Look guys, a make! I’m like an actual sewing blogger now! I’m still getting to grips with the language. ‘A make’ will take some getting used to before it doesn’t sound weird, and there’s a few things I might never get used to! Like, why do people always sew up stuff as opposed to just sew it? It’s offends my plain english/as concise as possible/ civil servanty sensibilities (I’ll probably be writing it myself within six months, in which case, feel free to laugh at me).
Anyway… This blouse. It’s my second attempt at the the Colette Violet. The first one I made, I made in a size 10, which turned out too big everywhere except the boobs despite some of my measurements actually being a size 12. At the time I thought I’d go down a size and do a full bust adjustment (to be honest with you, I’ve still no idea what that actually means. But I was willing to find out), but actually I was still breastfeeding a little bit then, and since I stopped completely my boobs have shrunk to smaller than they were pre-baby. Which is extremely annoying as it means most of my bras don’t fit any more, but it does mean I was able to skip the FBA. I just cut the straight size 8 and actually I think it’s fine. If I’m being niggly, the darts could do with being moved just a centimetre, but the blouse is not too tight round the chest or anything. I’m generally very happy with it!
The fabric I used is the quilting cotton I got at the Glasgow sewing blogger meet. Something just a tad lighter might have been better, but I really like the pattern/colour so that’s ok. I think I mostly did everything as it should be. Small mistakes are that the elastic in the sleeves is too tight, the bit where the front overlaps (is there a word for that?) is slightly getting in the way of the collar, and the buttonholes being generally crap. In fact, that’s not even a small mistake. I don’t know what my problem was this time, they all look awful, and I had to unpick one of them so many times the fabric went into a hole. So this is not the garment where I fulfill my aim of making something as good as shop bought.
In other news, it’s Me Made May! I’m a little late to the party what with it being 5 May already, but I think I will join. I don’t have an awful lot of handmade garments, so I can’t ‘properly’ join in, but I do have knitted stuff/brooches/bags, and it is supposed to be a challenge, so I think I will say that I will wear something handmade every day. I am also counting items made by Dave because he’s family, right? I am also not going to attempt take photos of everything, because I have an essay for my Open Uni course due at the end of May and I know that if I take lots of pictures, I’ll also want to spend time editing them, and I really don’t have time for that. I’ll try and post onto instagram as much as I can though. In terms of the blog, my aim will be to blog as many of my sewn items as possible. I don’t think I can even manage all, since I’ve sadly mislaid one of my dresses (I’ve been through all my storage boxes and it is nowehere to be found. So weird), but hopefully I’ll manage the rest. So, that’s enough rambling, here’s my pledge!
‘I, Franca of oranges and apples, sign up as a participant of Me-Made-May ’14. I endeavour to wear one item made by either myself or my husband each day for the duration of May 2014’
* blouse – me made! * vintage skirt – charity shop * boots – sainsburies *