So I decided to do Me-Made-May right at the last minute, withought actually checking what I had in my wardrobe. On reflection, this was rather a stupid thing to do. I was hoping I could just about manage by throwing on a few hand knitted cardigans, but the weather has thrown a spanner in the works. Unbelievably, we had a Bank Holiday weekend with no rain! I can’t remember the last time this happened, and as the temperature had soared, my handmade clothing options have dwindled.
I started fine – on 1st May I went for a day out in Wells, and wore the only item I have sewn myself in over a year – a grey wool belnd coat. I originally bought the fabric for this when I was pregnant with G intending to make a relaxed belted coat that could expand along with my tummy. During pregnancy number two I still hadn’t touched the fabric, so I picked a pattern – Burda 6704. It sewed up fairly easily, even though Burda’s instructions are terrible, and I’m quite pleased with the result.
It’s incredibly comfy and warm, and I’m happy with the way I sewed it. It’s definitely the garment I have got the most use out of. Now I’m losing some of the weight I gained in the pregnancy, I do feel it’s a bit lumpy around my waist, but it’s been a really flexible fit so I got my money’s worth.
Before the temperatures soared, I managed to wear a few other things:
The cardigan pattern is called Vitamin D, by Heidi Kirrmaier, and I probably knitted this about 6 years ago. I don’t wear it much, I think that because I made it in cotton it doesn’t drape as much as I would like. The shawl is a recent make, the pattern is Read Between the Lines by Tammy Canavan-Soldaat. It was the first thing I started knitting after the birth of T, and took 3 months – because it is a whopping 2000m of yarn! You make it using two different cakes of yarn and although it took forever, I am considering making another as it’s so soft and lovely to wrap yourself in, and I’m a sucker for all the colourways available in the yarn. The socks are even older than the cardigan, and have had a lot of wear. The pattern is Pomatomus, by Cookie A and is a free pattern published in Knitty.
I feel really bad that I failed at Me-Made-May so soon, and have only been wearing handmade every few days. On the upside, I have realised that I desperately want to make myself some more clothes, and have nearly finished a top with some lovely Liberty fabric I bought last weekend, and ordered some jersey to make a Colette Moneta dress. I have also realised that I hate asking strangers to take my photo, and if I want to share some better pics with you I need a tripod and remote control! Amazon Prime to the rescue.
Both kids are awake now, so it’s time to go! Have a lovely weekend.