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On Sunday I started working on something a bit different. I decided to give pattern cutting a try – starting with a simple skirt. First step is creating my own made to measure block and making a toile. I’m saving all my progress updates to a stories highlight pinned to the top of my profile if you want to see how I’m getting on! #SewistsOfInstagram #MillennialSewing #Sewcialists #SewMuchFun #TheSlowSew #SlowSewing #SewDisabled #ChronicallySewn #DisabledMakers #SewingDetails #b36w29h39 #measurementsmovement #SkirtBlock #PatternCutting #PatternDrafting #WinifredAldrich [Image description. A paper pattern for a skirt is pinned onto some fabric ready to be cut out.]

On Saturday I finished sewing up these modified Safiya trousers. They were a relatively quick make and the first of my quick fixes based on my Me Made May observations. I loved seeing all the wonderful rust coloured elasticated trousers popping up on my feed in May and knew I needed a pair of my own! Pattern. Safiya trousers from make it simple by @tillybuttons (I’ll share all my mods later in the week). Fabric. Terracotta washed linen from @thesewistfabricshop. Han sent me this fabric to replace the tencel twill I had that marked up badly in the wash so I received it for free but not as part of any promotion and with no obligation to share butI have to say this fabric is beautiful – it is a fairly loose weave medium weight linen, perfect for trousers and not quite as bright as it’s showing up in these pics. Worn with an Ashton top by @helens__closet sewn in 2020 #SewistsOfInstagram #MillennialSewing #Sewcialists #SewMuchFun #SewDisabled #ChronicallySewn #DisabledMakers #ChronicFatigue #ChronicFatigueSyndrome #MeMade #MeMadeWardrobe #MeMadeEveryDay #IMakeMyClothes #b36w29h39 #measurementsmovement #SewBusty #SewingSafiya #MakeItSimple #TATB #TillyAndTheButtons #MakeItSimpleBook #AshtonTop #HelensCloset #HelensClosetPatterns #MeMadeMay #MeMadeMay2021 #MeMadeMay21 #MMMay21 #MMMay202 [Image description. Helen is wearing a black and grey cropped vest with rust wide legged short trousers.]

I know you love to see the details! Here’s a closer look at my latest make. I used bias tape for a clean finish on the neckline and armholes making sure to line the positive affirmation up with the centre back so it can remind me that I’m a superstar when I pull it off the hanger! I pressed the binding to the shape of the curves flowing the pattern pieces and allowed it to cool before stitching it on right sides facing. I then understitched *before* trimming the seam allowance down. This made it so much easier to make sure I caught the seam allowance in the understitching. Finally I fliooed it all to the inside and eyesight the binding down to create a clean finish. I’m really pleased with the result and I’ve only got a tiny bit of puckering at the sharpest point of the curve (unfortunately that’s right at the centre front!) but it’s definitely the best ice managed so far! Pattern. Ashton top by @helens__closet Fabric. Saddle stitch cotton from @sistermintaka Bias binding by @thespeckyseamstress Label by @thechangemakerinitiative #SewistsOfInstagram #MillennialSewing #Sewcialists #SewMuchFun #TheSlowSew #SlowSewing #SewDisabled #ChronicallySewn #DisabledMakers #ChronicFatigue #ChronicFatigueSyndrome #AshtonTop #HelensCloset #HelensClosetPatterns#SewintDetails #SewingGuts [Image description. A flat lay of an orange top. The inside of the neckline is finished with yellow bias binding with text that reads “You are a SUPERSTAR”. There is a label attached to the back neck depicting a clenched first holding some dressmaking shears.

This is the sort of make I used to be able to whip up in an afternoon but I cut it out on Friday afternoon and have been working on it all weekend. Despite having had plenty of rest breaks in between sewing sessions I’m still paying for it today. Still learning my limits with CFS but it feels good to have made something. PS I know it’s a little tight across the bust but this is a size that I’ve made before and usually fits me well so I’m hoping that now my meds are stable I will get back to my usual shape in a few weeks Day 31. ๐Ÿงก Ashton top sewn 2021 ๐Ÿ–ค RTW Leggings bought 2021 #MeMadeMay #MeMadeMay2021 #MeMadeMay21 #MMMay21 #MMMay202 #SewistsOfInstagram #MillennialSewing #Sewcialists #SewMuchFun #TheSlowSew #SlowSewing #SewDisabled #ChronicallySewn #DisabledMakers #ChronicFatigue #ChronicFatigueSyndrome #MeMade #MeMadeWardrobe #MeMadeEveryDay #IMakeMyClothes #b36w29h39 #measurementsmovement #SewBusty #AshtonTop #HelensCloset #HelensClosetPatterns [Image description. Helen is wearing an orange sleeveless top and clack leggings.]

Can you believe it? We’ve nearly finished #MeMadeMay2021 and I’ve only just cracked out the summer clothes! Day 30. ๐ŸคŽRTW cardigan from Fat Face c. 2019 ๐Ÿ–ค Ogden cami sewn 2019 ๐Ÿ’™ Safiya trousers sewn 2020 #MeMadeMay #MeMadeMay21 #MMMay21 #MMMay202 #SewReshare #SewReworn #LovedClothesLast #MeMade #MeMadeWardrobe #MeMadeEveryDay #IMakeMyClothes #b36w29h39 #measurementsmovement #SewBusty #SewingSafiya #MakeItSimple #TATB #TillyAndTheButtons #MakeItSimpleBook#TrueBias #OgdenCami [Image description. Helen is wearing a black camisole and blue wide leg trousers with a lightweight brown cardigan.]

Crazy hair and a stripy tee that doesn’t photograph well! Day 28. ๐Ÿ–ค Peak tee sewn 2020 ๐Ÿ’™ Peg legs sewn 2020 #MeMadeMay #MeMadeMay2021 #MeMadeMay21 #MMMay21 #MMMay202 #SewReshare #SewReworn #LovedClothesLast #MeMade #MeMadeWardrobe #MeMadeEveryDay #IMakeMyClothes #b36w29h39 #measurementsmovement #SewBusty #P4PPegLegs #PatternsForPirates #PegLegs #PeakTee #PeakTshirt #SewingWithKnits #SewingWithKnittedFabric [Image description. Helen is wearing a black and white striped tee and teal leggings.]

I’m still plodding away with my Deren tee but I’m at that point in the project where I start to get itchy fingers to cast on something new. I’ve never been a sock knitter but when I found out about these Addi sock-wonder needles I just had to give them a try and I think they might be winning me over. No fiddly DPNs or constant rearranging of the magic loop just straight-forward knitting in the round. Yarn. Old no. 7 merino nylon sock yarn by Birdstreet yarns @mrb_birdstreetyarn @clare_birdstreetyarn Needles. @addineedlesuk sock-wonder 2.5mm Pattern. Rye light by @tincanknits #KnittingInspiration #KnitAndBeHappy #KnittersOfInstagram #Knitstagram #RyeLightSocks #TinCanKnits #SockKnitting #SockKnittersOfIG #BirdstreetYarns [Image description. A top down photograph of a work in progress sock cuff knit in small circular needles. Beside the knitting is a small ball of yarn. The yarn is a warm brownish yellow. Both are placed on a wooden table.]

Today I got my first dose of the Pfizer covid-19 vaccine… and this rather fetching sticker to prove it. It was a massive day out for me as I haven’t been anywhere for over 6 months. So now I am exhausted but not even that can wipe this massive grin off my face. Day 27. ๐Ÿ–ค Ashton top hacked to add a gathered skirt. Sewn 2020 #MeMadeMay #MeMadeMay2021 #MeMadeMay21 #MMMay21 #MMMay202 #SewReshare #SewReworn #LovedClothesLast #MeMade #MeMadeWardrobe #MeMadeEveryDay #IMakeMyClothes #b36w29h39 #measurementsmovement #SewBusty #MinervaBrandAmbassador, #MinervaMakes #MinervaMakers #AshtonTop #HelensCloset #HelensClosetPatterns #PfizerVaccine [Image description. Helen is wearing a loose fitting sleeveless black dress. She is smiling broadly and pointing towards a small sticker on her chest.]

Feeling blue. Both the colour and the vibe. Day 26 ๐Ÿ’™ Concord tshirt sewn 2020 ๐Ÿ’™ Cleo dungaree dress sewn 2020 #MeMadeMay #MeMadeMay2021 #MeMadeMay21 #MMMay21 #MMMay202 #SewReshare #SewReworn #LovedClothesLast #MeMade #MeMadeWardrobe #MeMadeEveryDay #IMakeMyClothes #b36w29h39 #measurementsmovement #SewBusty #ConcordTShirt #Cashmerette #CashmerettePatterns #SewingCleo #TillyAndTheButtons #TATB [Image description. Helen is wearing a blue 3/4 sleeve top and a blue denim dungaree dress.]

Hello grellow! I bought some aeroflock thread to use in my coverlock machine and I love the effect, the thread sort of puffs out a bit to give a slightly fuzzy effect and of course the neon yellow is just super fun! This is a little peak at my latest make which I finished sewing this weekend. #Aeroflock #SewingGuts #SewingDetails #SewistsOfInstagram #MillennialSewing #Sewcialists #SewMuchFun #SewDisabled #ChronicallySewn #DisabledMakers #ChronicFatigue #ChronicFatigueSyndrome #Grellow #HelloGrellow [Image description. A grey tshirt with the bottom green pulled up to reveal neon yellow stitching below.]