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I’m finding time this month to finally make some changes in this online space that I’ve been thinking about for far too long. It’s happening bit by bit and I’ll be doing it all out in the open for you to see the progress. I’m already so excited about where this is going. Hopefully, I won’t break anything!
In case we haven’t officially met yet, I’m Karyn! I’m the owner of the workroom, a sewing studio & shop here in Toronto. I’ve been sewing for well over 15 years and making clothing for all of it. I learned to sew when I lived in New York City for five years working at The Color Association of the US. It’s crazy to think that I wasn’t documenting my sewing journey back then (no iPhone, no blog, no Instagram!), so all I have now are the garments from that time that are still in my wardrobe. I’m planning on going back in time through these projects to reflect on the evolution of my handmade wardrobe. I’ll be sharing and working on lots of new projects over the month, too.
I knew that I needed to make my own version, so I picked out this navy cotton lawn from the Lucky Strikes collection by Kimberly Kight. I searched through my stash for a contrast fabric and found an unused piece of Summer Liberty of London that perfectly matches. Clearly I also needed to make a matching top to go with this skirt, as well. I had the right amount for a Camber Set Tee. I’m all about making coordinating separates, it gives you so many more options.
This is not my first constellations dress and it probably won’t be my last. I have a thing for stars. This Kevin print from Liberty is in my top 10 fav Liberty prints of all time. I have metres and metres of the grey colourway that I plan on making a pajama set with. Deluxe!
Lizzy told me I needed to make this pattern a little while ago and she was spot on. I fell in love with this dress pattern when I saw how the side seams overlap in such a clever way and all that lovely skirt pleating. This dress was my first version. But almost immediately I cut out two more versions with Liberty making the skirt a litle bit longer, for a more formal look. I also made a skirt version out of Liberty Belmont Ivy, which you saw just a few days ago.
Lisette for Simplicity : Portfolio Tunic (out of print) similar to the Lisette Cappuccino Dress
Chambray Union Dot
A favourite part of Me Made May is pulling out all the clothing that I’ve made in the last while that I never ended up posting here yet. With all the busy-ness of my days, so many garments just get put into my wardrobe rotation without getting shared with you here. I’d love to be better at that, hopefully this month of posts will act as a boot camp to get my blogging muscles in shape for the rest of the year.
One of the amazing things about Liberty fabric how it transforms depending on your distance from the print. Up close the prints are filled with intricate details, elaborate scenes and hilarious subjects, but when you step back they take on a totally different and sophisticated feel. Douglas Stripe is one of the more subtle examples of this with the soft pastel striping the moves through the tiny fields of flowers.
After seeing so many woven Lindens popping up online, I couldn’t help bit want to try one out myself. I’ve had this coral metallic stripe fabric in my stash for years now. I’m hoping that the new Anna Maria Horner Loominus collection is similar to this. These types of yarn dyes are so fun to make clothing with.