I finished my Hazel up a couple nights ago, and wore it for day 2 of Me-Made-May. I’d been planning to make Hazel for a while now with a completely different fabric. But, when I was in the Avenue Fabric Studio a couple weeks ago I knew this fabric was exactly what I wanted for this dress! I had planned on taking the photos without my leggings, but I was pummeled by a big black lab riding my bike through the park on my way home this evening. Needless to say my knees are skinned and leggings were a requirement.
OK. I’m a little late to decide, but better late than never.
‘I, Alison of www.alisonrea.ca sign up as a participant of Me-Made-May ’13. I endeavour to wear at least one hand made item each day for the duration of May 2013′
I hesitated to join the blogosphere in Me-Made-May ’13 due to logistics.
- I have a hard enough time photographing all my makes and the thought of photographing myself everyday is quite daunting.
- I ride my bicycle to and from work most days and will not be wearing my handmade items while cycling. I will have to make an extra effort to take photos on my lunch hour or put the outfits on again once I get home from work.
- I will be traveling through Croatia for the last two weeks of May and don’t know if I will be able to keep up both wearing handmade items daily and photographing them. But I pledge to try.
Finding the handmade items to wear is the easy part. Here is a photo from Day 1. This is made from Sewaholic’s Crescent skirt pattern. This is one of many Crescent skirts I made last year and never added to the blog. I have a plan to try and make a green maxi skirt using this pattern, inspiration a mix between this and this.
I had time to sew up another Laurel this weekend, finishing it up on Monday evening. On Friday I stopped by the new Avenue Fabric Studio on my way home from work. I picked up this lovely blue linen cotton blend that I used for this version of Colette’s Laurel pattern.
This time around I shortened the dress to more of a tunic/top length. I also altered the neckline, creating a wide boat neck with and insert in the shoulders to create a bit of a square neck shape. I also added a couple of darts to the front of the shirt and removed the zipper altogether. I much prefer the shape with the front darts, although if I make it again I will lengthen the darts a touch.
Wow, its so much easier to get photos done now that I have a remote for my camera! Hopefully, I can keep up this pace of posting.
I bought this fabric back in February on a quick weekend getaway to Portland. I found it in the remnant bin at Bolt Fabric Boutique on Alberta St and I couldn’t pass it up as it contained all my favourite colours. I was hoping to squeeze a shirt out of it and was pleasantly surprised when I laid the pieces of the Laurel pattern out and it fit! I might even have enough left over to make a matching pair of knickers!
It’s a very lightweight cotton so I underlined it with some purple cotton that I had in my ever growing stash of fabric. The only alteration I made to the pattern was with the neckline and I think I will be needing to add a couple bra strap holders to the inside of the dress.
I have two more pieces of fabric from that trip to Portland, both are beautiful wool from Pendleton. It’s amazing I had time to poke around the fabric shops with all the fantastic beer and food throughout the city! I’m thinking of making a Cordova jacket with one of them.