hope you find some sunshine in your day today!
the wiksten tank is probably my most sewn pattern ever. the shape and sewing is quite simple and could work as a good first garment project.
if you follow sewing blogs, you know about this one and have likely sewn it. i've mentioned it before…and probably will again. we love this tank!
these tanks are the kind of top you could wear every warm or hot day. made out of liberty of london fabric or voile (like the center and right ones above) they are breezy and light enough for the hottest summer day.
pictured here is jo's collection of wiksten tanks. i've made her a couple of new ones each year for a few summers and they remain favorites. i do raise the neckline about an inch on all of ours (i forgot on my constellation one though- arrgh!) i also add darts to my wikstens. i'll show you some more of mine along with some modifications during my memademay i'm sure.
hope you find some sunshine in your day today!
jane: the clothing i sew needs to look like clothing we would normally wear. it sounds obvious, but sewing as a hobby can quickly morph into the desire to try each new pattern or fabric collection that comes out…and it can be quite difficult to find patterns and especially fabric that are everyday wear appropriate. my sewing needs to fit with my simple wardrobe values, so i don't just want to be sewing things that just take up closet space. i am happy that sewing fits with my fair trade values…for the most part. there is still an issue with fabric origins. as always, the less we own the better.
my favorite sewing patterns produce clothing we like to wear. period. grainline studio's scout tee is one i've sewn over and over…over the years. it passes the everyday wear test with flying colors! all of these tops were made from the same pattern, each with a modification or two. the scout tee is a simple enough pattern for even quite a beginner to use.
all these tops belong to jo. here's what she has to say about what must be one of her favorite top patterns: love these tops! they go with everything, are work appropriate, and can look a hundred different ways depending on fabric choice and other options. so fun, a perfect t shirt!
gloomy, rainy day after gloomy, rainy day…in addition to the fact that these tops have been folded away for the winter and are full of wrinkles…have not produced the most photo friendly situation…but you get the idea. :)
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jane + jo
this week we are getting ready to renovate our bathroom, and that involves moving things out of our bedroom (including the closet) to avoid the dust. it so happens that it's gotten really warm this week as well, so i've taken the opportunity to pack away much of my cold weather wardrobe. i really enjoyed what it held and didn't get too restless with it. :)
memademay gives me a chance to see what i have for the season ahead, and how it all goes together over a month. i think i'm pretty happy with what i've gathered for my warm weather wardrobe, so i'm excited to see how it works!
this outfit is a cheap shot for memademay, but that's how it will go for me. :) i just don't have enough pieces of clothing to totally ignore the pieces that i didn't make. also...i love this black crane jumpsuit so much that i couldn't imagine not wearing it for a month! sorry for the wrinkles…it was raining in the morning. i did make my bracelet though. :) if you'd like one, there are a few right here and the profits go to a wonderful cause!
i've been hearing about me made may around the interwebs for a while…so i thought i'd give it a go this year. the idea is to wear something handmade every day during the month of may. i was inspired after i was already dressed on may 1st. i was happy to look down and see that i was already wearing something handmade! i've remembered the project each day after i'm already dressed, so i don't really think it will be too hard. it just so happens that i've made a lot of my warm weather clothing.
i've been thinking about something felicia semple wrote in the post linked above, "I still go out seeking the special in shops when I need a little pickmeup and sometimes I think I see my handmade as not quite as special."
this is true of me as well. it is quite silly, since the pieces i've sewn are some of my favorite pieces really. not all of the things i make work out the way i imagined, but when they do…it's wonderful!
so my goal with this project is to notice and appreciate the pieces of clothing i have created…to see the beauty in the work of my hands.
we'd love to see the pieces you've created and love to wear too! link away in the comments!! and you can see lots of #memademay inspiration on instagram all month long!
on a journey toward zero-waste, simplicity, + compassion :: daring to choose fair one choice at a time