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Minerva Meet up and Me Made May

Well hello one & all!  Another info post before I dash off to make busy this weekend.  First a big thank you to everyone who left a comment on my Tweedy post.  I can report back that my Dad even read the comments & so a big thank you for sending him some of your warm fuzzies too!  And you know I do have a small amount of Tweed left, so have all summer to decide how to use it….I’m thinking a bag or a hat …or for some gratuitous LOLs I just have to show this image again in case you missed it the first time…

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So, I’m hoping to contribute to a buzz that’s going around about an exciting event – the Minerva Meet up, June 14th 2014.   Vicki at Minerva has been busy planning this for a while now & it’s just gone official!  And I’m going!  I’m so excited as the day itself looks full of incredibly awesome workshops & guest speakers…plus I will get to meet lots of other sewing/ crafting enthusiasts & some of my fellow Minerva Sewing Bloggers – how cool ?  ICE.  Read more about the full itinerary here.  Now the thing I have to decide is how long to visit for.  I might take extra time off & have an extended tour of *The North*.  There is also a page set up with things to do around Darwen (useful if anyone is bringing a +1 who might not be up for a whole day with sewing/crafting chatter).  It is of course close enough to Manchester where my sons live, so that is another option.

So my question is – will I get the chance to meet any of you?  Might you come along?  Please let me know!!

Second up, Me Made May 2014.  I have been a past Me Made Monther & love it, however, these days, if I wear anything that isn’t made by me, that’s the rarity.  So I need to up my game a bit.  This year I will be adding sportswear into the mix, & my coats.  I shall not resort to knitwear made by others even if it was second-hand.  And I shall be recording a daily instagram (@scruffybadgerti) with a few summary posts on my blog- round ups if you like, but not to bore anyone not interested!  So to get with the thing of it, my pledge,

I, scruffybadger, sign up as a participant of Me-Made-May ’14. I endeavour to wear only me made outfits, sportswear & coats each day for the duration of May 2014.

And last but not least, we all love the talented By Hand girls now don’t we?  I mean, designing sewing patterns for cats?!  Crazy!  (My cat would be embarrassed by his girth I fear, so no loss of dignity there, Merlin, it’s a promise).  But there are just a few days left for their Kickstarter campaign to set up a design-&-print fabric service- they are already so close, but if you were intending to be a backer & haven’t quite got round to it, or like me were waiting for payday (;-) ) here’s the link.  Deadline Saturday April 12th 2014!!!

Have a good weekend everyone

Me Made May 2013 #5 and final update

I hadn’t intended to run update number 4 right next to update number 5, but that’s the way it goes sometimes.  The final update for Me Made May 2013, needs to be made, as it is now June.  But can someone tell me who put an extra day into May?  I truly believed that Thursday was the last day of May…as you’ll see by my desperate picture for 31st.

I’m afraid the pics are not up to scratch – we have not had the light this last week really & I’ve literally had to grab moments to capture the daily outfits.  But hopefully at least one will amuse you …not the most scenic of surroundings :-) – can you guess?

So, where did we leave off?  Let’s get back to Monday ..

May 27th

A bank holiday, day off work.  Lots of cooking and not as much sewing as I would like, but I thought I’d show you my temporary arrangements…I’m experimenting with my machines downstairs in the conservatory since this room is my favorite in the whole house.  I’ve found a picnic table, but it does seem to be bowing in the centre.  It also judders uncontrollably if I attempt a faster speed on my overlocker.  Drinks have to be placed elsewhere!

27 05 13I’m wearing:

May 28th

Back to work.  So I have already said that my Robson Trench coat has been a star this month.  Well, this week was a week of deluges, and the coat I am glad to report is most definitely waterproof.  Ye ha!  But this day it did not stop raining.  I got wet four times.  This is the result at the end of my walk home…

28 May 13I’m wearing:

  • Cowl neck dress, Simplicity 2580
  • My new grass green cardigan, McCalls 6708.  I will blog about it soon, promise as there is a lot to tell!  (The reason why it has made its appearance so late in May …)

May 29th

I haven’t ever worn this skirt into the office and was tempted to pair it with the green cardigan, but that felt a step too far in terms of colour.  I need to be more bold at work.   But I was bold in terms of photo backdrop.  Delightful, I hear you say!  I took this at the end of the day before leaving to go home (trainers on, you’ll note).  I was on tenterhooks hoping that no one would burst in & catch me, posing around, taking photos in the ladies‘ ….it was this shot, only this shot.  No contingency for failure.

29 May 13I’m wearing:

May 30th

A big event to manage at work today.  I needed something corporate yet layerable, as being too hot does not help in times of panic.

30 May 13I’m wearing:

May 31st

The extra day in May that surprised me.  I got dressed without thinking I needed to take a picture.  I would be changing at work (in those very same toilets you see above) for gym afterwards.  Photos at home would only be possible if I re-dressed or dressed up Barbarella.  Therefore I settled for the lazy sneaky view …

31 May 13I’m wearing:

So what are my reflections on this month’s challenges?

  • First of all what totally crappy weather we had – I have a wardrobe of un-worn summer dresses.  But on the plus side, the Robson Trenchcoat is a star.
  • I have other things not worn this month, some tops for example.  Being limited to a few cardigans restricted the tops I could wear under them.  Plus, these cardigans on the whole being grey I found limiting in terms of brightness & colour potential sometimes ….
  • I did achieve what I set out to in Me Made May which was to put more effort into how I dressed, and to cheer up through my clothes and a bit of slap.  Well, I have already admitted that “Make Up is not all it’s cracked up to be” (my favorite quote from the comments, thanks Liza Jane!).  So I wear make up to work & for going out.  I only have one red lipstick, which seems to stay in my bag (thinking erroneously that I will reapply it during the day).  I need another – one for the morning as I leave, the other to kid myself that I will undergo lip maintenance during the day.
  • running manchesterIn races I did wear me made running clothes, which was fun & ensured that I was visible to my wonderful cheerleaders in the crowd :-)
  • I wore me made undies (pants) for about 70% of the time & am now very clear about which are my favorite pants & those that I dreaded wearing (ha ha ha!!)
  • I have plenty of me mades.  There were no outfit repeats.  But many of the things I wore are now too big.  I was forever pinching the back waistband & looking at the “jodphur effect” hips.  These have now been “moved sideways” to hang in the “wardrobe in the spare room”, a fate dreaded by all loyal garments since they are desperately unlikely to receive the alterations they need to bring them back into use by this sewster who likes the buzz of a new project!
  • In discovering that much of my carefully constructed and coordinated wardrobe is now too big I have been sewing this month without a plan, but with a certain amount of desperation to fill some essential gaps (eg casual trousers, skirts…more you’ll see soon).  My desperation sewing, by not being planned is less likely to produce the coherent and coordinating look that I achieved last year.  Unless of course, by sewing from my fabric stash, which has been bought at least with certain key colours in mind, & adhering to certain rules, I have already ensured this from the start.  We shall see!
  • My photos were on the whole rushed & grabbed rather than in beautiful surroundings.  I had started off well & actually did take camera with me to work, but the weather was so crummy, & work so busy, that it was just too dreary to go out for photo shoots.  That would be something I wanted to improve next time.

So how about you?  Did you enjoy your own experience?  Any requests of me next time I do it ?  I’m sure there’s some wacky ideas out there :-) (Can’t promise to deliver, but I aim to please!!)

Here are links to the rest of the month’s daily outfits ..thank you for all of your support during the month :-)

Now, believe me I have a lot to show you and to discuss with you over the next few weeks’ blog postings.  Can’t wait!!

Me Made May 2013: Update #4

We are nearly there & as I write this I am supremely grateful (still ) that I have a me made coat – & that being a mac (my Sewaholic Robson Trenchcoat) it has been worn nearly every day.  Seriously.  And latterly it has proved totally waterproof….

So I am back at work this week & the photos have more of a hurried tone about them.  It was rather busy & I had to snatch photo opps – generally round about my pad.  Some of the light was dodgy so apols about that too.

May 20th

Back to work, dazed & confused.  So it was still warmish, & I had this baby hydrangea (look closely it’s hugging the ground amongst the bluebells!) to bed in.  It had been a pretty potted pressie a few weeks ago & had been gracing my kitchen, but leaves dropping off & flowers showing a greenish tinge cried out to be planted outside.

20 May 2013

What I am wearing:

May 21st

Work outfits can be fun & smart at the same time, & we even had some late afternoon sun.  I’m showing you that my skirt needs adjusting, like pretty hard core 4 inches worth.  Left unattended it is a hipster.

May 21 2013

What I’m wearing:

May 22nd

Super early start today but being super organised I knew that I wouldn’t be wearing this home as I went to the gym after work.  Therefore photo needed to be taken before leaving, wet hair & poor light.  That’s my excuse anyway.

22 May 2013

What I’m wearing:

May 23rd

No!  Of course I don’t wear clothes like this to work!  I’m working at home silly.

23 May 2013What I’m wearing:

May 24th

A mad rush whirl wind of a day combining work in the morning then a (too long) journey to Manchester for the weekend.  I aimed to maximise separates & eeek more wear out of my new top.  Can I just recommend the Rajdoot in Deansgate – we usually frequent the wonderful expanse that is Curry Mile, but due to timing of our arrival in the evening didn’t venture too far away from where we were staying.  Awesome food.24 05 13-001 What I’m wearing:

May 25th

A sunny day in Manchester I kid you not.  We spent a while moving our youngest son out of university halls to move in with his brother for the summer & his final year.  They are going to have a blast!  Then….fulfilling my Manchester goal….a sprint into the Northern Quarter & Abakhan fabrics of course!!  No, I am not balancing a bag full of wadding on my head ….but I am carrying a sack full of goodies :-) In the spirit of optimising separates I changed my top for the evening’s entertainments & tasty food at Picolino, another gastronomic experience that did not disappoint.

25 05 13.22-001What I am wearing:

May 26th

Ahaha!  So that’s why we came to Manchester, apart from some timely removals.  I took part in the Bupa Manchester 10k!  What an awesome race, extremely well organised, very busy, over 40,000 entrants & rather hotter than I am used to running in.  But having my family in the crowd, shouting me on the way out & back in less than 200m to the finish was the business! Thanks honies!  We deserved our pizza lunch it has to be said.

26 05 13I’m wearing:

  • Me made running kit (including head band)- not blogged
  • Cap-sleeved Built by Wendy Tee shirt
  • Denim Beignet skirt, mentioned above.

So that’s it for now, I will have one more May post to catch up on the tail end of the month.

PS sorry the images are so small, no idea what happened this time – I have done exactly the same as usual ….



Me Made May, update #3

So this batch of outfits ALL fall into the leisure category as I was on a week off :-)

You will see though that the weather was not warm enough for summer dresses, regrettably, except the one….

May 12th

May 12 13

Packed & ready to go.  I’m wearing:

May 13th

I had the most awesome coastal path run in the morning – sadly no pics of me wearing anything me made, but I was wearing a me made running top.  It has now become my favorite ever run, every kink & cove made me want to run just a little bit further to see what was round the next corner.  Breathtaking & to be repeated as often as I can get there!

However, moving on, you’re getting two pics today to show you that my Sewaholic Robson Trench was packed (when usually I would have opted for a more scruffy coat option) & my silk scarf has also been well used, all this month it has to be said.  I was grateful for my coat (again its windproof fabric) as this was the fairest day & it went downhill from here ( And on this day it was very windy – the salty windy air has started to style my hair akin to epic David Lynch proportions)

May 13 13

And underneath all that:

May 13 13

I have made a heartwarming discovery: my Dad is a scruffy badger convert.  He loves taking photos, particularly of people.  However, he never has willing subjects….until now.  Throughout my stay he became my “David Bailey”, directing shots & chortling as he encouraged my foolishness.  The 15th May was all his idea ….& I love it :-)

May 14th

The epic trip to Truro.  A bus journey there in the rain (& back!).  My Robson Trench firmly belted up & umbrella suitably borrowed & opened, we had a fab shopping spree  to conclude with Truro fabrics (results of which you have seen here).

May 14 13

I’m wearing (in front of my parents’ developing Wisteria & check out the salty quiff – it’s real, no hair products used):

May 15th

Imagine the scene: the AA mechanic is literally on his way to deliver & install a new car battery.  He drives up to his customer’s house to find an insane scene being photographed:

May 15 13

I’m wearing:

May 16th

OK, so the fun was over.  The next two days I had decorating planned.  But starting with the smallest room possible to warm up my painter’s muscles & get acclimatised to the smell of oil based paint & white spirit,  the bathroom was the victim.  O room of mildewed corners.

May 16 13-001

I confess that I did not wear me mades to get paint splattered in.  But, this is what I wore when not in decorating togs & to buy a ladder, among other things.

May 17th

Less of the day was in ill-fitting & not warm enough decorating clothes.  But.  Sadly I was cold (don’t you find that decorating is always cold work – something to do with having all the windows open to keep the air flow to its maximum?).  Anyway, this is a picture I regret.  But in the interest of the daily documentation, there is no way around showing it in all its glory.  I was cold, OK?

May 17 13I’m wearing:

May 18th

So, painting done to plan, the final part of my week off involves a house guest.  Oh my, does this house guest have an infinite capacity for play?  I hope I have worn him out …finally….maybe….

may 18 13-001

I’m wearing:

May 19th

A day in the garden, pruning, admiring the bluebells & apple blossom & lots of frisbee throwing for my house guest.  Today’s forecast promised more heat than actually emerged.  I embraced the promise & whipped out a summer dress with desperation to wear it.  As with many of my me made clothes, even those I made last summer, I am disappointed in them as my body shape has changed, slimmed down, reduced its lumps & bumps & nearly everything is too big, this dress included.  In theory I could alter its darts, take in the side seams perhaps….

May 19 13

 I’m wearing:

I have to confess that an intention for Me Made May was to wear make up every day….not that I wear a lot, but it was about making more of an effort.  Yikes.  I haven’t.  Out of these pics here, I wore make up once, to Truro.  You see I don’t wear make up at the weekends, it’s more of a going out/ work thing.  It seems that it’s going to stay that way….but other intentions are on track – this challenge is certainly making me think about what I wear & put together each day.

Me Made May update #2

I’ve had a monumentally drainingingly busy work week, so am catching up now (this might mean that I post a bit more frequently this week as I have sooo much to tell you!).  And I have also not been able to keep up with blog reading too – but that will soon right itself.

Anyway, I thought it about time I posted some more Me Made Outfits first of all.

May 6th

Bank holiday !  And sunshine (surely statistically this is an anomaly in the British Isles!!).  I have to confess that for a few hours of the day I was lying in a non me-made bikini on my sunlounger in the garden.  I really should get on with my sewlution (making a vintage style swimsuit).

May 6 2013

 What I wore when not on the sunlounger:

  • Built by Wendy cap sleeved t-shirt
  • Vintage 50s high waisted denim shorts (which for info I always wear with the waistband folded over.  Just can’t be doing with it that high).
  • Me Made undies (assume this is the case unless I ‘fess up)

May 7th

The sun was still amongst us, but I knew it would be short lived, & therefore needed to dig out my summer dresses asap.  Want to hear something funny (or shameful if you interpret it that way)?  I unpacked all of my summer clothes from their winter hibernation but could not find some of my dresses, tops & skirts.  I ransacked the spare “suit” wardrobe that is used for rarely worn clothes, posh or just out of favour because they are not made by me.  But no.  They had evaporated.  It took me a-g-e-s to work out where they were.  Want a photo pause to guess?

May 7 2013

They were all in my ironing basket from September last year!  Hahaha!

What I wore:

May 8th

The sun had gone, but I hadn’t given up on summer.  A dress it was going to be.

May 8 2013What I wore:

  • Colette Laurel gingham dress, blogged here
  • Simplicity 2154 cardigan, as above

May 9th

I had a course in Bristol in the morning which meant getting up bleary eyed & not appreciating just how cold & windy it was going to be.  I was grateful I wore my Robson Trenchcoat with its windproof fabric.

May 9 2013

What I wore:

  • Simplicity 2154 skirt, see here
  • Simplicity 2154 cardigan, as above (again!)
  • Maria Denmark Kirsten Kimono Tee shirt, here

May 10th

Today was such a manic day at work, I left early to fit it all in, & this photo was all I could muster.  It was blimmin cold, again.  Colours seem to get more subdued as the temperature drops…

May 10 2013

What I wore:

  • Sewaholic Thurlow trousers, blogged here
  • Sewaholic Renfrew t-shirt, blogged here, on the infamous start of the wig fixation
  • My me-knitted Wisdom cardigan, blogged here
  • Sewaholic Robson Trenchcoat, as above.

May 11th

It’s the weekend & realising colours had become dull I consciously opted for colour.  But was still cold …baked an easy banana choc cake (only needs one egg which is all I had…after my ritualistic Saturday morning poached egg breakfast!)

May 11 2013

What I wore:

  • Colette Laurel top, blogged here
  • Deer & Doe Chardon skirt, blogged here
  • Me made apron
  • Wisdom cardigan, as above.

And the good news for the week ahead?  I’ve got a week off work!  Yippee.  Got allsorts of bits & bobs planned….hope you’re all enjoying May & a lovely weekend x

Me Made May Round up #1

So remember it’s May and I have signed up to wear only clothing made by me this month as part of Me Made May 2013.  BUT, & this is the kick in the pants for me, I have to wear more cheerful clothing & make up too.  The latter is a challenge for me as I don’t tend to wear make up when I’m not in work, but recently have not even been wearing any to work!  So, consider my pants kicked into action for all of the above.

Here is the first five days of outfit pics to show what I wore.  I am not posting every day (as you can see) but if you’re not interested, no worries!  I shall keep all my other blog & sewing posts going through this month also.

May 1st, sunny day, I managed to get out for some shopping at lunchtime (see bags by bench – they are mine).  I foolishly bought fruit & veg including a giant pineapple.  But why was this foolish you ask?  Well, I only walk 2 miles uphill to get home & therefore had this deadweight of onions, apples & one very large pineapple to add to my load!

Photo is taken in Parade Gardens.  You can just about see the Abbey behind.

May 01 2013

What I wore:

  • Simplicity 2154, chiffon polka dot blouse blogged here & cardigan blogged here.
  • Colette pinstriped Meringue skirt, blogged here.
  • Homemade undies
  • And my Robson Trenchcoat on the way to work.
  • And make-up.
  • Not photographed – my Maria Denmark Laura Lounge trousers & breton shirt when I got home for slobbing.

May 2nd Another sunny/ cloudy day.

I worked from home today – breathe a sigh of relief.  I do allow myself the chance to get washing done & popped out to hang it out.  But looks like you’ve caught me hanging my smalls!

May 2 2013What I wore:

Kwik Sew 3659 top (blogged here) and my Built By Wendy fab red trousers, blogged here.  Undies of course homemade too.  And when it got colder, my Simplicity 2154 cardigan as above.  And I even wore make up at home too!

May 3rd.

Double trouble today – what I wore to work & then my evening outfit for going to see a band.  Now let me explain about my photos – they are all on self timer….the one I took at work….was sneakily taken at the end of the day when no one was in to witness my posing.  The gormless but rushed pose seems to me to be the most appropriate to convey the actual comfort factor behind this photo!

May 3

What I wore:


  • Maria Denmark Kirsten Kimono Tee, blogged here
  • Simplicity 2451 tulip skirt, blogged here (annoyingly, like too many of my makes, it is too big now & therefore has slipped down my hips making it longer- did you spot that?)
  • McCalls 6708 Cardigan, blogged here
  • Me made undies – yep & make up too.

Evening attire:

  • My top is as yet unblogged, but that is coming, I promise
  • Thurlow denim trousers, blogged here
  • Me made undies & make up too.
  • If anyone saw my appearance on Twitter that evening you’ll have seen a refashioned suede jacket too – original 1970s coat, custom-made for my Mum, shortened by me , ooh, 20 years ago & still going strong.  Not quite me-made, but nearly!

 May 4th

The weekend!  So many things to do, but one being a visit to the DIY to buy decorating materials presented the challenge of wearing something me-made that wasn’t too smart.  Coat being required meant that I brought out my Trench, but tried to be reasonably casual…still felt over dressed!  But the sun shone in the afternoon, it was glorious but windy.  I gardened all afternoon in the same clothes…

May 4-003What I wore:

  • Sewaholic Robson Trench coat, blogged here
  • Sewaholic Renfrew, blogged here in the post of the wigs
  • Sewaholic Thurlows (OMG writing this I’m realising that it is Sewaholic Saturday!!)
  • Vogue 1247  top, blogged here
  • Silk scarf, blogged here
  • Make up & home made knicks.

May 5th

A good part of today was spent with my legs out- hoorah!  Sun & running.  It was the Glastonbury 10k (Round the Tor, not up it).  Great race followed by a pub lunch with my running buddies.

May 5-003What I wore:

  • Me made shorts (as yet un-blogged)
  • Me Made shorts – leggings type (can’t for the life of me what else they are known as – also unblogged)
  • Non me made race t-shirt & rather cool medal
  • Victory Patterns Madeline skirt, blogged here
  • 1950s Rockahula Vegas blouse, blogged here

No make up nor me made knicks today – was not going to risk running in the marginal pairs I had left not in the wash (is that too much info?!?!) and who wears make up running?

Now I need to get out of my me-made PJs and decide what to wear today….!  Have a good one everyone.  It’s a bank holiday in England & how blissful – it promises to be another sunny day :-)

Handmade Holiday: in conclusion

Thank you everyone for your kind comments encouraging my me made holiday posts. I wasn’t able to reply so readily due to being offline & outside a lot, but thank you, I appreciate everyone who takes the time to read & if you comment too, it really brightens my day, that bit of contact with you :-)

I’m back now & need to get back into the swing of 9to5 on Monday so this shall be a weekend of organisation …and exciting because it will include planning what to sew over the next few months …I love planning sewing (& then veering away from it with spontaneous makes! ;-)  )

But before then, what are thoughts, learnings of my handmade holiday?  Some pics first of all.

Not enough of this!  But it was gorgeous whilst it lasted …

Day 6:

My high waisted 50s shorts with a sozo camisole (yet to be blogged).  This is taken after an amazing immersion in the surf, much bobbing through the tall waves as well as the occasional “washing machine” spin when caught unawares.  The swimmer’s tell-tale wet circles across my boobage haven’t appeared yet…but were there for the walk home….not a great look!

Day 7:

Traveled home & aww, someone missed me :-)

I’m wearing my new breton top (yet to be blogged), kimono t-shirt and red cigarette trousers.  I actually lived in this many evenings …it was the perfect lounging wear for cooler temperatures & was so comfortable.

So, thoughts on my holiday packing.

  • I took too much!  I packed too many tops, I didn’t need to wear my swimmers shirt dress, my vintage vogue jacket, my red cardigan, my Violet blouse …but the thing is, weather can be so crappy down in Cornwall that I might have needed them had it not been so warm.
  • Bringing things that mixed & matched worked well – eg nearly every top could be worn with both pairs of trousers & the shorts.  This was helped by having a theme of red white & blue with a dash of the nautical!
  • The new makes (yet to be blogged) of stripey t-shirt, Breton shirt & strappy vests a la SoZo were really useful & perfect for a casual outdoor based holiday- being all jerseys they packed well, didn’t need ironing & were ideally comfortable
  • Had it been scorchio, the kimono t shirts would have been good cover ups for burnt shoulders (but it wasn’t!)
  • Packing one sundress was good – it would have been OK for any slightly smarter events but equally great for sight seeing (or art exhibition stewarding ;-) )
  • I adore wearing shorts & would have preferred another pair to mix it up a bit, a better fitting pair perhaps.
  • I wish I’d got around to making my own swimsuit in time.
  • Maxi skirts are not for me….even though I enjoyed wearing it in the sea, it covered up my leggies when actually I wanted to get them out in the warmish weather!  It will be made into a sundress for next summer.  I have decided.  Thank you for all your input on that decision…it really helped.
  • So for this kind of uber casual outdoor holiday I would pack next time:
    • 3 strappy vests
    • 2 kimono tshirts
    • a sundress
    • 2 pairs of trousers
    • 2 pairs of shorts
    • swimsuit
    • longer sleeve jersey top (like my breton shirt)
    • a warmer jacket/ cardigan thing with longer sleeves that matches both pairs of trousers & shorts
    • a short-sleeved blouse that could double up as a cover-up for the sundress
    • PJs of course
    • waterproof jacket

MUST remember this next summer!!

But to carry on the handmade holiday theme, the next day Gary & I were tourists visiting Wells, a beautiful Somerset town, focused around its amazing medieval cathedral & cute ambling streets.  We aimed for an afternoon in the Bishop’s Palace & wanted to share just a couple of pics with you as I think you’ll like them. We were recommended visiting the gardens which we did & loved.  Tell you what, all this rain has generated the most lush intense natural greens…can’t be all bad! I took loads of pictures, but here’s just two to give you a flavour … one showing its amazing medieval masonry against its moat inhabited by bell ringing swans (apparently they pull a bell ring when they want feeding, no kidding….you’ll have to take my word for it as they are decidedly absent from this photo!)

The Palace has ramparts which you can walk along with views out to Glastonbury Tor as well as wonderful gardens to wander around, some under the shadow of the Cathedral.   It is also the location of the wells that give rise to the name of the town.

But what I think you’ll like is evidence of the match made in heaven that is my red trousers (mentioned above) paired with my Simplicity 2154 spotty chiffon bow blouse:

I love wearing this together- casual, bright, comfy & cute.  See those shoes?  They may look innocent to the uninitiated but believe me they are cruel & evil heel rippers- I could not wear shoes with backs for a month after being savaged by these when new.  I felt 14 years old again, but not in a good way.

Anyway, here are the final two pics for your delectation….tenuous link to sewing & cloth?  Does dressing up count & the fact that these would have been handmade by someone for silly folk like us to mess around in?

Nice hat!

Aww, the king of my heart!

How I wish I could be on holiday forever!  There I was thinking I’d have all this time to sew & I’ve done hardly any!  Oh well, seems as if sewing is actually part of my everyday life, so that must be a good thing!  Back to normal & sewing ahoy!!

Handmade holiday days 2-5

All is most definitely chilled in Cornwall….except the breeze….how wonderful to be somewhere where there’s been a strong breeze that’s gorgeously warm! Not quite so good for running against mind you, and I’ve surpassed myself in the running vs lazy stakes managing to drag myself out for a run taking in the coast every day…overindulgence is a great motivator! But so is having somewhere breath-taking to run to.

Here are some holiday snaps showing how my handmade holiday wardrobe is faring….


Day 2:
My sundress was just the job as it was a belter of a day…..some of which spent stewarding the local artist’ society annual exhibition, in which my mum is exhibiting ….see the moon painting in the background?

Day 3:


Wearing my 50s high waisted shorts and my kimono tee shirt with birdies on it. Love the coastline and ran a small one along here taking in the views to Porth.

Day 4:


On my favourite Crantock beach to catch the day’s sunny morning, crazy horn pipe anyone? Just to prove that I wore my Japanese pattern jacket, new stripy tshirt and “miss Ellie” portfolio trousers ( not perfect fits btw, there is a 2″ wad taken out of the waist with a safety pin…..don’t tell anyone!)

Day 5:


Ha ha! I fulfilled my wish to wade in the surf in my long flowing maxi skirt, worn with a new sozo strappy vest. My thinking on the skirt? It’s practical, but as Allison said, a sundress would be a more scruffatastic make with such deserving fabric, so I have a feeling it is only temporarily in this form!

So just about to head out to run along some beaches whilst it’s low tide. Hope you’re all enjoying A great week too :-)

Now back on dry land & have added links to the posts for all these makes…way too longwinded on the move, sorry ;-)

Handmade holiday!

Hellooo ! I’m on a break and for an element of me made madness decided to challenge myself by putting together a totally me made holiday wardrobe. Now you know that I wear mostly me mades anyway. I just thought it would be a fun test and I can post pics in cornish locations.

Hope you can forgive less polished posting…using mobile devices and have had to update links later.
Ok, this challenges me in several departments:

* planning ahead for the vagaries of our particularly weird summer,
* limiting my clothing options and therefore having to think about mixers and matching, really not wanting to over pack and arrive with mountains of luggage,
* a holiday that is practical and therefore requires more separates than pretty dresses,
* lack of sweaters and cardigans that fall in the me made/ refashioned pile.

So I’ve added a few practical makes to my options sewn at the beginning of the week which will feature in a stripey nautical vein. I also sewed some of sozo’s strappy vests ( due to a full social schedule I ended up cutting out in a spare 10 minutes the evening before, and by chance was awake at 5.30- that’s a.m.- allowing me to zip upstairs and quietly construct three of them in two hours, the morning of my departure. Something worth getting up for!)

Here is my limited packing for 6 days ….I’m sure it could be pared down, but I have the tendency to get wet, get cold, want to embrace sunshine when it’s there….I need to be prepared for all eventualities.


Three sozo strappy vests (to be blogged)
Two kimono sleev  tshirts (Birdie & lace jersey)
New striped cap sleeve tshirt (to be blogged)
New Breton shirt (to be blogged)
Seersucker sorbetto


Trousers etc:
Red cigarette pants
Chambray portfolio (“miss Ellie “) trousers
Denim 50 s high waisted shorts
Nearly finished maxi skirt ( what better way to road test than on a British summer holiday?!)


Dresses and blouses:
Swimmers shirt dress
50s rockahula Vegas blouse
Violet Swiss dot blouse


Two sets of handmade summer pyjamas (link to florals here)


Refashioned red thrifted
Sailor jackety thing which really doesn’t get worn much outside of me made challenges!


Vintage vogue jacket ( will Cornwall forgive such brashness?)

There you have it. Undies and sportswear decidedly not me made, plus I’ve a packamac in case of wet weather….

Day one: travel


On arrival the sun was blazing and the sea beckoned…..


Happy sunshine everyone!!

Me Made May 12, fourth and final

Thanks everyone for your kind reflections/ observations on my derriere in the last post.  It is great to have such a wealth of advice / experience & straight talking sense out there!

Onto the last installment & my reflections on Me Made May 12….

Day 23:

Location: Beaufort Place or something like that at the side of the Theatre Royal (not that you can see it in this pic!)  I’m wearing my Lisette Passport dress.  No need for cardigan – woo hoo!

Day 24:

Here I am in my “Too old for School” Vintage gingham dress.  I am standing on “Bog Island”, a local landmark, a stop for tour buses.  But why the name?  Well, in the days that I first came to Bath this used to be a night club, the Island Club, but before that?  Public toilets.  My memories of it as a nightclub?  Dark & hot where the condensation used to drip on you from the ceiling, particularly on the dance floor.  Nice.  I am so out of touch with Bath nightlife that for all I know it is back in use again.

Day 25:

Location – still strictly speaking outside – but kind of in the street where I live.  I’m wearing my Swimmers dress (pattern from a Sew Mag) and matching hairband.  What was nice about today (as well as seeing my boy for the first time in 5 months) was that someone came up to me in Sainsbury’s & asked me where I got my dress “Er, I made it myself”…after which we had the small conversation about it, sewing & classes.  Hopefully she will take it up herself :-)

Day 26:

Location: the playing fields near my home.  I had been to the post office, but realised a photo opp presented itself off site.  I’m wearing my sundress, revised New Look 6586.

Day 27:

A day in the garden (note store bought  bikini traces, no other option (yet).  I’m wearing my Brighton Rocks dress made using a Built By Wendy shift dress from Sew U.

Day 28:

Location: Parade Gardens in the centre of Bath.  This is where I lunch when the sun shines.  It’s always  a mecca in the sunshine for everyone, & is filled with wonderful floral displays (see parks staff in background removing spent tulips).  It’s also beside the River and looks out onto the weir at Pulteney Bridge.  Interesting fact, the level of Parade Gardens is apparently the Roman (or is it medieval street level, let’s maybe say it’s the “old” street level).  If you look up above my right shoulder you can see current street level is much higher due to centuries of urbanisation …

I’m wearing Simplicity 2599 in vintage fabric & my purple linen Beignet which is looking quite used & scruffy these days….

Day 29:

Location: Bath Abbey at 8am.  You can see my walk to work footwear after shredding my poor feet the previous week before they had manned up to being sockless.

I’m wearing my first Simplicity 2599 (but I need to go back & edit the original post as the pics have dropped out) and my pin striped meringue skirt.

Day 30:

Location: Abbey Green today by a wonderful ancient tree that has a massive trunk….you’re just glimpsing a part of it.  Lots of flag action going on the pub behind.

I’m wearing my polka dot Sewaholic Cambie dress.  It was the first time I wore it to work, & boy was it perfect.  I think I need to make another ….

Day 31:

On the way to work I plonked on a bench at the side of the Abbey, forgetting that I’d already pictured by the Abbey just a few days before.  Oh well.   Hardly anyone about.

I’m wearing my Red hot chilli Ginger skirt and my cowl neck top (Butterick 4132 – it too has an old post with dropped out pictures so I won’t bother linking to it).  It’s great having a plain red skirt – I have other things I could wear with it (me mades) that have not even featured this month.  This top though could do with being a bit smaller, perhaps at the shoulders so that the under arm is smaller & the cowl drapes a little higher up!  Cardigan has me made elbow patches to cover the holes!

My musings:

I totally failed at joining in with the Flickr fun … technology thwarted me at the start & then I never gained enough momentum.  Boo hoo.  Sorry for missing you all this time…

How did taking pictures outside my home go?

Well I said I’d try to take at least 66% outside….by my reckoning it was …71% ….woo hoo!  However I learnt the following about myself & public picture taking:

    • If I am at home I am unlikely to make a special effort to go out even for a Me Made May photo opportunity
    • All my public photos were “en route” to where I usually go & I did not go out of my way for glorious backdrops, of which there are many in Bath …
    • I found using my mini gorilla tripod indispensable for curling my camera on railings & benches.  I did not take my full tripod out at all.
    • Benches were a safer option for me – more discreet & quick photos
    • I favoured quieter places and quieter times, even taking pics on the way to work before 8am
    • I am relieved not to have to take daily pictures in public anymore & my handbag will start to feel lighter again.
    • Conclusion: I still get self conscious & like photos on my own terms!
  • In terms of clothing:
    • Me made cardigans & warm wear are lacking, actually still non existent.
    • I wore something different each day with my new red Ginger scoring highest (3 wears), followed by Meringue skirt, floral Renfrew & even my Vintage Vogue jacket, but this was partly due to May spanning several seasons!
    • Red is the new black ….
    • I wore 12 dresses, 2 of them twice (Red ellies and Red polka dot cowl neck Simplicity 2580)
    • I tried on 2 skirts from last year & they are too big (the fit was always loose mind you & I am a combination of more fussy in fit & hurrah, slimmer)
    • I have not ironed all month with the very odd exception (should I be admitting to that?) I bet you don’t envy me my ironing pile now!
    • Generally I should concentrate on replacing things that are wearing out or are old now – perhaps attempting underwear again, leggings would be useful and also jackets/ cardigans.

How has everyone else enjoyed Me Made May?  Any insights?