Me Made May 2015

Me Made May.

When Seamstresses and Seamsters across the globe take over the Instagram with images proudly displaying their incredible talent for creating wearable pieces of art.

At last count, over 284 citizens of the world had signed up here, including myself:

‘I, Pips from thegirlinateacup.com, sign up as a participant of Me-Made-May ’15. I endeavour to wear me-made each and every day for the duration of May 2015’

A quick perusal of the wardrobe means I don’t think there should be any issues, however I really need to work on my night attire (thinking 1920’s lounge this week) and the scanties.

You can see my daily photo’s here or search #MeMadeMay2015.

So dust off the good mirror, and fingers crossed the lighting is favourable.

Curtsey

Pips xxx

Liberty Granville Shirt and Anemone Skirt

Vintage Liberty Collection

Vintage Liberty Collection – *Swoons*

Another day, and more gorgeous fabric! It seems like I’ve come to the end of my vintage Liberty which is sad in some ways but also wonderful to see new life given to fabric that has been stored and loved for many years. I’ve saved every scrap, and have taken to weave wrapping for gifts and hoarding hexagons for a quilt. I can’t recall ever being so attached to fabric before.

Today I received a beautiful thank you card, thanking me for my thank you letter from my benefactor. This of course requires another thank you note to thank Ms J for thanking me for my thank you. I discovered that I was made custodian of three generations of fabric, *swoon*. This is sewing love. And this is why I love sewing and the sewing and fabric community.

Vintage Liberty Grainville and Viscose Anenome

Vintage Liberty Grainville and Viscose Anenome

As soon as this fabric was presented to me (in a most queenly fashion followed by squeals of delight) I knew it was destined for a shirt. Fabric often speaks to me (just don’t tell my doctor) and I was overcome by the print and the softness of the Liberty. It could not have found a happier home than mine.

Vintage Liberty Grainville and Viscose Anenome

Vintage Liberty Grainville and Viscose Anenome

Another Granville shirt from Sewaholic. The only adjustments I need to make to Sewaholic patterns are to add length in the body and sleeves. Then the fit is perfect. Dream patterns.

Vintage Liberty Grainville and Viscose Anenome

Vintage Liberty Grainville and Viscose Anenome

I’ve still got a little way to go until I perfect my plackets, but I’m happy with the result this time.

Vintage Liberty Grainville and Viscose Anenome

Vintage Liberty Grainville and Viscose Anemone – Praying for Fabric

And the skirt! Completely forgot that I’d made it months ago. How does one do that? Trying to embrace new shapes and expand my handmade wardrobe I ventured out to the Anemone pattern from Deer and Doe using some left over viscose purchased from The Fabric Store.

Vintage Liberty Grainville and Viscose Anenome

Vintage Liberty Grainville and Viscose Anenome

Several versions of these have popped up in my instagram feed and I had planned to experiment with the more fitted, higher waist skirt and shift away from the usual fit and flare. I think after seeing it in photos I’d wear it to work. And perhaps give it another press. It did spend the last 6 months balled up in my tops draw… Eek.

Vintage Liberty Grainville and Viscose Anenome

Vintage Liberty Grainville and Viscose Anenome

It’s a little corporate for my usual style but with the the addition ribbons and flowers I think I’ve captured my quintessential Pipsie style. That high waist does keep everything in place whilst allowing continued breathing and eating. The pattern was made  straight from the envelope without adjustment. Sadly it was that long ago that I can not recall the size…

Vintage Liberty Grainville

Vintage Liberty Grainville

And how could anything look bad with that shirt!

Vintage Liberty Grainville

Vintage Liberty Grainville – Baby Got Back

See that waist to hip ration? That’s  why Sewaholic patterns are made for my bosom, waist and derrière measurements.

Vintage Liberty Grainville

Vintage Liberty Granville

Deer and Doe Anemone Skirt

Deer and Doe Anemone Skirt

The skirt was fully lined, and I love the peplum on the sides. A rather pretty point of interest that is quirky and doesn’t add volume to the hips.

Vintage Liberty Grainville

Vintage Liberty Grainville

So next time you see any vintage Liberty here, it should be in the form of hexagons. Unless of course anyone has a stash they would like to gift to me. I would be happy to oblige.

Happy weekend lovelies!

Curtsey

Pips xxx

Photos by Bruce. Fabric gifted from the estate of Ms J. Hair flowers from Gardens of Whimsey. Shoes from Camper. Tights from Tightology.

Moss Skirt: Vintage Corduroy

Good day gorgeous creatures. Welcome to my happy place. I hope you’ve had a lovely long chocolately weekend with an abundance of sewing and tea drinking.

I’d thought to rotate my way through Easter using the rest – sew – consume principle. My intentions were then thwarted in the best possible way after a very positive/random response to antibiotics. Two years ago I was diagnosed with Myalgic Encephalomyelitus/Chronic Fatigue Syndrome. Which it now it appears is in addition to a persistent, reoccurring, sub-clinical bacterial infection that can not be named or located (take that Voldemort!). The infection is taking a hit, and I’m feeling the best version of myself in two years.

Vintage Corduroy Moss Skirt

Vintage Corduroy Moss Skirt

At this stage I’m cautiously optimistic and monitoring with constant vigilance. It leaves me open to being involved in all sorts of delicious frivolities and fun that have been beyond my reach, including making this cake for birthdays, finishing quilts for birthday girls and even braving the local cinema to watch Sponge Bob, Sponge Out of Water. Yay me!

Birthday Maple Cheesecake with Blueberries

Birthday Maple Cheesecake with Blueberries (With a Side of Jelly)

I also dipped into my vintage sewing stash to make another Moss Skirt from Grainline Studio. The colours on this corduroy are so vibrant. I feel as though my lower half is wrapped in autumnal goodness.

Vintage Corduroy Moss Skirt

Vintage Corduroy Moss Skirt

I very rarely buy fabric without a purpose. So when given fabric it’s interesting that I’m very quick to “see” which sewing pattern would best fit the material. Within two pats of this cord I knew it would be a blocked Moss, and there is enough for a twin Berlin as well.

Vintage Corduroy Moss Skirt

Vintage Corduroy Moss Skirt

The lining pieces are Liberty, some vintage some new. I can not bear to throw out even the tinniest scrape. I think I’m going to have to make some Liberty confetti to include in letters and such. I also recently discovered that Liberty has a corduroy line. Eek!

Vintage Corduroy Moss Skirt

Vintage Corduroy Moss Skirt

My hand made closet has now officially taken over my RTW. A few more pieces and some investigation around a pants pattern (thinking the Thurlow at this point, which makes sense as it is already in my stash) and culottes, then I should have a mostly me made closet.

Vintage Corduroy Moss Skirt - Pattern Placement Outtake!

Vintage Corduroy Moss Skirt – Pattern Placement Outtake!

I think back to what the 20 year old me would have thought if she knew this was to be her future wardrobe. I imagine her squealing with delight, flapping her hands and dancing at the thought.

Vintage Corduroy Moss Skirt

Vintage Corduroy Moss Skirt

A note on the back set: Vintage Liberty Anna dress made for Boo in Berlin, Vintage Liberty Granville shirt (to be blogged shortly) and the Belcarra blouse in Vintage Liberty with sashiko embellishment previously blogged here.

Vintage Corduroy Moss Skirt

Vintage Liberty

Bring on Me Made May 2015.

Curtsey to you.

Pips xxx

Photos by Bruce. Tights by Tightology. Hair piece by Gardens of Whimsey. Bridgette scarf made by me. Shoes by Duckfeet.

 

Vintage Corduroy Moss Skirt

Vintage Corduroy Moss Skirt – Nice Pic!