Me-Made-May 2016 Post #10


Well here we are with my last post for the global sewing challenge, Me-Made-May 2016! The photos from my last couple posts were taken during our daughter’s college commencement weekend up in Ithaca, NY. So many beautiful settings! The weather was less than ideal for most of the time but the sun did make a couple appearances and when it did…we were ready!  Graduation night we dined at a very special restaurant, John Thomas Steakhouse. Located right behind JTS is the La Tourelle Resort & Spa. There was this sweet little garden shed on the property with a vibrant floral mural, perfect for the shot. Wow!  While posing in front this joyous art I imagined there was a mini sewing/art studio inside!

This is the dress I had made to wear to the graduation ceremony that morning. (However due to the damp wet weather, I ended up wearing a different “me Made” midi length maxi knit dress.) This fabric is a printed, double knit from Mood NYC. Although bit heavier in weight and less stretchy than the knits I have been working with lately, it worked great with this pullover shift style dress. I used commercial pattern McCalls 6886 and was able to keep pretty true to the silhouette, except I changed the sleeveless sleeve to a cap sleeve.

Thanks everyone for following me through my first Me-Made-May challenge. Posting twice a week was definitely manageable. I so appreciate all your very kind comments! I hope you found inspiration to create some of your own “me-mades”! Thanks again to SoZo for creating and maintaining #MMM. There’s nothing like a good challenge to get the creative juices going and sewing machine revved up! I am thrilled to report I have acquired new followers and new-to-me bloggers to follow as a result of participating! Expanding my handmade world! Yay! See ya’ll next spring for #MMM17!


Me-Made-May 2106 Post #9


Hello again! It’s Post #9 for the #MMM16 challenge…coming down the home stretch! In my previous post, I featured a dress I had made for our daughter’s college commencement weekend recently. The weather was chilly with occasional rain showers…not what we were hoping. But we were determined not to let the threatening skies dampen our fun and plans. Up in the Ithaca, NY area there are two large lakes, Cayuga and Seneca. Both lakes are surrounded by many of NY State’s fine wineries. My daughter snapped this pic outside one of the tasting rooms, just before it started raining again!.

It’s that cute little black with white polka dot skirt that I want to tell you about. The moderate stretch knit fabric was a leftover piece from a large cut from Joann Fabrics.  The commercial pattern is Simplicity 1163. It was almost too easy to make! It has only two side seams and a wide elastic casing waistband. LOOOOVE it! And I do plan on making more of these in different weight knits for all year round! Last summer, I made a pullover shift dress using the same fabric for a trip out to LA. Can’t get enough of a good thing, right! The pattern is Tily and The Buttons, Coco!.

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Me-Made-May 2016 Post #8


This month, I am participating in a global challenge called “Me-Made-May 2016” sponsored by SoZo. I have posted twice weekly: once on the weekend and once during the week. I did fall off the posting bus this past week as we were busy, out of state, celebrating our daughter’s college graduation. I did not totally blow things off, however, as I asked a few very kind souls take pics of me in clothes I made for this special weekend. This photo was taken in a wonderful restaurant in Ithaca, NY called Agava.

This look, a pullover shift dress, features a drapey, paisley, 4-way, printed stretch knit, Nicole Miller for Joann’s (FAB!). The dress is based on the commercial sewing pattern McCalls #6886. I dropped the neck line a bit and changed the sleeve to a cap style sleeve. Love this shift dress!

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Me-Made-May 2016 Post #7



I have been participating in a global sewing challenge this month called,                  “Me-Made-May 2016”.  My previous posts have featured garments I made for this spring and summer. Today’s post features something different: make up bags!

Our daughter is graduating college this month and to celebrate her and her BFFs, I designed these bags. Back when she was in high school I also made cosmetic bags for her friends and they were such a hit!  I received thank you cards and emails from them saying how they loved their bags and had them perched on desks and dressers in their dorms. They said their bags which were a sweet reminder of home and their friendship. SO, naturally I wanted to create a fresh, new look for this limited edition, college version!

I decided to Shibori dye three yards of snowy white, canvas fabric a dark navy/indigo color, T’s school colors!  Wooden blocks, clamps and hemp were used to bind the cloth. All the bags have a zipper closure with a bit of vintage ribbon as a zipper stop. I lined the bags with a purchased indigo, paisley gradated printed quilting weight cotton (Joann’s). For embellishment, my very dear, talented friend Lisa spent the greater part of a day helping me design a zipper pull. We used pewter “2016” and “Handmade” charms (Oriental Trading) and an assortment of glass beads including Lampwork “Wise Ol’ Owl” Beads (from Michaels), adorable! I tied a Sashiko inspired printed ribbon (from Joann’s) through the wire loop. For the finishing touch, I hand stamped “2016” and a mini Peace sign, using a blend of Gold and Brass Jacquard Fabric paints.



Looks like we are ready for the commencement festivities to begin!

Congrats and best wishes to all this year’s Grads!

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Me-Made-May 2016 Post #5


Good Sunday fellow sewists and makers! I continue to post as a participant of the global Me-Made-Made 2016 Challenge. Today’s feature is an absolute fave of mine! The dress pattern is from Tily & The Buttons (UK). I love all the possibilities that come with this knit pullover shift dress.


In this version, I went with long sleeves and front patch pockets. The soft rose pink fabric is from my stash. I changed up the neckline just a bit to make it more of a bateau. I’m sporting grey and white striped leggings from Uniqlo and my white Superga sneaks. This is such a cute comfy outfit! I wore it yesterday when I taught an offsite all day sewing workshop. Thanks Eileen for taking this pic!

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Me-Made-May Post 4


Hi friends! I have been participating in this global sewing challenge where we post pics of some of our latest and greatest (!) creations to share our love of making and sewing garments and other stitching creations.


Spring has finally sprung and here are two pieces I am looking forward to mixing in to my wardrobe rotation! The top is based on McCalls 7194. I opened up the neck a bit and added to the length. It’s made from a great 2 way stretch knit from Joann’s. The skirt is simple, slightly flared with an elastic waist based on New Look 6384. I added a little length so that its a go-to for work at the nursery school! The fabric is a cotton jersey, also from Joann’s.


I paired the shirt and tunic top with a denim jacket and ballet flats but it will also work with a cardie and white sneaks!

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Me-Made-May 2016 Post 3


Rain rain go away! Yes it’s another chilly, rainy morning here but the good news is that the sun (remember?!) will come out this afternoon! With that in mind, my 3rd #MMM16 post  features another layered look that accommodates our variable, New England weather.


I have made this maxi skirt several times for my daughter and myself. It’s such a versatile wardrobe piece. Using Simplicity pattern #S0563, I had just a couple pattern alterations. I found that the yoga fold over style waistband, which we love, was too wide and bulky. After experimenting, I ended up cutting down the width of the waistband down by half. Also I added 2″ to the length. The ponte weight horizontal stripe cotton knit is from Mood NYC. Can’t wait to make another one!

Me-Made-May 2016 #2



This raw edged knit tunic has become one of my go to tops for this transition into springtime. We had some unseasonably warm days early this spring and now we seem to have reverted back to unseasonably cold and rainy ones! The knit fabrics I used here are lightweight so that I can layer the tunic with a sweater for warmth on those chilly mornings…Ahhhh, life in New England! The cowl neck is attached to the neckline and can be worn as shown, off the shoulder (not likely!) or as a snood! The pattern is Simplicity 1014. The main fabric is from Mood Fabrics NYC and the mini ruffle fabric for the cowl is from


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Me-Made-May 2016…1

Hi friends! It’s my first post for the Me-Made-May 2016 challenge.
I’m so excited to be taking part! I have watched from the sidelines and thought I’d take the plunge this year!IMG_4305

I love to Shibori dye and today’s post features my ombre dyed thermal top. Sadly for our first day of May we are enduring unseasonably cool and rainy weather! But with this top, I’m toasty warm!



What’s also fun about this top is that I slit up both sides and added a wedge of paisley-designed blue indigo knit!

Today’s pics were taken at Terrain, Westport, CT by my dear friend Susan!

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