Thursday, 31 May 2012

Me Made Days 12 - 22

Ciao darlings,

A touch behind with the Me Made May'12 blogging apols but I've been all tied up creating a commission for Macmillan Cancer Support that I will blog about in due course.

Day 12 - no photo I'm afraid because I was too busy running my lovely friend Lana's baby shower and forgot to get a picture but I was rushing around in the Luck of the Irish dress.  It obviously did give me a lot of luck because the shower was a storming success, which was not bad as prior to my research I had no idea what a occurred at a baby shower.

Day 13 - Another day of no photos but I was rocking my flamingos PJs that I made for Karen's pyjama party.  It had been a hectic week and I'm not ashamed to say I spent the entire day in pyjamas or as I like to think of them leisure wear ;-)

Day 14 - I went for a two tone rude girl look  to go about my business.

My me made item is the hand crocheted bow tie that I made last year.  It had it's first outing when I finally got to see some of my fave musical style icons The Specials.

Day 15 - I had a couple of interviews to sort out and I felt the need to be efficient yet foxy so it had to be the I Heart Joanie Forever dress

Day 16 - I had a Brighton Fringe event to hit up and nothing to wear.  No fear though because I used one one of my mending projects.   The checked librarian dress took a turn for the worst and developed a big old hole :(  I wasn't going to let it go down like that and instead made it shorter to heal the hole and nipped off the arms by doing a machine lined bodice to strengthen it.

The before and after :)

The mended version got rocked at The Iron Boot Scrapers gig - they're an ace Brighton based band that  play versions of modern songs using trumpets and what not in a trad jazz style.  Check them out below doing their version of Rhianna's Umbrella.

Day 17 - I had a busy day winding up with a lovely Stitch and Bitch at Purl so I yanked out the polka dot secret agent dress.

Oona provided the tutorial for this simple but foxy dress.  I urge you to get involved you will not regret it.

Day 18 - I'm not putting picture up of me for this day because I wanted to post one of a dear friend of mine who was incredibly supportive of my various making escapades and whose funeral I attended.  Tanya was my youngest brother's best friend's Mum and an amazing lady who sadly lost her battle with cancer.  She was an ace knitter, a keen crafter and all around fantastic person who I feel very lucky to have known and very sad to have said good bye too.

Tanya - a very good soul indeed xxx

Day 19 - I had a day with the family whilst back home and I decided to wear something really bright in honour of Tanya so I whipped on the Sunshine of My Life skirt because I know it would make her smile.

Day 20 - Zoe, my friend Aymi and I made the most of the sun to hit up some open houses.  There was still a nip in the air so I twinned the Supergirl half circle skirt with my electric blue trench coat.

Clothes aren't the only thing that has got mended in May.  My beloved bike Rita who had been robbed of her wheels finally got fixed up thanks to my legendary Uncle Brian and is now sporting an electric blue pair, which match nicely with my skirt ;-)

Day 21 - I had the last day of my intermediate sewing course at Sew in Brighton so I popped on my Mime Artist stretch top and a headscarf to get down to business.  I picked up loads of tips as always and I'm going to use my gathering skills on my latest make the Ripe Ones Are More Juicy dress - post to follow.

Day 22 - The sun came out to play and the obvious choice was a seafood based the Lobster mini.  

There we go a whistle stop tour of mid May.  Hope you've all been having a fabulous time in the sunshine.

Ta ta for now sweethearts,


Thursday, 17 May 2012

Me Made May'12 days 4 - 10

Howdy partners,

Hope we are all rootin and tootin now the rain has gone away and the sun has come out to play.  I realised I was serrrrrrrrrrriously behind on my documenting of Me Made May'12 and to just put a spanner in the works I also clocked that several days had not been photographed.  So I've done some mock ups but I've tried to bring out the spirit of each garment using my facial muscles and strong poses :)  It's up to you to decide whether I have achieved this or indeed just look like I've ruptured a vessel.

Friday - Day 4
A trip to London for a meeting and the need to project the look that says I am stylish yet efficient - the obvious garment to achieve this was the Bet Lynch Eat Your Hear Out dress

Delilah modelling my apron and the top of half of my next project.

To give the dress a little more zing I added a handmade brooch courtesy of the fabulous Kirstin Stride.  Her jewellery is gorgeous and every piece is hand drawn so each one is unique and will liven up any outfit. She's also starring as Miss Monday in Zoe's Me Made for others May.

It had been a long day in London so the slippers were straight on.

Then it was time for a lay down with a wine and a little TV.

Saturday - Day 5 

The Minnie Mouse Sencha and a stretchy skirt.

Twinned with my mended Tatty Devine Jarvis specs.

That day was v productive - I learned to knit and how to make handmade bread courtesy of a great tutorial from Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall.  I can confirm it was phenom and is the way forward.  I can also confirm I fancy the pants off Hugh :)

Sunday - Day 6

The Luck of the Irish got whipped out for an afternoon spent exploring Brighton's open houses with some fabulous friends.

Me Made's faithful leader Zoe and the lovely Elena of Seamless.  After all the snooping we settled down for a well deserved bevvy.

Monday - Day 7

Spent the day getting the hang of knit and purl in the lobster Macaron and was every inch the relaxing day a bank holiday should be :)

Tuesday - Day 8

I had a private view to nip to for the fantastically talented Sarah of Rockcakes jewellery and the maker of my much loved heart of gold brooch. I then had a knit bootcamp to hop to at Purl so I needed something to rush about in so the You Are The Sunshine of My Life skirt was just the thing.

Wednesday - Day 9

The rain was coming down but I was bringing the sunshine out with the 60s Summer Holiday dress.

Thursday - Day 9

Again the rains came down but I thought what the hell bring out the flamingoes and have a margarita and make like I'm in Barbados instead of Brighton.

Friday - Day 10

A busy day spent planning the first ever baby shower I had ever organised or in fact attended.  I wanted something effective to wear so I threw on my animal print cardigan with my me made tube skirt.  It's the second thing I ever made on an overlocker and it's holding up well.

Phew so there we have it last week partially mocked up but fully documented.  Hope you are all enjoying May as much as I am.  I just love seeing everyone's finery.

Until next time,

Take a picture it last longer mwah!

Miss D


Thursday, 3 May 2012

Day 3 in the big Me Made May'12 house

Ahoy there,

It's still raining hard in Brighty but it's okay because I'm housebound at present working on some bits and bobs for a little adventure I'm taking tomorrow.

Just a short and sweet post today because I've already waxed lyrical about the Holiday Cafe Owner skirt previously.  It's actually the skirt from the Colette Macaron.  Originally, I was going full on Macaron but time as always was my enemy so she ended up as just a skirt but I'm happy with that and especially how nautical she looks with my H&M anchor vest from many moons ago when I shopped.  I've not completely given up but I have to say that's one of the other happy bonuses of sewing is that I'm no longer a consumer driven diva.  Instead I look for inspiration and then I make whoopee :)

Rocking Heidi hair - "Grandfather where are you?"

What does differ from my wearing of this skirt now as opposed to Self Stitched September is that I had style asymmetric do more Rhianna than Phil Oakey though I have had a Phil in the past.  I may have already gone on about this a lot but last year I decided to make a commitment yes the fly by the seat of my pants kind of a girl decided to jump into a long term investment - my hair not an ISA ;-)  So as the pic reveals I can barely contain my excitement that I now have just enough hair to French braid.  As the year goes on I will bring hair updates as I work towards my ultimate dream do a full beehive.

Right back to the grind darlings.  Have a lovely day whatever the weather in your part of the world.

Until next time remember - the higher the hair the closer to heaven.

Miss D


Tuesday, 1 May 2012

Hey it's May and that can only mean one thing - Me Made May'12 has landed BOOM!

Hello fabulous ones,

I hope we're all well and those that attended the PJ party have recovered from all the late night gossip and contraband ;-)  I know I fully enjoyed my tropical turn.

So here we are at the beginning of Zoe's handmade extravaganza Me Made May'12 and I'm staring down the barrel of a whole month of wearing at least one handmade and likely mended piece of clothing or an accessory.  Strangely I'm not feeling as daunted as I thought because I went for a wardrobe assessment on Sunday and the sea of handmade that greeted me was very pleasing to my peepers :)

I originally participated in the Self-Stitched September last year before I had a blog so although I documented my wares on Facebook it will be nice to have a reason to blog daily and I'm hoping this will really get me into the swing of regular blogging.

Well today's handmade offering is the Mysterious Cities of Gold Sorbetto.

As predicted here the damn banana fell off again!

I'm extremely pleased to be starting the challenge in such a bright piece of clothing because despite the weather I still have a reason to wear sunnies because it's so flipping lairy.  As previously blogged this amazing fabric comes courtesy of the lovely Kathryn of Yes I like that who I gnabbed it off in the Brighton fabric de-stash.  So in theory this top only cost me the price of the bias binding and the printing of free Sorbetto pattern, which was £1.20!  Just over a quid for a handmade piece of happiness well yes Siree that'll ding dang do for me :)

Today, has been super busy and will continue to be so for the next couple of hours until I head to stitch and bitch at Super+Super.  So this top is lovely and airy and just what a Miss on a mission needs to be wearing.

Hope everyone is having a fine day and I can't wait to see outfit posts in due course.


Miss D