Another Lady Skater Dress and a new cardigan

During Me Made May, making the effort of wearing many different garments will teach you why you never wear some of them. But if you’re lazy like me, you’ll recognize a pattern and may even find your uniform. We are just over two thirds of the month, and I’m almost embarrassed when I realize that most of the time I’m either wearing either my Angela Wolf Bootcut Jeans or one of my Lady Skater Dresses. Going for one or the other it really depends on the weather. I’m just like that: practical, basic, boring. As we are having an unusual hot May (we almost reached 40ºC – 100ºF -) I’m heavily rotating my Lady Skaters. I thought of wearing once my Cambie Dress, but since I just go out to the grocery store (I work from home), I felt like I was going to be overdressed. I wore one my the Lady Skaters instead. Why? Because they are so easy and comfy to wear, almost like pajamas. But they are also very flattering, and the A-line skirt is ideal for pear shaped gals. Being made with knit fabric means that they won’t wrinkle, no ironing, and you can fold them to a very small size. And they are so easy to make. No interfacing, darts or zipper. Little pressing. It’s really a win win (no, Amanda hasn’t contacted me to write a post about the Lady Skater Dress).

So with all these reasons, it’s just natural that I was going to make at least another one. Let me introduce you to my new favorite dress.

I bought this fabric during my visit to Vigo around Christmas. I think I paid €4 for a meter and a half, it’s what you get buying fabric by the kilo. It’s a stable knit that would have been much more expensive in different conditions. I didn’t know what I was going to make when I bought it but I also got the same fabric in purple tones for the same price. This May it was clear that this had to be a Lady Skater Dress.

I didn’t try matching the print, but I did try to place it carefully so that the result would be harmonious. The print is centered in the bodice and skirt in the same way. Even the sides look good. What I did was using a skirt piece to cut the other one.

I usually turn in the instructed inch (2.5 cm) for hemming, but here I reduced it to 1.5 cm, and I like this length a lot better. The bodice is shortened like my previous Lady Skater dresses and that length was added to the hem of the skirt.

It’s incredible how the fabric can transform this dress from casual to something more elegant. I usually pair my LKD with a belt but this one I like it just like this. Maybe a thin belt would be nice. Black or matching color with a cardigan.

Not sporting a belt here but you get the idea. This is the Marion Cardigan by Untangling Knots. I love Andi’s designs, and it seems this year I’m only knitting her sweaters.

I like how it looks from the back combined with this dress.

I knitted the smallest size with no mods this time, apart for including an extra buttonhole. It took me ages to finish it, part due to my own mistakes and forgetting to count, and part due to this little prick 😉

And what are your current knitting/sewing plans? What’s your TNT pattern?

Another Edith Blouse

I was not convinced the first time, but I knew this fabric was not meant to be a Gertie’s 40s Blouse, so I tried again the Edith Blouse. As I said, I was not in love with my first try, but the blouse was so easy and comfortable to wear that it grew on me. So I changed my mind and made another one (modifying the collar a little bit since my first was too large).

This fabric composition is unknown, probably a cotton blend, since it doesn’t press as nicely as the other one. It was a bargain that I got with the Call the Midwife Skirt fabric. I think it was something like €6 for a meter and a half.

Apart from the collar I didn’t modify anything else, but for my next time I will probably lower the armscyes a little bit to avoid those wrinkles and make the collar even smaller.

All in all, I’m very pleased, and I even wore it on Friday with my Armande cardigan. What’s with me and purple this year? It’s also happening with green. Unbelievable.

I’m not one to plan too much ahead so this was just a happy coincidence.

And you? Do you plan your outfits or just knit and sew as you please? I’d love to read your thoughts on the matter.

Brooch: Luxulite

Two Lady Skaters from the past and some briefs from the future

My first Lady Skater dress was a complete success, but it was made with cheap jersey and the waist needed to be raised by 3 inches, so it’s was just natural that I had to make another one. This one was even better, and I loved the steampunk print.

I wore this dress to death during the warm months last year but I never came around to blog about it. A shame I may say.

This dress is ultra comfortable but at the same time it doesn’t make you feel underdressed. The A-line skirt is flattering even for pear shaped gals like me. The dress is meant to be shorter, but as I liked the length on my first, I lengthened the skirt by the 3 inches that I removed on the bodice. Perfect!

I loved this dress so much that I needed to make another one in a crazy print. Last summer I ordered this jersey online and cut the dress pieces. Then my health took a turn for the worse and this dress didn’t get sewn. Until now.

When I was sewing it last weekend I didn’t know how I came up to buy this crazy fabric, more appropriate for my 5-year old niece than for a grown up woman in her mid 30s. But I wore it today to run some errands and the injection of color made me feel awesome!

I need more Lady Skater dresses in my life, and I already already some fabric waiting.

Since I had some spare fabric and time I also made another Barrie Briefs. I wanted to test this pattern with a better fabric and I think this bands feel firmer than my previous. The other bands were made with a fabric that seemed to have elastane but it was donated by my sister years ago, so I cannot completely vouch for its composition. I still have to wear these new Briefs for a complete day if I can convince Gerry to let go of them. He sure wants a pair for himself!

Thoughts on Me-Made-May

I was yesterday reading the last post from Lauren and I felt like she was speaking out loud what I think almost everyday when I’m going to take the picture of my daily outfit. I was bugged because it seems I’m always wearing a uniform: my Angela Wolf Bootcut Jeans paired with whatever I feel like wearing that day. We haven’t had very warm days to wear my Lady Skater Dresses, and I fell out of love for my Thurlows. They are lovely pants, but they are not ME.

I work from home most of the days (like 99% of the year), and I just go out for a bit during my lunch break to go to the grocery store. Two evenings a week I also go to pilates class. And that, friends, is what I dress for. As you know I have a lovebird, and even though it doesn’t happen often, it’s not rare that some droppings may fall “accidentally” on me, so at home I’m just wearing whatever t-shirt I find in my drawer and some sweat pants or pajama bottoms. No fancy housedresses for me, I just hate the cooking smell on my clothes for going out.

And apart from that, I don’t have a very fancy life. I may go to the occasional Swing Party (let’s be honest, I haven’t done that in months), and during the pollen season I avoid going outside too much. I’ve always been more practical than anything with my clothes, and I am a bit of a rebel about dressing up. Whenever I see pictures in FB of my old classmates from school, I see woman close to their 40s. It’s the age we are, even you though can’t see it because I always looked younger and I always dressed like a teenager. I tried to dress up like the age I am but it just doesn’t feel me. I like sewing to make clothes I love to wear again and again, clothes that fit me better than RTW and are ultra comfortable to wear. I don’t want a closet full of handmade clothes that I don’t love nor wear. I LOVE my handmade jeans, and I wear them with pride as much as I want. If you get bored of my MMM pictures, just think that I’m not changing anything of what I’m doing the rest of the year: wearing handmade clothes that I love.

It’s just that I found a bit stressful the thought of trying to wear a completely different outfit everyday, and my mind is in more important things right now, like trying to heal and have a normal-lish life.

The Barrie Boy Cut Briefs

I made this little number two weekends ago, but I wanted to test it a couple of times before writing a post about it. I always wanted to try to make my underwear. I finally succeeded in sewing with knits and I’ve even made underwear for Koen twice. I tried to make a pair of knickers some time ago but sewing the elastic resulted in a red hot mess (featured in #bpsewvember). No idea why I could make bikinis without major issues. So when I heard that Amanda released a pattern of a pair of knickers without using elastic I didn’t think it twice.

It came up quick and easy. There’s not a lot to say about the construction, since it’s very straighforward. I was in between sizes 3 and 4, and as all the knickers I’ve tried to make always came up too large (probably because I have most of my volume at the top of my thighs but not so much at my hipbones), I went with size 3.

I used the remnants of my Camas Blouse. I wanted the bands in white but I thought that since this is was my first try, I was going to use all the orange fabric left, but after placing the pattern pieces on top of it, it was clear that I only had enough for the main parts. I used my serger for everything except for basting the gusset to the main piece.

And now some real pictures of how it really looks like when wearing it. It offers a bit more coverage than any bikini bottom I own, so I hope nobody gets scared when they see my bum on the internet.

The fit is very good, and the first time I wore them (last Saturday) I was impressed about how good they felt. It was like wearing sweat pants instead of jeans, if you know what I mean. It felt kind of weird not having elastics around the usual places. That day I stayed mostly home wearing loose yoga pants and I noticed that the back sides rode up a bit when I sat down. I mostly felt it when I got up and I saw myself putting it back in place several times. Not that they gave me a wedge, but I guess I like when my knickers hug my bum. That day we also danced a bit of lindy hop. I wore jeans and I have no complains there.

The second time I wore them was yesterday. I worked from home wearing my Margot Pajama Bottoms (made of cotton flannel) and it felt a bit better than with my yoga pants. I went then to do pilates and wore lightly tight yoga pants and the back sides were riding up again. That day the performance was worse with jeans than on Saturday. One could think that if they do that is because they are too small on the butt, but I digress, since when I stand up again I get some wrinkles at the center back and therefore the gusset too, and believe me, these last ones are not comfortable and it’s what ruins this underpants for me.

I have the feeling that elastics give underwear more durability. I don’t know yours, but my underwear gets quite stretched over time (I put it in the washing machine) and at some point what still holds it in shape is the elastic (before they get tossed out). These Barrie Briefs feel really wonderful the first time you put them on, but I am afraid they won’t perform so well after some washes, and even at the beginning I had issues with them.

I hope you’ve enjoyed my Hulk thighs 😀

Edited: I made another pair in a better quality fabric (at least known composition) and they seem to hold much better. I’m not addicted to this and I’m planning to make more 😀