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Me Made May 2017 round up.

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Well as expected I didn’t do a summary for weeks 2, 3 and 4 but I did get photos every day and I finally joined Instagram to post them.


My most worn items were my jeans (no surprise there) and my new lekala skirt:


It is a Lekala 5736 – skirt with yoke.  I did need to do a few adjustments, mostly to the waist.  I think I added a couple of cm to my measurements to allow for ease and I shouldn’t have bothered.  It is made in a stretch denim and it is the most comfortable skirt I own.  I is also a good neutral so goes with pretty much all my tops and T shirts.

Overall I am very pleased with my Me Made May this year.  I had no problems at all wearing one me made item a day, and may days wore 2 or 3 me mades.  My homemade wardrobe has come a long way in the past 2 years, not only in the number of pieces but also as a coherent whole.  I feel I have got my colours and shapes in hand now, so when I make something I enjoy wearing it.  I still hate taking selfies though.

Thanks to SoZo for organising me made may.


Me Made May 2017 week 1

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Week one is over and I have worn my home-made clothes every day.  The last time I did me made may was in 2015 when I pledged 5 days a week of home-made clothes.  I have made a lot of progress with my home-made wardrobe since then.  My pledge is now to wear some me made every day, but many days I am wearing only me mades.

I have managed to keep up with the photos, on all but day 2.

Day 2: Gold coloured jeans (me made), flowery blouse (me made) and blue cardigan (me made).  No photo, but I like this outfit so I may well wear it again later in the month.

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Galaxy patterned tunic sweatshirt (self drafted) with altered black cords.

This was a day at home and I was going for warm and comfortable rather than stylish.  Selfies in the bedroom mirror obviously don’t work well so I’ll stick to the downstairs mirror from now on.








Day 4

Me made jeans with turquoise sweatshirt.

I love my jeans and wear them all the time.  This sweatshirt isn’t really warm enough for winter so it doesn’t get worn as much as it should.








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Jeans again, this time with another blue sweatshirt.











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Jeans again.  This time with a blue striped cardigan (self drafted).













Day 7


Election day in France so dinner with friends whilst waiting for the results.

Dress is simplicity 3775.  I’ve made this 3 times now, it is such a comfortable dress to wear.

Fortunately the result was the right one and France is now on track for a brighter future.


Me Made May and Lekala 4315

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So May is upon us which in the sewing community means Me Made May.  I haven’t done it for a couple of years, partly time constraints, partly because I hate taking photos of myself, and partly because my wardrobe options were limited.

At least the last of these reasons is no longer valid so I am going to try this year.  

‘I, Frenchfancy of, sign up as a participant of Me-Made-May ’17. I endeavour to wear at least one me made item each day for the duration of May 2017’  And I will try and take photos (but no promises there.

So to start with on this the 1st day of May I am wearing Lekala 4315


I made this a couple of years ago.  I don’t wear it very often because the thick ponte it is made of is too thick in summer, and the short sleeves make it not perfect for winter.  Added to that I never quite know what to wear it with.

It is very comfortable though, and it is chilly for the time of year so this fits the bill for today.

Lekala 4315

It is an easy make, I did it all on the serger.  I like the collar detail, in fact I’m not sure why I haven’t made another one.


There seem to be a few drag lines at the back, but that may just be how I’m standing.

I’m not promising detailed posts for all of May, in fact knowing me my next post will be in May 2018!


Lekala 4633 – Sleeveless Blouse


This is a simple little blouse with a fake collar and no fastenings.  It has bust darts and a centre back seam for shaping.

The arm holes are finished with bias binding and the plackets for the collar are slip stiched to the main body to stop them turning up.

As it is a Lekala pattern it is made to my measurements.  The only adjustment I made to the pattern was to drop the bust point down by 1.5cm.  This is a common fix that I have to do with all patterns.  The only other problem I had was that the placket was not as long as the main body.  I just shortened the body but next time I will lenthen the placket.

IMG_5318Overall I am very please with the fit.  It is an easy and comfortable top to wear and will make a very useful addition to my summer wardrobe.

I have already made another in a khaki but haven’t worn it yet.

My Winter Uniform


In an effort to try and look more put together (I hesitate to use the word stylish) I have been trying to avoid the typical winter wardrobe of jeans and hoodie.  The trouble is that jeans and a hoodie suits my casual fairly labour intensive lifestyle.  So I have tried to come up with al alternative that is more suited to a mother in her middle forties.  Being large of bust it needed to be fitted (otherwise I look 5 months pregnant).  I never use the hood on a hoodie so no need for that.  I wanted a longer line top, not necessarily too thick as it doesn’t get really cold here, if I am going out I always wear a coat and I can always layer.

I self drafted the top, it has princess shoulder seams and pockets!  I call it a sweatshirt tunic but I’m not really sure what it is.


The fabric is a sort of ponte I picked up at a stall in Nottingham last time I was in the UK.  It wasn’t super cheap – about £15/m and I bought 1.5 m.  I bought it to make a blazer but then realised that my lifestyle simply doesn’t lend its self to a blazer.


There are no seams at the back, but I think a centre back seam and some shaping would be an improvement.


The whole thing was sewn on the serger, and once I got the pattern drafting sorted, took no time at all.  My main reservations are with the shoulder princess seams which seem to make my shoulder look square, so the next one will have armhole princess seams.

Instead of jeans I am wearing cords.  This is the second pair of cord jeans I have made.  The pattern is the same as the previous pair here .  The fabric is a stretch cord I bought from a local fabric shop.  It feels great and is super comfortable but has poor recovery.  These fit really well at the start of the day but by the end of the day are starting to sag.  Day two requires a belt to stop them falling down.


I got my pocket placement right this time though.

This is now my go to oufit for the season.  I have no doubt that it isn’t the height of fashion but it fits, it is comfortable, it doesn’t look scruffy and I can work in it.

I have since made 2 more tops, and have a couple of pairs of cords I have altered so I truely have a uniform.


First ever contest

As expected, nothing on the blog for the past 3 months.  June, July and August are too busy with work to blog, but I have done some sewing.  I will try and blog during september but lets face it – no promises.

I have however just entered my first contest – the sewing pattern review sewing bee 2015.  I’ll probably get knocked out in the first round but it will be fun.

Me Made May Weeks 2-4

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Day 10 – Lekala 5094 shirt

Day 11 – Self drafted jersey skirt

Day 12 – New look 6097

Day 13 – No Me Mades

Day 14 – Simplicity 2188 top

Day 15 – No photo repeat of day 4

Day 16 – Dress from top pattern McCalls 6796

Day 17 – Riding all day – no me mades

Day 18 – Trousers – McCalls 6711

Day 19 – No Me mades

Day 20 – Self Dafted T-shirt same as day 7

Day 21 – Same as day 20 ( worn for 2 hours each day)

Day 22 – No Me mades

Day 23 – Simplicity 3775

Day 24 – New look 6097

Day 25 – Another Simplicity 3775

Day 26 – workiing in garden, no me mades.

Day 27 – Burda Style airy blouse

Day 28 – Top Simplicity 2188

Day 29 – No photo – Top – New Look 6107

Day 30 – Another Lekala 5094 shirt  (this is the first one I made and the bust darts are in the wrong place)

Day 31 – Lazy day at home – self drafted skirt (un-ironed!)

Overall I’m really pleased with my me made wardrobe.  I’ve only been back sewing garments for about 15 months (and nothing I made for the first couple of months was wearable) yet a good part of the clothes I wear regularly are homemade.  I managed to beat my pledge of 5 days a week and I did pretty well at photographing everthing (despite hating mirror selfies).

I’m still a long way from being able to do a month with only hand made garments though.  I need more trousers, more skirts, and some top layers.  And I need to iron my clothes more!