Wednesday, May 27, 2015

Me Made May

I have worn something me made every day so far this month, from old track pants made years ago (it's been very cold in the house) to cardis, tops and pants made in recent times, but I have no pics so you'll need to take my word for it. :)

For my May MAGAM I have sewn a pair of tapered pants made in the blue broadcloth which was supposed to be a lining for my last skirt. They are quite lightweight but they are intended for wear on board ship for our upcoming cruise and will be heading towards the northern summer.

I used the McCall's 6843 again, view F with a tapered leg. I cut size small and they fit OK but if I make them again I will use View C with the pockets and taper the leg. They are much shorter in the crotch than view C so I added a separate casing at the waist for the elastic  But they are reasonable and I will wear them.

When I finished the pants I decided to make another  Style Arc Abby cardi.  I made the first one in June 2013 for the Sarah Liz Style the Stash Sewalong and noted at the time that I needed to narrow the shoulders. Guess what - I forgot to read my notes. That cardi kept shrinking each time I washed it but because I liked it I kept wearing it until it got too small.

This version is made from the same cotton interlock purchased from Spotlight at the same time so I prewashed it before cutting it out and making it up. I lengthened it by 10cm (4 inches) at the back tapering to original length at the front points. Because I didn't narrow the shoulders the whole cardigan looks and feels bigger than the original. Hoping it might shrink a bit I have washed it twice and it hasn't shrunk at all!! Work that out!

Anyhow to cut a long story short it is suitable for the colder weather as it layers easily over long sleeved tops. The other change I made this time was to leave the facings loose at the front hem to prevent getting hooked up on cupboard handles etc. and I twin needled the hem and cuffs.

The uneven dangly bits are due to my poor posture not bad sewing.

This will be my last post for a couple of months as we are off on a lengthy trip to Europe and the UK. Hope to catch up with everything when I get back. 

Bye for now. 


  1. You've made two lovely garments that will be terrific to wear on your trip! The tapered leg pant turned out nice and the cardi will be a workhorse for you. Have a wonderful, fun trip! Love your smile! :)

  2. I love them! Lovely garments and sure you will wear them a lot :)
    Have a great trip! xx