Me Made May 2018

I, Emma of Emma and her Machine vow to wear hand made clothes every day of Me Made May. Simple but thought provoking for me.

I’m hoping it will help me see what garments I’m definitely not wearing and clear out my wardrobe a bit.

Last year was my first year and I really didn’t know how much of a benefit it would be to me. It really helps to inspire and to direct my wardrobe in to the kind of clothes I need. It’s like a wardrobe audit!

Last year pointed out that I need basics, weekend tops and Pyjamas in my life. I can’t wait to see what this year brings!

See you there!

Help! April Challenge Vote!

Hi everyone,

I’m a bit late joining in this month’s Monthly Stitch challenge but the challenge is to ask readers to vote which unused, stashed pattern and which fabric to use out of three choices. What a great idea for a challenge because I love looking after people’s sewing options! This has come at the perfect time for me too as I have a lot going on with uni and moving house and I don’t have a lot of time for sewing at the minute so having just one project decided by you would really help me… So what do you think? Please vote by leaving a comment below or over on Instagram

1. I have some of this amazing gingham and floral stretch cotton from Sew Me Sunshine which I was going to use to make some Sew Over It Ultimate Trousers. I fancy something nice and summery so I was going to aim for a cropped version. Those of you who read often will know this would be a huge challenge for me as I never sew trousers…

2. The second option is Cotton and Chalk’s Lily Dress. I’m trying to work on my summer wardrobe and I think a maxi version of this will be great for my holidays. I’m in two minds about the fabric. I can either use Pink flying birds viscose (the fabric is a really soft pink which doesn’t translate too well on photos) or Blue with Pink Flowers both from Adam Ross. What do you think?

3. I was going to attempt the Tilly and the Buttons Joni Dress from the New Book Stretch, another challenge as I’m not sure about the neckline (it looks a bit complicated) but a vote might just push me to attempt it! I planned to make it in this amazing Parrot jungle Jersey from Sew Me Sunshine.

Please let me know what you think and I’ll get moving with it and post it on The Monthly Stitch by the end of the month. ☺

Sewing Plans Bujo

I’m sure a lot of people know the feeling of having so many sewing plans running through your head, especially with all the inspiration flying around on this here internet. Without being psychoanalytic I think it’s good for me, it gives a focus outside of the busy world of work. However, sometimes my head feels a bit ‘buzzy’ with all my ideas and that can sometimes mean I get very little done. 

The very lively Sarah of Your Sew in Style suggested I got involved in a bit of bullet journalling, or bujo (a great name for it!) so I did… As I have so many sewing plans recently and not much in the way of finished items, I thought I would share with you. The ladies at The Fold Line have also written about it recently if you want to check it out. 

I bought this big blank book which I thought was very apt and purposely chose blank pages so I wasn’t restricted. I also opened a brand new Papermate Inkjoy Quarto which I use for work all the time to organise myself so I knew it would work here… I’m not sponsored or anything, I just really like the pens!! 

I’m by no means super neat or perfect but i didn’t want to restrict myself by trying to be super neat. It was more important to me that I could just throw my ideas on a page. 

I faced a blank page and just went for it, I nearly immediately felt better and less buzzy. It contains plans, patterns, to do lists, specific ideas and anything I want it to. I also include practical things like sizes, where the pattern and fabric is from and anything I need to get. I haven’t got a particular order really, I just know to start at the front.

It’s a great way to plan and it’s Crafty and gives my itchy fingers something to do in front of the TV (because I can’t spend all my time at my sewing machine!) I have lots of stickers and fun bits too! Imagine me very much like an excited child! 

I use a ruler to section it off and catagorise things together the way my head does!!

I’ve also been including little swatches of fabric which helps me see what I’m working on and inspires me. 

I started to write down any alterations I would make if made a pattern again but I’m also a big fan of being able to cross out or tick what I’m doing to I’ve started writing my alterations in another notepad.

Sorry for the stationary overload but this one is special because after seeing my sewing plan nightmares on instagram Sarah had a notebook sent to me (I told you she was lovely!) It was a big surprise and I’d already got myself in to gear and got one so I’ve been using this baby for my alterations so they are organised and don’t get lost. 

This, complete with my newly renovated sewing room (Easter holidays are the best) has made me feel super organised and ready to tackle it all!! 

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