Sunday, 24 June 2012

Anchors Away Circle Skirt

Ahoy there!  I have been away this week but I am back and have lots to blog about!  First is my new make, my Anchors Away Circle Skirt!This skirt was inspired by the little anchor patch which I got a while ago along with a whole loads of others that I haven't used yet and I thought it was about time.
Iron-on from Patsy May
I drafted the circle skirt pattern myself using Casey's sewalong on Elegant Musings which was fab as I am not so good on the mathematics side of things.  (I made one before from jersey but we won't go there)  I added the white braid and iron on and a small gold button with a bent shank with another cute anchor on it.
Good zipper!
It fits me perfectly though next time I will make the waistband a little longer so that it overlaps a bit more for the button and buttonhole.  I had great fun wearing it out for cocktails and then again while shopping in London.  Get ready for picture overload!
At the natural history museum with a Tri-sarah-tops, gettit?

Smiling like the Cheshire cat after finding Beyond Retro!

This was for my boyfriend who is currently obsessed with 'Keeping Up Appearances.'  Onslow: ' Oh nice!'

Brompton Cemetary, one of the 'magnificent seven' of Victorian London graveyards

Tuesday, 5 June 2012

Me-Made-May 2012 - Final week (and 2 days)

I am late uploading this as I have been away but week four of MMM'12 didn't go so well for me as we had a bit of a heatwave in the UK and I don't have that many very hot weather makes, purely because we don't have that much hot weather!  So I only managed 3 days this week.  Pretty poor I know but I did get to wear my newly finished dress so that was a bonus.
24th May
Me Made - Pastel halter dress
This was my first ever me made item (excluding a fairy fancy dress outfit) and it is not that great hence the not very detailed photo!  The stripes on the bust are wonky, it was too large and has horrible folds where I didn't take it in properly and the seams aren't finished nicely but I still love wearing it as it was my first attempt at sewing clothing for myself.  I do like the pockets and the ribbon detail though.
27th May
First airing of this dress on a burning hot day where I wore LOTS of suncream and stole my Dad's panama hat to browse around a car boot and antique fair.  (I didn't buy anything though.)  I do love this dress and the fit is pretty good too :)

31st May
I wore it again for the last day of May as it is the only thing I finished this month but with a cardi as it had got cooler.  

I didn't manage every day of the whole month, the last 2 weeks were not great but I did wear more me made than I normally do and I did come up with some new outfit combos.  I didn't realise how many days I spend just in work uniforms and I would have to adjust the challenge for this if I do it again.  I tend to make things I can wear in cooler weather or can layer as I am more likely to get wear out of them and I have more dresses than seperates.  I actually had more items than I first thought and although there were a lot of repeats I did enjoy the challenge.  It has also helped me to get out of my sewing slump which is an unexpected bonus!