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Lone dissenter and other thoughts

2011 June 2
by elizabeth_admin

I haven’t sewn a stitch since NL 6022, but I have cleaned my sewing area, organized my next project, pretreated the fabric for the project after that and added some more projects to the queue.   I am definitely going to make another version of NL 6022.  This time with fabric from FabricMart, a silk twill.  I think the fabric will jazz up this pattern to make it more work appropriate than the simple cotton with which my first version was made.

Cream and orange floral silk twill from Fabric Mart


My sister asked me about the necklace I made for her yesterday.  She wanted to know if it would be easy to make as teacher’s gifts.  I thought she was asking me to make them, but what she was really asking is if her kids could make them.  So we brainstormed today and she’s going to use ribbon and beads so that her kids can actually make them.  BUT, it gave me the idea to make them for Jack’s teachers!  So that’s next up on the short list.  Obviously the short list is a very malleable thing.  But then, that’s why it’s short!

Here are some other things on my mind, in no particular order:

  • Am I the only one getting a little sick of the me-made-month madness that seems to be spreading throughout the sewing blogosphere?  I find I get a little bored of outfit pictures every day for a month.  I like to read about sewing, not outfits.  But maybe I’m the only one who thinks that.  It was interesting the first time around, but now the idea is a bit fatigued for me.
  • I am considering getting the Brother 2340CV coverstitch machine after Katie’s rave review of it the other day.  I am just not satisfied with the twin needle sewing on knits. 
  • I tried on my B5147 silk twill dress today and it fits fine (in fact, I am wearing it at work today).  Huh???  Remember the tweed version disaster? That was all kinds of wrong.  So I dug it out of the bin of doom and tried it on too to see if I had been wrong before.  Nope, still a disaster in the bust area.  Here’s my new theory on what went wrong: I think somehow, I marked the bust dart and fisheye darts to high, by almost 1.5 or 2 inches because they are just too high.  The rest of the dress fits fine, so I must have made an error in my marking.  I am not going to fix that version however, because I topstitched the heck out of that dress for a more casual and sport look and it is absolute hell ripping out stitches from tweed.  It’s a wadder. 
  • However, that renews my love for B5147 and another sheath dress might make it onto the short list because of that now.

Ok, that’s all I have right now.  Happy sewing!

24 Responses leave one →
  1. June 2, 2011

    E. – be careful with pattern placement on the next dress. The pattern on that silk is really large and I think if the layout is not well-thought out it could doom the dress. Just my opinion…but I have worked with the fabric and the garments we love from the fabric were totally due to a great fabric placement.

    …and you’re not alone…I’m not into the me-made thing either. Forget what I said earlier about it, okay! 😉

  2. Steffie permalink
    June 2, 2011

    I’m with you on the me-made-month events. I follow sewing blogs, not style blogs, because the construction process is where my interests lie. I wouldn’t be fazed if it was just for one month, sort of like how some writing blogs blow up with Nanowrimo posts during November. But it seems like there’s a new event every month or two.

    At the same time, people gotta blog what they love, so I can’t really hate on them too much. I just find that a deluge of outfit-a-day posts can sort of… dilute my opinion of a blog, dropping it from “omg must read!” to “might check it out, if I have time”.

  3. June 2, 2011

    I am doing the me made june because I like the challenge, I want to see if I can do it. I do agree with you though on some levels because I feel personally like nobody wants to see what I am making everyday. So I think I am just going to do a quick once a week post of all that I wore that week, I am hoping that would be less boring.

    • June 2, 2011

      That’s what I do, Karen. Plus, I can shoot everything on the weekend when I have time to plot, plan and shoot. It stresses me out less this way.

    • Shams permalink
      June 2, 2011

      I agree, Karen. The first time I participated (it was self-stitched-september), I wanted the challenge of wearing *everything* I made. The second time I participated (in me-made-march) I also wore everything I made, but focused more on pulling my outfits together with accessories and different combinations. It was more of a styling challenge. This time (in me-made-june) I decided to incorporate the RTW orphans that I never, or rarely, wear. Each time I participate, I try to figure out some personal goal.

      I also don’t post my daily outfits on my blog. My blog is not a style blog, so I post maybe 2 or 3 times during the entire month about MMM. But the challenge itself is a worthwhile experience for me. It helps point out holes in my wardrobe and it causes me to stretch beyond what can become my usual rut. I also like seeing what other folks wear, but I mostly look in the flickr album. I don’t find it as interesting to read the daily outfit in a blog format.

  4. June 2, 2011

    I am doing the me made june because I like the challenge, I want to see if I can do it. I do agree with you though on some levels because I feel personally like nobody wants to see what I am wearing everyday. So I think I am just going to do a quick once a week post of all that I wore that week, I am hoping that would be less boring.

  5. June 2, 2011

    Before you spend money on a coverstitch machine, consider the Babylock that KnitSewingClub sells with the binding attachment. The binding attachment is the reason to get this machine. I use it at the club and everything looks like it came from the store when you use this. KnitSewingClub is 949-559-5192, I’m sure they can drop ship one to you.

    • elizabeth_admin permalink*
      June 2, 2011

      I just checked out their site. Interesting. Do you know how much they sell it for? It’s not listed on their site. Thanks!

  6. June 2, 2011

    I’m a Me-Made participant, and I have a complicated relationship with the whole posting outfit pictures every day thing…

    Here’s the deal. I write a blog that practically no-one reads. It’s generally fine, and I write because I like to write, and I like the idea of tracking what I do. A blog is a quick and easy way to do that.

    On the other hand, it is sometimes frustrating to pour your heart into something, put it out there, and have practically no-one respond to it.

    Part of the reason I do Me-Made is to try to get people aware that my blog exists. And for that, it really is better to post every day. (Or atleast update a flickr photo everyday.) If you do a week at once, people just sort of look at 7 photos and go – hey, 7 photos of the same person. Meh.

    At the same time, I hear you, and honestly, it is just as boring to write outfit posts as it is to read about it.

    I don’t really have a grand conclusion though.

    • elizabeth_admin permalink*
      June 2, 2011

      I read your blog!!!! I don’t always comment because blogspot blogs are blocked at work. But I read you!!! I understand now, your point. I wasn’t aware that it was a networking thing.

      • June 2, 2011

        Thanks! I love readers! 🙂

        Also, I barely comment on anyone’s blogs, so it isn’t really fair of me to complain about comments, so I do know that.

    • June 2, 2011

      I read you too, Reethi! And I discovered your blog last year during MMM.

    • June 4, 2011

      Reethi– count me among the “practically noone.” I really enjoy your blog and have followed for a while. I read on my phone, though, so I don’t often comment.

      As for the Me Made months, I have mixed feelings. Every day is a bit of an overload, especially when it’s every couple of months, but I do like looking at the pics. I’ve never been able to participate, because I never seem to have enough clothes. Not enough that fit, anyway. I don’t work, so don’t leave the house every day. I’m not wearing my nice me-made clothes to do yard work and I doubt the blogosphere wants to see daily photos of me in pajamas. LOL

  7. Deborah permalink
    June 2, 2011


    I read all the blogs (yours too, Reethi)! I read them because everyone inspires me to sew. I’ve seen patterns and fabric combinations that I might not have considered. I’ve been sewing for 40 years but I still learn techniques from the bloggers. I can understand the need to post frequently and the allure of doing the me-made-months. But, it doesn’t interest me that much. I tend to give it a cursory glance and quickly move on. Still, I applaud all of you that take the time to blog. Thank you!

  8. Cathy permalink
    June 2, 2011

    I like the concept of the Me-Made months, I can see the value of participating to find gaps. That said, I am not big on the daily outfit pictures unless it’s tied into content – maybe a reflection of how it fit in your wardrobe, how well it washed/wore, some trick you learned on that outfit that you do all the time now. As a reader, I don’t really need proof that they followed through. The other thing I notice is the push to not repeat outfits for the readers benefits. I’m not sure that makes a whole lot of sense. I wear the same clothing over and over – they are favourite pieces for a reason. I certainly wouldn’t knock someone for wearing a dress two or three times in one month. I work at my clients offices so I have at least 3 different offices to visit in a week. Because I don’t see the same people more than two days in a row, I’ve been known to wear the same outfit on a Monday and a Thursday if I did laundry between. I do avoid wearing the same outfit on consecutive Mondays or I’d become “oh, it’s that girl in the polka dot dress, I hear she made it. Maybe she should make something else…”.

    The other side is that MM/SS only work for a particular stage of sewists. Take someone like The Slapdash Sewist, she doesn’t participate because she doesn’t buy clothing. It’s not a challenge when your whole wardrobe is self stitched.

  9. June 2, 2011

    I just pass over MMM posts. Like you, I prefer to read about construction of garments, more than seeing styling photos. I had not thought of it as being tired of MMM. The good news is that Me-Mades seem to mostly happen on M-months, so there may not be another until next year. Though I suppose someone could come up with Self-Sewn September. 🙂

  10. June 2, 2011

    I love the orange Pastafarian silk!
    I’m doing the me-made thing because: 1. It’s a social thing–I’ve “met” new people through their flickr group postings; 2. It forces me to push sewing to the top of my list of things to do, ahead of watching TV; and 3. I’ve gone years without looking at myself in the mirror, so I’m gathering much needed information–good and bad–about what I actually look like. Anyway, no one’s going to read my blog for my cutting-edge sewing!

  11. June 2, 2011

    Ann – there’s already Self-Stitched September. lol

    As to the MM/SS posts – I’m OK with them but they aren’t usually my favs and I probably gloss over them more than read them. Even though I wear something I made almost everyday already, I also know myself to know that I’d never make it through taking pics of every outfit every day. Plus as someone else mentioned, I have favorites and they do get repeated – probably far more often than I want to document to the world. lol

    I did read a MMJ blog post yesterday (can’t remember which one) that actually was very interesting. The blogger is using MMJ as an opportunity to reflect on past makes and how well or not they worked out in the wardrobe, and why.

    Reethi – you’re new to me but it was your comment that made me look and add your blog to my lists, not being a MM participant. I often click on new-to-me commenters to see who they are and if they have a blog, so maybe you should comment more. haha

  12. Crystal permalink
    June 2, 2011

    I figure that people should be able to blog about whatever they wish – it is their blog. I also love the idea of the monthly challenges, and wish I had enough sewn items to participate. That being said, if I were a blogger I would probably do only 2-4 posts total with a roundup of outfits. Except for a few whose styling I just love, I tend to skim or skip those posts.

  13. June 2, 2011

    I’m taking part in Me Made June and for me it’s a significant milestone in my sewing career that I have enough self-made items to join this venture. I think it has benefits in that a) it encourages people to explore their self-made items, b) makes relatively new Sewists see that basic items are as important than – more important than! – the pretty dresses we’re all initially drawn to. I’ve also found that c) the Flickr group is an amazing resource for connecting with other Sewists. I’ve felt humbled by the vast array of talent out there. I do sympathise with bloggers who don’t want to connect with the Me Made months but, as several have suggested, it’s easy to scroll through these blog posts. Blogs are the ultimate in free speech and the ultimate in free reading – that’s what makes them so great.

  14. June 3, 2011

    I am a die-hard me-made-monther. I don’t do an outfit post every day, because it would be too much work, but I do a post at the end of the month with all of my pics from the month. Someone must like these posts, because they are some of the most popular on my blog. Or maybe they just annoy people so much that they keep going back for more torment.

  15. June 4, 2011

    I read your original post and thought, yeah, I’m also sick of me-made months. But then when I read that there was a debate going on, I had to come back and read the comments. Very interesting! The comment someone made about certain people not having any point in participating resonated with me, as on my last work trip this week, I realized that everything I packed besides my jacket and jeans (ok I guess underwear and socks too) was something I made. Since I’ve been churning out the b5147s in suiting remnants from vogue, they are almost my work uniform, interestingly, I wear them on the days I really want to look great and feel really good about myself! So I’m so glad to see you are going to become reacquainted with this fantastic TNT!

  16. June 4, 2011

    I actually like the me-made month posts when sewists reflect about how well their pieces wear, problems they encountered, etc. Evaluating these things over time helps me become more skilled at making things I like to wear. I also find the posts inspiring–my “to sew” list is growing daily.

  17. June 8, 2011

    I’ve never tried sewing knits with a twin needle since I have no desire to handwind a bobbin with wooly nylon thread this lifetime. Since I can’t afford a coverstitch machine at the moment, I use an elastic shellstitch over a fourth inch narrow hem most of the time. This stitch produces a lettuce edge that is very pretty. For deeper hems, I use a fagoting stitch for topstitching and I serge the hem edge.


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