April Showers Means Blogging about Sewing in May

Tuesday, May 3, 2016

I figured the best way to start May is to declare my Me-Made-May pledge. I am going to wear a Me-Made garment everyday.  To keep it real, I probably won't document all my outfits or do any weekly round-ups.   I tend to wear Me-Made garments most days so this just seems a little silly.  I am stressed out and the last hing I want to do is add more stress or pressure to take a daily picture!
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I've got new garments that were sewn and photographed in April but never made it to the blogosphere to share today.  I am so sick of rain.  It has been raining on and off all month long.  Whenever there has been a sunny day, it was jammed with everything that we could not do while it rained.  I am hoping for a sunny May with lots of sewing!

Experiment:
Foxglove Tank by Baste and Gather
Size: 4

Luna Pants by Made By Rae
Size: XS
Materials:
2 Yards of a Pink Cotton
Homemade Bias tape in Blue Cotton

3 Yards of a Cotton-Poly Blend
1" Elastic

Procedure:
I always say I am going to make a pattern again and then a new pattern comes along...aaannnnddd I am on to the next project.  Let me tell you: I love the Luna Pants.  I loved them so much that I rummaged around my stash for fabric and sewed up a new pair at the beginning of April.   The fabric I found was a cotton-poly blend that I am pretty sure was destined to be a dress of some sort.  It suits my new Luna's and goes perfectly with my clogs.
I had a dilemma -- I needed a top to go with these loud print pants.
Enter the Foxglove tank from Baste and Gather.  What you see above in the lovely photos is actually  my second version.  The first one ended up being too tight across the bust (Can that actually be since my bust is non-existent!?!).  For the next version, I decided to go up a size. I was a bit worried that it would be too large around my waist and hips.  In the end, that was not an issue.
The Foxglove is a deceptively simple pattern that can be jazzed up.  My frugal fabric side won out so I cut the front piece on the fold as instructed and for the back piece I added seam allowance for a seam.  I think if you get creative you could squeeze this top out of a yard plus some change.  The racer back is understated detail.  I love it but it makes me realize that I need a racer back bra.  Hummphh #lifechallenges
I have been wanting a woven tank pattern.  I especially wanted a tank pattern that I could use up bits of odd remnants of fabric I have in my stash.  While the Foxglove is awesome, I think I might need to  try a pattern that does not have the high-low waist as that is a fabric gobbler.  
I must thank my good friend, Jackie, of Jackie Daily for taking these awesome pictures.  She is my sewing buddy and always makes me smile.  She happens to be a kick-butt photographer.  And when she offered to take pictures at a new location she scouted, I jumped!  Many thanks Jackie!

Hope your May is off to a stellar start!

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