Well, I am starting to feel a little better, and am back to blogging again, and next week sewing :). Today I have managed to take my garment for this week for Me Made May 14. Actually, I am wearing two me made garments today. This is a very casual outfit, which I don't think about too much when I get dressed- it is just quickly put on so I can get the supermarket shopping done, fill the car with fuel and any other annoying and practical things that need doing - and that need clothes that you don't worry about and that you can move in. Then home to more pleasurable things - like the washing, the ironing, and if I am lucky, some sewing. You know how it is :)
I am not in love with either of these garments - they were both learning curve garments, but I still tend to wear these clothes as well - they all cost money to make, and they all took time. I find these sorts of clothes very handy though for those "I don't really care what I am wearing" times - and 0800 on Saturday morning, to go to a supermarket I don't like (it's in a low socio economic area and the above outfit actually looks really smart!!), this works for me. And I save my better me mades for better occasions. Which seems only logical to me :)
And, both of these garments have very useful pockets.
The trousers were made from a Palmer Pletsch pattern that is supposed to teach you how to fit pants. I guess as a beginners guide it is okay, but I think I need more advanced alterations methods. This is the pattern. I think it is now out of print.
Unfortunately, the alterations are based on taking out a bit at the back if you have a flat bottom, and pulling them up at the waist. This would probably work for people that didn't have reed thin legs like me, but as you can see, this pattern is seriously baggy. Have you noticed a lot of patterns say semi-fitted, and not tailored?? And I have decided I like the tailored look, not the baggy homespun Pollyanna Practical look that I have resorted to, because, well, that's the way things look on me, including RTW.
I made them in a stretch cotton twill - I also was new to stretch trousers, so didn't know what sort of ease the fabric needed.
All in all, these trousers look fairly dated and frumpy. But they work for the supermarket!!
The jacket is Simplicity 4032. I think this is still in print, although close to the back of the jacket section now.
The pattern did not need any alterations - a first for me. Maybe I should try more Simplicity patterns. I made the jacket in polar fleece. I had not made anything in polar fleece before, and thought it would be a hardy but warm fabric for jobs such as supermarket shopping. The sort of jacket you can toss into the back of the car when you get warm, without worrying too much.
The jacket certainly does the job it was designed for, but I have discovered that I don't really like polar fleece. It's just too casual looking. One day I will remake this jacket in a different fabric.
So, overall, this outfit does not work for me in a style sense at all. Too casual, and too unfitted. But it works for the chores until I can replace the clothes. On the list....
I did manage to make the pants (McCalls 5239) fit very nicely. I did a lot more altering and fitting than that outlined by Palmer Pletsch. Unfortunately, I did such a good job, that they are now just a little too fitted around the waist area. My weight fluctuates, and my middle tends to go in and out, so sometimes they are far too tight and uncomfortable. This morning the middle was in, so I decided to take a picture of the more fitted trousers to show you:
I think these look a lot better than the sloppy purple trousers. I also think this sleek and slightly more chic and elegant look suits me better. I do think I am going to have to find a better backdrop than the old garage door though!!!
What do you think of the plain and simple look - I think that is very much more me! Still practical, but so much more chic.
Mind you, both looks serve different purposes...
Good luck with your sewing...