Everything’s Coming Up Roses

Me Made May has come to a close and I squeaked in one more make to wear in celebration of May 31st. Since it was cold, gray and rainy on Sunday, I just did a quick inside shot for Instagram and Pinterest.

The much nicer weather today was the first opportunity to get out and take better pictures of the rosy dress made with Gertie by Gretchen Hirsch cotton fabric. The border print roses are on a background of soft gray with white polka dots. I love the color. It’s sold at JoAnn Fabrics only, a chain I don’t usually frequent for fabrics, but buy plenty of notions there. I don’t know if it is all their stores or just the one by me, but there is a pretty slim selection of fashion fabric. If it’s fleece you want, they have a ton.

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The top border has a line of roses dancing across in a single line, making for some fun options for pattern layout.

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One of the Gertie patterns, Butterick 6167, uses the print with the top border shirred along the upper bust line. The dirdl skirt shows off the lower border in all it’s splendor.

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I wanted a tad more coverage, but still a sundress look. Having made Vogue 8998 before, I could save time on fitting the bodice and just change the skirt. Since a dirdl skirt is just rectangles, I didn’t even use a pattern. I just cut the fabric for the skirt in half, then cut the piece for the back in half again. Having the 3 pieces (one front, two back) allows for pockets in the seams and a back zipper.

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The waist band has a slight curve to it, which worked with the placement on the line of roses at the top border. The front waist band was an easy placement.

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The sides meet on an upswing.

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Almost got the back to overlap evenly, but not quite.

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The fabric is soft to the touch and with the soft cotton batiste as the lining, the dress is feels good inside and out. The pattern called for interfacing the entire bodice, but I only interfaced the waistband.

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I was trying to get some of my neighbor’s roses in the photo.

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A rosy outlook for the rest of the summer.

If I had it to do again, I would have bought more fabric and made the skirt a little fuller. Also I would have moved the lower border down, so more of the gray and white dots show and less of the green leaves.

Although getting in daily photos can be trying, I will miss seeing everyone’s Me Made May posts, it was something I looked forward to each day. I found so much inspiration and so many more sewers to follow on Instagram. Seeing the kindred spirits posting from around the world was the best part.

My final week wrap up:

Day 25 – Shoe shopping in a mash up dress of Vogue Patterns 8998 and 8413 in a navy and white polka dot rayon blend.

Day 26 – Dress from Vogue Patterns 8972 in honeysuckle cotton mataelasse.

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Day 27 – Black knit maxi skirt was the lining of a disaster dress. Threw the dress away and made the lining into a skirt.

Day 28 – Not much left in the closet. A pencil skirt from Butterick 5466 in Ralph Lauren twill from Mood.

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Day 29 – Dress made by combining skirt pattern Butterick 4136 with bodice from dress pattern Vogue 8413. Narrow collar due to not enough of the Sophia knit fabric from Vogue Fabrics.

Day 30 – Dress made last year for the Woodward Dream Cruise. Vintage 1957 reissue of Vogue Patterns 8789 in blue and white seersucker with embroidered cherries. Added petersham ribbon to make it look like a border print. Loved that belt kit.

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Day 30 dress last year with a car from the same year. Not sure why we thought it was a good idea to show the petticoat? For those not familiar with the cruise, it’s all about cars, not a boat in sight.

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Day 31 – Blogged above. The indoor, rainy day photo.

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This was my first Me Made May and it was fun to be a part of something which has grown so widespread. It makes one feel much less alone in a world of non-sewers, who are not constantly thinking about patterns, fabric and planning what to make next. I wish you all lived in my neighborhood. Thank you Zo. See you next year, same time, same place.

 

 

 

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The Side Effects of Me Made May

A sharpened eye, finished UFOs , refashioning, wardrobe deficient identification and self photography fatigue – all side effects of participation in the phenomenon of Me Made May. I was warned, Zoe even mentions some of these  in her Me Made May Sign Up posting.

In my first bout of Me Made May, I thought I would be immune. As the month has progressed, I found myself contemplating what was missing from my wardrobe and spending time observing others’ makes on #MMMay15 Instagram, seeking those also afflicted with the love of pretty print dresses. Then I actually found myself pulling out a dreaded UFO. It had hung in the back of my sewing room closet, incubating for nearly a year.

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The top, Butterick 5988, was actually fininshed. What! When did I do that? Have you ever had sewing memory loss?

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Although it looks fine on the dress form, somehow on me it didn’t look quite right. Maybe that’s why it had been cast aside. Was it the neckline or maybe the cap sleeves? Just what could be the diagnosis? Further examination revealed it needed 4 inches amputated from the hem. Short people may need proportion adjustments. Having a top end too low on the hip just makes you look even shorter. It had to be chopped off and was instantly much cuter for it.

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The skirt was a copy of a RTW skirt from Loft, hacked from Vogue 7937. I had changed it to a single back vent and added the partial yoke in the front and back.

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Although the yoke doesn’t show when wearing this top, it helps the fit. The skirt needed to be taken in on the sides, a petersham waistband added and a hem. In all just an afternoon to finish the outfit. Photographing took almost as long. Michigan has an abundance of cloudy, rainy days, our pale faces are seeking the sunlight, along with a location to get some decent photos.

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My affliction continues with another attempt to refashion. A skirt my sister passed along. She said it looked dowdy on her and she is four inches taller, so it really looked dumpy on me. There’s a lot of lace there, once I get it all unpicked. Darn those RTW seam finishes.

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I’m also following a lot more bloggers, Instagramers and Pinterest boards now. Yikes, how contagious is this? What’s Me Made May doing for your sewing?

The weeks MMM update:

Day 11 – Skirt Burda 121 – Waverly Fabric from Satin Moon in SFO

Day 12 – Pattern Mash up dress, bodice Vogue 8766, Butterick 5982, skirt Butterick 5385. Two layers of fabric, fuschia cotton under navy & white open cut work

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Day 13 – Skirt Burda 121 again, polished cotton from Haberman Fabrics

Day 14 – Skirt Simplicity 2315 in broadcloth, made 4 or 5 years ago.

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Day 15 –  Skirt cloned from RTW in giant peony cotton from Haberman Fabrics

Day 16  – The UFO from above

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Day 17 – Skirt Butterick 5041 made 5 or 6 years ago, fabric from JoAnns

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