refashion – berlin jacket

My goodness… a virus has smashed its way through our family like an out of control freight train. Caring for a sick toddler, who is also teething, coupled with my husband and I being sick, really hasn’t left me with the time (or energy) to sew.

Luckily, I finished something off before the train hit.

MBM_Shawl

I bought this shawl/blanket from Uni Qlo about 2 years ago. It is very soft and surprisingly warm. However, it is a little awkward to wear, I found myself always having to adjust it. Somedays I wouldn’t even reach for it, knowing I’d be tugging at it all day.

I’d recently finished my first Berlin Jacket. I love the cut of this jacket so much, I thought it would be a great pattern to use to turn this shawl into something I was sure to wear.

 

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It is obviously a much more cropped version of the original, but I really like how it turned out. The border design and tassels worked so perfectly with the straight lines of the Berlin pattern.

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Construction wise, I didn’t really change much. I had to zigzag the raw edges because even though this fabric seemed to be a knit, it did start to fray after a bit of handling.

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Sadly, I had to leave the pockets off. I really wanted them on there, but because the length is so cropped, the opening to the pockets would have been up around my underarms.

The pattern instructs to sew the sleeve cuffs on so they can be worn flipped out. I decided to just leave them on the inside, so it didn’t mess with the border design.

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It is now much easier to wear, and I think it still has that shawl/blanket vibe going on!

GARMENT DETAILS:

  • Pattern brand/name/number: Berlin Jacket by Tessuti
  • Style/size: Size M
  • Fabric: A shawl purchased from Uni Qlo (they don’t seem to have anything similar in store at the moment)
  • Notions: Thread
  • Modifications/alterations:
    • I cropped the length to fit the amount of fabric I had to work with
    • Left off the pockets
    • Sewed the sleeve cuffs to the inside, not to be flipped out
    • Zigzag stitched over the raw edges before joining the seams to prevent fraying

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I love being able to breath new life into something I already own, instead of letting it go to waste. My “new” jacket fits perfectly in my wardrobe, and it almost feels like I made it for free!

Mitty x

 

 

foxy ginger jeans

Isn’t it amazing how inspiring your me-mades are? My Mum doesn’t wear jeans often, in fact, I think she only owns one pair. However, after seeing my newly made Ginger Jeans, she was more than keen to sew some up for herself.

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We decided to have a jeans-making-party that lasted a few days. Cups of tea, treats, tunes, and sewing… I’m very lucky to be able to share this with my Mum.

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Mum doesn’t like wearing skinny legged anything, so she made the stovepipe version. Perfect for teaming with little boots.

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We found the initial fit quite good, but we did have to take a big curved chunk out of the back leg inseam, as there was way too much fabric there. I think we got the fit as close as possible without having to re-cut the back leg.

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You may have noticed this little guy on the back pockets! This took some very careful and slow topstitching, and the design is directly inspired by…

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The lining! Heather Lou (creator of the Ginger Jeans) suggests going all out with your lining fabric, and we did just that!

GARMENT DETAILS

  • Pattern brand/name/number: Ginger Jeans by Closet Case Patterns
  • Style, size: High-rise with stovepipe leg, 10 at waist graded to 12 at hips
  • Fabric:
  • Notions:
    • Zipper fly jean making kit from Closet Case Patterns in Silver
    • Gütermann topstitch thread, colour 40
    • Gütermann general thread in black
  • Modifications/alterations:
    • Size 10 at the waist, graded to 12 at hips
    • 1cm out of the yoke at waistband edge
    • Took a sizeable curved chunk off the back leg inseam
    • Shortened leg length by 6cm

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Mum is so happy with her new jeans, she’s already started on her second pair (a baby pink pair!!). It’s safe to say, she’s caught the bug!

Mitty x

PS: My goodness, how hard is black to photograph..?!

me made may 2019 – in conclusion

Me Made May is over for another year, and if I’m honest, I did sigh a little sigh of relief on the 1st of June. While I understand that the challenge is supposed to be fun and lighthearted, to me it is still a challenge, and something I want to do well in.

I didn’t think that sticking to my self-imposed rules was going to be too difficult, however, I still found it a little hard picking out what to wear some days. I think that is mostly down to not having enough me-made Winter items.

To recap, below is the challenge I set myself:

  1. Wear at least one me-made item per day
  2. Document, and assess any gaps in my handmade wardrobe
  3. Have the courage to let go of any me-mades that no longer fit (my style or waistline)

How about we see what I actually wore.

Day 1 - 6

TOP L – R: 01 Mandy Boat Tee, Knitted Socks; 02 Monroe TurtleNeck; 03 Elliot Sweater, Ginger Jeans BOTTOM L – R: 04 Kielo Wrap Dress, Self Drafted Vest; 05 White Russian Jumper, Ginger Jeans; 06 Molly Top

Day 7 - 12

TOP L – R: 07 New Look Jacket, Ginger Jeans; 08 Monroe TurtleNeck, Avery Leggings, Knitted Socks; 09 Mandy Boat Tee, Ginger Jeans BOTTOM L – R: 10 Elliot Sweater; 11 Ginger Jeans; 12 Self Drafted Vest

Day 13 - 18

TOP L – R: 13 Monroe TurtleNeck; 14 No Me Made; 15 Erin Skirt BOTTOM L – R: 16 Ruffle Sleeve Top; 17 Ruffle Sleeve Top, Ginger Jeans; 18 Self Drafted Box Pleat Skirt

Day 19 - 24

TOP L – R: 19 Kielo Wrap Dress; 20 Monroe TurtleNeck; 21 Molly Top BOTTOM L – R: 22 Monroe TurtleNeck, Ginger Jeans; 23 Mandy Boat Tee; 24 Avery Leggings

Day 25 - 31

TOP L – R: 25 Elliot Sweater, Ginger Jeans; 26 Berlin Jacket, Ginger Jeans; 27 White Russian Jumper BOTTOM L – R: 28 Kielo Wrap Dress, Berlin Jacket; 29 Elliot Sweater, Berlin Jacket; 30 Berlin Jacket, Ginger Jeans; 31 Ginger Jeans

There was only one day that I didn’t manage to wear any me-made, but I was sewing jeans that day.. so… does that make up for it?!

One thing I can see straight away, is that my style is very reflective of my life at the moment. I’m a stay at home mum, looking after my almost 2 year old. The times I go out are generally the weekends, so that’s when I tend to wear something that’s not just trackie pants and a t-shirt.

I thought it would be fun to document my colour pallet too, so I noted the number of times I wore a colour (me-made only) and plotted them in the graph below.

Colour Pie Chart

Thank goodness for that burst of burgundy there at the end! I know I have a lot of navy and grey in my wardrobe, so I’m not really surprised by the results. I might challenge myself to sew with some different colours over the warmer months. Also, stripes are totally a colour!

I really wanted to figure out what my Winter wardrobe was missing, and I think it’s pretty obvious. I would really like to fill the following gaps:

  1. Jeans! My one and only pair of Ginger Jeans certainly got a workout over May!
  2. More me made bottoms. I’d love a few pairs of True Bias Hudson Pants. Also, Lander Pants.
  3. Clearly, I’m all for knit jersey comfort, but I found myself wishing for tops that were a bit classier.
  4. Winter dresses, specifically Kielo Wrap Dresses. The one I have was such a pleasure to wear, I need more STAT.
  5. Jackets. It’s starting to get very cold here, I’d love another Berlin Jacket, but I also would like a Sapporo Coat, or a Haori Jacket.

Overall, I enjoyed the challenge of Me Made May. I tend to wear my makes often anyway, but certainly not every single day (I’m currently writing this in zero me-mades). Hopefully, by next year I will have a larger selection of items and colours to choose from. Best get sewing!

Here are the links to the patterns I’ve made:

Mandy Boat Tee / Monroe TurtleNeck / Elliot Sweater / Ginger Jeans / Kielo Wrap Dress / White Russian Jumper / Molly Top / New Look 6496 / Avery Leggings / Erin Skirt / Ruffle Sleeve Top / Berlin Jacket

Mitty x

berlin jacket

When I was planning my Make Nine list for 2019, I thought about what I might like to make for each season. I don’t have many me-made jackets, so it’s not surprising that two ended up on the list.

I’ve wanted a Tessuti Belin Jacket for a long time now, so I allocated this make for the month of May. My birthday is in May, so my gift this year was the boiled wool needed for the jacket.

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I decided on this beautiful scarlet hue. My wardrobe has a lot of navy/grey/black at the moment, so I really wanted something to inject a bit of colour in there.

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The boiled wool itself was a dream to sew with! I used my walking foot (as instructed) and the whole thing came together very quickly. I really love the overlapped seams and the patch pockets, they add a lovely visual detail to an otherwise simple jacket.

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The jacket certainly has that oversized, comfy feel, while still looking sleek and modern. The fact that there isn’t a collar means I can wear collared tops underneath, (see my Elliot Sweater) without having too much bulk around my neck.

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The jacket is unlined, so it certainly won’t hold up to the blue-mountains-middle-of-winter-weather, but it is perfect for those sunny, but chilly days.

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I ordered my fabric online, so when it arrived it came wrapped with a cute Tessuti ribbon. It’s not called for in the instructions but I used the ribbon to stabilise the shoulder seams. The last thing I want is my gorgeous jacket stretching out!

GARMENT DETAILS

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Happy Birthday To Me!

Mitty x

sewing for my sewing machine

I am very lucky to have a dedicated sewing space in my home. I have everything set up in the corner of our lounge room, and while I don’t have to pack everything away at the end of the day, I do like to keep the area looking as neat as possible.

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A while ago, I read a post from Closet Case Patterns about making dust covers for their sewing machines. My particular Janome came with a hardcover, but I really wanted something prettier! As you can see, I took a lot of inspiration from CC.

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A trip to Spotlight rewarded me with this duck cotton in a gorgeous Monstera Deliciosa print. It adds a lovely pop of fresh green colour to my sewing space.

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I didn’t use the free pattern offered by CC, I just drew around the hardcover I already had. It made for a perfectly fitting dust cover. As you can see, I also used piping on the edges, and I added pockets to the back.

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The back pockets are perfect for storing the machine foot and power cord when I’m not using them. Again, totally inspired by CC, but it’s such a brilliant addition (who doesn’t love pockets?!).

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The cover doubles as a great place to show off my sewing pins! This cute ‘me made‘ enamel pin is from Joy at Pink Coat Club. I’ll have to grab a few more pins to add to my collection.

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This cover was a quick and rewarding project. I just wish I’d bought more fabric because my overlocker is crying out for a cover too!

Mitty x

loving elliot

Oh, the Elliot Sweater!

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Yes, I already have one of these hanging in my wardrobe, but I did tell you that I was going to make more… I really wanted to see what it would look like made up in something that was a little bit sheer.

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I found this grey linen blend interlock at Spotlight (not on sale, unlike all the other stretchy knit fabrics that day), and while I really do like the way it looks, this certainly isn’t a top for the middle of winter. I also have to wear a little singlet under it, just for a dash of modesty.

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I’m loving the slouchy fit and long lines of the Elliot, but I was also keen to try out the cropped length.

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Yeeeeeeeeeeeeesssssss!

This is my favourite version! The crop hits at the perfect spot on my waist, allowing me to show off my high-rise Ginger Jeans.

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I went for the shorter collar this time, and it’s just as nice as the tall one. You still get the look of a cowl-style collar, just without the bulk.

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If you’re looking for a lovely, comfortable and cosy jumper for winter, I can highly recommend the Elliot. It’s such a quick sew, you’ll have three in your wardrobe before you know it!

GARMENT DETAILS

I think I’m comfortable with three Elliots… but, I suppose, never say never!

Mitty x

me made may 2019

MMM_2019Challenge: Me Made May 2019

Creator: So, Zo…

What it’s about: “Me-Made-May is a challenge designed to encourage people who make their own clothes to develop a better relationship with their handmade wardrobe. You set the specifics of your own challenge to make it suitable and useful for YOU” So, Zo…

 


 

The month of May seems to roll around very quickly. I start the year knowing I want to take part in this challenge, but I seem to blink and all of a sudden… well, here we are.

My practical handmade wardrobe is looking much healthier than it has in previous years, however I don’t feel like I have enough items to commit to more than one me-made per day.

So my pledge for May 2019 is:

  1. Wear at least one me-made item per day
  2. Document, and assess any gaps in my handmade wardrobe
  3. Have the courage to let go of any me-mades that no longer fit (my style or waistline)

I don’t think #1 will be too hard to stick to, although I do see my only pair of Ginger Jeans getting a lot of wear. I should probably make another pair, because lets face it, who has one pair of jeans in their wardrobe?

I’ll be documenting my wears over on my Instagram stories, and I’ll also have it saved to my highlights. I can already guess that a major gap in my wardrobe is going to be the lack of pants suitable for winter.

 I am very sentimental about the things I make, so #3 is going to be very difficult for me. I wanted to include it though, as a way to clear up some space in my wardrobe for items that I will actually wear. Anything that does leave my wardrobe won’t be thrown out though! I’ll be asking my friends and family if they would like to take the item off my hands.

Have you signed up for #memademay2019 ?

Mitty x