#MMMay14 – Roundup

Well, it looks like May isn’t likely to become my favourite month. Week one went extremely well and I must say that I really did wear all the Me-Mades I pledged I would but picture taking is another matter. In week 2 the baby got sick, followed by the hubby and me in week 3. Week 4 was a short workweek but we had a charity event on Wednesday which took so much preparation that I just lost it. Every ounce of organisational skill went out the door πŸ™‚

We used the weekends to finish our kitchen and to clean up the mess afterwards so sewing wasn’t a priority either. (I didn’t have any room anyway)

But I’ve managed to find the exact fabric I’d been looking for for months and I’ve picked out a few patterns I’d like to try (yes, Nettie bodysuit, I’m looking at you) so once school ends and exams start, June will become a great sewing month, I hope (fingers crossed).


#MMMay14 Day1-7

My weekly round-up:

Day 1 - Unblogged Renfrew
Day 1 – Unblogged Renfrew


Day 3 - Unblogged modified Renfrew
Day 3 – Unblogged modified Renfrew
Day 5 - Unblogged Style Arc Nina Cardigan
Day 5 – Unblogged Style Arc Nina Cardigan


Day 6 - Modified (Nursing) Washi Tunic
Day 6 – Modified (Nursing) Washi Tunic



Day 7 - Unblogged Eucalypt Tank
Day 7 – Unblogged Eucalypt Tank


My thoughts for the week:

I seem to have a lot of tops. But I’m working on that.

I’ve made my new pattern for the week, a Colette Ginger skirt and plan to write up my thoughts on that wonderful piece of clothing soon…

I’ve finished 2 UFO’s but I’m not happy with them so they will be altered πŸ™‚

All in all, I’m happy with the way things are going, just forgive me the crappy pictures, it’s all I can manage πŸ™‚


PS This is my 100th blogpost! Hurray!


Last year I gave up on Me Made May after a week, on the one hand my pledge was too severe and on the other hand I wasn’t feeling to good at the time. Turned out I wasn’t feeling well because I was pregnant.

This year, I’m not pregnant (although, I wish I was :D) and I’m keeping it real with my pledge.

When sewing I tend to stick to the easier patterns because I want to have something new with minimum effort πŸ™‚ It hasn’t changed with the baby. One thing that has changed is that I pay more attention to finishing and details so I want to keep this up! But I want to venture into different sorts of patterns. Let’s say a minimum of one per week?

I have some UFO’s which all require only a half an hour of work, so they need to get finished.

So this year:

‘I, Stephanie of Love – Teach – Sew, sign up as a participant of Me-Made-May ‘2014. I endeavour to wear at least 5 handmade garments each week for the duration of May. Repeats are allowed if I reach my quote of 5 garments a week. I also endeavour to sew 4 new and different patterns in May, as well as finish my UFO’s.

I’m feeling pretty confident about this one and hopefully I’ll make it through this year πŸ™‚

The One With The Crazy Weekend

One thing I noticed I was lacking a bit for MMM’13 were tops and cardigans. So because this weekend for the first time in weeks, I had time to sew stuff I just sewed away. And I might have overdone it πŸ™‚

Crazy Weekend


I had some red cotton jersey and red lace left from the dress I made. So I made a T-shirt (self-drafted) out of the jersey with a lace overlay at the front and lace sleeves. I made a matching jersey cardigan based on the Renfrew pattern.


  • Another Renfrew cardigan, but in a lacey sweater knit. I’ve got the same one cut out on my table in olive.
  • A green top with border print refashioned from a knit dress I once made and only wore once because I made it before I discovered the wonders of pressing. I used FOE for the neckline and armholes and seriously… I’M IN LOVE WITH THAT STUFF!
  • My pride and joy of this weekend: A Darling Ranges Peplum Top!

Me-Made-May ’13 – Week 1

My first MMM week has past. It was a short week, only 5 days but it has been fun already!

MMM13 week 1


May the 1st:

My first day started on the 30th of April. I had to go to a prom hosted by my old sorority and decided to make my own red lace dress. Β I got lots of compliments.

The pattern is based on the Maria Denmark Day To Night top. I saw the dress on SewBusyLizzy’s blog and fell in love with it. So when I was trying to decide what I was going to wear, it wasn’t too difficult. It’s made from a red stretch lace underlined with matching cotton jersey. Except for the back, which is just the lace. For the hem I cut around the lace flowers and did the same for the back neckline.

The rest of the day (it was a day off) I spend lounging in my pajamas.

lace dress

May the 2nd:

I pledged to wear 2 seperates or one dress a day, but it was Sports day at school and I had forgotten about it, so the only thing I got to wear was my first Day to Night top. Made out of a dress I tried to make once, I re-used it to make the top, I had already attached the lace to the dress so I just re-used it.

But if it helps, the morning started off really cold so I wore a MM – scarf. Although it was a Mom-Made scarf and not a Me-Made scarf πŸ™‚

May the 3rd:

This dress is made of a pattern called ‘Farah Fawcett’ and it’s the first cotton dress I ever made.

May the 4th:

This is my favourite outfit out of this week. My very first Banksia top and my red pencil skirt. I felt very 50’s housewife in it, especially paired with pumps and a beehive. My cat seemed to like it as well.

favorite outfit week 1

May the 5th:

My first Day to Night dress. This was actually the muslin I made for the lace dress but it’s perfect and very very comfortable!


I’ve made loads of new stuff this weekend so next week will be fun!

The One with All the Changes

Hey you guys,

It feels like it’s been ages since I’ve blogged anything, but the thing is that it has been crazy busy! I’ve made quite a few new items the past two weeks but I haven’t had any time to blog about them.

We’re kinda in the middle of a rental dispute with our landlord. He wants us to pay more for utilities, but he’s already charging us more than we’re actually using. And we were supposed to get the ‘right’ price after a year, but he doesn’t even want to show us the bills to prove his point. So he kind of wants us to either pay more or look for another place. So we have been running around trying to get people to tell us what our rights are and what we should do.

We’re certainly not going to pay more but this means we’ll have to move to another place in about 3 months and we’re still in doubt whether we want to rent or buy… We’re not really liking the rent option giving the circumstances…

My boyfriend has got a new job, so he’ll be starting that one as well in a few weeks. Β My Easter break is over so it’s back to school for me too πŸ™‚


So blogging about my items kind of fell to the background. I have been mentally blogging after each completed item.

I’ve decided that I’m not going to catch up on every item because I want to participate in Me-Made_may-’13 so I’ll just blog about each new item when I wear it.

But before I’m officially in:

‘I, Stephanie of Love-Teach-Sew, sign up as a participant of Me-Made-May ’13. I endeavour to wear at least 2 me-made items (2Β separates or one dress)Β  each day for the duration of May 2013’. I will not wear the same outfit twice during that time and will take daily pictures.

Very very excited about it! Still need some more tops!


PS I made pants! Just have to find time to blog about those as well πŸ™‚