Monthly Archives: May 2014

MMMay Week 3 Round Up

Back again for another round up for Me Made May ’14, how is everyone doing? While week 3 felt like a bit of a struggle for me, week 4 was the opposite. This week felt quite a bit easier and it also helped bring a few more dresses out of the back of my closet.

MMMay Week 4 Pt 1
Day 17: Hot off the press Grainline Studio’s Tiny Pocket Tank (unblogged) Day 20: Colette Pattern’s Laurel Dress (pre-blog)

MMM14 Week 4 Pt 2
Day 21: Deer and Doe Patterns Robe Reglisse (Pre-blog) Day 22: Tilly and the Buttons Meitte Skirt (Soon to be blogged)

So far I’m meeting my pledge of 4 me made garments a week as well as wearing all of my me mades (except for the few pieces that are packed away with the rest of my winter clothes).

There was one bust this week and that is my Laurel Dress (Day 20). I made this last year for the Colette Pattern’s Flickr Contest using some vintage swiss dot and a silk lining as well as hand embroidering the laurel leafs around the neckline. I love how this dress looks, but it just doesn’t fit me right, I tried taking in the side seams at the waist, but it hasn’t helped too much. It looks great from the front, but the side and the back look a bit funny. I really would like to revisit this pattern, but in a different size.

On the bright side I fell in love with my Reglisse Dress (Day 21)! I made it towards the end of last summer and only was able to wear it a couple of times before the weather changed (she is made up in 100% linen, which doesn’t work here in Wisconsin). I really don’t remember loving it this much then, but I have a feeling I am going to wear this a ton in the hot summer and it will be perfect for visiting Paris next month!

How is everyone’s MMMay going? Just a few more days to go!

Also I promise to blog my Miette skirt before the end of the month. It’s all photographed I just have to do some typing.

xoxo
Jeanne

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Me Made May Week 3

Howdy all! This week was a little more difficult for me, partially due to the weather (it got fairly cold again) and many of my dresses don’t quite work as well in the cold. I should possibly get some more tights that aren’t just black, which may remedy that situation.

MMM 14 Week 3 pt 1Day 12: Unblogged Denim Miette Skirt Day 13: Pre-blog Hawthorne Top Day 14: Pre-blog Denim Kelly Skirt and Unblogged Gertie’s Portrait Blouse

MMM 14 Week 3 pt 2Day 16: Unblogged Plantain T-Shirt Day 17: Spring Peony Dress

Good news is I am still meeting my goal of wearing 4 handmade garments a week, bad news is I was only able to get in one dress this week, but I still have enough time left in the month to work in the rest of them. Also looking back I sure do love that black cardigan! Maybe I should try to make my own, anyone know of a good pattern I could try?

xoxo

Jeanen

Me Made May Week 2

I’m a little late with last weeks round up, I definitely meant to post this last night but got sucked into some video games with the husband, but better late than never right?

MMM Week 2
Day 4: Where’s Waldo Coco Top, Day 6: Pre-blog Kelly Skirt, Day 7: Wearable muslin of my Coppelia Cardi, Day 8: Maritime Coco Dress, Day 9: Soon-to-be-blogged Plantain T-shirt and Miette Skirt, Day 11: Plantain T-Shirt

Apparently this was a week of separates, which I do feel accurately reflects what I wear on a day to day basis. Sometimes I just fell too fancy in a dress, but realistically I need to start wearing them since I make quite a bit of them. As far as my goal of wearing 4 Me Made garments a week, well I think I kinda undersold myself with that goal. So I have decided to add an additional goal,

‘I, Jeanne of TheJeanneBean, endeavor to wear all of my Me Made garments at least once during the month of May 2014’

If that doesn’t get me to wear the dresses stashed in the back of my closet, I don’t know what will.

xoxo

Jeanne

 

Maritime Coco

Good news, the weather has finally decided to be spring here in Wisconsin, well it has actually been closer to summer temperature wise for the last few days. I’m actually writing this out on the back porch enjoying some sunshine (don’t worry I’m loaded up with some sunscreen). It has been absolutely lovely being able to wear skirts with no tights for the last few days, I have two new summer staples that have been getting quite the workout, one of them being the Coco Dress by Tilly and the Buttons.

Maritime Coco

After making up my Coco top I couldn’t wait to try out the dress variation and I must say that it is an absolute pleasure to wear. I’ve only been able to wear it out and about twice since the weather here had stayed so cold for so long, but now that spring is here this dress is going to see heavy rotation, which is a good and bad thing. The bad part about that being that this fabric pills up like mad! It is the same stuff that I used for the top variation (which I purchased at the same time) and while I like the colors and the drape I don’t think I would order anymore of it due to the pilling I am getting, luckily I do have a fabric shaver which is helping slightly.

Maritime Coco

As you have noticed I did something a little different with the top of the sleeves and the top of the bodice and used some solid white ponte to create a subtle contrast. I followed Tilly’s tutorial for the shirtfront and back, but rather than having the sleeves solid I split them as well. To do this I measured where the striped and solid fabric would meet on the bodice and then using a soft tape measure I measured where the sleeve would connect all the way down to where it would match the seam of the front and back yoke. I hope that makes sense. Lemme give you some math to better help explain. For the Dress front I made a horizontal cut 5 inches down from the center front and for the sleeve I made a horizontal cut down from the sleeve cap at 6 ¼ inches. The reason the numbers don’t match is that you have to accommodate for the shoulder so that all the lines match up. Here are a couple of photos so that hopefully makes sense.

Tilly and the Button's Coco Dress Alterations

Tilly and the Button's Coco Dress Alterations

Maritime Coco
And this is what it looks like all stitched up.

The other alterations I did were my standard ½ inch FBA as well as adding two back darts. After making the top version I noticed that I had a bit of extra fabric pooling in the back, which doesn’t bother me too much, but I knew would drive me absolute crazy in a dress. For the darts I used Colette Pattern’s Laurel Dress as a jumping off point for positioning, but for depth I measured how much fabric I was wanting to remove (using my top) and came up with 1 ½ inches for each dart. I them used a straight stitch and tissue paper to sew them up. While I think I have the darts a little too low, I am very happy in how they worked.

Tilly and the Button's Coco Dress Alterations- Back Dart

Here’s what my dart looked like in the end.

Maritime Coco

For a finishing touch I added some metal buttons to the shoulder seams!

Maritime Coco

The only sewing problem I had in making this was sewing the neckline, this thiner white ponte just did not want to stitch up nicely. I used a twin needle and it kept skipping stitches. I ripped out the first set bought a new twin needle, since the other was getting kinda dull, and still had the same results. Oh well, no one should be looking that close at those stitches. Other than that this was a dream to whip up. I could have easily completed this in a single afternoon, but I had to wait to use my sister-in-laws sewing machine to hem it since mine wont fit a twin needle.

xoxo

Jeanne

P.S. Here are a few bonus cat photos for you. I’m surprised it has taken her so long to come and try photobombing me.

Maritime Coco
Can you see her in the corner?

Maritime Coco
And here she is, distracted by the window.

Quick Facts:
Pattern: Tilly and the Buttons’ Coco Dress
Size: 4 tapered to 5 in waist and hips
Fabric: Blue and White Ponte de Roma and White Ponte Fino
Alterations: ½ inch FBA, added two 1 1/2inch back darts, and cut pattern to create contrasting yoke and sleeves

Me Made May ’14 Week One

Hope everyone’s Me Made May is going well thus far, it was a short week but so far so good. If you follow me on Instagram you will have most likely seen a few MMMay posts, but rather than posting to that everyday and clogging up my non-sewing friends feeds I though I would do a round up on here.

Me Made May Week One

Day 1: Coppelia Cardi and as of yet unblogged Meitte Skirt by Tilly and the Buttons Day 2: Pre-blog Laurel Dress by Colette Patterns Day 3: As of yet unblogged Plantain T-shirt by Deer and Doe and a me made tote bag (available at my Etsy shop)

So far so good and I am keeping with my goal of 4 me-mades a week! Here’s hoping the rest of the month goes this smoothy!

xoxo

Jeanne

 

Cat Nap Squadron Quilt

Happy May 1st internet! It is a cold, wet, and gloomy day here, and has been for the last few days. All in all it has made for a fairly depressing week, it’s amazing how the lack of sun really affects me, but things are looking up. Plus Me Made May ’14 starts today, I finished a new basic skirt just last night that seem like it will be perfect! You will all see it on my weekly round-up before I do an official post.

Today I’m going to share with you something a little different. Guys, I made my first quilt! And I must say I love it! But not too long ago I would have been very skeptical of the idea of making a quilt, I must admit I had some preconceived notions of quilt making as boring and kinda lame (don’t worry I no longer feel that way) but after seeing some amazing stuff and quilting fabrics via Instagram, I toyed with the idea of starting my own. I started by using my scraps to make an English Paper Piecing quilt (which I am still working on, but is far from done) but then when Lizzy House released her Cat Nap collection I nearly died. I mean how could you not fall head over heals for these prints, they are absolutely gorgeous. So I promptly ordered a fat quarter bundle that also included some of her Hello Pilgrim collection. The next step was to find a pattern that would appropriate show off these beautiful prints, so I went to the library and found it, and sewed like a maniac.

Cat Nap Squadron Quilt

The pattern is called Squadron by Kathreen Ricketson from her book Little Bits Quilting Bee: 20 Quilts Using Charm Packs, Jelly Rolls, Layer Cakes, and Fat Quarters and I must say the instructions are really easy to follow and a quilting novice like myself had no problems in construction. The only thing that I did differently was to use the patterns for the background rather than the intersecting lines and I have to say I love this combination! I still get to see the prints in large scale but the intersecting lines keep it from looking too beginner patchwork-y.

Cat Nap Squadron Quilt
(More detail shots on my flickr account)

As I previously mentioned I used a fat quarter pack of Lizzy House’s Cat Nap and Hello Pilgrim for the background and for the intersecting lines, backing, and binding I used Kona Cotton in Pewter. For the backing I decided to go with two panels of the Pewter, initially I wanted to add in an impromptu piece that I created with scraps, but I couldn’t figure out the appropriate way to incorporate it,so I decided to skip it.

Cat Nap Squadron Quilt

For the batting I ordered Quilters Dream Orient Blend Select Batting which has a nice drape to it. I spray basted it to the front and back and quilted in in straight vertical lines that are 2 inches apart. I then made the bias tape and hand-stitched it to the quilt. The quilt itself took about a month (but if I wasn’t working on other projects it would have only taken a couple of days) and it was well worth it, there is nothing better than snuggling under a handmade quilt. This quilt is a bit small for our queen size bed, so it has become the official couch blanket, all in all perfect for cat naps!

Cat Nap Squadron Quilt

Jeanne
xoxo