Skip to main content

My 'Me Made May" 2019




Have you signed up?  Me Made May has slipped by me for the last few years.  Don't get me wrong, I have enjoyed the posts of my friends and others but just not joined in.  Somehow I had the impression I had to have the goal of wearing something I made everyday of the month.  I don't have that many garments that I have made.  On reading the site this year I realized I could make my own goal!  I based my goal from this suggestion on the site;  
  • pledging to finish all your UFO's by 31st May if the sight of your UFO pile has been weighing you down.
My pledge:   To make and finish and wear 1 garment a week during the month of May that I already have the pattern and fabric for.

So here's the rundown.  
Last week I finished this skirt:





When we started unpacking from our move, I found this fabric wrapped around some milk bottles from my husbands collection. (Yes, he used my fabric as padding when he felt he needed some). It is a beautiful brown suiting I bought in a tailor shop in Ecuador and it was just the right amount for a skirt.  In the pictures I took it looks a little gray, but it is really a taupe brown with black threads throughout.  Seeing the picture, I am not happy with the quick hem.  I think I'll unpick it and hand sew it.  hmmm.

I took the Blueprint class, 
Patternmaking Basics: The Skirt Sloper, link here


It really helped me get the fit I needed at the time.  Having lost weight, it wasn't hard to adjust for my new (permanent!?) size.  

The challenge I didn't know I had, that I discovered while measuring, is that most patterns assume your measurement from the waist to the fullest part of your hips is 9".  Mine is 7".  That answered a lot of questions as to why patterns from the Big 4 don't always fit right.  That's an alteration you need to take on the paper pattern, not after the skirt is made.

These are what I have planned for the remaining 3 weeks of May:

1)  I've had this pattern, Simplicity 2614, since about 2010 and bought this beautiful sheer fabric more than 6 years ago.  What intrigues me is that the pattern has a choice of cup size up to a D, so no FBA necessary!
2)  I want to make a knit skirt out of these cute swirls on brown.  I think this New Look 6101 will fit this fabric nicely.




3)  I've had this a few years, too.  I have already made this top and it has such a nice flow that I want another.  It's so easy to wear.  This sheer fabric will definitely need a camisole under it, but the colors a scrumptious!


So, those are what I am hoping to complete for Me Made May!  They don't really fit together in a Capsule Wardrobe, but my goal for now is to use what I have. 
If I have any spare minutes in the sewing room, I plan to work on my grandson's fox quilt.  That, hopefully will be done before mid June!

Please comment if you've had any experience with these patterns, sewing with sheers, or just want to give an opinion!  

Now - to the sewing room!















Comments

Popular posts from this blog

All about the Diamond Sword!

My grandson #2 loves Minecraft!  He helped me layout the skateboard blocks on grandson #1's quilt and I really thought I would make 2 to match.  Later his Dad told me he was not really into skateboards, but reminded me of his love of minecraft.  I showed him Weeknight Quilting's blog and asked if he thought I should do one like hers.   (The graph she drew up is wonderful!) So it was agreed.  The Diamond Sword was started!   I like to use my AccuQuilt for most of my  cutting and since I only had a 5" square die at that time, that's the size I cut my pieces.  There are a ton of squares!  Following the graph, I laid them out in sections on a flannel board and sewed.  and sewed.  Finally it was coming together!  I could see a sword!
I used scraps of different whites, creams and grays and blues. My girlfriend had the gold and I did add to the grays with a fat quarter pack from JoAnn's premium fabrics.  Then I saw a perfect print for the center of the sword!  
I got all the…

Oh no! Tension!

Well,  today I am unpicking the entire first row of my quilt.  Tension.  Need I say more. I have been working with this wonderful old machine and in practice it began, finally,  too work just right.

I happily,  and I thought,  Beautifully quilted the entire first row of skateboards then the border.  I cheerfully started rolling it to the next section and this is what I saw. .. Can you see all the loops? When I investigated the tension spring broke so I have had to order a new one and now need to learn to install it.  So now the seam ripper and I are becoming goods friends.   Hopefully the next blog will have it all done and ready to bind! 

Tension relief! ...finally...

After weeks of off and on unpicking stitches, I finally was able to finish the Skateboard quilt number 1 and am onto the next one!



This twin size quilt is bound in yellow and wrapped up, ready to be gifted to my #1 grandson.  I am pleased with it and hopefully he will be, too!
So, what did I do to fix the tension on my longarm?  Very simple.  I asked for young eyes and fingers to help me.  In my tension sagas, I related how I used videos to retime my machine, cleaned every nook and cranny, changed umpteen needles, tried different threading variations, felt and looked for burs and sanded everything.  I felt I couldn't get down and look under the quilt one more time!  Finally I talked about it at the dinner table with my daughter and family and told them I give up.  Remember I did call the nearest dealer and repair person and she said she couldn't come.  My daughter says, don't give up, let me look.  I explained what I had done and why and she took out the bobbin case, did wha…