There is this saying “Everyone got their 15 minutes of fame”. In my case it were 15cm. After posting my second version of the mullet dress at BurdaStyle I got an e-mail from Burda if I have this picture in higher resolution and if I would let them print it in one of the next issues of BurdaStyle maganzine in Germany. Well … yes and yes.
There is this lovely pattern called ‘Polka Dots’. I did a bit of research and found out that there is no real connection to the dance called Polka. I thought it would be nice if the dots were not equaly spaced so they look more as if they were dancing. That ment that I had to add the dots myself. As the base for my dress I used the pattern of my recent peplum top from Burda Style (Peplum Top 08/2012) I did the same alteration again: no zipper and therefor no seam in the back, sleeves from another pattern (the original sleeves had darts on the elbow … what for? ), dropped the seam allowance and had to take it in some centimetres at the sides. To make it a dress I just added about 20cm to the hem.
If you are wondering why my hair tie matches the dress so perfectly … it’s just because its a scrap from the shortening of the sleeves. I have some lovely hair ties from my Swimming Pool Dress too 🙂
We had some difficulties taking these photos since it rained cats and dogs the whole day … we were attending a Jugendweihe celebration (a ceremony in which 14-year-olds are given adult social status) in an nice open air location (at least it is nice when the sun is shining … ) We had to ran to a huge parasol so we stayed dry for the shooting.
The jersey I used (a mystery blend of something synthetic … that’s what the burn test told me … and something from an animal … that’s what the little hairs sticking out here and there told me) was very light and slightly transparent. You can see the freezing wind playing with my skirt here:
Little Mia came over for a little photo bombing. (A nice little girl that kept us entertained the whole time)
I did the dots using fabric paint and the rubber of a pencil … like I did for the necklace on the Trompe l’œil Shirt for my friend.
And I even did a matching nail design 🙂
So this was what I wore for day 25 of Me-Made-May’13:
Just one week to go … and I made it till here without a repetition of a garment and I made 3 new pieces … although I didn’t dare to make a pledge saing that.
I made this dress about a year ago. (Yes the hi-low trend is this old … but I still like it) It’s based on Jersey Dress 120 BurdaStyle 03/2012 I’m sure one dress can bear more than one trend.
No, pockets are no trend … but they are practical anyway. Exposed zippers are a trend … one I really like (as you can tell from my recent pencil skirts) Since all good things come in threes my hi-low dress with exposed zipper got cut outs too.
I wore this dress today for the 24th day of Me-Made-May’13. This may is not as sunny as last years. That’s why I had to wear a longsleeve and leggings underneath. I wore longsleeved garments the last days too.
I made a blazer! I never thought that this would happen. But I fell in love with the ‘Blazer Frazer’ from the german magazine ‘CUT’ (issue #8). All the blazers I tried in shops made me look like a ship captain. I felt like it would be different with this one. And I wanted to make it out of jersey for a more casual look. Jersey might not be the best material for a blazer. It’s even more unsuitable when it’s very very soft and cuddly. But well … i didn’t care.
The soft jersey drapes a lot (you can call it wrinkles … but they are not permanent and they move with you … I call it drape 🙂 )
The original blazer is made of non-stretchy fabric, lining and leather:
CUT magazine always has very clear and simple step-by-step instruction with pictures for every step. And the sizing started with XS (I love them for that). The only adjustment I had to make was to shorten every pattern piece (except the parts of the sleeves) by 9cm (otherwise it would have been a coat for me). Another nice feature are the pockets … I love pockets on every garment!
For the lining and the back yoke I killed a blouse I got from my boyfriends mother recently. It’s voile with the structure of ostrich leather … no ostrich died … just a blouse. So if you like a challenge once in a while … just sew a blazer out of super soft and stretchy jersey and non-stretchy lining.
My sewing machine isn’t that much into challenges. That’s why it wouldn’t do the button hole on this fabric. I tried on a remnant. But it either got wobbly or stucked in the machine. It seemed like clever folks of CUT magazine knew that before and included instructions for button holes by hand in this issues basics section. I did not only the hole by hand but the button too. I formed a button from FIMO (polymer clay to harden in oven) and put 6 holes in it, so the yarn will form an anchor.
And since it’s still May the last days of Me-Made-May’13 so far (today I wore the blazer, of course):
Many of you liked my colourblock dress. Today I wore the matching pencil skirt (the pattern is similar, it’s BurdaStyle Stretch Pencil Skirt 02/2012 ) I made this skirt over one year ago. When I saw Sophie’s (Cirque Du Bebe) rusty version some weeks ago I was tempted to make a more colourful version quite soon. Back then we took some funny pictures in an exhibition.
Here’s a shot where we tried to capture the design-lines … well, we tried …
I know you believe me. But here is the evidence (and what I wore the other days of Me-Made-May’13)
I was on sick leave the past days (“just” a cold). I thought I can make the best of it and sew the whole day. The bad thing on beeing ill is … well … beeing ill. Most of the time I just laid there and waited for it to be over. But as soon as I felt better (yesterday) I started to cut and sew a blazer … I’m so excited to see it finished … it seems like it’s becoming the first blazer that actually suits me …
Happy Me-Made-May my dear readers and stay healthy!
This is one af my favourite dresses! I made it last year in february ( I didn’t have a blog back then). I wore it today for the 13th day of Me-Made-May.
I used Dress 117B from BurdaStyle 02/2012 (this is a link to the pattern on the german Burda website because it’s not (yet?) available on the international one). This time Burda was so kind to start with size 34. I “just” had to shorten it in the bodice and at the hem. I instantly fell in love with that dress once I saw it in the magazine (it was definitely the pattern, not the colours … black, bright yellow and beige are not my favourite combination … ) Another thing I fell in love with, was the artwork of a befriended artist called Herr von Bias (www.herr-bias.de) He designed the interior and some t-shirts for a local streetwear shop. But the t-shirts were only available in men sizes (again … ). Well, all the refashionistas out there surely know: the bigger the shirt the more fabric to work with …
The dress went together better than I thought. The only tricky part was the zipper in the back. When I installed it the first time the dress started to wobble … I ripped the zipper out again, ironed on some stripes of interfacing (I usually don’t work with interfacing unless absolutely necessary … like in this case) and put the zipper back in place.
And now the evidence my beloved dress on day 13 of MMM’13 (and what I wore the other days)
The Me-Made-May works well for me so far. Everyday another selfmade garment with no repetition yet. Now I managed to actually sew something new for me. Lovely Katarina, another Berlin based blogger, inspired me to try this pattern, BurdaStyle V-Back Top 106 09/2012. I liked her Mockblood version. I decided to do the piping as well. In the end I made no real piping, just folded jersey stripes inserted in the darts.
Katarina wrote, that she chose a size bigger than her usual size to get a slouchy look. Since normal sized tops look slouchy on me anyway I did the opposite. Once again smallest size available was a 36. As my usual SDA (Skinny Dwarf Adjustment) I omitted the seam allowance to grade it down. I didn’t add volume interfacing to the collar like the instructions told me. Why would I want to force the collar to stick out? My fabric was way lighter than the fabrics Burda used for their versions. It’s more a light everyday top than a jumper.
Today was a holiday again. We went on a hill and then to a lake. And yes I went into the lake … at least ankle-deep 🙂
And now the recap of my Me-Made-May so far
I really enjoy taking part in the Me-Made-May. I got so much encouraging feedback and discovered so many inspiring people. A big hug to the whole sewing community!