Thursday, 14 May 2015

Me Made May

I came across the ‘MeMadeMay’ event some years ago and always wanted to join but felt that I did not had enough homemade garments for a whole month.  So this year I decided that although I will not take the pledge I was going to participate one way or the other.

So if you follow me on Instragram, this is what I wore for the first week of May.  It’s a mix of sewed, knitted or beaded things.

Screen Captures

From now on, I’m not sure whether I will post more outfits – apart from a couple of knitted tops, a dress that does not fit properly and a skirt that need to be modified, this is the extend of my MeMade wardrobe.

However, Karen from the Fringe Association made a different pledge : she pledges to make one garment per week for the month of May (btw, go and visit her blog, she is a super talented knitter).  I’m not quite sure I will be able to make one piece of clothing every week, but I kind of like the idea.  So last Thursday, I made one top – Sorbetto from Colette Pattern.  Just google, or search on Pinterest and you will see so many versions of this cute simple top.

SorbettoI used some Pretty Potent voile from Anna-Maria Horner.  The voile is gorgeously soft, I love the vivid colour – I will need more of this…

Now should I point this out or shouldn’t I? I’m pretty crossed with myself for not centring the pattern properly!  Can you see it?..

This week, I’m making a skirt.

Tuesday, 12 May 2015

London Express

I had some kind of surreal week-end.

I went to England for some meetings at Victor’s school.

I left Friday night.  Luckily I had a direct flight from Orlando to Gatwick – not the quietest flight though – the plan was full of kids overexcited after some good time with Mickey and friends (so many stuffed animals were travelling too).  The flight was delayed so I arrived in Gatwick 2 hours late on Saturday morning, no time to get change or get some coffee and I had already missed the first meeting.

Anyway, I managed to see all of Victor’s teachers, Victor following me with cups of coffee in order to keep some brain waves going.

After this we drove to London to have dinner with Alice, then off to bed for a few hours, back to the airport on Sunday morning, another direct flight to Orlando which arrived on time, so I had enough time to drive to Rollins for Juliette’s final concert.

All of this in less than 48 hours!

London Express

As I said – SURREAL – now I’m feeling that my head is full of mushy thoughts, no concentration whatsoever and I have to catch up with some laundry.

Monday, 4 May 2015

language, lingo and use of words that goes on my nerves

I think I am turning into a ‘grumpy old woman’, but just let me point out a few words’ usages that make me cringe.

reframe the narrative
blah blah and more blah

in this day and age
what’s wrong with the good old ‘nowadays’

Wow just wow
use words, proper words, you’re not a 2-year old

across the board
what does that mean anyway?

I don’t want to offend you, but…
but, I’m going to do it anyway

I need counter space
for what?  how many people really cook from scrap?

Lets touch base
I didn’t realised until recently that was a reference to baseball…

I want to be a role model for my kids
no,I don’t want to be a role model, I just want to be me so my kids can be themselves too

I told you, G R U M P Y, I am a grumpy old woman…

Friday, 1 May 2015

Recording my life in pictures

I can’t believe that April is over, that the American school year is almost done (my British kids are on until the beginning of July).  It sounds so silly to say things like this…but I had the feeling that I haven’t done much in April, and then I went through my pictures.  Actually I’ve been pretty busy.

  • Wild life spotting
  • Moving out and moving in
  • Sending Juliette to her first prom
  • Quilting and socks knitting
  • Doodling – trying to make this a daily routine, but I’m not there yet
  • Laughing while going through old pictures

Lake Eola  InstagramJuliette's PromInstagram2Daily doodles  Instagram1

I know May is going to be soooo busy, but I’m ready… bring it on.

Wednesday, 15 April 2015

Pretty girls deserve pretty dresses

A few weeks ago, Juliette was singing the the Bach Festival Young Choir at the Art Festival in Winter Park.  Like last year, their conductor wanted to have a rainbow on stage, so each signer got assigned a colour for their dress. Juliette got yellow. She was not happy with it, and I was not happy to get the information just a bit more than a week from the concert. One good thing though, Juliette was OK for me to sew the dress.

scrapbooking papersWe went for Simplicity pattern 2250 with some light linen blend.  I really love the colour even if Juliette thinks is the colour of baby chick and therefore far to baby-ish.

The pattern does not have extremely good reviews on PatternReview, and it’s good I did not read any of these before.  There’s a lot of details going on the bodice, so I think it is important to go with a fabric which is both light and still holding it’s shape.  My linen might have been a bit to malleable.  Also, I don’t think busy prints will work well, all the darting/pleating details would be lost.

The bodice took me such a looooong time… Darts, pleats to sew in a specific order. Then lining and underlining – it’s the first time I was doing such a thing. It’s worth it as it help to hold the bodice’s shape.

On PatternReview, there’s a bit of a fuss about the skirt.  It is gathered and pleated.  If you look at the picture you can see pleats on the front right, and gathering on the other side.  It’s the same at the back.  I guess that gathering the whole thing would have been faster (I gathered the skirt lining).  It is not an obvious details, but I think it makes the dress less childish.

scrapbooking papers1

The only substantial modification was in the back.  Juliette did not want the bow or wings so I had to improvise.  I don’t quite remember how I construct it but I like how neat the gathering looks on the back.  The major issue with this pattern was the difference of length between the finished bodice and the lining.  I added a some extra length to the lining but looking how it folds on Juliette, I should have shorten the bodice.

All in all, I really enjoyed sewing this dress.  I took my time, marked everything and made sure I put a lot of love in every stitches.  The result is beautiful.  My girl is beautiful and I just wish she loves it enough to wear it beyond the concert.

And by the way, I wrote my first review on PatternReview because I just needed a new social network to join ;)