Me-Made-May & Giveaway

“I,  Marianna of Sew2Pro, hereby pledge allegiance to the worthy cause that is Me-Made-May.  Each day in the month of May ’13, I shall wear at least one garment made by myself.  And should the skies curse us with the same cold and ceaseless rain as we bore almost every day of May ’12 (grits teeth), I shall be covered; for I shall finally sew replacement lining for my old RTW coats and one leather jacket.  It’s my most procrastinated project ever!”

To kick off M-M-M, I’m wearing the latest Laurel (review here) with which I’ve entered the Laurel Contest.  Have you seen how many entries there are!?  They’re an imaginative, creative bunch, these sewists who favour independent patterns.  In other words, I don’t stand a chance of winning!  But I love my new dress.  The fabric, Zen Charmer from Alexander Henry, is from 2008, a stash treasure, and I hope I do it justice even as I currently wear it with flip-flops, horrendously neglected winter feet and leggings 😯 …. 

Are you taking part in Me-Made-May ’13?  Others’ outfits can be seen on this Flickr page.

But you’re here for the Giveaway!  Wow, that one was complicated.  Here are the results:

Laurel: Patty

Lily: Janey

Jasmine: Caroline

Clover: Sophie

Guys, I’m emailing you for your addresses.  Everybody else who commented on my previous post, thanks.  I’ve never had so many compliments. 

Oh, and if anyone has any good tips or links for sewing lining replacements, please pass ’em on!

16 thoughts on “Me-Made-May & Giveaway

  1. Love your fabric and pattern. Not a style that would work for my 70 + body, sadly. Dresses are no longer my friend :-(.

    • Oh no surely not. But I suppose if you make your own clothes, at least you can make what suits you rather than hunt endlessly in the shops.

    • Coats and a (leather) jacket. These are the only items where I’ve had the lining going to ruin. I think it’s the combination of thin fabric and the fact that I walk a lot with a bag or shopping rubbing against the hip.

  2. You want to preserve the general shape of the lining you’re replacing, so before you rip out, really inspect it, any darts? any reinforcements? Is there a piece that runs up the back collar? Is it pleated? Pull it out in one piece if possible, and make a pattern from it. Even more important: in what order you’re going to insert this new thing? For a coat, I’d start with the facings (front, neck) You could probably insideout the coat, machine stitch the lining to the facings, turn it right side out through the hem opening (which you’re going to hem but only catch stitch to the coat hem). I’ve seen some nifty stuff about cuffs (Fashion Incubator I think) where KF addresses reattaching. I’ll go dig up my alterations bible and see if I can send more stuff, but searching on ‘bagging the lining’ will get you a lot of visuals.

    • That is so helpful. Thank you very much 🙂 I’ve done a bit of research but didn’t till now know the term ‘bagging the lining’!

  3. I’m thrilled to have won the Lily, thank you! Slight panic about not making a pigs ear of it now since I’m such a novice sewer but practice makes perfect (or at least better), right?! x

    • It’s true that you won the more “intermediate” of the two dress patterns, but only I think ’cause there are a lot of pieces to it so it takes longer to put together. Otherwise it’s not too complicated and the Colette instructions are so easy to follow.

      Good luck!

  4. I was going to suggest googling ‘bagging a coat lining’ too – I know threads had some articles at one point so search on their site too. I have two winter coats I need to re-line one day and a local tailor estimated $150-$200 each to do it for me.

    Love the latest laurel too 🙂

    • One of the boring jobs of the summer is relining my big wool duffel coat. Finally replaced the zipper, got it cleaned, and now the lining is trying to leave it. It’s a simple pattern, but it’s soooo beautifully quilted, I’m going to take my time with it. Unlike all the other stuff I blaze through.

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