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MMM’16 Pledge + a Dressy Talk Blouse for Easter

It’s that time of year again! That time when the online sewing community comes together in a beautiful way to take over the internet with handmade clothing. It’s the time of year that makes my heart smile :) Or, you know… beat faster… maybe… anyway, it’s a fun time, so of course I’m joining in.

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Here’s my pledge:

I, Kyla of lifebyky.com and @kylakulaky on IG, sign up as a participant of Me-Made-May ’16. I’m going the traditional route and endeavor to wear one me-made item each day for the duration of May 2016. Let’s get this started! :D 

I feel like it’s going to be a bit more challenging than last year because I haven’t added very many items to my wardrobe since then (when I said I would wear each one of my handmade items at least once throughout the month because I didn’t have enough to fill up the month), and I’ve also gotten rid of a few. I might have to get creative and/or repeat a bunch… we shall see.

ALSO hoping to get my sewing groove back throughout the month. We’ve had so many other things going on (and by other things I mostly mean THIS — big news!) it’s been hard to find the time. But it’s still basically all I think about :D

Which brings me to my latest completed project… the blouse that I made for Easter! ha… just a little late. I already shared it on IG but hadn’t posted it yet because I wanted to get some better pictures of the details. Well I’ve accepted that that’s just not going to happen so these will have to do…

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The pattern is from Dressy Talk Patterns… which I found thanks to Instagram. She has some wonderful designs, and I really liked the simplicity of this one. She has since started adding seam allowances to her patterns, but this one didn’t have them so it was my first time using a pattern without seam allowances added. A challenge, but not as bad as I was expecting. Actually, I’m not even sure I did it correctly, and I forgot to add them in a few places  (which is why my hem bands look shorter than they are supposed to) :/ but overall it worked alright! And the fit is wonderful!

The other fun thing about her patterns is that she drafts them for multiple height ranges, which I haven’t seen before.

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The fabric was from my stash (I bought 2.5 yards back in March 2015 and also used it to make that Sutton Blouse on the right –> that’s just a little peek of it in action… that was my BFF meeting her new little nephew for the first time a couple of weeks ago! :D)… it’s a polyester crinkled chiffon that I have a strong love/hate relationship with. It’s really tough to cut and work with but it turns out really beautiful and it doesn’t wrinkle for anything. Because it frays so much, I converted as many of the seams as I could to french seams. I also had a tough time keeping it under control despite lots of pinning when it came to my sleeve plackets so as you can probably tell from the photos, the slits are not even (one is on the side where it’s supposed to be… the other is more toward the front of the sleeve). :/ Definitely not something I think anyone who doesn’t sew is going to notice, though. That would really freak me out, actually, if someone came up to me and commented on my sleeve plackets. Hmm.

So that’s about it! Happy late Easter and bring on the laundry (must get everything clean and ready for Me-Made-May)! And I guess at some point I have to start thinking about packing… :/ Probably not today. Maybe tomorrow. :)

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Until next time,

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5 Comments

  1. Lovely top. Does it just pull on over the head? Congrats on your home ownership – it’s just the most wonderful thing isn’t it?! I will look forward to seeing your MMM adventures.

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