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Me made May…..

I have been terrible at posting this month and this was made worse by the fact that I joined in with me made May and stuck with it for the whole month but didn’t share any of it.
My aim is to get round to photographing my outfits on my bodyform so you all can see the hidden gems in my wardrobe.
Joining in has made me realise how many dresses I have made and how few tops and skirts/trousers I have.

Luckily over at the monthly stitch Indie pattern swap my partner sent me a fab Agnes top to make from tilly and the buttons.


And today I went out and bought an overlocker that actually works.  I bought a second hand huskylock and battled with it for 18 months -2 years but 6 months ago I took it to one of my sewing lessons and not even the teacher could get it to work.  A service would cost more than I bought it for so finally agreed to give it up.
And this is the beauty that now sits on my desk….


I got it in a local sewing shop Hanson fabrics who were brilliant.  They spent an hour with me going through all the features and will do that any time I need them to and are on the end of the phone if I have any questions.  They also run a day course on using an overlocker that I will probably go on.

Plus I finally took up my husband’s jeans so he’s happy too!!!

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Loving vintage patterns

I finished my Style 3686 pattern yesterday and I am loving all the vintage 1972 details of big collars and puff sleeves!


Daughter helping with photography

I found the pattern at the local charity shop for 50p in a size 12.
The bust size was correct for me but 4″ too small on hip and waist measurement.
I copied the pattern out on new pattern paper,  which was quick as pre cut by the last owner. I added two inches to the front bodice and back bodice to make allowance for my hips and again on the waist band on the skirt.
When I finished the dress and tried it on I realised that I needed to remove the extra width I had added in!!
This dress only took me a day to put together as a simple construction and therefore I took the time to finish it well.


The fabric is from hobbycraft and cost £12 a metre which is a lot for me to spend on fabric so really wanted this to have a quality finish at the end.
I decided to finish the hem and sleeves with tape which I am really happy with and will definitely continue to do with other projects.


Taped hem


Taped sleeves

Thanks for reading :mrgreen:



‘I, Jenny of, sign up as a participant of Me-Made-May ’16. I endeavour to wear an item of home made clothing or an accessory each day for the duration of May 2016’

There it is,  I’ve made my pledge!!

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