I hate when I have to many projects planned and for some reason I decide to work on a completely unplanned project. For some reason, those planned projects don’t have the same appeal as an “on the fly” project. Probably because those planned projects have the whole planned element. I thought them out so perfectly and when I make them I expect perfection. On the fly kind of projects are completed with the “let’s get it done” mentality.
Okay, that was a lot to explain that I’ve been working on “on the fly” stuff rather than planned. I’m proud to say this post is about one of those neglected planned projects. You’re probably wondering what finally got my ass into gear. Well it’s Revenge of the 5th my friends. Yesterday was “May the 4th” and I realized I have the perfect project to complete for the following day.
Last project (Sleep Shirt) was my first try with an appliqué. Granted, it is not fun to sew those guys on but I’m not one to be deterred. I decided to cut an AT-AT Walker from the remaining Star Wars fabric I have from JoAnn’s. For non-nerds, the AT-AT Walkers are used by the bad guys and they look like big mechanical animals.
I drew up a tank top. I decided not to use a pattern. A simple tank should be easy enough to create.
I used more leftovers as the top of the tank. I didn’t want a full black shirt with an appliqué. I wanted something with a little more matching. The front and back both have the Star Wars fabric at the very top. I had to get creative for the back since I was using leftovers. I used four pieces to create the back. I don’t think it’s a big deal and it looks fine. I also cut strips of the fabric to create a trim on the arms and the neck for a nice clean look.
The bottom is a soft rayon/poly blend that I also picked up from JoAnn’s. I cut from the outside edge of the top pieces and down at a widening angle to the desired length to make the bottom nice and roomy. The bottom is also rounded and the front is a tid-bit shorter than the back.
I ironed my appliqué on the bottom and then stitched around the edges. It’s not perfect because there are so many angles around the Walker. Still no big deal. The thread blends pretty well with the fabric.
That’s it! I have a new Star Wars tank top. Pretty comfy and quick to make. I need to quick dragging my feet on things! lol
Time to finish out Me-Made-May. It’s gone really well! I’m so much happier not taking photos in the morning and trying to find a photo where I’m not making a weird face. Fast and quick mmm17 shots peeps. Totally the way to go.
Day Sixteen & Seventeen:
Butterfly Simplicity 1364 top and RTW pants
Day Eighteen & Nineteen:
B5526 black shirt, RTW speckled pants
Nerdy Colette Sorbetto, Jamie Jeans by Named Patterns
Day Twenty & Twenty-One:
Simone by Victory Patterns <– love this dress
Tie-dye maxi refashioned from a bunch of tie-dye shirts
Day Twenty-Two & Twenty-Three:
Colette Sorbetto in ITY Knit, RTW Sweater and Jeans
Simplicity 1364 blue sweater, B5613 geometric skirt (wish I had more of that fabric)
Day Twenty-Four & Twenty-Five:
Blackout Colette Sorbetto, Refashioned maxi dress to skirt
Animal print Simone by Victory Patterns
Day Twenty-Six & Twenty-Seven:
B5526 Blurple Shirt & RTW jeans
Franken-style Simplicity 1692 (BTW this starts the moment that I only took pics of my handmade items. I swore I wore pants in the rest of these)
Day Twenty-Eight & Twenty-Nine:
B5526 Blue “Bob Ross” shirt
Simplicity 1692 Granny Chic shirt
Day Thirty & Thirty-One:
Toaster Sweater with 3/4 sleeves
Briar Tee by Megan Nielsen. This one is actually for Project: Sew My Style so you’ll see a full post for it later this month
Entire Month in a Teeny Picture!
This was the best Me-Made-May! I didn’t feel panicked on what to wear every morning. Most days are me-made anymore so it didn’t seem like a strenuous activity. Part of my “cool” attitude is the amount of clothes I’ve made over the past year. They’re all clothes I like to wear. I don’t feel “eh, whatevs, that’ll do” about them.
When I was first learning how to sew, I felt the need to produce quantity not quality. I think mostly I was trying to understand the whole clothes making process and understanding these crazy foreign words in the instructions of patterns. All in all ,I feel that I’m getting better at picking patterns that fit my style and personality. I’m learning how to make clothes fit properly and that I feel good in.
I’m happily making my way to my wardrobe being entirely me-made. I think this MMM17 really made that apparent Woo-hoo! *happy dance* Did you participate in Me-Made-May? Do you plan on it in the future? What’s your favorite part of the process?
I love Me Made May because it’s fun to see everyone’s me-made’s but I sure am glad that the month is winding down. I’ve been trying to keep busy and post not only my weekly roundup but also a new me-made once a week. I’m currently working on a maxi dress that I believe is getting the better of me. I’m going to have to cut the front of the bodice again because it’s just not looking it’s best and I happen to have leftover fabric. This dress also calls for horsehair braid which will be a new exciting venture for me. Keep your fingers crossed that I can get this guy knocked out!
Here’s the recap:
Butterfly tank top. This was the first pic I took and it amused me enough that I went with it. I don’t wear this shirt all that often because the straps and tie are a bit fussy. I did get a compliment from a passerby though so maybe I should put it into rotation more often. That giant fuzzball by my hand would be Freckles.
Denim Thurlows. I really am so proud of these. They have a decent fit, they’re comfortable and the front pockets are deep. I can easily put my phone in there when I walk and not worry about it trying to jump ship. Starting at the ear at the bottom clockwise: Kat, Felix and Freckles.
Maroon chiffon maxi. This one is too fun to wear. It has great body when I walk and I get tons of compliments on it. Plus look at the twirl! Bad news is the kids love to hang out under my maxi skirts and that’s a no-no with chiffon. A kitty claw snag would leave me heart broken.
Black button down. This is made from the same fabric as my Blackout Sorbetto. It doesn’t wrinkle so it never needs ironing and it’s got that wicking stuff in it. Plus it looks totally grown-up and work like.
Workout capris. I don’t wear these ones as much as my other workout capris. The fabric is a little rough. The print was too awesome to pass up though. It was kind of an impulse fabric buy in NYC.
Geometric skirt. This skirt has big pockets and pockets make me happy. I don’t know why I haven’t made more like it. I love this fabric. It’s got a little bit of stretch and it’s kinda stiff so the skirt holds volume. I wish I had more to make a pair of Thurlow shorts.
As I mentioned, the month’s almost over. How is everyone else getting along with only 1 full week left?
Another week down and another assortment of me mades. I have one repeat this week but it’s accompanied by something new for the month. I have to say taking a pic a day starts to make me analyze my face and wonder why it makes the movements it does. That’s my nonchalant face? I look annoyed. My happy face is all squishy, where do my eyes go. Oh well. Self analyzing aside, behold! Week 2!
Safari Simone. Super comfy and soft. This was my second Simone. The first was a top and the second I decided to go the length. Eventually I’ll make another with the piping included on the placket. New challenges!
Butterfly blouse Simplicity 1364. This was part of Fail February. I couldn’t give up on the top. I pulled out the thick bias tape I made and replaced it with a light cotton I had in my stash. I did this for the arms and the neckline. It fixed the weird stiffness in the bands but the neckline was too big. I pulled the extra fabric in the front and measured it. The easiest way to fix it was to add a pleat. It did mean pulling the bias tape off in this section, cutting it down, adding the pleat and reattaching the tape. Totally worth it!
Teal maxi skirt unblogged. This guy was reworked a little recently. The waistband piece was stretched out and heading south on one side. It was lopsided. I ripped off the waist piece, evened it out and sewed it back on. I guess Me Made May is giving me a reason to fix some issues.
Workout capris. Excuse the head chop on this one. I had just got done exercising and it was gross. But everyone is rewarded with a Felix.
Little grey jacket and little grey Kat butt. Also, my blackout Sorbetto for a second time this month. I don’t wear this a lot. This is the same way I wear it every time. It makes it a little boring.
Simone in skulls. Two Simones in one week. This was my first. The skull fabric came from NYC. It took me forever to decided what the perfect pattern would be to make this. I finally settled on the Simone and so happy I did. Felix again. Little camera hog.