Ah, I’m finally almost up do date with the posting of my sewing backlog and here is my final project of the pieces I photographed earlier this month. But as I am writing this I have 2.5 (I’m currently half way through a project, hence the .5) me-mades and one non-clothing sewing project that I would like to post. It appears that I am sewing faster than I am blogging, I’m sure this has to do with the fact that I am semi-unemployed at the moment (currently waiting for a sewing related gig to open up). I don’t know if this backlog is common with any other sewing bloggers out there, if you guys are reading this I would love to know!
Since this post seems to be of a semi-personal nature, well at least so far, I have been meaning to mention that this summer I am going to Paris with my husband for our 2 year anniversary/belated honeymoon! Anyways I have been doing a lot of planning and researching as well as stitching up some basics that I plan to wear this summer and will hopefully be perfect for France. If any of you have suggestions of Paris related things that we should keep and eye out for please let me know, especially if any of those happen to be fabric stores, because duh, I would love to hear them!
Anyways with the mentioning of Paris I find it all too fitting to share my Tilly and the Buttons Coco Top with you! I have nicknamed this my Where’s Waldo Top for obvious reasons. When Tilly first announced this pattern I did quite the happy dance, I had been meaning to make a Breton style top to eventually replace the three H&M Breton tops I have and wear frequently.
Let’s talk about the fabric first. I purchased this ponte de roma online from Stylish Fabric, it was on the cheaper side, which is what I was looking for but still had the size stripes I wanted. This is technically the coral color, although in person it looks red (but not a deep scarlet). Initially I was a little sad about what the color looked like in person, but since then it has really grown on me.
For sizing I cut a size 4 through the shoulders and bust and a size 5 through the waist and the hips, but I have considered tapering it in to a size 4, but I have yet to do it. Regardless I am really digging this top. The only other alteration I made was a ½ inch FBA, which I think is going to become my standard alteration.
I have really been digging working with knits, they are so easy to make and fit, so if any of you have been afraid to delve into the world of knits all I can say is DO IT! It isn’t scary at all, I mean it hardly needs any seam finishing, if that isn’t a sell I don’t know what is.
So far this is my most worn Me-Made yet, the only problem is I did find some pilling after my second time wearing it, I’m not sure if this is due to the quality of the fabric or if this is just the nature of polyester ponte de roma, since this is my first time working with it. Other than that there isn’t too much else to say about this top, it is a really straightforward design and I required little alteration to it. All in all it is a great pattern and I would recommend it to any sewing level since Tilly takes you through each step wonderfully and in color photographs in the instructions or on her blog.
One final announcement, I am going to take part of Me-Made-May ’14 this year! For those of you who aren’t familiar with MMM is a month challenge to wear items that you yourself have created. Each person makes a pledge that will state how many me-mades they will wear. This challenge really helps you wear what you are making as well as figure out what is missing from your makes. So here I go
‘I, Jeanne of TheJeanneBean, sign up as a participant of Me-Made-May ’14. I endeavor to wear a minimum of 4 handmade garments a week for the duration of May 2014’
While daily picture posts are not required I do plan on taking them so I can more easily look back and see if I am maintaining my goal, but I think rather than posting an outfit photo each day on Instagram (I really don’t want to clog up my non-sewing friends feeds) I am thinking of posting a recap on here instead. But I’m sure there will be a few pop up on Instagram. I would love to know if anyone else has signed up for MMM’14, we could keep each other motivated!
Pattern: Tilly and the Buttons’ Coco Top
Size: 4 tapered to 5 in waist and hips
Fabric: Coral Ponte de Roma
Alterations: ½ inch FBA