“I, Carrie of Crafted by Carrie (www.craftedbycarrie.com), sign up as a participant of Me-Made-May ’14. I endeavor to wear at least one me-made item five days per week for the duration of May 2014.”
Whelp, there it is. I’ve signed up for Me-Made-May ’14! I wasn’t going to with the craziness and hubbub around wedding planning and whatnot, but then I decided – “why not?”. This isn’t suppose to be easy and I might as well give it a shot. No one’s going to come hunt me down if I don’t live up to my pledge (at least I hope not!). I’ll try to remember to take pictures each of the days that I wear a Me-Made-Garment and post them here…then you can see how terribly boring my daily work attire is and that I wear jeans almost every single day. I already know that this challenge is going to make it even more obvious that I have glaring me-made holes in my wardrobe (I’m looking at you jeans and pants!). I guess I’ll be wearing a lot of dresses to lab even though it’s not technically allowed…. whoops!
Luckily, I recently made three new knit tops! I had downloaded Maria Denmark’s Kirsten Kimono Tee a while back and finally decided to make one last week. I.LOVE.IT. It’s SO comfortable, easy to wear, and a wonderful stash and remnant buster. Two of my tops were from remnants from other projects! I want to make so many more!
My first in a super soft navy/white knit fabric from SR Harris.
My second using remnants from my Plantain. I don’t like the stripe layout as much as on the Plantain…but this was the only way I could fit it in using the remaining fabric.
And the last using remnants from my first Vogue 8904 shingle dress. I wore this one Saturday and Sunday of the past weekend (shhh, don’t tell anyone!).
And you know what makes these tops even better? I finished the hems with my new COVERSTITCH machine!! I had been debating getting one for a while and finally bit the bullet and ordered the Brother 2340 from Amazon on Friday and it was delivered on Saturday! I paid the extra $15 for Saturday shipping – it was well worth the money :)
Unfortunately, I don’t have extra table surface area for her to live at the moment…so she gets pulled up to the table only when needed and currently lives on the floor.
The one thing everyone complains about with this machine is the lack of tension auto-release when you lift the presser foot. But after carefully reading a few tutorials on it and practicing, I really don’t think it is too bad. Plus, it already works great! Though I’ve only hemmed three tops thus far, it makes those tops feel so much more professionally finished. I never got the hang of the double needle and usually just turned and zig-zagged my knits but I was in constant fear of ripping the thread during wear. Not anymore!
I think these tops are going to see a lot of action during May!
Oh – and I made a wedding veil last night! It was so much easier than I thought it would be. I don’t know what made me think it was going to be awful…it is just a gathered piece of fabric attached to a hair comb! I’m going to change some of the shaping around the face and I have more than enough illusion netting to make another if I mess up. Cross another item off the wedding sewing list!