TATB Agnes Top

Monday, June 17, 2019

I mentioned in my Me Made May 2019 review that I was interested in sewing more basic, everyday wear pieces that I can wear along with my other makes. To begin my quest to find the perfect basic tee pattern, I decided to sew up a Tilly and the Buttons Agnes.

Let's talk about the fabric. I fell in love with this cotton knit jersey at first sight in the Joann's child prints section and imagined that I could stitch up a Kate Spade inspired outfit of dreams, but I didn't let myself purchase it until I was ready to sew up this pattern. It looked amazing on the bold, but as the fabric cutting person rolled out the bolt onto the table to cut we both noticed that the stripes were skewed on the fabric and not perfectly straight. So I spent the next 2 days spreading out my fabric, laying down my pattern pieces, and carefully re-adjusting the fabric and pattern to try to get the stripes cut out as straight as possible. This part sucked!

I ended up sewing a size 5 at the shoulders and blended out to a size 6 at the hips to match my measurements. I followed the pattern instructions step by step and remembered to use a stretch needle. I was able to put this all together in half-a-day.

After wearing it out, I think I might add some ribbon and snap bra-keepers in the shoulders to keep my bra straps from poking out. I am super happy with this top! The puffy sleeves make me feel like a princess (or a 1980's Prom Queen). I am definitely planning to stitch up the other versions of this pattern in the near future, but I'm a little more hesitant about purchasing fabric from the Big Box stores.

What's Making Me Laugh: Fashion Coward- SNL

Saturday, June 15, 2019
When I was a teen I used to love clothes shopping at the mall. But I've found that the older (and curvier) I get, the more I dread it. So when I saw the SNL (Saturday Night Live) skit "Fashion Coward" starring Emma Stone, I could totally relate! If you haven't seen it (or even if you have), check out the clip above.

Me Made May 2019 Review

Monday, June 3, 2019

And just like that, Me Made May 2019 has gone in a flash! This year I promised to wear at least one Me-Made item per day and was able to do so 30 out of 31 days and document it!

I must confess that I don't wear my me-made garments as much as I'd like to in my day to day, so Me Made May has helped give me a push to show off what I make. As I was doing this, it also motivated me to look at the garments I have in my 'repair pile' and actually fix or thrift those items.

I learned quite a bit from this round of Me Made May. I noticed that I am definitely a separates girl as I didn't reach for my dresses at all and only twice reached for a skirt. The temperatures fluctuated quite a bit this month, as it was chilly at the start of the month and warmer at the end, and I found it challenging to find as many handmade items to wear in the warmer weather.

Here are my top 3 Most Viewed Posts:

Tecumseh Sweater- Pattern by Caitlin Hunter

Sunset Highway Sweater- pattern by Caitlin Hunter


Frankie Tee- pattern from the Tilly & The Buttons Stretch Book

My followers seem to be huge fans of the Caitlin Hunter aka. Boyland Knitworks pattern garments! I also enjoyed wearing the Caitlin Hunter Sweaters, but my favorite make to wear was probably my Leopard Print Blackwood Cardigan by Helen's Closet because I'm in love with the print, the colors and it's practicality.

In June I'd like to focus on having a few more basic's in my wardrobe. I've got plans to attend a Ginger Jeans making workshop, I'd like to stitch up a few Ogden Camis, and I'm eagerly seeking out the perfect basic tee pattern. 
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