The last of Me Made May!

Me made May 2016 is over and wasn’t it fun! I am exhausted by my whirlwind World tour, and happy that I got the opportunity to show off my me made wardrobe again, I still have a lot of firm favourites in my wardrobe, but I always have a long list of what I want to make next!

So we got to day 23


So today I was at The Blue Mosque in Istanbul wearing my Liberty jersey Camas blouse by Thread Theory patterns with rtw jeans.

Day 24


With the continuing lovely weather I am wearing my Nantucket shorts and Aurora vest both patterns are from Colette Seamwork magazine. And did anyone guess where I was today? It’s The Church of the Savior on Spilled Blood in St Petersburg Russia.

Day 25


Today I journeyed up North to Clydesdale, Glasgow with a big crane and the Armadillo in the background, wearing my Liberty Oakridge blouse, a  Sewaholic  pattern.

Day 26


Another gorgeous day and isn’t it beautiful where I am! It’s Hirosaki Castle in Japan! I am wearing another Aurora vest and a Hemmingway fabric panel skirt.

Day 27


With all the tourists today at another castle,this one is Neuschwanstein Castle in Bavaria, Germany wearing my Liberty Jersey Renfrew top another great Sewaholic pattern.

Day 28


This is Burj Khalifa in Dubai, the tallest building in the world! It’s giving me vertigo just looking at it! Today I was wearing another Sewaholic Renfrew top with an Amy Butler Barcelona skirt.

Day 29


Even with my hand in front of its face I am clearly standing in front of the Sphinx in Egypt so no excuses for not guessing where I was today! And whoops that’s the same t-shirt that I had on yesterday! And another Amy Butler Barcelona skirt.

Day 30


How lovely, 3 of me in Monument Valley USA, wearing my favourite skirt of the month, my denim Grainline Moss skirt with another Renfrew top.

Day 31


Well it’s all over for another year and I guess I am going to be in Egypt again today, still wearing my Grainline Moss skirt with my Regents Lawn Sewaholic Belcarra blouse.

I always love taking part in Me Made May and I hope you have all enjoyed my whirlwind World tour.

Week 3 Me Made May (and some answers!)

Almost half way through #memademay2016 and I am beginning to repeat some of my outfits, this is because I always love my most recent makes the best! I have an extensive me made wardrobe but I have to admit that I prefer to wear my most recent makes, although I have got a few favourites that get pulled out every now and again and I never throw anything away.

Day 16 


I am in Venice! Wearing my Grainline Moss skirt with a Colette Seamworks magazine Aurora vest.

Day 17


I’m at the Taj Mahal! I made this top in the morning, it’s a Sewaholic Renfrew in Liberty jersey, one of my favourite tops to make, using an overlocker I can usually whip one of these up in about 1 hour! Teamed up with a Colette Beignet skirt.

Day 18


Brooklyn bridge today with someone admiring my Gather patterns Mortmain dress. 

Day 19


In an Ice cave in Iceland today! Wearing a Colette Jasmine blouse with my Closet case Ginger jeans. 

Day 20


At the French Quarter in New Orleans and look it’s that Renfrew top again and my Ginger jeans, I love this combination!

Day 21


This is a bit closer to home! We had a craft event at Cardiff City football stadium so I sneaked onto the terraces and had a pic taken wearing my Gather Mortmain dress again and because it was a bit chilly a piece of fabric as a scarf!

Day 22


This space ship is actually a building! It is the Contemporary Art Museum, Niterói in Rio de Janeiro, I have actually been here and it is amazing, it sticks out over a cliff top and the views are fab, as is the whole place! I am wearing a drape top from one of the Sewing Bee books, I have made loads of these tops for myself and as presents, they are easy to make and look lovely on, and yes that is my Moss skirt again!

I wonder what exciting places I will visit over the next few days and whether I can prise myself out of my Ginger jeans and Moss skirt?

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Me made may 2016 week 2

My whirl wind, world wide, me made wardrobe adventure continues, if you didn’t manage to guess where I was here is where you will find all the answers.

Day 9


With Billy the Bison in Yellowstone National Park! Wearing a Thread Theory Camas Blouse and my Closet Case Ginger Jeans.

Day 10


Not Dartmoor, Easter Island! Wearing one of my many By Hand London Anna Dresses.

Day 11


I thought this was a tricky one but @deravelled got it right, Ta Prohm in Cambodia. Wearing a Colette Seamworks Astoria jersey top and my Grainline Studio Moss skirt.

Day 12


This was an easy one, it’s The Great Wall of China of course, wearing a Colette Moneta dress!

Day 13


My outfit matches my location beautifully, did you guess where I was? This is Petra in Jordan and I am wearing an Anna dress made from Hemmingway fabric.

Day 14


Here I am with my flamingo friends at the Atacama salt flats in Bolivia! Wearing my Grainline Moss skirt again ( this is becoming a firm favourite in my wardrobe I might have to make another) with my Sewaholic Belcarra blouse, made with Regents Lawn.

Day 15


This is one of my favourite cities and I have actually visited on a couple of occasions, it is Sagrada Familia in Barcelona. I am wearing my Moss skirt again, this time with another Sewaholic Renfrew T-shirt in plain red jersey

Keep following me on Instagram @trixielixiespics or on Facebook @trixielixiesays for daily updates and make me really happy by guessing where I am!

Me made may 2016 week 1

I can’t believe it’s already May and #memademay16 is already upon Us! I was a bit late starting but I did have a lot of travelling to do between shots (I wish!) However I am all up to date now. If you have been following my Instagram or Facebook posts and joining in with the guess where I am theme, this is where you will get all the answers.


Day 1 and I was in Paris of course, wearing my favourite Closet case patterns Ginger jeans and Sewaholic Patterns Oakridge blouse.


Day 2 and I was in Machu Pichu with a new friend! Wearing my Ginger jeans again, this time with a Sewaholic patterns Belcarra blouse.


Day 3 and I turned up in Timbuktu! Still wearing my beloved Ginger Jeans! And with another Sewaholic patterns Oakridge blouse, this one in Liberty Truly Scrumptious Tana Lawn.


Day 4 and I was getting a bit wet at Niagara Falls. Wearing a Colette patterns Wren dress.


Day 6 and I turned up at The Colosseum in Rome wearing a Sewaholic patterns Davies dress.


This place took me by surprise, I thought I was in Gotham City until my photographer informed me that it was in fact Shanghai! Day 7 and I am wearing a Colette Aster shirt that I lengthened into a shirt dress.


Day 8 and there is a clue in the picture, I am of course at Base Camp on Mount Everest. This top was made using Liberty jersey fabric and the pattern came free with a magazine.


Today is day 9 and I am on the steps of Sidney Opera House! My outfit today is another Sewaholic patterns Belcarra blouse, with a brand new make which is a denim Grainline Patterns Moss skirt.

I am having fun again this year with my #memademay posts and hope you are all enjoying guessing where I am, who knows where I might be next week?

I made Jeans!

One of my New Year sewing resolutions was to make a pair of jeans, so here they are! I used the Closet case Ginger jeans pattern.

jeans front

I don’t know why I was so nervous about making my own jeans! I set aside 2 days to make them and had 3 machines on the go (one for seams, one for top stitching and my over locker to finish the seams). I found the Ginger Jeans pattern really easy to follow and I knew that I could go to the Closet Case blog and find visual instructions if I got stuck, however I found the pattern instructions so clear that I didn’t need to use the blog! This is quite unusual for me as normally I need to look at  lots of photos or video’s to help me with tricky bits like fly zips etc. The denim I used is called Vixen and it has 2% spandex, its a gorgeous very dark, almost black denim and I love it!

jeans back

I made a straight size 14 and it fits perfectly, when you sew up the leg side seams you can try them on and make any adjustments that you might need, I also shortened them by 2cm before I cut them out as I am a bit of a short arse.

jeans close

I really can’t think why I was so nervous about making jeans, they were really easy and I am so pleased with the result! I just want to tell everyone I MADE JEANS!

If you are even contemplating making jeans, just do it! You will be surprised how easy it is and you won’t be able to stop smiling! I had to point out to my friends that I had made my jeans, they said they would never have guessed because they look shop made!

I MADE JEANS!

 

 

Sewing update

I haven’t blogged for a while, not because I haven’t made anything, far from it! Its because I am too busy making things! I decided that I needed to update my winter wardrobe a bit, I usually wear skirts and tights in the winter but this winter seemed particularly cold (my age or the weather?). So I have lived in jeans and shirts and cardigans. Last years Colette Aster was such a success, I have worn it almost to death, so I had to make another, and also I joined in with the Thread Theory Camas blouse sew-along so that I would have another blouse to add to my winter wear.

So the Camas blouse is made using one of our lovely Liberty Jersey fabrics, it was easy to make and I love the contrasting yoke, which is a woven fabric. The sew-along was really helpful and I would definitely recommend following it if you are a bit unsure about sewing with jersey or making a blouse, it’s on the Thread Theory blog.

truly scrumptious

For the Colette Aster I used another gorgeous Liberty fabric, Truly Scrumptious which is a beautifully soft and drapey cotton lawn.

shorts

There was some left over scraps so I managed to make a pair of Grainline Studios Lakeside pyjama shorts for Amy as an alternative Easter gift (Its got pictures of sweets all over it! Am I right!).

I am so in love with our new range of Liberty fabrics that I had to make myself a long sleeve jersey top to wear with my jeans. This is made using a free pattern that came with a sewing magazine.

 

Well that’s what I have been sewing, now I realise what handmade item my wardrobe is lacking: Jeans! We have just had a delivery of some fabulous new denims and our newest Independent Sewing patterns are from Closet Case so can you guess what I am going to be making next? Watch this space, Ginger Jeans are coming!

What’s everyone else making for Valentines day?

I’ve been trying to decide what I might like to make for Valentines this year

It’s a tradition, of sorts, to make something, so I decided to have a look around. It’s pretty straight forward, these days, to find inspiration on places like Pinterest and Instagram. So I started pinning some of my favourites.

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Come and have a look at trixielixiepins/valentines

And please, any suggestions would be fabulous!