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I'm a sewer, crocheter, and an overall crafty person. I am slightly obsessed with all things striped and odd images of The Last Supper.

Me Made May ’14 Week 5 and Review

May has been over now for several days and I keep meaning to write up my last week and review, but between starting a new job and getting ready for Paris I just haven’t had a chance. Regardless here is my final Me Made May ’14 write up!

MMMay 14 Week 5

Day 25: As of yet unblogged Hawthorn Dress by Colette Patterns Day 26: Unglogged Tiny Pocket Tank by Grainline Studio and wearable muslin of Miette Skirt by Tilly and the Buttons Day 28: Shaggy Dog Anna Dress

As you may of may not remember I made two pledges for Me Made May ’14, the original being ‘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′ . I was easily able to meet this and quickly realized that I needed to add something in order to really challenge myself. So after week two I added an additional pledge ‘I, Jeanne of TheJeanneBean, endeavor to wear all of my Me Made garments at least once during the month of May 2014′ I am really glad that I added this since it helped me pull a few extra things out of the closet that I had not worn in quite a while or at all. What really bums me out is that I was one stinkin’ dress short of meeting my goal, not counting my winter stuff which is currently all packed up in the back of my closet. Which dress you may ask? My Double Anna Dress. While I love this dress it is just a bit too fancy for my day to day life, plus the last week of May I was helping my Aunt move and this dress was really not practical for sitting on the floor of the basement!

While I did not meet both of my pledges I am really happy that I decided to do Me Made May this year. It really helped me figure out what I like to wear and actually got me to wear my me-mades a majority of the time. I have been continuing thus far to wear a few handmade garments a week, especially to my new job! All in all I gotta say thanks to Zoe for such a great challenge and if all goes well I will be upping the ante next year for my pledge.

This will be my last post for a little while since I’m off to Paris in a few short days, but once I’m back I will share some of my adventures as well as my Hawthorn Dress from Day 25!

Quick Facts for Me Made May ’14
Total handmade garments worn: 21
Repeats:3 garments repeated a total of 7 times
Most Worn:Denim Miette Skirt a total of 3 times
# of Dresses: 7
# of Separates: 14


Stitching Up Wardrobe Basics- A Denim Miette and Goldilocks Plantain Tees

Here it is, the post I have been meaning to write up since the beginning of May, whoops. Introducing my unoriginal (whatever, I love the heck out of this thing) denim Miette Skirt and more Plantain T-shirts! I actually finished most of these mere days before the beginning of Me-Made-May ’14 knowing that I could really use some more basic pieces in my life and as you can see from my round-up posts they were the most worn things for the month.

Tilly's Miette Skirt and Deer & Doe's Plantain Tee

I had been eyeballing Tilly’s Miette skirt for some time and once I decided I was joining in on MMMay I knew I wanted another denim skirt in my arsenal since my denim Kelly skirt from last year is too big now, I have to wear it with a belt to hold it up. I did end up making a wearable muslin, even though it is a wrap skirt so it requires minimal fitting, and I ended up only making one small adjustment. I’m super glad that I took the time on my wearable muslin (I even french seamed it!) since it is absolutely wearable. The only thing I noticed is that the side seams tilted towards the front a smidgen, which I fixed by doing a simple slash and spread of 5/8″ to the front skirt piece.

For my denim version I ordered some Robert Kaufman cotton and linen blend which has a beautiful drape, weight, and minimal wrinkle. I recommend the hell out of this fabric! I chose not to use the kangaroo style pockets that are included in the pattern and decided to add inseam ones instead, I used the pocket pieces from Colette Pattern’s Peony Dress since that was in reach, and I gotta say I love them. While my cellphone can look a little bulky on my hip they are placed exactly where I need them. Other than that and the previously mentioned slash and spread I made no other adjustments. I have only had one slight incident where I may have flashed a little side butt in this skirt (was walking on campus between all the tall building, which have essentially created a crazy wind vortex), but I have had no issues with that riding my bike. This skirt is a total win in my book, I mean it’s bike friendly guys, how could it not be!

Tilly's Miette Skirt and Deer & Doe's Plantain Tee

Tilly's Miette Skirt and Deer & Doe's Plantain Tee

Initially I wasn’t planning on blogging about my additional Plantain T-shirts since I already covered my first version here, but I thought they would make a good combo post for the Miette skirt, plus I thought I should share the difference fabric make when stitching these up. I picked up these knits at the same time as my denim since they were super cheap, they were all under $65 a yard, and since they were wide enough I only needed a single yard for each shirt! I made three total, one white, one chartreuse (which has since sold out), and one in the perfect green (which has sold out as well). I started with the white and while it stitched up the easiest of the three the fit is off, it is too short everywhere (but it still works with skirts and high-waisted pants)! Without really taking the fabric into consideration I jumped ahead and made the chartreuse one, but lengthened the sleeves and the bodice by 5/8″. I ended cutting 5/8″ off the bottom in the end since this fabric had a TON of all way stretch. After stitching it up I realized that the fabric was the culprit in both of these, so I debated on what to do for the green one (I had the forethought to save it for last since it was my favorite of the fabrics). In the end I decided to go back to the original length in the bodice but stick with the 5/8″ longer sleeves, and I finally hit the jackpot!

Goldilocks Plantain T-Shirts

Here they are all hung out on the line and you can really see the difference, the white one is a good two inches shorter than the other two and the chartreuse is about an inch wider than the green, which I assume is from the all way stretch since these were all cut the same width wise. Obviously the green version is by far my favorite, the fit is great, the fabric is the perfect weight and color, even if it wrinkles quite easily. All in all this is still a great pattern, just keep an eye on what fabric you use.

In other news, I finally have this blog up on Bloglovin’, which you can find here Follow my blog with Bloglovin . I was initially trying to change the url of my old one, but that did not seem to be possible so I simply created a new one. Just make sure you follow the WordPress one and not the MilwaukeeOnline version.

Next up is the final Me Made May Round-up and my review of the overall month.



Quick Facts:

Pattern: Tilly and the Button’s Miette Skirt
Alterations:Slash and spread front skirt piece by 5/8″

Pattern: Deer and Doe’s Plantain T-shirt
Fabric: Sold out cheep knits from
Alterations: Same as first blogged version as well as lenghtend sleeves by 5/8″

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.


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?



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.




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.



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!