Dreaming of…two dresses in one

Although I guess technically this is just 2 dresses in 2. This is the Burdastyle double layer dress, which I bought when Burdastyle UK had a 2 for 1 sale. DSC06789

Over half term, as a break from reports, I went over to Beth’s house to help her make a dress. I wanted something simple to make for myself so I took this Burdastyle double layer dress. I’d already assembled the pattern and cut out all of the pattern pieces. All four of them – 2 for each dress.

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I started by helping Beth make a dress pattern for some lovely curtain fabric she has and then I set off on my own dress while she made some beautiful bunting.

This dress calls for bias binding around the neckline and armholes. I wanted cream binding and didn’t have any, so I made my own following this Colette tutorial. I think I made about 3000m of tape, which still wasn’t enough for both dresses. The moral being – always make more than you think you need.

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The pattern instructions call for the elasticated waist to be put in by sewing a zig zag stitch over a piece of elastic thread. I tried this, but it didn’t feel sturdy at all and the gathers just felt too loose. So instead I used a straight stitch to sew down some 5mm wide elastic. I stretched out the elastic as I sewed so that when I released it, it gathered up nicely.

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The hem is finished with a rolled hem, which worked nicely on this silky fabric.
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The beauty of this dress is that I now have a lot of mix and match options. The over and under dresses are completely separate so can be used with other garments and the fabric is thin enough that it can pretty much be layered with anything. I’ve already worn this on 3 occasions, with different combinations each time. Wahoo, versatile fashion!

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BTW bonus points if you recognised that this is the dress I sketched in this post

Dreaming of … light at the end of the tunnel

Ladies and gentlemen, boys and girls, cats and dogs, fish and chips…wahoo we made it! My first foray into MMMay 14 is officially over and I have to say I thoroughly enjoyed it.

I found it nice and easy to wear a different me made item everyday this month – yes that’s right, no repeats. I’m pleased to say that my wardrobe stood up to many different occasions and the realisation that I have outfits to suit most occasions has resulted in a clear out of some of my RTW items.

I didn’t identify any major gaps in my wardrobe (I seem to have a lot of all clothes). I think I should maybe make some more separates, but on the other hand I also want to make more pretty dresses. I also want to play around with slightly different silhouettes, although I’m not sure this is a good idea for my figure, I just want to experiment a bit.

Anyway, last week was half term so I did manage to fit some sewing in and will be able to show you a couple of new things whenever I get the chance to photograph them. I think my camera needs a break for a few days!

So here’s what I wore for the last week in May.

Me made Ikat at Iolani dress - click picture for original blog

Me made Ikat at Iolani dress – click picture for original blog


Me Made - plenty of pleats dress. Click picture to see blog post

Me Made – plenty of pleats dress. Click picture to see blog post

Me made - burdastyle vintage modern dress. Click picture for blog post

Me made – burdastyle vintage modern dress. Click picture for blog post

Me mad - Mad men challenge dress. Click picture for original blog post

Me mad – Mad men challenge dress. Click picture for original blog post


Me made - faux button placket dress. Pre blog

Me made – faux button placket dress. Pre blog

Me made PJS - unblogged!

Me made PJS – unblogged!

Me made jersey vest dress - pre blog

Me made jersey vest dress – pre blog

Me made - sleeveless shirt dress, click picture for original blog

Me made – sleeveless shirt dress, click picture for original blog

Well done to everyone who took part, I’ve gathered so much inspiration from reading your posts and seeing your garments! Thanks to Zoe for organising it again and here’s to it being sunny today! Wahoo!

Dreaming of…yes you guessed it….more Me Made items!

So, week 3 of Me Made May 2014 has come and gone in a blur.

It’s been a crazily busy week with job interviews, tests, reports and a residential trip. Not to mention crazy changes in the weather – but I’m very pleased to report that my me made wardrobe worked for all those occasions!

And without any further ado – here’s what I wore. Click on the pictures to see original blog posts where applicable.

My Fresh prince PJs - still unblogged and always will be!

My Fresh prince PJs – still unblogged and always will be!

Me Made vest dress and pleated skirt - pre blog

Me Made vest dress and pleated skirt – pre blog

Interview day - Me Made skirt with no visible seams. Click for original blog post.

Interview day – Me Made skirt with no visible seams. Click for original blog post.

Me Made Elasticated skirt - click to see original post with tutorial

Me Made Elasticated skirt – click to see original post with tutorial

Me Made pleated skirt - blog and tutorial coming soon

Me Made pleated skirt – blog and tutorial coming soon

Me Made circle skirt - click to see original blog post

Me Made circle skirt – click to see original blog post

Me Made (remade) shirt dress - pre blog

Me Made (remade) shirt dress – pre blog

So I guess we’re on the downhill slope now – here’s to the last half of #MMMay14 – looking forward to it!

Dreaming of…#MMMay14 or ‘How to Avoid Reports’

Hands up who’s loving me made may so far? I am!

It probably helps that I wear me made stuff the majority of the time anyway and that I enjoy a good ole pose, but I think my pledge this year is definitely helping me realise what’s missing in my handmade wardrobe. Plus since starting MMMay this month, I’ve already had a sort out for charity – it’s quickly made me realise that some of the RTW clothing I have, I have in a better version in me made items.

The second realisation (which I mentioned last week) is that I need some PJs. As you may have guessed by the title of this post, it’s report writing time of year again. All you teachers out there will know that this means very little socialising, showering, or getting nicely dressed up more down time with my PJs. (Did a girl ever really need an excuse?!)

So this month I’ve made 3 pairs!
His and Hers versions for the first weekend and Fresh Prince inspired ones for this weekend. Now I can wash one and wear another!

Me Made PJs - unblogged and not intending to!

Me Made PJs – unblogged and not intending to!

They suit the purpose of being quick – meaning I don’t feel too guilty about not doing work, and mean that I can lounge around all day and still be in me made items!

Me Made Hemlock Tee - Click pic for original post

Me Made Hemlock Tee – Click pic for original post

Me Made skirt - click pic for original post

Me Made skirt – click pic for original post

Me Made Mad Men Dress - click pic for original post (and much better photos)

Me Made Mad Men Dress – click pic for original post (and much better photos)

Me Made shirt dress - pre blog

Me Made shirt dress – pre blog

Me Made 'Fresh Prince of Bel Air' PJs - definitely never blogging!

Me Made ‘Fresh Prince of Bel Air’ PJs – definitely never blogging!

Dreaming of…simplicity and lace

Over the Easter holidays we drove to Belgium for a week. It was a perfect relaxing holiday, made all the better by the waffles!

I haven’t been doing much sewing for myself recently, but I wanted some simple outfits, which were easy to pack and mix and match with other things in my wardrobe. In keeping with my original plans for this year, I made up some patterns from my new years list. And here is one of them.

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It’s Grainline’s Hemlock tee again with a few alterations.
1. I made it in a woven rather than a knit – it’s a teal polyester lining fabric bought for £1 in Birmingham rag market and I only bought a metre as I wasn’t sure what to do with it. It’s SO soft and drapey though! Fair warning though – it melts easily!

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2. I shortened the pattern by an inch.
3. Added an inch to either side of the hem and then curved it out slightly to make it very loose.
4. I made the armholes just become like raglan sleeves.
5. I made my own bias binding from a lovely scrap of cotton my mum gave me. I used this to bind all the raw edges (the insides are all French seamed).

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6. Finally, I added this cute little collar – the lace seemed appropriate for Belgium.

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We took these photos by the Menin gate in Ypres. I’ve been to the war cemeteries and monuments before, but seeing the sheer volume of men who gave their lives will always be something that I find very poignant and obviously emotive. We only spent a few hours in Ypres on the way back from Bruges to Calais, but it was still a very memorable and important part of the trip.

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I’m sure you’ll see more of these holiday snaps popping up on my blog – and this top will undoubtedly be seen this month. You may also see some of these following snaps cropping up too. Yep, the obligatory Me Made May 2014 shots. So far we’re 3 days in and I’ve already realised I’m going to struggle with my pledge…
I, Lara of Dreaming of Avonlea, pledge to wear at least one item of me made clothing every day throughout may – ATTEMPTING to not repeat entire outfits and trying to identify any gaps in my wardrobe! Phew!
…Purely because I like LOVE pyjama days, and though they may be few and far between during these busy times, I have no me made PJs – may have to rectify that this month!

Where applicable you can click on the images to go to original blog post.

Me Made Marie Skirt

Me Made Marie Skirt

Me Made Skirt - pre blog

Me Made Skirt – pre blog

Gardening Me Made Dixie 2 Piece Top - Pre Blog

Gardening
Me Made Dixie 2 Piece Top – Pre Blog

Hope you’re all enjoying Me Made May this year. I’m loving the Pinterest group!