#memademay2019 day 1: starting with dreary-chic melbourne colours of black, grey and in between, with a copycat #kyotovest (a sumptuous double faced wool, pattern and fabric both from @tessutifabrics ) and #seamworkneenah (heavy weight merino from @wearethefabricstore , pattern by @seamworkmag ). #ootd
#broochoftheday is a much adored raindrop cloud by @maconetlesquoy , from @thestandardstore .
ps: and yes, i am s*****g in my gut with formidable breath-holding capacity while my phone camera timer does its thing.
Today i'm wearing a favorite of mine, #sewingfreya by @tillybuttons. i've made both the top and dress versions of this pattern several times. it's easy to sew and easy to wear, and the pattern would be a great staple in everyone's collection! unfortunately it can't be because, like all of tilly's patterns (and those of many other designers), this is only available in 8 sizes: us2/uk6 through us16/uk20.
many of us started sewing because we wanted more control over what we wear. we have problems with fit when it comes to ready-to-wear clothing. as simple as this dress seems, it's not something i could buy in a store. i graded between three different sizes to make this fit me correctly. i also made alterations for my shoulder slope, narrow back, and swayback.
this garment is stretchy, which makes fit easy. there are only six pattern pieces, which makes cutting easy. this dress is so wonderful that i made it in one evening after work and then wore it the next morning. it's a great pattern! but only for some of us.
i love supporting indie designers, but many are intentionally avoiding expanding their range of sizes to be more inclusive. it's on us to pay attention to how companies treat members of our community. the average dress size for women in the us is somewhere between 14-18, yet many designers stop making patterns around that size. i'm hopeful that recent conversations have inspired some designers to change what they're offering, and until then i'll be spending my money in a different way. #sewinclusive
Butterscotch wide wale corduroy #persephonepants hot off the machine along with a older #seamworkneenah ✂️ love these together ❤️ a slight bit of stretch in the corduroy makes them so comfy and warm. i have loads of this corduroy left over (thrifted)—what else should i make with it? #saskatoonsews #sewingtall #memademostdays #sewcialists #thriftedfabric #sewingsustainably
My year of finally making real pants continues with #landerpants, which i’ve had on my list for so long... why did i wait? i’ve never had or worn wide leg jeans and i am converted. they are so darn fabulous and comfortable! these were intended as a wearable muslin and i’ve already worn them to work and cut out a second pair and i just made them on monday😝. these are also make number 4 for my #makenine2019 so i’m feeling like 💪🏼💪🏼💪🏼💪🏼
fabric is gorgeous 11oz natural italian bull denim from #blackbirdfabrics 🐢 neck is #seamworkneenah made in tencel/organic cotton jersey, also from #blackbirdfabrics ><
#truebias #truebiaspatterns #makenine #memade #handmadewardrobe #canadasews #bcsews
My first go at bralette making this weekend. i tried the #jordybralette and the #barrettbralette, both made out of whatever scraps i had lying around. of the two, the barrett is the winner for fit and comfort - now i just need to figure out how to add a back closure and foam padding before i make 10 more. i also made a #seamworkneenah out of some bamboo jersey from my stash and nine pairs of scrap u****s that i’ve been desperately in need of 💪🏼 #scrapbusting #sewyourstash #canadasews #memade #handmadewardrobe
April marks the end of #sewhappycolor and thus melbourne, under profound pantone duress over the last month, can now officially return to countless deathly hues of 🖤black🖤... #sewhappyprint though, will forever rulez, like in this graphic cotton knit from @darncheapfabrics . i know at least one more melburnian @shesewsalot celebrating in this fabric, except she couldn’t wait and did it 4 days earlier 👻😜👻 check her amazing feed if you are a disbelieving dingo!
#ootd pattern is the #seamworkneenah by @seamworkmag , i’ve made this 3 times and it is a real wear-to-work staple. mock turtleneck to hide fine lines/double chin, silhouette-skimming without being too tight, and excellent for layering - essential for our capricious weather.