Wednesday, 24 August 2011

Refashion with a passion

I think that part of the ethos behind Self Stitched September for me, is to use the materials that I have around me and to try not to throw things away that can be used. I have a fair few clothes that I don't wear as they are "not quite right". I am going to used SSS to make them right.

Item One: A linen maternity dress. I like the style but obviously it is WAY to big. I'm not sure what I am going to do with it as yet, except make it more fitted, I may cut out the elasticised piece and add and empire line and make the skirt more fitted.

Item Two: A Linen Jacket. It is cropped, has three quarter sleeves and BIG buttons. Again it is too big and needs streamlining. I think I am going to have to do some net research for inspiration on this one.

Item Three: Floral, empire line strapless dress. I really like the fabric, but the gathered skirt does my ample bottom no favours whatsoever. I may just cut the dress up entirely and rework it into something else.

Item Four: White linen shirt. Bought Pre weightloss and again is now too big...waiting for inspiration to strike on that one!

I am sure there will be more to follow ( and pictures too!)

Pillowcase Pants

Project Number one : Collette Patterns free bloomer pattern. I used two old pillowcases as I really liked the fabric.  They are not going to appear on here because they are HUGE!

Once I had cut them out, I was amazed at the size of them. I think I will wear them as pajama pants when they are finished, but in the mean time I am using them as an exercise in proper finishing- or actually finishing! I have finished the seams with bias and will look at adding some extra details when they are completed.

Tuesday, 23 August 2011

Self Stitched September

Well, I have decided to participate in Self Stitched September, and I hope to record my progress here. Here is my pledge :

"I, Emilylovesbagpuss, sign up as a participant of Self-Stitched-Sept '11. I endeavour to wear one me made item per day each day for the duration of September 2011'

I will include accessories and upcycled as well as I am only just getting the me time to make clothing...but at least this will give me the inspiration!"

It will be interesting as I only have a couple of completed "me made" garments but at least it will push me on to really get to grips with sewing. Roll on September!