‘I, Marianna of Sew 2 Pro, will endeavour to wear at least one made-by-me garment each day for the duration of May 2012.’
When I signed up for this group project, initiated by the sustainable sewing blogger So Zo What Do You Know, I little anticipated what big parts in my wardrobe would be played by a coat, boots and a brolly. Hang on, didn’t I actually see one parent in the playground wearing gloves?!
Never again will I smirk when I hear the folk say: “Never cast a clout till May is out.”
The day the Queen came to town, I wore the dress I named after mum to Queen Elizabeth I. This picture was taken at a fashion booth, one of many, that was on display during the visit. My coat, brolly and bag were temporarily put on the floor, causing a small security concern.
Along with Trash! this dress featured heavily in the first half of the month and I don’t want to see it again till October, although I discovered it teams up nicely with a Pipetto Originals belt that I wear with jeans sometimes.
Saturdays saw me in my two pleated tops. Here’s Number 1 worn whilst hassling the McCulloch & Wallis dummy (as is my custom).
And here’s Nicotine Surprise, worn with a nearly camouflaged doggy.
My fascination with pleats was indulged some more when the warm weather returned. Here’s the Lime Burda 7378.
Probably the Me-Made outfit I wear the most in the summer. I made it some 3 years ago by adapting the Basic Skirt Block into an A-line. The fabric is an old, discontinued print from Alexander Henry called Zen Charmer which seems equally popular with the kids and the mums.
Every year I buy a simple top or two to wear with this skirt. This year, in the spirit of Me-Made, I trimmed a H&M T-shirt with some black crochet-type lace that I didn’t know what to do with for years. I’m not sure if this mini-project was executed entirely professionally (notice how the T-shirt stretches out where the lace has been sewn on), but seeing a bit of skin through the lace is a nice effect.
New Look 6459
Recently, I made a smart, new version of this pattern but here are a couple of the oldest dresses I’ve ever made. In fact, I’m thinking of retiring them as the fabric is old and the zips not up to close scrutiny. The problem is that I still love them so I wear them on hot days at home when I’m burning dinner and I’ll probably give them one last holiday in the scorching sun. In other words, they’re beachwear! And the halter necks helps with the tanning.
NL 6459 in faded Viva Frida fabric (by Alexander Henry again)
And in Tattoo by Alexander Henry. This dress is now 5 years old. How many RTW dresses would put up with so many summers of use?
If it hadn’t been for Me-Made-May’12, I wouldn’t have had the camera out in the garden on that first warm Sunday of the month (13th), when we also happened to snap my daughter carrying her kitten Blackadder: the only picture of the two of them together. Blackadder was killed days later and we miss him more than I can say.
Thank you for being a part of our family and adding so much love and fun to our days.
I’d hoped we’d have years. What a fine lapcat you’d have become!
Enjoy your sleep.