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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.











WP_20170505_001Day 6

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.

Fitted silk blouse for Sewing bee contest

Fitted Blouse - Front

This is my entry into the Pattern Review Sewing Bee contest.  The challenge was to make a fitted blouse with closures.  The pattern is a cross between Lekala 4115 (a shirt dress) and Lekala 4439 (a blouse)


Fitted Blouse - Back

The fabric is a Liberty silk that I bought in Goldhawk road last year.  I only had a meter so it was a bit tight to make a sleeved blouse.

Fitted Blouse - Buttons

I have never sewn with silk before so that was one of my biggest challenges.

Fitted Blouse - Hairline seams

All the inside seams are hairline seams which gives the neatest finish.  The hems are baby hems.

New dressing gown

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My old one was looking decidedly scruffy (bought 15 years ago from Primark so not surprising)  I spend a lot of time in pyjamas so it made sense to make something I would like and wear.  The pattern is Lekala 5237, with the collar replaced by a band.  I shortened it as I didn’t want a floor length robe (and I didn’t have enough material).

The fabric is some sort of heavy weight jersey.  I think it is a poly, but it is really soft and has a lovely weight to it. It doesn’t crease at all.

The Lekala pattern is supposed to be made to my measurements, but it is huge.  I guess that is the design, but still.  I gathered the back somewhat and attached the belt to hide the gathers – I hate putting on a robe and then finding the belt missing.

The trousers are simplicity 2289.  Next time I will give a bit more room for my rear.

All in all comfy and more stylish than my old lounge wear.