Thursday, April 30, 2015

Me Made May 2015


Me Made May is back! This will be my third year participating, and it is a challenge which I love to take part in. This year I am challenging myself as follows:

Blogger AnonaMiss said...

I, Liberty of, sign up as a participant of Me-Made-May '15. I endeavor that 2/3ds of each of my outfits worn for the duration of May 2015 shall be made by me, and to not repeat any 2/3ds within each calendar week.

2 April 2015 at 01:51

To be clear, I usually wear three part outfits, a top, a bottom and a sweater because I am always cold. My challenge is to have two of these three be a me-made for the duration of May, and to mot wear the same two items together more than once a week.

I have lots of self made garments at this point, but many were made when I was pregnant or breastfeeding so they no longer fit as they once did. I am hoping to see if they still work within the rest of my wardrobe, or if they can be altered to fit, or need to be passed on.

I will be posting my outfits to the Flickr group, for what I wore during previous years you can look at my Flickr albums below.

Me Made May 2014

Me Made May 2013

HSF challenge War & Peace

For this challenge I made a blouse from a dress pattern from 1945.

I only had 1/2 yard of each of my fabrics; a mid weight purple shot cotton and a black airplane print canvas, so making a full dress was out.

Since the challenge dealt with war and the scarcities caused by it I decided that I could make do and only sew a half dress. I pieced the top using the plane print on the shoulders and for making an inset belt, the main sections are in the purple. I love the vintage airplanes on the canvas, they are very stream lined and sleek. They reminded me of the 1940s as soon as I saw them.

I shortened the skirt pieces significantly to make it blouse length, and overlapped them at the center front. This was a quick alteration as the pattern is slightly too large for me. It's length means that can be worn tucked in or untucked.

I used a scrap of black cotton for the neck tie and facing, and scraps of muslin to encase the interior seams. It was a quick project, and it turned out quite well. I plan on making the full dress version soon, though I might reduce the gathering at the bust and some of the blousing at the back.

The Challenge: War & Peace

Fabric: 1/2 yard shot cotton in purple ans 1/2 yard of airplane print canvas.

Pattern: Advance 4199

Year: 1945

Notions: Three hooks

How historically accurate is it? 75%, the pattern is from 1945, it is largely handsewn and the make do-ness of it are accurate.

Hours to complete: Four

First worn: For pictures today

Total cost: Free, all items are from stash!