Tuesday, April 12, 2011

Flounce and dotty blouse

Hello everyone! I hope you are all feeling great. Here, I had a pretty big Dutch exam, which I passed with a very nice grade. I am also preparing for the new job starting on Thursday... Brrr... I am feeling a bit stressed, but it is a good stress. I have no clue ow I will get organized. I will be away from home until 18:30. Then, I will have to do daily stuff, and find 20 hours per week at least to work on my Dutch course.  And I really should start thinking about organizing our wedding. When will I sew???

Very dear readers, I need your help. I am sure that a lot of you have a job, children, and a lot of obligations. How do you make time for sewing?

Enough with the complaining, and let's get to work! If you remember well, I have been in a blouse sewing frenzy since Me-Made March started. Today, it is time to uncover the last installment of the blouse trilogy. I used a pattern from Burdastyle magazine (4/2010). This is a blouse that has a flounce detail around the neckline. I used a polka dot flowy fabric that comes from my grand-ma's stash. Pink and grey. I also used grey bias.

The pattern was very straightforward and the bust darts were at perfect height. Although, I have made a few changes.

(a) Of course, I upgraded the whole thing... As every Burda non-plus size pattern, it grades only to a 44 and I obviously need way much more.
(b) I cut a second yoke to line the inside.
(c) I lengthened it (5 centimeters) to make it long enough to wear on top of trousers/jeans.
(d) I used bias all around the neckline, armholes, and the flounce.
(e) I have sewn in 2 hooks and eyes to hold the cleavage in place (it goes down down down!)
(f) I have deepened the back darts, to adjust the sway-back.

I am very happy that it works great with cardigans, and also with vests. It also work equally good with skirts and jeans. It is long enough for jeans and is also pretty when in it tucked in a skirt.

I also wanted a blouse that would take me through summer. And, indeed, it is light enough to keep you fresh. I can assure you that because we wanted to take pictures outside and it was 8 degrees or so (Celsius). Brrrr, I still shiver when I think about it.

And that's it!

What do you think?
Any tips about how to incorporate sewing in busy days?

Friday, April 1, 2011

Me-Made-March: The end...

Hello everyone!

Can you imagine that March is already gone! And Me-Made-March with it? I had so much fun taking daily pictures. Every time, I would meet up with my Mister, and every time, it felt like a cheesy teenager-y date! During this month, I got so productive! And I tried to fill self made gaps in my wardrobe: mainly blouses, and a simple dress that could be paired up with many cardis and colors. Here are the last days!

Day 22: This became my favorite dress!

Day 23: Mmmmm, sunshine, one of my 3 MMM blouses!

Day 24: I became yellow addicted, here is a MM dress!

Day 25: Me Made dress, with a pink belt!

Day 26: My first lazy Me-Made outfit... I really wanted to wear my petticoat, so this time, I am only wearing my Me-Made yellow bow, on the top of my head ;)

Day 27: My MMM blouse number two!

Day 28: The tunic is one of my oldest projects, and I still love it!

Day 29: I really like this outfit, I tried to roll my jeans hem, and I will completely adopt it more often. Me-Made blouse again...

Day 30: Second and last lazy outfit. I was cranky because it was raining and all I have for you is my wet Me-Made coat!

Day 31: last day and sneak peak on my Me-Made blouse number 3!

I am going to attempt a summery panorama... Tadaaa! *day 6 is missing, but it was my peplum jacket and the picture of day 14 is still lost...*































Now, my top 5 is: Days 4, 10, 22, 29, 31. And my all time favorite must be day 10!

To the conclusion!
1) I cannot wait for Self-Stitched-September!
2)I will have to improve a few skills, photoshop anyone? I love Patty's awesome global picture!
3) I need to get cracking on pants!
4) I could use 2 other basic skirts
5) I should try to customize a few cardigans

What is YOUR favorite?
Did you participate to Me-Made March?
If yes, leave me a link, pleaaase?
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