Me-Made-May 2017 week 4: The final week

My first ever Me-Made-May is almost over and here’s my final clothing capsule.  It’s a mixture of favourites and barely worn me-mades. Can you guess the favourites?  They are the cord trousers and the floral shirt. I like the navy pinspot shirt but don’t wear it often because it doesn’t go with many things (good…

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Me-Made-May 2017 week 3

Three weeks finished and only one left!  This week I wore some things that hadn’t seen the light of day in a decade.  I also had a couple of Pajama Days this week (but wore me-made pajamas and dressing gown). Here’s this week’s capsule:   Cheers!

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Me-Made-May 2017 week 2: Getting into it

It’s now half way through May and suddenly I feel like I’m only a fraction of the way through my potential outfits!  It’s the opposite feeling to having nothing to wear. Read about the first week of Me-Made-May here. This week’s clothing capsule:       Cheers!    

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Me-Made-May 2017 week 1

“I, Liz Haywood of www.lizhaywood.com.au sign up as a participant of Me-Made-May ’17. I endeavour to wear at least one me-made item each day for the duration of May 2017.  I further challenge myself to wear my clothes with imagination and thoughtfulness, and get out of the rut of wearing the same few things all…

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Nailed it! Zero waste trousers with diamond gusset

After the disappointment with my first attempt, I’ve triumphed!  (Visit my previous post so you know what I’m talking about.)  I had another go this week with this trousers idea, making them roomier.  They now have the perfect degree of pajama pant bagginess.     By all means feel free to adjust the amount of…

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My Wedding Dress

It’s my wedding anniversary.  On the weekend I dug out my wedding dress and tried it on.  It still fits but only just. I made this dress.  The fabric is very beautiful; it’s silk with a metallic floral design.  I also made my sister’s dress from a Vogue pattern.         Anniversary Cheers!…

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The Disappointing Trousers

This week I tried out a zero waste trouser draft I came across on Pinterest.  Actually, it wasn’t a draft – more like a sketch of an idea.  (This isn’t the picture I had but it’s very similar.) The problem was, I didn’t realise that these trousers are intended to be baggy.  Really baggy.  They…

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Like or Loathe it: stitching in the ditch

Stitching in the ditch is a line of stitching used to hold down a seam onto the fabric behind it.  The stitching is done on the right side of the garment and doesn’t show because it’s hidden in the “ditch” of the seam line. The stitching sinks into the seam and is indiscernible. You might…

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Pattern review: Vogue 2859 top

Last with the latest.  Vogue 2859 was released at least a decade ago (and I suspect it’s now out of print) but I found an unused copy at the op shop. There are quite a few reviews for this top on Pattern Review.  Some people made it for 1930’s dress-ups and others just wanted to…

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Lutterloh from the op shop

Arriving home from an op shop visit, my husband presented me with someone’s Lutterloh books. Lutterloh is a pattern making system from Germany.  It was developed in 1935 and is still available today.             Lutterloh is a pattern drafting system only.  There are no instructions for cutting or making the…

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