[Me-Made-May 13] day 22

I’m late in posting this! Yesterday we had a little bit of sun (though the temperatures were still very low) and I thought it would be time to wear this dress – I haven’t been able to wear it since I finished it two weeks ago.. The pattern comes from Ottobre magazine issue 2 of 2013 and it’s number 19. Once again I have made no maternity adjustments, only used my bust size to determine whiche  size to cut. Thanks to the knit fabric, it’s stretchy enough to cover my belly! Apart from the front knotted piece which gave me a little headache, the construction was fine. I must say though that my serger did not enjoy the side seams: there’s a knit band creating a kind of belt, and it’s gathered, so the whole thing is really thick. I had to stop serging before the belt and start again afterwards – and use a simple zigzag stitch over the belt part. Bonus: my husband really likes it, which is very unusual – he rarely comments on what I make 🙂



[sewing] Back with a tee

Hi everyone,

I feel like I’ve been away for ages, which is probably true. I have an excuse: new ceilings have been installed in parts of my house, comprising the kitchen and bathroom. Can you imagine the mess it is to live without a kitchen? It was really tiring.. and it took us ages to get everything back into place. Fortunately I was going to work during the day so I didn’t have to live in plaster dust all day!

Yes, it's my kitchen..

Yes, it’s my kitchen..

During the works I received the second issue of my Ottobre subscription, one of two issues aimed at women. And I have found at least two designs that I can still wear! The first is a simple tee designed for fluid knits (with bamboo or viscose) and couldn’t be simpler: a front, a back and a length of fabric to make the neckline and armhole bands. Within a few days of receiving this issue, I had traced the pattern (according to my new and ever-growing measurements), cut the fabric and assembled the whole thing. I love this tee! It is really comfy, has plenty of room for my belly and makes me smile everytime I wear it. It surely will be great with a bamboo or linen knit when the summer comes (if summer ever comes round here).

Haven't finished cleaning up

Haven’t finished cleaning up

For this version I even managed to match the stripes at the shoulder. I’m being dishonest though, it’s totally accidental 🙂 but I’m glad they match!

Sorry for the weird angle, it's hard to photograph one's shoulder!

Sorry for the weird angle, it’s hard to photograph one’s shoulder!

It’s such a great design that I’ve cut and sewn two other versions already: one in a bright yellow and one in teal. You can see the cutting of the teal one here; told you it was easy!


The grain of the fabric was a little off..

The grain of the fabric was a little off..

The tee is #2 and my next make from this magazine will be dress #19, I think it can work with a pregnant belly. I still need to trace it though! Here’s a link to the design page pdf.


tee #2 – photo from the Ottobre website

I’m leaving you with this picture of our garden after the snow storm we had last week: so much snow is totally unknown of around here, though I must say that we’ve had snow very often in the last four years. When I was a kid, we were lucky to have a few centimetres every other year. It’s a pity because snow is much more fun when you’re a kid than when you need to go to work. Needless to say, we didn’t leave the house that day, northern France is not prepared for so much snow so roads and motorways were closed and public transport was completely out!


We did a little path for the cat who stubbornly wanted to go outside

We did a little path for the cat who stubbornly wanted to go outside