McCalls 6696 : Shirtdress
Liberty of London Tana Lawn in Navy Kevin
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!
I am in love with this dress. I made a sleeveless chambray version of this pattern last summer and I knew I would make another one. This is a dream shirt dress pattern – lovely full skirt with pleating, side seam pockets, sweet gathering on the back bodice and a built in waistband which adds to the perfect silhouette. Sleeveless dresses are great for summer but I find that I don’t wear them as often as my dresses with sleeves, so this dress needed sleeves. I love this dress even more with sleeves! It works for any occasion. Dressy, but casual, a vintage vibe and also very comfortable.
I’m off to my cousin’s wedding shower today and I feel perfectly dressed.
Vogue 8901 : Dress Version A
Liberty of London Stanley Tana Lawn
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.
Liberty Stanley is a favourite print of mine. I love this colourway so much that I also bought this exact print in Dufour Jersey that I’m stashing for just the right project. The upper bodice is lined and I used solid voile for that.
My second version of this dress is in Liberty Alexandra. Can’t wait to show you!
Jalie 2920 : Leggings
Emmy Grace Knit from Art Gallery Fabrics
worn with Colette Moneta Dress in Charcoal Bamboo Jersey
There is freedom in making your own clothing. Some pieces are especially satisfying – like leggings. With all the incredible jersey knits available right now, it’s so fun to whip up a few new pairs of leggings. I do recommend making a couple pairs (or more) at once, since it’s such a quick project.
This outfit is the ultimate in comfort. More and more of my wardrobe is being taken over by knits and I love it!
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.
This is my third version of this great pattern. I almost hate posting it when the pattern isn’t available anymore. My first two versions were in Liberty Claire Aude & Scilly Flora. I love this chambray version and you might recognize that I just posted another top in this same fabric. It’s just too good.
Grainline Studio : Scout Tee
Liberty of London Tana Lawn in Douglas Stripe
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.
I’ve made one modification on this Scout Tee, adding to the few changes on my Liberty Mistral version. I did try adding a bit of fullness to the sleeve which is why you can see some tiny gathers on the sleep cap. Sleeve cap gathers always do it for me.
Julie Tee : pattern drafted by Julie C from an existing t-shirt
For a similar look, use the April Rhodes Staple Dress pattern and crop the length
Chambray Union Dot
I have a few pieces of store-bought clothing in my wardrobe that I’ve love to copy and make myself. Some of them I actually bought for that specific purpose. Kristiann taught me how to Knock it off, so I’ve got all the skills and tools. You should see those new pieces sneak into my closet very soon.
This pattern was shared with me by Julie C. who drafted it from one of her favourite simple t-shirts. It looked so great on her that I needed to try it for myself. It’s just two pattern pieces with bias trim for the neck. The pattern is very similar to the Staple Dress pattern, so if you like the look, you could try to crop that pattern and test it out.
I love the simplicity of this style!
p.s. This is the back of my Swoon Quilt hanging behind me!
Grainline Studio Linden Sweatshirt
Coral Metallic Stripe Woven
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.
I made a few modifications to the pattern to adjust for the lack of stretch in the fabric. Many people went up a size, but I had a feeling based on all my past versions that I could get away with sticking to the same size. I did adjust the width of the sleeves to make them less tight. I added a half inch to either size of the width of the sleeve pattern. I added a half inch to the width of the cuff band and also cut it half as tall to make a skinnier cuff. I also added a bit of length to the neck band. I had to redo the neck band a couple times to get it just right. As always, I cut the cuffs and bands on the bias to get some extra stretch.
The Linden is proving to be an all-star pattern in every way!
Vogue 8901 Dress modified to a Midi Skirt with simple waistband
Liberty of London Belmont Ivy Tana Lawn
Merchant & Mills Camber Set Tee
Chambray Union Stretch with Liberty of London Stanley Bias Trim & Yoke Facing
I realize now that I haven’t yet posted the two Liberty dresses that I made from this Vogue 8901 pattern. You’ll see them both before Me Made May is over. They are so pretty and I love the skirt so much that when I wanted to make a Midi Skirt, I decided to steal the skirt from this dress pattern and add my own waistband.
It worked perfectly. The skirt has a hundred small pleats (or just lots of them) and I like the way it adds fullness without making the skirt look poufy. This is a new length for me. I’ve been enjoying having a skirt that hits just below the knee.
I’m wearing it with my Camber Set Tee and here you can see the shortened length. I cropped this tee from the original length I made it, so that it would work better with skirts and it’s just right. It hits just below the waistband.
When I look through all my Liberty clothing, I’m realizing this is my first Liberty skirt. I have so many tops and dresses. I’m going to have to work on more Liberty skirts this summer. And I might need a pair of Liberty pants too.
The Staple Dress by April Rhodes
Liberty of London Tana Lawn in Midnight
It doesn’t get much easier than The Staple Dress, so fabric choice makes all the difference here. I prefer this simple style with a lightweight fabric like my first one in voile or Liberty Tana Lawn. I also saw a sweet version that Adrienne made last week using the new Cotton + Steel Rayon and it was amazing.
With just two main pieces and some bias trim this whips up very quickly. For me, the shirring is a must to add shape but adding a belt is another easy option.
The pattern has ‘optional’ side seam pockets but pockets are essential in my world.
Merchant & Mills : The Dress Shirt
Railroad Stripe Cotton/Linen from Sultan’s Fine Fabrics
I’m a sucker for a great stripe or plaid. This gorgeous utilitarian railroad stripe from Sultan’s Fine Fabrics is a dream fabric. I wish you could feel it. The antique vibe of the fabric went perfectly with The Dress Shirt pattern. While I was sewing this up, I felt like I was making a vintage work dress.
The long rounded front bib front is so pretty and I couldn’t resist cutting the stripe on opposite bias to create a ‘V’ effect down the centre. That of course meant that I also pattern matched the stripe to perfectly connect along that centre seam. I live for creating those kinds of special details in garments!
I find the fit very flattering, while still being loose and comfortable. Classic Merchant & Mills styling! I did take the sides in a bit for a more fitted look and I also adjusted the pattern before cutting it out to remove some of the excess from the skirt that was supposed to become a pleat. Then, rather then do a pleat I just slightly gathered it. My next version might try to remove that excess fabric completely to have a smooth finish at the bottom of the bib front.
The roll up sleeve perfectly hit the top of my elbow and I really like this length. The overall dress length is quite long. I think the length goes well with this version, but I know I’ll try other lengths next like above the knee and also tunic length. I do love how the beautiful curved hem and curved bib front look together. You can’t see this detail but I used a pretty Liberty of London for the inside back yoke facing and for the pockets.
One of the things that I really love about Me Made May is the chance to really examine my handmade wardrobe and think about each piece while planning a hundred new projects. I’m really inspired to sew so many more things right now!