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McCalls M6886 T-Shirt Dress

Sometimes an idea for a garment comes from a gap in my wardrobe, or from seeing a pattern on Instagram, but in this case it came from seeing this amazing fabric from The New Craft House. I love the naked lady print and the beautiful blue background and instantly brought 1.5 meters not knowing what I would make with it.

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Peppermint Magazine Spring Shorts Close Side

Peppermint Magazine Spring Shorts

When we booked our holiday to Crete I knew that I needed to make a pair of shorts for our trip. When you are hanging out by the beach there's nothing better than a comfy pair of shorts to throw on. I saw a few pairs of these shorts pop up on my Instagram (which is where I get most of inspiration these days!) and to my delight I realised they were a free pattern from Peppermint Magazine. I hadn't heard of the magazine before, but it's full of great ethical and sustainable tips as well as a collection of excellent free sewing patterns. I'll definitely be trying out more of their patterns in the future.

Simplicity 1284 Close Up Front

Simplicity 1284 Dress

This dress was one of my 2018 Make Nine patterns and I did actually made it last year, but never got around to photographing and blogging it. The pattern is part of the Simplicity vintage range and includes a dress with two sleeve lengths and a vest/jacket which is either sleeveless or three quarter sleeved.

Nina Lee Southbank

Hello, I am back on the blog after an eight month hiatus with a Southbank Sweater from Nina Lee! The Southbank Sweater was the perfect pattern to return to the sewing table with, as it's a simple shape and made from stretch fabric so there's no need to worry too much about fitting. I had seen a lot of gorgeous versions on Instagram, especially Ruthiesews versions, so it had been on my list for a while.

Colette Aster Close Shoulder

Colette Aster

I've had the Colette Aster blouse on my "to sew" list for months now and I finally finished it in time for Me Made May last month. I'm really pleased with how it has turned out and it's such a great everyday top that will go with a lot of things in my wardrobe.

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Me Made May 2018 Round Up!

We have come to the end of another year of Me Made May and a huge thanks to So Zo for hosting again. Here are my thoughts about what I've learnt this year.

I have built on some of the lessons I learnt in last year's challenge (you can see last year's post here) by adding more colours than just blue, using some bolder prints, making another Colette Mabel skirt and adding more separates (see my Alice,  Coco and Susie).