inside jokes and fun times all over it. Naturally she has a matching one 🙂
On Wednesday I went out to lunch with a friend and I wore this necklace that I made.
It has a cardstock back and I made all the flowers from random bits of ribbon, fabric and felt, adding beads and buttons- then I put two little loops on the back where I attached a chain. This was a really fun project to work on while watching TV- all hand sewing and just placing them all together- and I think it came out super pretty!
This is a shirt I just made from the Spring American BurdaStyle Magazine. It ‘s a knit top with princess seams and little cap sleeves- I love it! And this one is included in the pattern insert.
I love how the sleeves meet up with the side panel.
Day 30 was a hat day. As you can see this hat is made from the same fabric as the bag on day 26. I made this hat ages ago, and it was from a free online pattern but I can’t remember where I found it now, if I find it I will link it! It just a cute little brimmed hat!
And finally day 31. It was warm today! so I wore this top, which is also from the Spring, American BurdaStyle Magazine, included in the pattern insert. Mom made this one, we each chose a top and mine was the day 29 top, and she chose this draped-neck top, so breezy for the summer!
And that was my Me-Made-May 2014. Reviewing this month I have found there are a few gaps in my me-made wardrobe.
Firstly, I live most of my life in comfy house clothes, so I need more casual tops and sweatpants that I can wear for my real at-home life.
Next I need more bottoms,- more skirts, more shorts, more pants, and even more dresses. I feel like most of what I wore this month was dressing the top half of my body- and I need more things for the lower half.
And I would say lastly I need to make another light jacket- I didn’t include it in the pictures but I wore my islander jacket LOADS this month! So I need another light-weight jacket to mix things up!
If you didn’t see my past posts, here are links to: week 1, week 2, week 3 and week 4 of MMMay14
How did you all do on your Me-Made-May, any sewing revelations or new goals for the summer?
Remember my last MMMay14 Round-Up, the one where I said that I was going to be more on top of this whole picture taking and uploading thing? I lied. Well, I suppose it is always better late than never! And here is my Week 4 Round-Up!
This was the Sunday of our May long-weekend ‘Victoria Day Weekend’ or more commonly known as May-24 where I’m from. I went to a party with my sister that day and I wore this bracelet!
I made this one over the winter when I was really getting into working with chains, and I did all the charms with little chain loops to frame them! love it!
This was the holiday Monday and I spent it lounging around in this dress.
You may recognize this fabric from my first outfit round-up- This dress is the most comfy thing to wear- I made it ages ago and it’s my ‘around the house dress’. It’s out of a stretch jersey and it is literally a rectangle that has a slit in the front, gathers on the shoulder and a tie around the waist, I didn’t even finish any of the edges.
Tuesday was back to work- and I thought my Drape Drape top was a good choice! comfy but interesting!
Yay for multi-colour pussy willows!
Day 21’s look was something I dragged from the back of my closet- this is a vest I made in high-school from a BurdaStyle magazine. just a cute little vest.
And I had to include this picture because mom and I nearly peed ourselves laughing at it. It just goes to show, even dogs have their un-photogenic moments!
Now for day 22 I got back into my bags! This one is a favourite and I take it everywhere- it holds so much! with a nice big pocket across the front too! This was a self-drafted pattern.
It even holds Finn!
On Friday I thought I would pull out this top that I made back in November, modified from a BurdaStyle pattern. I love this loose-fit chic, and I’m still in love with my decision to add the front pocket!
And last but not least- more jewelry- specifically these earrings!
They matched my dress so well!
And that was my round-up!
I can’t believe this month has gone by SO FAST! This Saturday will be my final MMMay14 post- and I promise this one will come out on Saturday!
Hope you are all doing well with your pledges, I know that I’ve been struggling quite a bit, with my new job and trying to coordinate everything, so sometimes I don’t always wear my me-mades for the whole day, or plan them out very well- but I do find that I’m remembering them all more and getting more use out of them.
I ‘ve found that a gap in my me-made wardrobe is simple light tops and summer dresses. Also I would like another light jacket because I have been living in my denim Islander Sewing one and as much as I love it, variety is always great! How are you doing with your pledge? have you found any gaps in your me-made wardrobe?
Let me know in a comment!
Here is my week 3 round-up of me-makes, and this was a really busy week for me- so busy that *confession time* I staged these pictures (except for the first day and the last) because I forgot to take the pictures everyday.. I know shame on me- but I promise this is what I actually wore this week- I was just so busy and it was really rainy and miserable too so there wasn’t much good light for taking pictures.
A busy week of what? you might ask- well *ANNOUNCEMENT TIME* – I have actually started work at Bra-Makers Supply! after BoobCamp, Beverly was so impressed with my bra-making skills and enthusiasm that she hired me on as her assistant. So I work there part-time helping develop her new patterns, helping her with her blog and generally just helping her work on all the projects that she wants to do but doesn’t have time for! I started on Monday and it has been AMAZING! I’m learning so much- and you can expect so much bra/swimsuit making in the future- now that I have Beverly in my life to help me if I ever get stuck!
But alas- now you can see the me-makes from this week!
This was on a very cosy Sunday, just relaxing with my family before I drove back up to start work in the morning. The me-make of the day was the purple sweat pants, which were drafted off of a pair of my dad’s sweatpants- gotta be comfy!
Some puppy-snuggle time!
For my first day of work I had to make sure that I had everything I needed- so I wore my trusty backpack!
This backpack is my one-and-only! I did a Throwback-Thursday on it!
The next day was another day for bags and carrying things, and as I cleverly added bags into this challenge, I can show you that I used my laptop case!
Look at that- not only a nautical theme but a handy pocket as well!
And this is what happens when you go to take a picture with mom around.. thanks mom I’m glad I bring out your inner 3 year old… lol 🙂
This was the third day of my job, and I was able to complete my green bra (started in BoobCamp) on monday and tuesday night and wear it to work for wednesday!
Loving the cut-and-sew foam and the partial band!
Thursday was all about leggings and a knit top- I wore the same knit top last week but I had made it up in a different fabric (it was purple with floral chiffon sides) and this on is just gold/white stripe- I love the high low style!
I had Friday off so I was able to wear a bracelet (no bracelets are great if your job is sewing lol) and I had to wear this one- it’s probably my favourite bracelet of the moment!- I call this my overstuffed charm bracelet.
This one I made with a black and metallics theme 🙂 I made this back last fall after I got back from the creative festival with my sister.
And today was all about being comfy- and I wanted to show you this amazing nighty my mom made me!
And she even made the matching sleep mask!
It was made from a vintage pattern and they are so comfy! I will be putting a post up about them on Monday!
Well that was my week round-up! I promise I will be better at taking daily pictures next week!
Hope your MMMay is going well this far in!
Week 2 of MMMay was a very busy week for me! It was filled with lots of bra-making, lots of driving and best of all lots of mom & me time!
And this is what I wore for my busy week!
A Lazy Sunday spent packing with my mom for our week at BoobCamp- My me-make of the day is the stripped hoodie- so comfy! blog post about the sweater 🙂
Getting in all the snuggles I can with the Finnabon. 🙂 Do you make nicknames for your dog? Our dogs name is Finnigan, but I call him Finnabon, mom calls him Mr. Finnigan and my sister calls him Findaloo- no real reason..
The first day of BoobCamp, I wanted to be comfy and it was a pretty mild day outside so I wore my very favourite ‘Jacket Express’ Islander Sewing System Jacket
I felt pretty cool walking into BoobCamp with a semi-me-made outfit on.
But this is how I felt when I got home, so tired from a day full of learning!
On Day 6 I was luck enough to start wearing my newly made bras! This is the first one I made! Still in love with this colour scheme, and it was a first time for me working with lace, so that was a bit of a learning curve, but one that I liked since I couldn’t leave any of my bras without a little lace!
Here is me sewing this up on the first day!
On day 7 I was all about comfort, so I threw on my leggings and this top that I made. I copied the pattern off a cheap top I bought in the mall that went all pilled after about 3 wears
It has a knit front and back, with poly-chiffon side panels. I love the high-low style!
Another day and another bra! I got to wear my second bra-make on day 8!! I think this one might be my favourite of them all- I just can’t get enough lace!
And here it was the day before, all cut-out and waiting to be made!
Last day of BoobCamp and my last bra-make of the course (although there is one in progress!)
I was really thrilled with how this foam-cup bra turned out, I’m definitely going to make another one of these and this time I will make it with a strapless option!
Still more lace- Between me, mom and Sonia we were definitely the lace-lovers table!
Today, coming home from BoobCamp, I wanted a simple way to give some style to my outfit while I maneuvered Costco and driving through Toronto with mom- so I opted for this statement necklace I made a week or so ago.
I love a statement necklace to really just bring a simple black tank up a notch! I love jewelry making- gotta have my bling!
I’ll probably do a tutorial on this soon, it was ridiculously easy to make!
But those were my outfits and my me-makes of Week 2, can’t wait for Week 3!
How is your MMMay going? are you making your pledge?
Let me know in the comments!
I have been beading obsessed over the holidays- partly since it is one of the only crafty things that I specifically brought home with me, but also because the holidays always seem to draw me toward sparkly and pretty things- let’s be honest that is all year round.
So I thought I would share my favs with you- starting with my absolute favourite, which is this spider bracelet:
The only spider that I will allow on my hand, as I am a mild arachnophobe.
It was a little tricky to make- but since I know that the folk of the internet are very crafty, here is how I did it- if you are in a DIY kinda mood-
So first I picked my beads that I wanted for the head and the big bulbous body- I freak myself out thinking about that..
And put them on a headpin, with a little end bead, leaving some space between them to attach the legs, then I cut the headpin to size and folded over the end to secure it.
Then pick out what you want for your legs: try to make them so that they are fine at the tips, then go to a small join, slim again, then a bigger joint bead, then slim down again so that they can attach to the body really close together. Here are three of the legs laid out. – Also they will all be ending in a jump ring so they can attach to the chain around the back.
Then, what I did, was string them all together on a very fine continuous wire. So I started the wire by going through the large body bead (with the loose end sticking out the back to be wrapped around the head pin and then trapped under the body bead to be secured). Then I strung the beads for the first leg- wrapping the wire around the jump ring, then going back through all the beads, leaving the wire back at the headpin, wrapping it around a couple of times before doing the next leg.
I’m very sorry if this is confusing, it was hard to take descriptive pictures, and I feel like I am being a bit long winded with my explanation- but alas, what can you do?
So once you have done all eight legs (OMG why do spiders have to have so many legs) then you are going to want to attach the chains to make it into a bracelet. So you will want to measure your wrist, then measure across your spider- to find out how much chain you will need to make it around the back of your wrist, of course leaving a little extra so that you can comfortable move your hand.
So when you have these measurements- cut three pieces of equal length chain (for each side), attaching all together at one end to a lobster clasp, and conversely on the other side converging to a ring on which you will clasp your lobster clasp… – although you could use any clasp/closure type that you want for this- Then you will connect the other end of those chains to the jump rings at the end of the bottom three legs from one side, doing the same to the other side with the other half of chains.
Then once you have that done, and you secure it around your wrist- you will want to stretch the remaining two front legs up your hand, then measure a length of chain that (with wiggle room) reaches from one leg, around your ring and middle finger and to the other front leg.
You should end up with this:
Make sure that you leave a fair amount of extra chain for the one going around your fingers, because this distance will fluctuate a lot as you open and close your hand- and you don’t want to put too much strain on the poor guys arms!
Also- if you have any questions about how to make this or if anything was unclear feel free to ask away!
Meanwhile, as I was toiling away at my little spider friend, my sister was busy at work making gorgeous things like:
Though I can claim credit for the one in the middle (that my sister refers to as ‘the baby blanket bracelet’).
I also made these earrings, inspired by New Year’s fireworks
Overall I would say that it was a very productive afternoon of beading!!
Hope you all had creative holidays and that you are finding ways of keeping creative in the busy New Year!!