August was certainly an awesome sewing month for me, but by no means average: I sewed up a great number and variety of things, and surprisingly all of them were successful!
The theme for Make a Garment a Month was Awesomely Average August, meaning we should focus on “simple patterns, simple clothes, simple basics… [the] workhorse garments of your everyday wardrobe.” This fit in perfectly with my plan of making an all-me-made capsule wardrobe for my travels in August and September (one week in Budapest and two weeks in Kent). I have quite a few homemade pieces, but tying them together into a capsule wardrobe took a bit of thought.
1) This is the one thing that isn’t me-made; I bought it second-hand years and years ago and it is my all time favorite garment. If I were running out of my burning flat and could only save one thing, my entire hand made wardrobe wouldn’t stand a chance against this cardigan.
3) A navy-and-white striped cardigan is something I’ve been wanting for a while; I used a variation of the Plantain pattern. I would have been better off using an actual cardigan pattern, but I was so high on my Plantain shirt successes (see below) that it seemed like a good idea. It’s not too bad, certainly very wearable, and I love the pearly snaps.
4) Also not a new make; I made this ages ago based on one that Handmade by Carolyn made.
5 and 6) I made two tops and a cardigan from the amazing free Plantain pattern. After seeing this pattern everywhere for months I finally realized it was free (duh!). Before printing it I looked around for any sort of negative reviews (because bad reviews of patterns are inevitable more helpful than praise) and found zilch. And now I understand why: this is quite possible the best free pattern I’ve ever sewed.
For the black one I cut exactly as the pattern directed… almost. I ran out of room and cut the neckband perpendicular to how recommended, which I think worked better in the end. I cut full-length sleeves and then folded then up to make a cuff at 3/4 length. The navy shirt was cut a few inches longer.
7, 8, 9, 10) What can I write about tank tops? They’re all self-drafted and none of them new, although the cream-colored one got a band at the bottom to make it longer. Exciting stuff, really.
11) This isn’t a new skirt; I wore it several times during Me Made May, but I finally got around to buying a few more inches of fabric and lengthening the skirt. I added some pin tucks to the bottom, which make it an incredible 2 inches longer. Also super exciting, amiright?
12) This green skirt is another oldie, blogged about here.
13 and 14) I made two waterfall dresses from a self-drafted pattern; both are made from cotton jersey and are incredibly comfortable, although the dark colors were not the best choice for summer dresses. The anchor fabric is one of my favorites. I fondled it for months at my favorite fabric store but never got around to buying any, then was briefly heartbroken when they ran out, then recovered when I found it at another store.
15) This was another new dress this August. Basically it’s a tank top lengthened, with cap sleeves, a collar and placket. To be honest it came out a but tight around the tummy and I would only wear it with either a slip under it, or a cardigan over it.
16) This Safari Dress is a free pattern; I shortened the sleeves and made it a bit wider and longer. It’s made from a nice crisp cotton that wrinkles like – well, like nice crisp cotton – so I’m skeptical how useful this will be in a travel wardrobe. Fingers crossed.
17) Another old make. The skirt is based on this wonderfully extensive pencil skirt tutorial and uses this amazing technique for lining (actually underlining) and finishing seams in one go. Seriously, if you’ve never made a skirt this way, you don’t know what you’re missing.
18) Last but not least, the jacket. I was in two minds about whether I needed a me-made jacket or would just bring my regular one; I had decided on the regular one but Pinterest had other ideas and threw this my way: a really cool jacket from my favorite Polish free pattern site. I had no choice, really.
I keep waffling back and forth between sheer glee (“OMG I MADE A JACKET, PEOPLE!”) and false modesty (“Well I am an okay sewer; it’s not like following instructions is hard or something.”). I’m sure I’ll settle in the middle somewhere, probably at the moment when someone compliments me as I simultaneously rip the pocket out accidentally.
And one last picture of my dear helper: