Hi all – if there is a floral dress it must be Spring – to quote Miranda Priestly ‘florals for spring… groundbreaking’. And if it is Spring it must be time to plan for Me Made May!
This dress uses a second piece of fabric from my trip to Ditto Fabrics in Brighton. I can’t find the fabric on their website but I found a pink version on ebay here so you can take a closer look. It is a Liberty viscose jersey and I love the print which I think is not overwhelmingly ‘flowery’.
The pattern is Colette Moneta – I have made two before – here and here – so I apologise if I am boring anyone – but you know – this one is Liberty! This pattern is such a wardrobe staple for me – the blue one I made most recently is worn pretty much every week.I finally remembered to make the shoulders a little bit wider as I find that the other ones are slightly too wide and I have to be careful about bra straps showing. I flattened the curve of the neckline a little but otherwise I used the same size as previously – medium bust and shoulders grading out to a large at the waist and cutting the length of the largest size. Similar to the problem I had with my Davie dress the viscose fabric is quite heavy and it does drag the bodice down. You can see in the pictures that the waist seam is sitting lower than in my previous versions. I don’t think it is a huge problem and after wearing it for a day I haven’t found that it sags too much while I am wearing it.I can’t believe it is already time to get ready for Me Made May. Last year was the first time I participated and it made a huge difference to my sewing. I pledged to wear things I had made four times a week, to build up my hand made wardrobe and to blog more regularly. Apart from the daily photographs (which were a pain with a fairly rubbish phone camera) I really enjoyed the process. I discovered that I did want to make the jump from having some handmade clothes to having a whole handmade wardrobe. I have bought virtually no RTW clothes since then and I now wear handmade clothes most days.
So what will be a challenge for me this year?
1. I want to try to wear my handmade clothes every day – there will be repeats because I currently rely on a few pieces that I wear a lot but I will try to keep them to a minimum.
2. I will sort out (and cull!) what is curently in my wardrobe and develop a plan for a coherent spring and summer wardrobe – I already have some thoughts, so it will be good to have a more focussed plan.
What are your plans for Me Made May? What will be a challenge for you?