Made Me March 2011: The Second Week

We are into the last two weeks of Made Me March! Yes, I’m still excited doing this challenge! Here’re my daily outfits for the second week of MMM2011 finally:)

Day 9 (Wednesday)



Bottom: Black & White Bella (Sewing pattern: burdastyle’s bella)

Hours worn: 9 hours

Places visited: Kids’ schools

Main activities: ‘Supervising’ air-con servicing technicians (my life is that interesting LOL), washing and cutting fabrics

Number of times I have worn the top: More than 7 times

Wear Again: Yes, I love the color and the neckline:)

Day 10 (Thursday)

Dress: A Frock By Friday Shirtdress (Sewing pattern: Free from Bernina and missing collar here )

Hours worn: 7 hours

Places visited: Kids’ schools

Main activities: Sewing

Number of times I have worn the dress: Around 5 times

Wear Again: Yes, it’s rather suitable for casual weekdays. Only thing is the fabric isn’t that comfortable so this dress might be replaced once I’ve made a better version.

Day 11 (Friday)

My mum told me that a major earthquake hit Japan today (we were booked to visit Tokyo and Hokkaido in July) but I didn’t realize how serious it was till I watched the news at night. We were deeply saddened by scenes of the tsunami and earthquake. Hubby and I had our honeymoon in Japan many years ago where we visited Sendai and as the Shinkansen we took went passed Fukushima, I remembered telling hubby how beautiful the mountains were and how I wished to visit the place in future. We prayed for the people affected and I started checking out Japanese sewing blogs and was relieved that our Japanese sewing/blogging comrades are fine. I have also learnt to cherish and love our family and friends more through the tragedy. As I wrote to the ryokans we have booked to make cancellations rather reluctantly, the owners told us they were still experiencing aftershocks and hope things would get back to normal soon. I hope so too.


Top: Store bought Knit Top (Lack)
Bottom: Red Denim Ruby (Sewing pattern: burdastyle’s ruby)

Hours worn: 8 hours

Places visited: Kids’ schools

Main activities: Sewing! This combo is great to sew in, so comfy!

Number of times I have worn the bottom: Around 10 times

Wear Again: Yes, I love the color and the ribbon trim!.

Day 12 (Saturday)

Dress: The Floraide Frock (Sewing Pattern: Colette Pattern’s Oolong)

Hours worn: 5 hours

Places visited: Doctor’s (PD) clinic, coffee shop and shopping malls

Main activities: It’s  family day:)

Number of times I have worn the bottom: Twice

Wear Again: Yes,  it’s lovely to wear and I love the vibrancy of the print.

Day 13 (Sunday)


Top: Peekaboo Sleeve Tara (Sewing Pattern: burdastyle’s Tara)
Bottom: Black & White Bella shorts (again!)

Hours worn: 6 hours

Places visited: Lunch with parents at Fat Cat cafe, grocery shopping

Main activities: Family fun!

Number of times I have worn the top: Around 7 times. I made the top when I was still nursing my lil princess so the bodice is slightly big for me now. I pin it together with a brooch but will have to modify it slightly with the machine soon.

Wear Again: Definitely;)

Day 14 (Monday)

Top: Nani Iro Tunic (Sewing Pattern: Japanese sewing book)
Bottom: Refashioned denim shorts (Lack!)

Hours worn: 9 hours

Places visited: Kids’ schools

Main activities: Newspaper reading, sewing as usual:) and some fabric washing.

Number of times I have worn the top: Around 5 times

Wear Again: Yes, love the double gauze fabric. The tunic is super duper comfy!

Day 15 (Tuesday)

Dress:A letter to St Patrick Dress (Sewing pattern: vintage simplicity 6327 for bodice)

Hours worn: 7 hours

Places visited: Centrepoint (shopping mall), Emerald Hill, Plaza Singapura (shopping mall), kids’ schools

Main activities: Photo taking and shopping

Number of times I have worn the dress: Once

Wear Again: Yes, I am sure it will become a weekday staple:)

Day 16 (Wednesday)

Dress: Giddy with Polka Dots Dress (Sewing pattern: Simplicity 2591)

Hours worn: 5 hours

Places visited: Doctor(PD), Kids’ schools

Main activities: Bringing my girl to the doctor and sewing

Number of times I have worn the dress: Twice

Wear Again: Absolutely!

I actually failed to meet my target on Day 17 and 18 as my kids and myself were all down with flu and stayed home (mostly in bed) on medication. Nonetheless, I will still try my best to meet the one made-in item a day target for the rest of March.

Wish me luck:)

Made Me March 2011: The First Week

It’s been a week since the commencement of MMM2011 and this year I’ve decided to do the summaries a little more systematically. I want to list the activities I’ve done in the outfit, the places I’ve visited in them, the number of hours I was in them and whether I would like to wear them again. While I’d committed myself to wear one made me item everyday this month, I would want to wear a complete made me outfit whenever possible and if I didn’t manage to, I would like to identify clearly my items of lack so I’d know what I need to work on! In terms of photos, I should be having lots of living room shots given that I’m trying my best to go outdoors for my TSW shots.

Gosh! I didn’t know planning an outdoor shoot can take that much effort till now so kudos to those committed to it!

Day 1 (Tuesday)

 

Top: Love Tunic (Sewing Pattern: Adapted from Tunic dress from Built By Wendy Dresses book)

Bottom: Refashioned denim shorts (LACK!!!)

Hours worn: 10 hours

Places visited: Post Office, Kids’ Schools

Main activities: Sewing, surfing and blogging

Number of times I have worn the top: Approximately 5 times

Wear Again: Definitely! It’s one of my beach, pool, resort, casual staples:)

Day 2 (Wednesday)

Outfit: Never Say Never Dress (Sewing Pattern: Burda magazine 11/2010)

Hours worn: 10 hours

Places visited: CBD (Raffles Place, Robinson Road), Orchard Road (Plaza Singapura), kids’ schools

Main activities: Breakfast with hubby, errands and shopping.

Number of times I have worn the outfit: More than 5 times

Wear Again: Absolutely! It’s so now, so comfortable and easy to move in.

Day 3 (Thursday)

Top: Hoot Hoot Blouse (Sewing Pattern: Adapted from Tunic dress from Built By Wendy Dresses book)

Bottom: Ruffles Ruby Shorts (Sewing Pattern: Burdastyle Ruby)

Hours worn: 9 hours

Places visited: Kids’ Schools

Main activities: Sewing

Number of times I have worn the top: Approximately 3 times

Wear Again: Yes, I need to remind myself to wear it more!

Number of times I have worn the bottom: Approximately 10 times

Wear Again: Yes, shorts are a weekday staple!

Day 4 (Friday)

Outfit: Merry Go Round Jumpsuit (Sewing Pattern: Vogue 8554 and shorts my own)

Hours worn: 9 hours

Places visited: Kids’ schools

Main activities: Sewing, surfing, blogging

Number of times I have worn the outfit: Approximately 10 times

Wear Again: Absolutely! I adore it even though hubby always teased that I looked like a Barbie doll!!!???

Day 5 (Saturday)

Originally I wanted to wear my picnic macaron but the zipper is wonky (I gotta get it changed soon!) so I wore the festivity version instead.

Outfit: Festivity Macaron (Sewing Pattern: Colette Pattern’s Macaron)

Hours worn: 8 hours

Places visited: Lunch with parents at a western restaurant, CBD (Suntec City) grocery shopping and petrol station.

Main activities: Family

Number of times I have worn the outfit: Three times

Wear Again: Definitely!

Day 6 (Sunday)

Top: Ivory Kaftan Blouse (Sewing Pattern: My own with tutorial)

Bottom: Retro dots Bella Jeans (Sewing Pattern: Burdastyle’s Bella)

Hours worn: 8 hours

Places visited: Son’s swim class, CBD (Suntec city), church, bottle tree park, Orchid Country Club

Main activities: Family/ recreational

Number of times I have worn the top: Twice

Number of times I have worn the bottom: Approximately 5 times

Wear Again: Definitely:) But not together as the combo made me feel shorter than I am.

Day 7 (Monday)

I was quite surprised that I totally enjoyed wearing this dress on a weekday. I didn’t feel overdressed as the dress is quite casual. My son was so sweet, he told me that I looked beautiful when I picked him up from school and that totally made my day.

Outfit: Blue Garden Frock (Sewing Pattern: )

Hours worn: 9 hours

Places visited: Kids’ school

Main activities: Deciding on what to sew next. I went through too many pattern and fabric combinations!!!

Number of times I have worn the outfit: Three times

Wear Again: YES! I am going to make this a weekday staple.

Day 8 (Tuesday)

After days of woven garments, I needed to wear some knit!

Top: Take Manhattan Tunic (Sewing Pattern: Twinkle Sew by Wenlan Chia)

Bottom: RTW Jeans (LACK!!!)

Hours worn: 10 hours

Places visited: Kids’ Schools, Orchard Road (Centrepoint, Peranakan Place and 313)

Main activities: Facial, shopping

Number of times I have worn the top: Approximately 5 times

Wear Again: Definitely! It’s so comfy!

So that’s my summary for the first week of MMM2011. Lacks: shorts/ jeans. Noted.

I am working on my Pendrells today. Am so hoping to wear them for MMM2011:) Knits, yay!

Sewing Plans Updates

You may notice that there are some new buttons on my blog. Yes, I’m participating in Made Me March 2011, the Craft Book Challenge and Sewing Through the Decades. Whenever I can, I will definitely try my best to fit these into TSW themes.

Made Me March 2011

Wow, how time flies! Self-Stitched September was more than four months ago and how that has changed my life! I’m in self stitched outfits every weekend, I am wearing dresses very frequently, I wore at least one self stitched garment a day throughout my Shanghai and Phuket vacations, for the lunar new year period and am looking at incorporating these pieces I’ve made into my weekdays wardrobe while playing chauffeur to my lil prince and princess. Here’s  my Made-Me March 2011 commitment:

I, Adey, The Sew Convert, sign up as a participant of Me-Made-March ’11. I endeavour to wear
at least one handmade piece of clothing each day for the duration of March 2011′

I still don’t feel absolutely ready to commit to entire outfits daily yet. Hopefully, I’ll be ready by SSS 2011.

I am seriously lagging behind the Pendrell sewalong! I’ve only just settled on the fabrics, both knits. The red pear knit is the muslin fabric I will be using and which I am hoping will become a wearable one. Hopefully, these will become my wardrobe staples this March and beyond 🙂

Pendrell blouses in Red pears and leopard print knits

Sewing through the Decades

This is a fantastic initiative to create garments from patterns through the decades. My target is to sew two outfits per decade from 1930s-1970s. I’ve shortlisted the patterns below but am leaving some options open for the second garment from 1940s-70s.

1930s

Eva dress pattern 1939 Evening gown

Eva dress 1935 Afternoon frock

1940s

Du Barry 1940s dress

1950s

Vogue 4882 1950s dress

1960s

Simplicity 8278 1960s

1970s

Kwik Sew 407 1970s Jeans

The Craft Book Challenge

Last but not least, the craft book challenge. The aim of this challenge is to make the most of the craft books sitting on the shelves. My original target was to complete a piece a month from craft books and magazines I already have before buying more. However, I realized that I might sew a few a month and none the other depending on TSW themes so I am going to be more lenient to myself. My revised target is to sew 12 items from craft books and magazines this year before further purchases.

Last year, I categorized Made Me items according to garment types. This year, I will be categorizing them based on these 4 challenges under the Made Me 2011 page. Think I’ve got myself fully committed for the year! What about you? Have you signed up for any sewing challenges this year?

Have a super-duper cosy valentines’ my friends and do stay tuned for my valentines’ dress which will be posted Friday PST!