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    Kathryn
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The dress I wore for #frocktailsauckland was not a new make -alas, the dress I'd planned to make for it hasn't been made (or even cut out!) yet.  This was my first version of @burda_style bell sleeve mini dress 03/2016, made a couple years ago.  It has raglan sleeves with a shoulder dart to curve over the shoulder. 
Fabric: @wearethefabricstore 
#frocktailsauckland #aucklandsews #handmadewardrobe #sewcialists
The dress I wore for #frocktailsauckland  was not a new make -alas, the dress I'd planned to make for it hasn't been made (or even cut out!) yet. This was my first version of @burda_style bell sleeve mini dress 03/2016, made a couple years ago. It has raglan sleeves with a shoulder dart to curve over the shoulder. Fabric: @wearethefabricstore #frocktailsauckland  #aucklandsews  #handmadewardrobe  #sewcialists 
It was so lovely meeting other sewists at #frocktailsauckland .  So much handmade gorgeousness in one room. 
#aucklandsews
Perfect for my #sewingspace : found these @temukapotterynz bowls in a rattan tray at my local @retroaddictionnz .  Too cute. 
#sewingsupplies #sewingspaces #nzpottery
A purchased top had raw-edged chiffon layers on the sleeves, but they were not bias-cut so would fray like crazy.  I left trails of tangled string in my wake.  To fix this: tried out a hand-sewn rolled hem.  Handy new skill, made use of hours of TV -watching, and I like how it has turned the chiffon into frothy frills. 
#handsewing #almostcouture #handrolledhem #handrolledhems #alteritaugust #sewingcommunity #diyfashion #sewingbyhand
Done!  The most painful pattern-matching I've ever had to do.  It's an unbalanced directional plaid that isn't symmetrical vertically or horizontally.  I swear it took longer to cut than to sew.  Phew, gonna stay away from such plaids in future.  I did nail this notched collar, though, (thanks to the awesomely helpful blog by @pattern.scissors.cloth - I'm learning loads from it!) Pattern: @burdastyle Wide Lapel Jacket 11/2015
Fabric: wool from @drapersfabrics 
#isewedthis #sewingandswearing #plaidmatching #handmadewardrobe #handmadecoat #cscmakes #sewingcommunity #wintersewing
Done! The most painful pattern-matching I've ever had to do. It's an unbalanced directional plaid that isn't symmetrical vertically or horizontally. I swear it took longer to cut than to sew. Phew, gonna stay away from such plaids in future. I did nail this notched collar, though, (thanks to the awesomely helpful blog by @pattern.scissors.cloth - I'm learning loads from it!) Pattern: @burdastyle Wide Lapel Jacket 11/2015 Fabric: wool from @drapersfabrics #isewedthis  #sewingandswearing  #plaidmatching  #handmadewardrobe  #handmadecoat  #cscmakes  #sewingcommunity  #wintersewing 
Wall in my #sewingspace .  Much love for the Sewciopath plate from @oddoneoutnz .
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#sewingspaces #sewciopath #sewciopaths #platewall #sewingcommunity
Alterations are no fun!😢 I wanted to move on to new projects, but a few finished pieces need improving.  Took the waist in on this skirt AGAIN (at the back darts this time) and moved and pleated the (not so much self-drafted as randomly-self-drawn) left hip so the front panel doesn't hang low.  Now it fits high and snug and I'm much happier with how it looks.  Worth the tedious unpicking!
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#simplicity8459 @simplicity_creative_group #princeofwalescheck #sewingwoes #memadewardrobe #cscmakes #curvysewing #makeitwork #handmadeiswellmade #handmadewardrobe
Alterations are no fun!😢 I wanted to move on to new projects, but a few finished pieces need improving. Took the waist in on this skirt AGAIN (at the back darts this time) and moved and pleated the (not so much self-drafted as randomly-self-drawn) left hip so the front panel doesn't hang low. Now it fits high and snug and I'm much happier with how it looks. Worth the tedious unpicking! . . . #simplicity8459  @simplicity_creative_group #princeofwalescheck  #sewingwoes  #memadewardrobe  #cscmakes  #curvysewing  #makeitwork  #handmadeiswellmade  #handmadewardrobe 
Just finished making the #sundayeverydaysweater  from @ensemble.patterns  I like the hem!  It has lots of length/hem options.  Almost too many to choose from!  This is the "short" variation (which despite the line drawings is same length in front as "crop" variation but with longer back.  The line drawings don't seem to be drawn to the same scale as each other). Burnt-orange merino-nylon from @nzmerinofabrics , bought online, that I hadn't anticipated being a bit shiiiiiiny.  But soo soft and fleecy inside.  Note: made bust adjustment with some pivot/slide type deal which may have resulted in the sides being super blousy.  Next time will just make as drafted.  The mysteries of pattern adjusting... I think I'm out of my depth sometimes!

#handmadewardrobe #nzmerino #indiepatterns #iseweditmyself #sewistsofinstagram #handmadebasics #memade
Just finished making the #sundayeverydaysweater  from @ensemble.patterns I like the hem! It has lots of length/hem options. Almost too many to choose from! This is the "short" variation (which despite the line drawings is same length in front as "crop" variation but with longer back. The line drawings don't seem to be drawn to the same scale as each other). Burnt-orange merino-nylon from @nzmerinofabrics , bought online, that I hadn't anticipated being a bit shiiiiiiny. But soo soft and fleecy inside. Note: made bust adjustment with some pivot/slide type deal which may have resulted in the sides being super blousy. Next time will just make as drafted. The mysteries of pattern adjusting... I think I'm out of my depth sometimes! #handmadewardrobe  #nzmerino  #indiepatterns  #iseweditmyself  #sewistsofinstagram  #handmadebasics  #memade 
I don't wear a lot of vintage styles, but couldn't resist KITTENS!  Vintage blush-pink (maybe barkcloth?) picked up on our travels.  I really don't know what this should become, but it's fun mulling over ideas.  I have 2m and it isn't very wide.
#vintagesewing #fabricstash #vintagefabric  #kittenfabric #sewingaddict #toomuchfabric
Whoops, finished #mmmay18 with a whimper rather than a bang and didn't document the last 2 days...I was just bundled up in all the warm things.  So, what #memademay showed me I need: easy-going wearable things for an unfancy life, pants!! (I have made hardly any pants!), and clothes that actually go together (I seem to have the anti-capsule wardrobe). I need a family tree of clothes. 
First make since:  #grecotee by @ensemble.patterns .  I like very much.  Free pattern (with newsletter sign-up), go get it!  Note: I added few inches to the bust, and, my fault, the neckline is a bit wider than the pattern intended as I bound it rather than attaching the band, while still cutting the pieces the same.  I dig the boxy shape.  FYI it's a little long on a short person such as myself, might want to shorten.  There will be more of these!
Whoops, finished #mmmay18  with a whimper rather than a bang and didn't document the last 2 days...I was just bundled up in all the warm things. So, what #memademay  showed me I need: easy-going wearable things for an unfancy life, pants!! (I have made hardly any pants!), and clothes that actually go together (I seem to have the anti-capsule wardrobe). I need a family tree of clothes. First make since: #grecotee  by @ensemble.patterns . I like very much. Free pattern (with newsletter sign-up), go get it! Note: I added few inches to the bust, and, my fault, the neckline is a bit wider than the pattern intended as I bound it rather than attaching the band, while still cutting the pieces the same. I dig the boxy shape. FYI it's a little long on a short person such as myself, might want to shorten. There will be more of these!
Day 28 #mmmay18 (Day 27 was a write-off, stayed in PJs) Just finished @simplicity_creative_group #simplicity8459 , changed up to tie instead of buckle, and lengthened.  Silk-linen.  I already took it in 2" and it's still loose - guess you shouldn't muslin your skirt when you're bloated and on your period... Also with #monroeturtleneck again.  #memademay #diyfashion #handmadewardrobe #handmade #sewinglife #imademyclothes
Day 25 & 26 #mmmay18 Grateful for this cozy  #burdastyle coat, #monroeturtleneck underneath.  It's imperfect, as it was my first proper coat, but I have much 💛 for this fabric and the work that went into it.
#memademay #handmadewardrobe #handmadeiswellmade #isewedthis #sewist
Day 24 #mmmay18 ... it's the manrepeller coat (yeah, looks like a dressing gown) made from a thrifted wool blanket.  Hubby was like, what the hell is that. 
@burda_style Oversized Coat 09/2015#117AB
#upcycledclothing #memademay #handmadewardrobe #isewedthis #blanketcoat #sewist #burdastyle #handmadeclothing #manrepeller
Day 23 #mmmay18  Basic as, but look, it rained,  hailed and thundered all day, ok?  #schneidernmeistern #justanothertee in cotton-merino and #namedclothingpatterns #alexandriapegtrousers in super-thick merino.
#memadebasics #memademay #nzmerino
Day 22 of me-mades #mmmay18 .  Must be a few years old and worn to near-death, seer-sucker that is losing its suckeriness.  Much-used @burda_style raglan sleeved pattern (see: ruffley flowery dress, and there's another dress I made somewhere that is not getting worn because it is winter and because I don't get out much).
#memademay #memadewardrobe #imademyclothes
Day 22 of me-mades #mmmay18  . Must be a few years old and worn to near-death, seer-sucker that is losing its suckeriness. Much-used @burda_style raglan sleeved pattern (see: ruffley flowery dress, and there's another dress I made somewhere that is not getting worn because it is winter and because I don't get out much). #memademay  #memadewardrobe  #imademyclothes 
Day 21 #mmmay18 (I'm catching up! But tiring of selfies!) An old favourite.  I do love a simple shift.  Pattern: @burda_style Shift Dress 04/2016 #115 
Fabric: @wearethefabricstore silk-cotton blend (I 💛silk-cotton)
Doh, forgot to get a pic of the back - deep vee with a strap across. (Must make again...maybe as a top)
#memademay #shiftdresspattern #burdastyle #memadeeveryday #silkcottondress #handmadewardrobe #lovetosew #thisoldthing #handmadeiswellmade #sewistsofinstagram
Day 21 #mmmay18  (I'm catching up! But tiring of selfies!) An old favourite. I do love a simple shift. Pattern: @burda_style Shift Dress 04/2016 #115  Fabric: @wearethefabricstore silk-cotton blend (I 💛silk-cotton) Doh, forgot to get a pic of the back - deep vee with a strap across. (Must make again...maybe as a top) #memademay  #shiftdresspattern  #burdastyle  #memadeeveryday  #silkcottondress  #handmadewardrobe  #lovetosew  #thisoldthing  #handmadeiswellmade  #sewistsofinstagram 
Day 19 #mmmay18 (I am falling behind!) Black merino blend sweatshirt again, pattern by @hotpatterns .  When me-made-May started, I hadn't anticipated starting to work from home; I go into the office once a week, and as my weekends aren't overly exciting, it is only one day a week I need to get dressed presentably.  So...lots of tees and sweatshirt days.  Planning more cotton and linen items for the casual life, things that can work for days at home and bike-rides to school.
#memadebasics #memademay #handmadewardrobe #handmadeiswellmade #nzmerino @nzmerinofabrics
Day 19 #mmmay18  (I am falling behind!) Black merino blend sweatshirt again, pattern by @hotpatterns . When me-made-May started, I hadn't anticipated starting to work from home; I go into the office once a week, and as my weekends aren't overly exciting, it is only one day a week I need to get dressed presentably. So...lots of tees and sweatshirt days. Planning more cotton and linen items for the casual life, things that can work for days at home and bike-rides to school. #memadebasics  #memademay  #handmadewardrobe  #handmadeiswellmade  #nzmerino  @nzmerinofabrics
Days 17 & 18 #mmmay18  Threw the @grainlinestudio #tamarackjacket on over things, add boots = outfit. 
#memademay #memadeeveryday #imadeitmyself  #handmadewardrobe #handmadeiswellmade