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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
Happy Birthday To Me!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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?!).
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.
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!
Oh, the Elliot Sweater!
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.
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.
I’m loving the slouchy fit and long lines of the Elliot, but I was also keen to try out the cropped length.
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.
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.
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!
- Pattern brand/name/number: Elliot Sweater by Helen’s Closet
- Style, size:
- Grey: Size Large, High-Low hem, 3/4 length sleeves, tall collar
- Teal: Size Large, Cropped hem, 3/4 length sleeves, short collar
- Notions: None
- Modifications/alterations: None
I think I’m comfortable with three Elliots… but, I suppose, never say never!
Challenge: 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:
- Wear at least one me-made item per day
- Document, and assess any gaps in my handmade wardrobe
- 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 ?