Wednesday, April 20, 2016

Me Made May Pledge and Georgette Blouse

I've enjoyed following the Me-Made-May challenge on the blogosphere in the past and this year I decided to take part. The only problem is that by May it's HOT here in Austin and my me-made wardrobe has more transitional weather pieces so I can't commit to wearing sometime handmade each day, but I think 4 pieces a week is a good challenge. So here we go:

I, Olga of the, sign up as participant of Me-Made-May '16. I endeavor to wear 4 handmade garments each week for the duration of May 2016.

Speaking of summer garments, I recently finished up this silk georgette shell.
Sewing handmade light blue silk georgette shell blouse with cowl neck

Monday, April 11, 2016

B5493 Ruffled Tank

While doing some spring cleaning I came to a realization that I’m short on warm weather tops. I needed more easy to care for knit tops that can be dressed up for work, but be comfortable to wear when I’m running out into 100 degree weather in the summer.
Handmade Butterick B5493 ruffled tank top in black jersey knit

Sunday, April 3, 2016

Cashmere Coat B5685, Just in Time for Spring

I made this coat last year, but it was my longest project to date so I figured it deserved a post on the blog. I was in a need of dressy winter coat. Something I could wear with a pair of heels to work, restaurant etc. I had a long, really warm coat from Chicago, but that was too heavy for mild Austin winters. After some unsuccessful searching, I decided to just make one.
Sewn petite black cashmere coat from Butterick 5685 pattern
It was my first attempt at sewing outerwear, but I figured that if I was going to invest all this time into a coat it needs to be nice and I splurged on cashmere. Usually it would run about $90/yd, but I lucked out and found this nice quality, soft cashmere wool at Fabric Mart for half the price. I bought the recommended 2 yds for the pattern, but with careful cutting ended up fitting all the pieces under 1.5 yds.
Sewn petite black cashmere coat from Butterick 5685 pattern modified collar