10 April 2014

Madonna Was Wrong - Time Goes Quickly for Every Bugger Out There

Lately, I feel like I have no time.

I'm sewing, but the process is  s l o w.  I feel like in between working full time, socialising, making time for my relationship and friends, and doing awesome stuff (which clearly I'm always doing because I'm a downright awesome person, thank you very much for noticing) it just seems like sewing is constantly taking the back burner.

Don't even get me started on blogging, because as you may have noticed, I'm pretty bad at keeping a constant flow of blog posts! I want to get better and become efamous and live a blogger lifestyle of glamour and free shit but sometimes I have to clean bird shit off shop fittings in a market and get drunk with my friends and do things with my boyfriend (if you're thinking what I think you're thinking then stick around, we could be best friends ;D), and sometimes that takes over the time I had mentally planned to be for blogging.

I want to know how everyone else does it, how do you goddesses of sewing manage to churn out dresses weekly with busy lives when I'm only half busy and struggle getting one item sewn a month? Seriously, guys, tell me your secrets! Are you super human or something? Should Marvel be making comics about Ultra-Sewing-Lady and her magic sewing skills?

I realise the point in me wasting time to blog about my lack of time is frankly laughable, but hey, it's a start, right? I've even got artsy photos of a pocket and some pleating for you! Totally worth the time it took.

Have a great weekend!


16 March 2014

Winter Sun

Okay, I get that my mug was already plastered over the blog in the last post - but these pictures are good, and I think this gives a great indication of how I actually wear my me-made items on a day-to-day basis.

Including a necklace that says "Bollocks";

No, seriously.

Beret; Accessorize
Bolero; Jean Bolero by Collectif
Necklace; 'Style Your Own' by Primark
Dress; Me-Made 'Lace Be Honest'
Belt; Primark (There's a theme)
Boots; Rachel by Rocket Dog
Bag; Primark

My Darlings, I hope you're having a lovely Sunday, and enjoying the sun should you be as lucky as us Brits!

Melody ♪

8 March 2014

Lace Be Honest, You Love A Bad Pun, Too, Right?

Bloody hell, it's been eight months since I last posted a dress I'd made? 
Time for me to pull my finger out!

In my Sewlutions round-up post I introduced the "Lace Be Honest" dress, which is a dress I wear at least twice a week. Since that post, she's had pockets added to her, and a whole three months after actually constructing the garment - I finally got Gareth to take some pictures!

Quite frankly, the dress is almost exactly the same as my Homage To A Mad Old Lady dress, the Butterick B5880 bodice and pleated dirndl are there, however this dress features lovely little 2-inch box pleats instead of the Homage's knife pleats.

The dress is fully lined in a nice crisp black cotton, which creases with no effort, but does keep the pleats looking beautiful. Silver linings, and all.

The lace overlay was from the bargain box at my local fabric shop, Rolls and Rems in Holloway at the absolute bargain price of £8.99 for just over three meters -which is an amazing price considering the lace is £7 a meter as it is! I want to say it's natural because it is just the loveliest, softest lace overlay I've seen that isn't guipure, but sadly the burnt-on lace on my iron says otherwise (Who else ruins irons really, really quickly?).

The lace edge is a really pretty scallop border - I cut my lining just a few centimeters shorter than the lace to show the edging off clearly, which is my favourite way of hemming anything because A. it's pretty B. it's easy and B. it's easy and I'm really lazy.

Also - POCKETS. Have I fully expressed my love for pockets on here yet? Because I LOVE POCKETS. Screw everyone that makes dresses and skirts without pockets - where else will us laydeez put our knives? I make sure to tell everyone who shoes any interest in my clothes that they have pockets - and I particularly like the pockets on this dress! I used the scalloped edging for the top of the pocket, to match the hem (and I like scallops) and they were hand-stitched on with help from this tutorial from By Gum By Golly, and you know when you get your stitches perfect and they're invisible? YEAH, BABES. I CAN DO THAT.

I was impressed with myself. Don't judge me. And pockets give me the capslock.

This is my "Disney Princess meets cold Regents Park meets laughs too much when looking into the camera" pose. Aw yeah.
But seriously. I love this dress.

  • Fabric: 
    Black Lace Overlay
    Black Cotton

  • Pattern: 
    Butterick B5880
    & Self drafted skirt

  • Pattern Alterations:
    Omitted neckline notches, graded up bodice size, replaced sarong skirt with pleated dirndl and patch pockets.

  • Notions: Invisible zip (which is actually pink and not quite invisible)(stash), bias tape waist stay (stash) and thread (I already had that, too).

  • Make again?: Honestly, I want to say no. I want to say no because this is the second version I've made - but in fact there's a third in progress already - I KNOW.
  • Final Verdict: I adore this dress. I will wear it until the seams finally give up on me - I seriously love it that much. I love how the bodice looks on me, how it sits on my waist, how it flares out, and I absolutely adore the lace. I want one in every colour. (By every colour I mean in red. Maybe navy. We've talked about my colour fear before...) 

  • SO. My darlings - I'm finally getting around to photographing my last makes of 2013 (Ugh, always late!) and actually getting down to sewing some of my first makes of 2014 (Ugh, again, so late) - But more on that later! What are your thoughts my darlings?

    And how do you like the photos? They're gorgeous, aren't they? In a totally non-vain way, my boyfriend just happens to be a great photographer, I'd say! Big thank you to Gareth! ♥

    Well. Enjoy your weekend my darlings!

    Melody ♪

    12 February 2014

    An Update On Life... With Instagram

    Hello my lovelies,
    So I posted back in October that I lost my job, and then there was a little hiatus because, quite frankly, things got a bit... sad.

    BUT. Everything's looking up again, over the Christmas I had a temp job, and now I'm back at Collectif which is so, so nice.

    In between all of that, I've done some really awesome things!

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    @MelodyMae on Instagram

    Since October we've been to loads of comedy shows (Russel Kane, Tony Law and Stewart Lee for starters..), some gigs, Roller Derby, cabaret nightclubs, drank cocktails from a sandcastle bucket, eaten amazing food (I like food.), and I'm so lucky for my boyfriend to have bought me a Macbook Pro for Christmas - since my laptop was held together with bulldog clips.

    And I think the most important would be that this Thursday just gone me and Gareth celebrated three whole years together! It's kinda a big deal.

    I can't help but love Instagram, if I didn't have it, what would document all the stuff I eat?! 

    SO. My loves - what have you been up to whilst I've been hiatus-ing? And do you have Instagram? I'd love to follow you! And as always, if you'd like to follow me and see what I'm eating (Honestly, I'm an Instgram cliché) you can do so by searching my username @MelodyMae, or using Webstagram.

    Now we're all caught up, I reckon it's time to get some real posts down!

    Take care,

    (Also - I've played around with the blog layout/graphics a bit - What do you think?)

    19 January 2014

    Whiskey in the [Sewlutions] Jar-ro

    Happy New Year, Darlings!

    So if you remember, last year The Mistress of the Jar had been invented by the lovely Karen at Did You Make That? and she'd folded up our Sewlutions in a jar, so we couldn't quite forget what we resolved to do - because we had publicly declared it!

    Last year I had extended my original comment to include certain goals to make blahblahblah;

    • I will make at the absolute least three items that are not black. 
    • I will make at least three items that are not plain. 
    • I will also step out of my comfort zone and make at least one non-full-skirted dress/skirt, one dress with sleeves, and step away from concealed zips on dresses. 

    I'm going to say that I pretty much did it - bar the non-full-skirted dress/skirt and a dress with sleeves. My excuses for these are as follows;
    1. I have decided that skirts that aren't full do not suit my body shape and do nothing for my self esteem.
    2. Sleeves are difficult.
    That's it. Take them or leave them, Mistress of the Jar, but I'm pretty happy with this lot so far!

    Non-black item no.1: The "Glasto" Skirt 
    Made for one reason only, to wear at Glastonbury Festival [to match my wellies]. Simple navy circle skirt - never made it to the blog because as you can see, it didn't really survive well, the pockets are coming off, the fabric is pilling and I have't worn it since, so it's never really deserved a post.

    Non-black item no.2: "Check, Please!" Dress
    This was made for a wedding [because my mother told me it's not a good idea to wear black to a summer wedding] using a self drafted bodice [the same used for my No Cock Nor Tails dress] and a knife pleated dirndl skirt. This hadn't been blogged amply because I was too lazy to photograph it, and then I moved to London and it all got a bit busy and suddenly it was winter.
    It's difficult to photograph a summer dress in winter, you see.

    Non-black item no.3: "She Says I Am The One" Dress
    "Billie Jean is not my lover..." This is a BlueGingerDoll 'Billie Jean' dress, with a pleated skirt instead of a gathered one [This was the year I found out I hate gathers] made in BLUE. It's BLUE, GUYS. BLUE. No red, no black... and I still don't know if it looks right on me? Both these dresses were amazingly made, I have to say. Fully lined, nicely finished, I am still impressed with myself.
    Never made it to the blog because I made this the week before I moved to London... And the rest of the reason is on the Check Please dress.

    And now for non-plain! I'd realised I was making things that were either just plain, un-patterned black or red.. not anymore! I think the only plain item I'd made in 2013 was the Wearable Muck-Up top!

    Non-Plain item no.1: "How on Earth Do You Pronounce 'Dirndl' Anyway?" Skirt
    Blogged about in March, it's black, but it's not plain! This skirt was when I realised I hated gathering on my waist - In comes the pleats!

    Non-plain item no.2: "Homage To A Mad Old Lady" Dress
    Blogged about in July [And seemingly my most popular post?] this dress was made out of gifted sari fabric, has been worn to death, and nearly killed me in the heat of the great Isle of Man summer sun.
    This dress was the beginning of my love affair with pleats - it's starting to become more of a long-term relationship, though.

    Non-plain item no.3: "You Tart(an)!" Skirt
    You know when you make something you adore and wear it at least twice a week? This is that skirt. I can't explain how much I love it, and how sad I'll be once the weather warms up and I can't wear it. 
    It's a pretty simple skirt, bog-standard circle skirt in a medium-weight woven poly-blend [the kind that never has to be ironed], with velvet ribbon trim and bows on patch pockets. Not yet blogged about, I'll get round to it soon enough!

    Non-plain item no.4: "Lace Be Honest" Dress (Fuck it, the worst puns are the best dress names!)
    Also known as the "This has not left my body since it has been made" dress - to the point where I haven't even put the pockets on it.
    This lace is also heavenly.

    And so that concludes my 2013 sewing! 
    It's pretty much everything I've made through the last year, but if I'm honest, the quality of my clothes have become so much better I don't even mind that I hadn't made much. For once my sewing was wearable, attractive, and something to be proud of - I'm stopped in the street by people wanting to know where my dresses are from, and I'm so happy to be able to say "Yeah, I made that." And that's more than any sewlution can offer me!

    How did your sewlutions work out for you? Or even just your resolutions?
    And what would your sew/resolutions be for 2014? I'd love to hear them!

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