Puffin Kalle Shirt

Hi everyone,

Today, I showcase another Closet Case Patterns Kalle Shirt. This is my fourth version of this brilliantly reliable and casual pattern. I made very few changes to the pattern, as it’s a loose fit, you don’t have to worry too much about fitting and it works a treat. For my previous versions, see here, here and here.

I made the shirt version, which is super easy as it has grown on sleeves. I used the cuffs and the cropped collar. I cut the front shorter and the back long to give a high/low hem, which I really like the look of. To do this simply, I just overlock the sides and hem then when I sew the sides, I split it and turn the hem up in a neat curve. I used a full placket as, if I’m honest, I struggled to get the pop over placket perfect on previous versions.

Also, worth mentioning that if I made another, I would use an inverted pleat rather than an outward one as I have here, I just think it looks nicer.

I bought this cute puffin cotton from Sewing Quarter because I’ve wanted puffin fabric forever as they love just on the little Farne Islands across from where we stay in Northumberland!

The fabric was great to work with because it’s a nice, soft cotton and even better because the puffins face two ways so I didn’t have to worry to much about the direction I was cutting the fabric. I even made my own buttons with the little puffin heads, because, how could you not?!

I wore this in Northumberland, especially because it is meant to represent my holidays for me.

Me Made Northumberland- The Summer Edition. 

It’s no surprise to anyone, I’m sure, that Kyle and I have spent our summer holidays up in the lovely Northumberland. It is our favourite place in the world. As always, I’ve tried to make as much as my wardrobe as I can, sticking to some more casual pieces this time. I had 2 weeks of the Summer holiday before we went so I managed to get some good sewing in, so many of my garments will be as yet unblogged. Anyway, I still wanted to share my makes Me Made May style.

Day One: we were mostly travelling and settling in so I wore my super comfy Moneta Hack top and some RTW leggings and a Hoodie. I love this fabric from Girl Charlee, it’s so comfy. I got it in the Sew Up North swap. We did arrive early so I managed to get some time in on the beach with my crochet project, Virus Shawl, which I will blog once it’s finished.

Day Two: We had to perfect Sunday chill day, with a lazy breakfast, a walk around the village of Belford and hanging round on the roof terrace. This called for my chilled Linen Tunic, blogged here. It’s an old pattern called Sew Girl and for what I can gather it was free with a magazine about 3 years ago. I got in the swap at Leeds. The fabric was from John Lewis in the sale on the same day.

Day three: I wore my most recent Moneta in the amazing paisley jersey I got from EBay. One of my most favourite Monetas yet. I love it. I wore it to Beadnell Beach where we say watching the fishermen come in on the harbour. Perfect.

Day four: I wore my recent Florence Dress by Sew Over it,  which is super comfy and relaxed for a drive in land and a very impromptu trip to the pub, where to locals were having a jamming session. The dress is made using this super light Mermaid fabric from EBay and was a sewalong in Simply Sewing Magazine.  

Day five: we spent a relaxed day at the beach and in true Northumberland summer style, I needed both a hat and my sunglasses! My outfit was a RTW light jumper and jeans combo but I did wear a handmade hat! This hat was made for me by the lovely Lhizz who I did my handmade dress swap with. In our communication with each other I told her I had started crochet and so alongside my Dress I got this lovely hat, which I knew would be perfect for the beach!

Day six : was a beautiful day and we had a travel to Ford and Etal where I wore my first and favourite Galaxy Moneta.  It’s a great throw on dress!

Day Seven: I wore my Rebecca Page Arabella Skirt which is her newest pattern. I made this as a brand ambassador. It has just been released and it’s a super easy make so check it out. I love this retro tape fabric, it has just the right flow for a dress with this much gathering. I feel really feminine in it and it’s super comfy for relaxing with my book!

Day Eight: We had a walk to Saint Cuthbert’s Cave, which was super cool. I wore a Peach Skin Sorbetto with fabric from Abakhan, which I never bothered blogging and a RTW jumper and jeans. It’s quickly becoming apparent that the only solely RTW things I have in my wardrobe are jeans and jumpers, I have to sort this out as winter approaches.

We went to the pub later that evening where I wore my Velo Culottes again with a RTW chambray Tee. I didn’t manage to get a picture though because all the family were with us by this point.

Day Nine: I wore my Newest Moneta again today to go and see the Handlebards, who are a cycling touring theatre company who perform Shakespeare. They did Midsummer Night’s Dream at Bamburgh Castle and it was such an amazing night! The sunset was to die for!

Day Ten: we had a trip to the Milk Bar at Wooler for Milkshakes and Sundaes, I actually wore RTW with a denim style Tee and some harem style trousers and then very quickly realised why I make my own clothes… Look the this horrendous pattern matching on the crotch!

I also went to The Village Tea Rooms and Emporium and bought some more lovely fabric to make these amazing cushions for our new sofa.

Day Eleven: I wore another Moneta I threw together before we came away, which has glasses all over it so it is very me.

Day Twelve: My mum and I went to Edinburgh for the day and I wore my Sew Girl Tunic which was perfectly practical for a touristy day. We had an amazing time; the fringe was on so we saw lots of things going on and the city was just vibrant! Here I am outside Edinburgh Fabrics with my trusty raincoat!!

Telling you about everything we did could be a post in itself but the highlights were, looking around the fashion section of The Scottish Museum.

And finding The Elephant House Cafe where J.K Rowling wrote the first Harry Potter.

Day Thirteen: was a beautiful day and Kyle and I went for breakfast before we all visited Beadnell Beach. I wore my Hacked Orla, which I will blog soon, especially as it isn’t much like an Orla like at all any more! The fabric is another I got in the Sew Up North swap.

Day Fourteen: finally, I wore my Bird Tee which is Mccalls M6927. A really practical make for another day on the beach.

I hope you haven’t found the post too long, I find it a really useful way to round up what I have made and assess my wardrobe; I quite clearly need hand made jeans and jumpers in my life! Let me know to you think and it you follow me on instagram you’ll see more daily pictures anyway.

Moneta So Me

Hi! Me again, with another Moneta! I know, I know,  I’m sorry… I think I’m Obsessed or possessed or something… 

Anyway… After making it here and here and hacking it here… I saw this fantastic glasses fabric from Flamingo Fabrics and it is so me I HAD TO HAVE IT! Think, crazed unicorn girl from Despicable Me… 

Anyway, I knew I could only do this justice with a Moneta. It was extra wide so I only bought a metre and managed to get the whole dress out of one little metre. That’s an XL… Pretty good when the pattern calls for 2.5!

Anyway I made very small changes to my usual Moneta style. I shortened the sleeves and made it a very short sleeve. I seriously considered adding a collar but I can’t bring myself to do a jersey collar. So all made as usual… Until the skirt. The pattern isn’t directional and on a whim, I went absolutely crazy (hmm)  and turned the pattern pieces the other way. This meant the wider bottom was at the top. It meant much more to gather and then the skirt falls in a little more. I was thinking it would give it a more tulip shape… What do you think? I think perhaps it isn’t as flattering but I can’t not like it. It’s another secret pyjama dress too! 

Firm Favourite to Fix a Fail 

I know, I know another Moneta but I was in serious need of a pick-me-up! I tried and MASSIVELY failed to sew a Mimi Blouse from Tilly’s Love at First Stitch and it was a nightmare. I had this beautiful Spanish looking fabric in orange and pictured a lovely, bright blouse but it wasn’t to be. The yoke is too high up. I added piping as she suggests in the book but it made it stiff and awkward, the sleeves were too small and the top it off, the actual blouse was too, even though lots of people warned it would have a lot of ease. To make matters worse, it was supposed to be my last make before my holidays and 2 weeks away from my machine so I felt really unsatisfied. 

All good intentions doomed. 😦

And so my friends, I was consoled… By this amazing fabric and the super quick Moneta

It really was super quick. Literally the night before we went on our holidays, knowing I would be without machine and determined to leave on a high, I grabbed this jersey recently added to my stash, the trusty Moneta pattern and cut! 

I sewed it together with the speed of a mad woman and had the whole dress complete, including the consideration of the pattern placement, in an hour. 

I made the following changes; I lengthened the skirt to mid calf, like my Galaxy one. I was hoping for a maxi hack but I didn’t have enough fabric. I wanted to include the amazing colours at the bottom of the fabric in the skirt and I think calf length suits this dress. I lowered the back slightly. I also discounted the pockets (no time for that). 

That’s it! The moneta has been so crucial in getting over my fear of sewing with jersey- I only wish I would now step away from the Moneta and try some new Jersey patterns as was intended for this fabric!!! 

I wore this on my holiday on a trip to Beadnell Bay where we watched the fishing boats come in and took in the views. A perfect dress for that I think! 

Breezy Birdy Tee

Me Made May has been so good to identify gaps in my wardrobe. It has become very apparent that I don’t have many separates. I am definitely a dress kind of girl but I don’t wear dresses all the time and I definitely need more casual separates in my life. 

With this in mind, I embarked on Mccalls M6927. It’s a pattern I got free with Sew Style although it only goes up to a size 16, it allows for different cup sizes which is where I usually need a bigger size. So I cut the biggest cup option and graded it up slightly so it was more like an 18. I made view C, which is really basic and exactly what I needed. 

I made it using this lovely turquoise with bird shapes on it, which was an absolute bargain from The Textile Centre. The pattern is levelled at easy and it really was. As I usually do if I can get away with it, I opted for bias neckline rather than a facing and I used it on the hems of the sleeves and on the bottom hem too. 

It was that quick to sew, that I really don’t know why I don’t have more separates like this in my life!! It’s a really easy top to throw on with jeans, perfect for my chilled holidays. 
I like it that much that I immediately decided to make another using some fabric from a bundle I am reviewing for Minerva Crafts. You’ll see it soon I hope. As there are so many options and different ways to change this top up, I can’t see it becoming a firm favourite.

I wore it with my RTW shorts and it was made just in time for my holidays to Bamburgh and the end of Me Made May! 

I convince Kyle to do some jumping pics
There’s a castle behind my head!

Me Made May Final Week

Day Twenty-seven: finally, my half term holiday arrived. I was so ready for this break. Me and my husband set off early and make good time to get to sunny Bamburgh. Whilst it was nice, we had a potter round and I wore my new Mccalls m6927 with RTW shorts. I’ll blog about this one soon because it’s definitely got potential to be a favourite!

Day twenty-eight: this one is a bit of a spoiler because it’s another Mccalls M6927. (told you it was going to be a favourite) but it’s a review of a fabric Bundle for Minerva Crafts so I can’t share too much here. I can easily make up for it with pictures of the Vintage Sewing Machine that my husband bought me from the Bamburgh fair. The wheel spins but the foot doesn’t work… I don’t care though, it’s so pretty and I can’t wait to put it in my sewing space! We had such an amazing morning and got ourselves a new wall clock and a ceramic olive dish too! 

Day twenty-nine: I wore my latest and probably one of my favourite makes. My Liberty Tana Lawn Dragonista Ultimate Shift Top which I hacked to have plackets down the back. 

We had a lovely day out in Alnwick and to the Village Tea Rooms and Emporium, which I can’t not visit! I got some gorgeous fabrics. The top one is a gorgeous children’s interior fabric destined for cushions as a gift. Bottom left is a Pierre Frey from 2013 which I absolutely fell in love with even though I don’t have any plans for it yet and the bottom right is Emily Burningham Cotton Lawn ‘Cranes Book III’ I’m hoping to make a blouse from this one. They’re all such high quality. I can’t wait to use them!

Day thirty: me and Kyle went to our favourite restaurant and I wore my New Liberty Threadcount 1501 which was free with Love Sewing Magazine and you can still download for free if you click the link. I made version B which was the block option in a cornflower blue cotton and liberty fabric blocks for the skirt. I’ll blog this next week so look out for it because it really is a beauty (even if I say do myself!) 

Day thirty-one: I wore my Mccalls M6927 again for the journey home. I was very sad to be leaving and I’m surprised at how sad I feel that Me Made May is over. Though I’m not sure I’ll miss early morning photos! 

To summarise: My Me Made May pledge was to wear something I had made everyday and see the gaps in my wardrobe. I was very nearly successful, with a few sick days highlighting that I have no PJs made for myself even though half my family have PJs I’ve made. Many repeats of the same casual tops and an overuse of dresses for work has highlighted that I need more blouses. So that’s my plan for now and hopefully come next year I will see a huge difference! 

I have also been able to donate some of my more dowdy and dull RTW work clothes as I much prefer my brighter me-mades! 

Lastly, I recently wrote about a craft swap with the lovely Charlotte of Chasjos from France. She writes a blog about the wooden jewellery she makes. Here’s a reminder of the amazing Mermaid piece she made. 

Anyway, I made her a Moneta in return (I’m sure you are all surprised) because I knew I wouldn’t have to worry about the fit too much. I even broke out my high school French (checked by the French teachers at work) to write a note for her. I’ve still got it!  It arrived with Charlotte last week and she’s since wrote a post about it. The dress look fabulous on her and is a great fit. I’ll definitely be getting involved in one of her swaps again! 

My Monetas

The Moneta Party is very much an instagram challenge but I wanted to share my versions with you. I try to stay true to my style and not join in for the sake of it,  hence why there has been no sign of a Cleo on my blog…  It just wouldn’t suit me. The Moneta however,  looked right up my street and I thought it would really flatter me so as soon as I saw the challenge on Instagram,  I was sold!

I made 2,  just because I could and also because this brilliant Galaxy Fabric arrived from fabric styles as I was cutting out my elephant print ready for my Moneta entry.

The Moneta is by Colette Patterns and is made for jersey or knit fabric. The girls who organised the challenge, Rach,  Abigail and Elle chose it because it’s so accessible and flattering. I bought the PDF version, which had 41 pages to put together (phew!) I opted for sleeves as usual; I don’t like to show my arms..

You can also get a free bundle of different collars for the Moneta from the Colette pattern website, which is great for changing it up. Though,  personally I’m not a fan of having anything too frilly.

Anyway,  let me talk you through my two gorgeous Monetas!

The Galaxy print is version 3. I made it slightly longer by extending the skirt pieces by 3 inches and shortened the three quarter length sleeves very slightly. It came together easily. I didn’t have to pattern match or anything. When gathering with the elastic this tutorial from Sew Abigail helped a lot. I’m loving the pockets too!

This was my first time using a twin needle,  I thought it would be really complicated but it wasn’t at all,  though I did do several practises, and I quite enjoyed it in the end! I used a pink and blue for a bit of a contrast.

I wore it whilst we were away and got Kyle to take lots of pictures on Seahouses harbour ready for my entry. It was a bit fresh so I looked like a bit of a headcase but I think the photos are worth it! I soon changed my mind and decided that this would be my Moneta Party entry. 

Bloody hell lads, look away, she’s taking all her layers off again! 

Checking out the RNLI Grace Darling

I styled it with black tights and my tan Brogues, my wrap cardi and black coat with a nice scarf,  which was a birthday present from my sister.

Being soppy isn’t my usual style but I’m so lucky to have an amazing husband to share my life with,  who will dutifully look for nice places to have pictures so he can support me and makes me laugh so much! We have such a great time together and he makes my life. 

The elephant print is again version 3 with everything as standard. I used the Peter pan collar from the free bundle and cut the fabric around the elephants so that it was a plain black and it was a disaster;  it didn’t look good at all. They were all bumpy, so I swiftly removed them,  I am getting quite good at unpicking now! I’ve included a picture of the before in the spirit of fail February though! I’ve read some comments on it around social media and most people seem to have been redrawing their collars so I might try that next time. I personally think it needs to be bigger and go to the shoulder seams.

Other than this it was super easy to put together but my needle did not like going over any parts where an elephant was printed. I made life even simpler on myself by zig-zagging the hems rather than the double needle because I wanted a different feature (read:because I couldn’t be bothered to change my needle) I had also already decided that I was going to use my other as my entry. 

I should have considered the placement of the elephants a little bit more because there’s a few places where it looks a little strange but that’s a lesson for another day! 

Random ele-foot!

I am still happy with it overall and will wear it but I’m glad I made 2 so I could change my mind about my Moneta entry! I wore this on a visit to Bamburgh village on a beautiful day. The castle is so majestic and the place has so many happy memories for us. 

You’ll wait forever for a bus up here!

I can safely say that I absolutely recommend a Moneta,  especially if you’re curvy. A lot of the others I’ve seen appear to have a lower waist line so I think when I make another I’ll lengthen the bodice a little to account for the boobies. Otherwise this is definitely a go-er for another day- party or no party!!

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