Monday, April 30, 2012

I'm in! Me-Made-May '12

Me-Made-May time is nearly here again. I was hmmming and hawwing over whether to sign up this year or not. But I just can't resist the fun.

I, Jodi of sign up as a participant of Me-Made-May '12. I endeavour to wear just me-made clothing (with the exception of lingerie, hosiery and footwear) each day for the duration of May 2012.

This will be hard for me because I have recently become something of a fitness fanatic and I don't have any me-made sporty tops - yet. I also only have one pair of me-made shorts.... I think tomorrow I will be spending a lot of quality time with my sewing machine...

Zoe of 'So, Zo' has been organising these me-made months for a couple of years now. She says Me-Made-May '12 will be the only official me-made/self-stitched challenge of 2012. So join up quick smart!

Thursday, April 5, 2012

Denim shorts

I have been starting a lot of sewing projects lately but not finishing them. I was looking through my stuff and found more than 15 half finished garments....

One of them was this pair of shorts. Spring is well and truly here so I thought these would be first up to get finished.

Pattern from Burda mag March 2011. I shortened them quite a bit. So much that I had to make the pockets shorter so they didn't show...

They are so comfortable! I used stretch denim I bought last year at the Çarşamba market in Istanbul.

 These days I am thinking so much about Istanbul, I would love to go back there. Maybe for a huge fabric and notions shopping trip later this year...

Floral pockets make me happy. So does the gingham binding.

I don't actually walk around with my shirt tucked in. That was just so you could see the shorts better... Here is what I actually looked like.

Sunday, April 1, 2012

OWOP - a week of Burda 7829

I managed to get through a week wearing the Burda dress pattern 7829 for  OWOP . It was hard, I got a bit bored by the end. And I didn't have the chance to wear all of the variations I own (some were a little too dressy for what I was doing during the week).

Day 1

Blue floral version of the dress and my striped jacket.

I went up into the Buda hills for kirándulás (excursion - but I think it sounds ridiculous in English to say "I went on an excursion"... In Hungarian though, it is a very normal word).

It was my first day this year outside with bare legs!

Then later I went to a concert, drank far too much. I think I danced...

Very modified version of the pattern, my Striped Madness Dress.

Day 2

I woke up hungover as hell. It was terrible. And it was daylight savings so I basically had to be at work an hour earlier than normal... On a Sunday.

When I finally managed to get out of bed I finished hand sewing the hem and sewing on the straps on my latest Burda 7829 dress. I finished up five minutes before I had to leave for work.

The fabric has tiny little red and blue flowers. I got it on one of my trips to Turkey last year. 

Yeah, it wasn't quite as warm as the photo suggests....

Will post more pics of it as soon as I find a willing photographer :)

Day 3 

My blue floral dress again, with a second hand cardigan, and my green coat, and sparkly leggings. Went out for some drinks with a friend I hadn't seen in a few years. 

Day 4 

My new Turkish floral dress with my aubergine cardigan, some leggings, and my plaid jacket when I was outside. I forgot to ask someone to take a pic. I tried my best to get myself in the frame...

I'm making a new shirt. I actually got a table a few months ago but after so many years of working on the floor I always forget that the table is there and just do everything on the floor anyway...

Day 5 

Come Back Summer dress and a grey wool cardigan I got at a second hand shop.

Day 6 

I forgot to take a photo! But I wore my blue floral dress again. I really did!

Day 7

My Come Back Summer dress, navy "jardigan", aubergine cardigan and bright pink leggings. I hadn't worn these leggings in about a year and suddenly I was wearing them twice in one week. It's nice to wear a bit of colour again after the long dreary winter.