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Made By Meg: A Tale of Three Melilots

A Tale of Three Melilots

I am really feeling my Deer and Doe patterns lately. Melilot, Sirocco, Myosotis, I've bought them all. I tackled the Melilot first and now I want to sew one up in every fabric I own. It is the perfect comfortable-yet-pulled-together top for a day at work, without all the stuffiness of a normal button-down. And I think the Deer and Doe pattern block really fits me well. Pattern: Deer and Doe's Melilot Shirt Fabric: 2 yds Cost: $20 Of course, I didn't have success right out of the gate. My…

Made By Meg: My Comfy Clothes

My Comfy Clothes

I used to think that the goal of sewing my own clothes was to be glamorous all the time. Make the prettiest dress for the party! The most interest top for work! The best fitting slacks. And there are still plenty of occasions for glamour (I am designing a really fun wedding guest dress right now). But in my current job, where I work out of an office with some friends who aren't my professional coworkers, I mostly just want to be comfortable on a day-to-day basis. In fact, it's those casual…

Made By Meg: Experiments in Twists

Experiments in Twists

Last week, I posted a trio of basic tees. But I've also been experimenting with how to make my favorites a bit more interesting. This top started out as the Tessuti Mandy Boat Tee, but with a twist. Pattern: Named Inari Tee, with twist borrowed from the Style Arc Dee Knit Top Fabric: remnant cotton eyelet Cost: free from Bay Area Sewists fabric swap I first started experimenting with twists when I made this cozy sweater for the Britex blog last winter. I took the twist from the Style Arc Dee…

Made By Meg: A Trio of Tops

A Trio of Tops

We are well into January by now, but during that last week of December bookended by the holidays, I stole some quiet time to relax, sleep in, take the dog on walks, and do a bit of easy sewing. The result is a trio of tops that have already gotten a ton of wear. Pattern: my modified McCall's M6164 Fabrics (left to right): 1.5 yds each of chocolate chip rayon knit, remnant sweater knit, and another rayon knit, all from Stonemountain Cost: about $15 each In my new years reflections, it has…

Made By Meg: A Trio of Tops

A Trio of Tops

We are well into January by now, but during that last week of December bookended by the holidays, I stole some quiet time to relax, sleep in, take the dog on walks, and do a bit of easy sewing. The result is a trio of tops that have already gotten a ton of wear. Pattern: my modified McCall's M6164 Fabrics (left to right): 1.5 yds each of chocolate chip rayon knit, remnant sweater knit, and another rayon knit, all from Stonemountain Cost: about $15 each In my new years reflections, it has…

Made By Meg: Work Wardrobe: Style Arc Madeleine

Work Wardrobe: Style Arc Madeleine

On Wednesday, I posted about my work wardrobe plans for my new(ish) job. For me, the Style Arc Madeleine was the perfect work top. Pattern: Style Arc's Madeleine Ponte Top Fabric: crepe double knit Cost: remnant from bridesmaids dresses (originally $4/yd) I love that this pattern is interesting, with its tucks and waistband. It also makes it flattering, bringing in the fabric around the waist and releasing toward the bust. I also love that it is defined for comfy knit fabrics, and as a…

Made By Meg: Perth Top and My Menswear Obsession

Perth Top and My Menswear Obsession

I have determined that this is the year I return to sewing things with interesting details. I'm a fairly standard size and I sometimes wonder, what's the point of making things yourself if you aren't getting something unique in the process? Pattern: Carolyn and Cassie's Perth Dress and Blouse Fabric: 1 1/2 yds rayon blend Cost: $16.50 But before I tell you about this blouse, I have to tell you about the menswear top obsession that led me here. You see, for the past year or so I've been…

Made By Meg: New Pattern and a Plaid Shirt

New Pattern and a Plaid Shirt

Like me, my mom sews a lot. She makes tops and dresses, but what she is most interested in sewing right now are button-front shirts. She makes them for my dad, my brother, and even gorgeous ones for herself using beautiful repurposed scarves and elegant details. Unlike me, she is much more detail-oriented and her shirts are just perfect. Hand-stitched cuffs and collars, perfectly matched button plackets across the front, and beautiful technique throughout. They are a thing of envy. As…

Made By Meg: My New Everyday Tee

My New Everyday Tee

You know it's a good one when you make yourself a casual everyday tee and you wear it EVERY DAY. I mean, I made it when I was working from home so I didn't need that much variety, but this simple shirt has been a real winner. Pattern: Tessuti's Free Mandy Boat Tee Fabric: 1.5 yds ponte Cost: $10 This pattern is Tessuti's free Many Boat Tee, which evolved from their other free pattern, the aptly named Fave Top. It is a really simple one-size-fits-most drop shoulder top, with fitted sleeves…

Made By Meg: Button-Front Shirts with Cut-on Sleeves

Button-Front Shirts with Cut-on Sleeves

Sometime this year I promised myself that I wouldn't make any new button up shirts. The TNT I've been using has always felt a bit tight, and I would really rather wear slightly more feminine blouses to work. But then of course I came home from my travels this summer and made two of them. Pattern: altered Sewaholic Granville shirt Version 1: remnants of cotton lace, silk Version 2: rayon blend and cotton lawn Cost: $20 and $10 The difference with these is that they are sleeveless. Or rather…

Made By Meg: Fall Outfit

Fall Outfit

♫ Fall is here, hear the yell. Back to school, ring the bell♫ ... Well this graduate is actually still on the job hunt, but you get the idea. Pattern: basic t-shirt block Fabric: 1.5 yds jersey knit This shirt, which was actually cut out in the spring, finally got sewn up and found its place in the wardrobe this fall. It is from the same TNT custom-fit pattern as my previous turtleneck, which I wore all over rainy Europe this summer. The fabric is a buttery soft cotton jersey from Stone…

Made By Meg: Back to Basics

Back to Basics

Pattern: modified McCall's 6164 Fabric: 1.5 yds jersey knit Cost: $18 Everywhere I looked this winter, turtlenecks were back in style. I'd see them at professional events, running around town, and in ads of people snuggled up at home. At first, I resisted. I still remember wearing them in elementary school, when they were for keeping warm instead of making fashion statements. But the more I saw them, the more enticing they looked. And I did need some more not-so-basic basics. So finally…

Made By Meg: Reef Tank - Party in the Back

Reef Tank - Party in the Back

Pattern: Megan Nielsen's Reef Tank Fabric: something synthetic ?? Cost: free (remnants) I celebrated my birthday last month and decided to do something fun for the occasion. We held a casual BBQ on the back patio (complete with friends and dogs and cupcakes!). Since I'm not a fancy dress type of girl, I made myself a sparkly Reef tank to celebrate. With its back strap details, it lends itself perfectly to some creative straps. For the straps, I started with a sheer novelty fabric left over…

Made By Meg: Red Wool Sweater Top

Red Wool Sweater Top

Pattern: frankenpattern + redrafting Fabric: 1 1/2 yds red wool ponte Cost: $18 During my winter holidays I found myself with more time on my hands than usual, which soon led to me turning even the simplest sewing tasks into more involved projects. Making Mr. Made a fourth pair of pants? Redraft them! Making a simple knit t-shirt? Learn all about cap height and armscyes! But learning about fit is time well spent in my book, even if it's causing my basic sewing projects to become increasingly…

Made By Meg: New Wardrobe Staple

New Wardrobe Staple

Pattern: Sewaholic's Granville Shirt Fabric: 2 yards cotton shirting Cost: $20 While I usually don't have a problem getting rid of old clothes, there's one section of my closet I haven't been able to throw out: my button-front shirts. Most of them don't fit, have odd details, and hardly look professional, but without a suitable replacement I'd have nothing to wear when work called for it. It's sad to admit, but I've worn these shirts for far too long. After trying out Sewaholic's Granville…

Made By Meg: Gingham Love

Gingham Love

Pattern: BurdaStyle's Printed Blouse 08/2012 #109 Fabric: 1 yd mixed fiber gingham Cost: free from fabric swap I do not need to justify my current obsession with this print. It's perfectly casual, can be dressed up or down, and if you need any more proof that everyone is wearing one, head on over to #thatjcrewginghamshirt. Mine was made up in a couple of evenings using my TNT BurdaStyle 08/2012 #109, which I have modified to have normal armholes and fitted to my body shape. All that was left…

Made By Meg: Bonnie Top

Bonnie Top

Pattern: Bluegingerdoll's Bonnie Knit Top Fabric: panel-printed knit Cost: $30 Indie designers must have been working overtime this summer because I have had so many new patterns to share with you lately! The latest is Bluegingerdoll's Bonnie, a vintage-inspired sweater top made from knit fabric. I was a pattern tester for this one, and sewed it up in one evening! Unlike some of the other knit tops on the market right now, what I really love about this pattern is all the options. The collar…

Made By Meg: Summer Scout Tee

Summer Scout Tee

Pattern: modified Grainline Scout Tee Fabric: 2 yds gauze Cost: $10 Last week was my birthday! (26!) To celebrate, of course, I had to make myself a new top. I bought this gauze on a whim, and I love how flowy and ethereal it looks. It's really easy to wear, and supremely comfortable. The only thing that got me in trouble was when I dipped the end in BBQ sauce at my party. To make the ruffle, I cut off the Scout Tee pattern at the waist and added a gathered rectangle that was as wide as I…

Made By Meg: Kimono-Sleeve Woven Top

Kimono-Sleeve Woven Top

Pattern: New Look 6217 Kimono Tee Fabric: 3/4 yard cotton woven Cost: $5 I have gone through soo many stages of woven tops. When I first sewed with quilting cotton, I thought, "This is it! I'm only ever sewing with quilting cotton!" Then a year or so later I realized how stiff it was, and any top I made totally lost its drape. Mine were all too tight across the back, and I switched to knits and more forgiving fabrics. But then the Scout tee came out, and it was suddenly possible to make…

Made By Meg: Weekender Archer

Weekender Archer

Pattern: Grainline Studio's Archer Button Up Shirt Material: 2 yds chambray Cost: Sew Bossy trade OK guys, I finally made an Archer! This is the product of another sewcial sewing endeaver - a Sew Bossy trade with the adorable Amber of Tangible Artiste. (Click here to see Amber's make). I was first attracted to Amber's blog because she makes the sort of clean, simple and stylish clothing that give off that effortlessly cool look. When she challenged me to Sew Bossy, I was thrilled! (Though…

Made By Meg: My New Fave Top

My New Fave Top

Pattern: Tessuti's Fave Top (free pattern!) Material: light sweater knit Cost: $5 As a sewist, it is always a little fantasy to one day have a completely hand-made wardrobe. On our trip to Spain, I celebrated a little victory when, on K's birthday, we both happened to step into the elevator for dinner in completely me-made outfits. How cool is that?! K rocked his new cardigan and Jedediah pants, and I had on my new top, pleather pants (pics coming soon!), my coat (which I wear all the time…

pants

Made By Meg: Sirocco!

Sirocco!

A few years ago, I made a beloved jumpsuit that was the perfect piece for a night out. I wore it to the wrap party of a short film, to a casual NYE party, and any other time I wanted to feel cute and put together but not overdressed. However, being as it was self-drafted, there were some fitting issues and the whole thing always was a bit heavy. I eventually donated it, but have felt the hole in my wardrobe ever since. Enter, the popular new Deer and Doe Sirocco jumpsuit. Pattern: Deer and…

Made By Meg: Fabric Choices for Pants

Fabric Choices for Pants

I've got another pair of pants on the books, and am still philophisizing about fit, fabric, and more. Pattern: Mambo No. 5 personal pants block Fabric: 1.5 yds tretch cotton twill Cost: $20 For this pair, I significantly altered the crotch curve on my usual block, as it was still pulling down slightly in center back. This time, I bought a flexible ruler and used that to take my crotch measurements. I also added a bit more room in the thighs, although I think I'll take that back out again on…

Made By Meg: New Job, New Pants

New Job, New Pants

I started a new job last week! I have to say, it feels really satisfying to finally land a good gig - for me it was the final chapter in my adventure back to school. I am working at a new firm founded by some of my former colleagues and staffed by some of my favorite people. And you know what a new job also means? An excuse to make new clothes! Pattern: my Mambo No. 5 pants pattern block Fabric: 2 yds stretch woven Cost: $20 Sartorially, this job is an interesting challenge. It is remote…

Made By Meg: Plaid Pants Love

Plaid Pants Love

If you know me, you know I love a good pair of pants. Patterned, pleated, stretchy, I love them all. What most people consider to be an afterthought to their cute shirts I think of as the star of the show. I fantasize about pants, I Pinterest stalk pants, and I have way too many favorites to comfortably fit in my closet. Pattern: Mambo no. 5 Fabric: printed plaid with at least 30% stretch Cost: $10 When I saw Lisa's tartan trousers on the Tessuti blog, I had instant pants envy. While plaid…

Made By Meg: Rebelling Against the Skinny Jean

Rebelling Against the Skinny Jean

Pattern: modified Thread Theory's Lazo Trousers Fabric: 1.5 yds stretch denim Cost: $8 Lately, I've grown tired of my skinny jeans. I just want something soft, something comfy, something you can really move in. So on a whim, I sewed up these perfectly baggy jeans using one of my favorite pants patterns, the Lazo Trousers. In stretch denim they are loose and comfy and just the thing for hanging out in. I have made this pattern up twice before (once as pants and once as overalls), and my…

Made By Meg: Overalls

Overalls

Pattern: Thread Theory's Lazo Trousers with inspiration from McCall's 7062 and BurdaStyle's Overalls 07/2016 #109 Fabric: ~2 yds wool suiting Cost: free from Bay Area Sewists fabric swap :) While I probably have mounds of more practical sewing to do, I couldn't help myself. I made a pair of overalls... In truth I think I've been lusting after a pair for a while. I love making pants, and overalls seemed like a good quirky alternative to try out. And ever since I'd sewn the Lazo Trousers, I…

Made By Meg: My New Favorite Pants: The Lazo Trousers

My New Favorite Pants: The Lazo Trousers

Pattern: Thread Theory's Lazo Trousers Fabric: 1 1/2 yards Kaufman Bi Stretch Tropical Suiting Cost: $17 Meet the Lazo Trousers, Thread Theory's second pattern for women and my latest pants obsession. I tend to really trust Morgan, who has a degree in fashion design and works with other really great professionals in the industry. She takes her time to make quality patterns, and in this case has been working on this pattern for over four years - it was inspired by her collection in design…

Made By Meg: Weekend with Ginger, Part II

Weekend with Ginger, Part II

Pattern: Closet Case Files's Ginger Jeans Fabric: stretch denim Cost: remnant Having finished a very satisfying pair of jeans on Saturday, I decided to not lose steam and plunge right ahead with the second pair on Sunday. As you'll recall from my first post about my weekend with Ginger, I took a rainy weekend to myself to perfect the fit of the Ginger pattern. After finishing the high-rise version on Saturday, I decided to make a few remaining alterations to the pattern and use the remnants…

Made By Meg: Office Staple: Camel-Colored Cropped Pants

Office Staple: Camel-Colored Cropped Pants

Pattern: Colette's Clover Pants Fabric: 2 yds Stretch Brushed Cotton Sateen in Espresso Price: $12 (now on sale for $2 a yard?!) If I had to name my work uniform, this would be it: slim cropped pants, oversized button-up, easy flats. Top it off with no jewelry and air-dried helmet hair and you have me on my typical morning commute. I'm not saying it's the most polished look, or that some days I don't emerge in an outfit that may or may not be quite similar to what my boyfriend is wearing…

Made By Meg: Flower Pants

Flower Pants

Pattern: Colette's Clover Fabric: Stretch woven Cost: $20 For my second pair of Clover pants, I had a long list of tweaks and changes: Adjust the front! Adjust the sides! Lengthen the back! But instead of going through all the alterations, I decided to trace the Colette pattern and then trace over that with some ready-to-wear pants that fit me pretty well. That, combined with some additional fitting, gave me a pretty good fit. They are not perfect so far, but here are the changes I made…

outerwear

Made By Meg: The Graduate Blazer

The Graduate Blazer

In grad school, my classmate and friend Toni taught us about power poses. Before an important presentation or event, she would have us strike a pose that made us feel powerful, like we could take on any task at hand. And then we did - pose and take on that task. And as silly as I thought it was at first, it really did help! I felt ready to take on the world! This blazer is my power pose. It's professional but casual, and also has a special little touch that will always remind me of my time…

Made By Meg: Custom Printed Sweatshirt

Custom Printed Sweatshirt

Not sure if working remotely is causing a slow backslide of my fashion sense, but I am all about this sweatshirt. Pattern: McCall's Misses'/Men's Tops and Hoodies #6614 Fabric: 2 yds Drake Sweatshirt fleece in heather grey from Stonemountain Cost: $30 The text says "seamstress for the band," the lyric from Elton John's Tiny Dancer and, in my opinion, a great graphic tagline for a sweatshirt. I think I saw it on a ready-to-wear jacket and just couldn't get the idea out of my head. For this…

Made By Meg: A Short Ulysses

A Short Ulysses

I perused the Ulysses Trench pattern when it came out earlier this year, but wasn't truly sold until I saw this wool coat lookalike pop up on Pinterest a few months ago. While I have little use for a lightweight jacket this time of year, wouldn't it be fun to sew up this style in something warm and snuggly? Pattern: Victory Patterns' Ulysess Trench Fabric: 3 yds Italian black wool stretch twill Cost: free/remnant I had very limited yardage for this left over from another project, so I…

Made By Meg: My New Everyday Tee

My New Everyday Tee

You know it's a good one when you make yourself a casual everyday tee and you wear it EVERY DAY. I mean, I made it when I was working from home so I didn't need that much variety, but this simple shirt has been a real winner. Pattern: Tessuti's Free Mandy Boat Tee Fabric: 1.5 yds ponte Cost: $10 This pattern is Tessuti's free Many Boat Tee, which evolved from their other free pattern, the aptly named Fave Top. It is a really simple one-size-fits-most drop shoulder top, with fitted sleeves…

Made By Meg: Color-Blocked Motorcycle Jacket

Color-Blocked Motorcycle Jacket

Hello hello! I'm rounding out the year with a bright new cozy jacket! This one has been on my inspiration board for quite some time, and it wasn't until all the fabrics came together that I finally got the chance to make it. Pattern: Kwik Sew #3764 Fabric: 1 yd Italian Black Wool Stretch Twill and 1 yd wool ponte remnant The red fabric is a beautiful thick wool ponte that Crossroads Fabrics had inherited from an estate sale. I think it's vintage. The amount used here is the remnants from one…

Made By Meg: Grad Student Uniform

Grad Student Uniform

Pattern: modified Tessuti Mandy Boat Tee Fabric: sweater knit Cost: free Welp, I'm just a few days away from turning in my Master's thesis, and I figured this was as good a time as any to procrastinate and finish up some sewing. This here is what I call my 'grad student uniform' - comfy, stretchy, and perfect for sitting around all day adding APA citations to your paper. Don't get me wrong - for class, I usually wear the same clothes as I do for work. But because I ride my bike about 9 miles…

Made By Meg: Vintage Simplicity Jacket

Vintage Simplicity Jacket

Pattern: Vintage Simplicity's Teens Jacket, Skirt and Blouse #6140 Fabric: stable sweater knit Cost: $18 I'm not going to lie - vintage patterns make me nervous. I'm not the shape of a typical vintage lady (whatever that is - but apparently requires a much bigger bust!), and I haven't had that much success with vintage patterns in the past. While I love to look at them and I even own a few, they are not part of my typical sewing. That all changed when I wanted to make a simple jacket to wear…

Made By Meg: Meg Makes a Jacket, the Finale

Meg Makes a Jacket, the Finale

Pattern: Simplicity's Misses' Sportswear #2455 Fabric: 2 yds wool + acetate lining Cost: $45 Well I didn't mean to drag these jacket posts out so long, but as you can tell this was a rather big project for me! I am very pleased with the final product, and this past weekend it accompanied me to a wedding in Alaska. It is so nice to have a classic, goes-with-anything jacket in my wardrobe that I can wear for more formal occasions, yet still fits my style. This last part of the project I…

Made By Meg: Freemantle Cocoon Coat

Freemantle Cocoon Coat

Pattern: Marilla Walker's Freemantle Coat Fabric: 2.5 yds wool outer, 2.5 yds cotton lining Cost: $45 When I first started sewing in earnest, I spent a lot of time looking for the right coat style. I am not a particularly frilly girl, so ruffles, peter pan collars, and a lot of shaping just didn't seem like me. My most-worn me-made coat is a simple grey affair, and my favorite thrifted jacket is black tweed in a motorcycle style. This winter, when I was tempted to make a new coat, I again…

Made By Meg: Rain Cape - The Finished Project

Rain Cape - The Finished Project

Pattern: BurdaStyle's Cape 10/2011 #101A Fabric: Waterproof windbreaker material, reflective piping Cost: $30 Well, it's been raining around here again, but that just gives me an excuse to show off my rain cape! If you remember, last time it rained around these parts I drew up plans for making my own custom rain gear - something that would work well for my bike commute. Well, the next day I stayed up way past my bedtime and rushed to finish my very own rain poncho in time for the last day of…

dresses and skirts

Made By Meg: Wedding Sewing: Other Fun Things

Wedding Sewing: Other Fun Things

I promised I wouldn't be a bridezilla. I played nice with my mother and mother-in-law, kept the decorations simple, and even used the leftover flowers from someone else's wedding (!). Mr. Made and I also made one kick-ass wedding planning team. But the one thing I went all out for was, you guessed it, wedding sewing. There was the wedding dress, which you've been following along with. And then I decided to do the bridesmaid dresses. (Pictures coming soon, I hope!) And then there was the…

Made By Meg: This Dress is Not the Star

This Dress is Not the Star

Some of my favorite blogs are full of pretty dresses. The details! The fit! The colors! Worn to the grocery store or a fabulous party, they are the star of the show. But sometimes you need a dress that takes a back seat. That plays support for your favorite coat, or bright shoes, or sparkly necklace. For me, this is that dress. Pattern: basic t-shirt block Fabric: 1.5 yds synthetic blend ponte Cost: $5 The dress is drafted from my basic t-shirt block. Since my t-shirt pattern ends at the…

Made By Meg: Interviewing for a Job During the Apocalypse

Interviewing for a Job During the Apocalypse

Some days it feels hard to plan for the future amidst the hurricanes, floods, shootings, and now ash falling from the sky. Yet here I am in my interview dress as the sky turns dark with smoke. Sometimes you just have to put on your fancy pants and make it work. Pattern: BurdaStyle's Folded Dress 02/2012 #110B Fabric: 1.5 yds stretch cotton sateen Cost: $14 Luckily we are not in any threat from the fire but, as you can see, the air down here has been thick with smoke. My heart goes out to all…

Made By Meg: Jean Dress

Jean Dress

Pattern: frankenpattern with Sewaholic's Granville Shirt Fabric: 2 yds medium-lightweight denim Cost: I honestly don't remember on this one! I have had this dress on my sewing list for ages. But when I bought the fabric in the fall, the weather had already started to cool. Then last summer was a cold one. Finally, this summer's trip and a week at my mom's house before we left gave me the push I needed to sew this up. And it got a ton of wear! I am an incessant pattern mixer, so this dress is…

Made By Meg: New Year, New Pattern: Tania Culottes

New Year, New Pattern: Tania Culottes

Pattern: Megan Nielsen's Tania Culottes Fabric: 1 1/2 yds wool woven Cost: $15 Last week I showed you my Christmas outfit, so this week it is only fitting that I catch you up on what I made for New Year's Eve. Here she is all gussied up in glitter and a party hat to recreate the moment. Like everything else in the city, NYE is a rather casual affair in SF characterized more by men in dresses and glitter than women in fancy ball gowns. I took the opportunity to make a simple but fun piece for…

Made By Meg: Striped Dress

Striped Dress

Pattern: Deer and Doe's Plantain T-Shirt Fabric: striped medium-weight knit Cost: $36 While I don't wear dresses much, I've been wanting an easy striped dress that I could pull on for going out to dinner, hanging out on a warm day, or even pairing with a cardigan and cute shoes for work. You know, something versatile. So, last time I was at the fabric store I picked up some more of my favorite striped knit, which can be seen previously in two casual striped dresses (one of which is now a…

party dresses

Made By Meg: Wedding Sewing: Other Fun Things

Wedding Sewing: Other Fun Things

I promised I wouldn't be a bridezilla. I played nice with my mother and mother-in-law, kept the decorations simple, and even used the leftover flowers from someone else's wedding (!). Mr. Made and I also made one kick-ass wedding planning team. But the one thing I went all out for was, you guessed it, wedding sewing. There was the wedding dress, which you've been following along with. And then I decided to do the bridesmaid dresses. (Pictures coming soon, I hope!) And then there was the…

Made By Meg: Not the Wedding Dress

Not the Wedding Dress

Well hello there! I have been sewing away lately with not much that's ready to share yet. Wedding preparation sewing is in full swing, with the wedding dress complete (!), five bridesmaids dresses in progress, and a whole slew of other projects and ideas in various stages of production. I have a bit of time before the big date at the end of the July, but definitely need to keep things moving. Of course, when you're sewing obsessed you somehow end up getting some sewing done between your…

Made By Meg: Mexican-Inspired Embroidered Dress

Mexican-Inspired Embroidered Dress

If you've read my blog for a while (or maybe even my previous blog, Megxico), you know I have a deep love and appreciation for Mexico. Back in 2009, I had the opportunity to study abroad in Mexico City and to travel all over and get to know so many amazing people. I also have a love for Mexican embroidered dresses and bought quite a few while I was there. So when my cousin announced he was getting married in Sayulita, just north of Puerto Vallarta, this winter, I knew I wanted to make…

Made By Meg: October Wedding in Drape Drape

October Wedding in Drape Drape

Just as summer was breathing its last breaths, I had the chance to go to a beautiful, casual outdoor wedding in the foothills. Of course, this occasion called for a new dress! Pattern: Drape Drape no. 11 Fabric: 2 1/2 yards viscose Ever since I made Drape Drape no. 11 out of knit fabric several, several years ago, I have been wanting to make a version in soft, flowy woven fabric. This hippie wedding would prove to be the perfect chance, as the dress is pretty but still a little bit out there…

Made By Meg: Red and Pink and Magic

Red and Pink and Magic

Pattern: Self-drafted from Pattern Magic 3's 'Pare down the roundness at the back and open out' Fabric: 3 1/2 yds woven cotton Cost: $35 When I was very little and allowed to dress myself for the first time, one of my favorite color combinations was red and pink. "They don't go together!" my mother would say, but I would wear them anyway. There was just something so cheery and fun about those colors together. To this day red remains one of my favorite colors, so when I was looking for a…

Made By Meg: Anna Dress - Good Idea, Bad Pattern

Anna Dress - Good Idea, Bad Pattern

Pattern: By Hand London's Anna Dress Fabric: 3 yds double knit/ponte Cost: $22 Two years after its release I finally found an occasion to sew up the Anna Dress. With a wedding coming up, I knew the silhouette was perfect for both the occasion and the floral fabric from my stash. Plus, this dress looks so effortless and beautiful on just about everyone who sews it. I finally had a reason to get in on the action. Isn't she lovely? Of course, I am a rebel and the fabric I wanted to use was a…

Made By Meg: Alaska Wedding Dress

Alaska Wedding Dress

Pattern: Simplicity's Special Occasion Dresses #4070 Fabric: 2yds rayon poplin + rayon challis lining Cost: $35 First off, thank you all for the comments from my jacket series. It was a wonderful learning process, and it got me thinking - wouldn't it be great if there were more patterns on the market that lead you through some of these more complicated steps?? While much of what Beth shared with me was good tips for sewing in general, there are definitely some steps that were crucial to…

Made By Meg: Fashion Challenge Diary #2: Pretty with a Twist

Fashion Challenge Diary #2: Pretty with a Twist

Week 2 of the Fabric Mart Fashion Challenge, voting here Pattern: Salme Pattern's Yoke Dress Fabric: 2 yds cotton velvet, 1/2 yd silk organza Cost: $41 This week's Fabric Mart Fashion Challenge was to use Salme Pattern's Yoke Dress to create a unique garment that reflects my personality, and describe it using two words. Now, I have to admit that I was a bit disappointed by the pattern selection, not because Salme Patterns aren't absolutely stunning, but because the pattern resembles the…

sportswear and leisure

Made By Meg: Print-Mixing Bikini

Print-Mixing Bikini

Aloha! We snuck off for a week to enjoy the sun on Maui. My father-in-law came along and celebrated his 70th birthday with a tropical drive around the island, Asian noodles, and a boat ride through the lava rocks. There was also lots of opportunity for sun and sand and, of course, my annual new swimsuit. Such a lucky girl! Pattern: Orange Lingerie's Esplanade Bra and Ohhh Lulu Grace Panties Fabric: Poly Spandex in Daisy and Crane prints Cost: $20 Somewhere I got the idea in my head that I…

Made By Meg: Activewear!

Activewear!

For the past two months, I have been kicking up my running game to train for the Oakland Running Festival 5k. I also took this as an opportunity to kick up my running-wear game with this fantastic, over the top, head-to-toe Oakland print running outfit. I just couldn't resist. Pattern: Jalie Leggings 2920 and McCall's Tops 6128 Fabric: 2 yds Cost: $50 I taught myself some Adobe Illustrator, designed the fabric myself using a vintage tattoo print as a starting point, and added all my favorite…

Made By Meg: Flashback: Vegas Neons

Flashback: Vegas Neons

Pattern: Very modified Madalynne Noelle Bralette with high-waisted Ohhh Lulu Grace panties Fabric: 1 yd of swimsuit lycra Cost: $15 This month I went swimming in the Danube, but rewind back to May and I wore this little number in Vegas! Don't ask me how we ended up in Vegas so close to our big trip (and Vegas isn't even my jam!), and also how I ended up at a Punk Rock Bowling festival (ha!), but there I was and with a new bathing suit for the occasion. Thankfully we sewists can sew our own…

Made By Meg: More Hudson Pants

More Hudson Pants

Pattern: True Bias's Hudson Pants Fabric: French terry Cost: $8 It's no secret that I love the Hudson Pants pattern. I have made myself a pair, made the men's version, and even made a chambray version. If I had kids I'd have probably made them a pair. At this rate, I've made one a year since they came out in 2014. As pajamas, I wore my original pair regularly. Nightly. After more than two years the fabric was starting to run bare, so I decided I needed to replace them. I don't love having to…

Made By Meg: Derby Day Hat

Derby Day Hat

Pattern: Vogue's Sun Hat Package #7600 Fabric: Italian felted wool remnant from this dress Cost: free There's a horse race track near us that does a 'Dollar Day' special every Sunday - $1 bets, $1 hot dogs, $1 beer. I had always wanted to go but never been so my friend and I made plans a few months ago. Soon we were designing our outfits and roping everyone in. As the day fell on Mother's Day, I invited my parents to join us and it turned out so well! Everyone came dressed in style, and even…

Made By Meg: Lingerie Sewing

Lingerie Sewing

Pattern: Self-drafted bralette and modified Ohhh Lulu's Grace Panties Fabric: various stretch fabrics Cost: $20 Maybe it's the holiday, maybe it's the anticipation of bathing suit sewing season, but I've suddenly got the urge to sew lingerie again. My lingerie notions drawer is overflowing with lacy fabrics that are just begging to be sewn. I probably need a proper bra, but first why not make some completely impractical beauties? Shown here is a self-drafted bralette I made some time last…

Made By Meg: New Swimsuit and End of Summer Giveaway!

New Swimsuit and End of Summer Giveaway!

Pattern: Madalynne's Free Sierra Bra + Modified McCall's M5681 Fabric: swimsuit lycra Cost: $15 Greetings summerlings! This past weekend I snuck away for a girls weekend in the foothills of California. No cell phone reception, no wifi, and no work! We stayed in the river all day, stayed up all night, and drank more than a little tequila. It was heaven! And, of course, I made a new bathing suit for the occasion, which is also making an appearance today on the BERNINA blog. The top is the free…

Made By Meg: Bathing Suit Success!

Bathing Suit Success!

Pattern: BurdaStyle's Bandeau Top + McCall's Bathing Suit M5861 Fabric: 1 yd lycra swimwear Cost: $10 This past weekend I flew down to Palm Springs for our annual girls getaway. For the price of a hotel room in a major city, we booked a cute little house, bought enough food and alcohol to never have to leave, and holed up by the backyard pool at Rancho Relaxo for four days. We ate well, laughed our asses off, and always had a drink in hand. It was heaven! If I sound particularly pleased with…

Made By Meg: Serendipitous Hudson Pants

Serendipitous Hudson Pants

Pattern: True Bias's Hudson Pant Fabric: medium-weight jersey Cost: $10 If you've been following along, you know that I lurve me some pants. And Kelli must have noticed, too, because she sent me her brand new Hudson Pant pattern to test out. What she didn't know is that I had actually been wanting to make myself some lounge pants, and even had the fabric all bought and washed and ready to go! This is a fun new pattern that's more glam than sweatpants yet way more comfy than trying to relax…

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Made By Meg: Men's Bomber Jacket

Men's Bomber Jacket

Pattern: BurdaStyle's Men's Quilted Jacket 12/2015 #125 Fabric: 2 yds 8.5 oz brushed canvas, 1/2 yd heavyweight rib knit, 2 yds kasha lining Cost: $70 It's how it always happens. He saw a jacket online for $400. I proudly proclaim that I could make one even better for much less. I am forced to live up to that claim. I wait until his birthday, and then Christmas, and as the weather turned cold I was finally forced to live up to my claim... In truth, I really like making stuff for the Mr. I…

Made By Meg: Blue and Gold Jeans

Blue and Gold Jeans

Pattern: Thread Theory's Jedediah Pants Fabric: Threadbare Fabric's 12.5oz Cone Mills Denim Cost: $30 For Christmas I bought Mr. Made some beautiful 12.5 oz Cone Mills denim from Threadbare Fabrics and made him up a muslin. Lately he has discovered the amazingness of premium jeans, but also the price tag. I was sure I could approximate some for a much better price, and after seeing Katie's husband's jeans I was inspired. Threadbare Fabrics was one of the few places online I could find Cone…

Made By Meg: Men's Gingham Shirt

Men's Gingham Shirt

Pattern: BurdaSyle's Men's Shirt 7045 Fabric: gingham from unknown/mixed fibers Cost: free from Bay Area Sewists fabric swap Here is another project sewn up from fabric I got at our swap in July. While I personally wanted a button-up shirt for myself (and still may have some fabric left over) this one went to Mr. Made for his big 3-0 birthday. He was out of town for work in the week leading up to his birthday, so I sewed like a mad woman to get things ready. The bulk of my time went to…

Made By Meg: Blue and Gold

Blue and Gold

His pattern: BurdaSyle's Men's Shirt 7045 Her pattern: Grainline's Archer Fabric: 4 yds collegiate cotton broadcloth Cost: $36 for two shirts Sometimes you get an idea in your head that is a bit too wacky to be real. The danger when you sew, however, is that you have the ability to make those wacky ideas a reality. Such was the case when I decided that Mr. Made and I needed some new collegiate gear from our alma mater. And that the gear in question should be matching Hawaiian-style shirts…

Made By Meg: Men's Casual Blazer

Men's Casual Blazer

Project: BurdayStyle's Suit B7046 Materials: Medium-weight canvas and bias binding Cost: $40 In the festive spirit of these recent holidays, today I'm posting the last of K's birthday presents, an unlined men's blazer. (Sneak peak back here.) I have said this before, but dressing 'up' in the San Francisco Bay Area always seems to me to be a bit tricky. In a world where CEOs are known to wear flip flops and shorts to work and where a bicycle is the primary means of transportation, it can be…

Made By Meg: Hugo Sweater

Hugo Sweater

Pattern: Brooklyn Tweed's Hugo Cabled Pullover Yarn: 8 balls of Andes del Campo in Wellies Heather Cost: $40 What takes longer than an international flight from California to Spain and back? This sweater, which took roughly 55 hours to make! Lucky for me, I had enough time to both complete the sweater and then embark on a glorious vacation to España! I felt like one lucky girl :) The Hugo Cabled Pullover (sneak peak back here) was my birthday gift to K, who had his birthday during our trip…

Made By Meg: More Jedediah Pants

More Jedediah Pants

Pattern: Thread Theory's Jedediah Pants Fabric: grey denim Cost: $30 Ever since I made K his last pair of Jedediah Pants, he's been bugging me to make him another. He has recently taken a professor gig in San Francisco, and needed some more professional-looking pants to see him through. With its side pockets and skinny fit, Jedediah is just perfect. Plus, it's awesome to have someone want me to make them clothes ;) The first pair of Jedediah pants was a bit of a wearable muslin and came out…

Made By Meg: Men's Newcastle Cardigan

Men's Newcastle Cardigan

Pattern: Thread Theory's Newcastle Cardigan Material: light sweater knit (body) and faux leather vinyl (yoke) Cost: $20 Have you heard about Thread Theory patterns?! If you're into indie patterns and interested in menswear, then you're about to get pretty excited! Thread Theory Designs is a brand new independent menswear sewing pattern company run by the lovely wife and husband team, Morgan and Matt. That's right: stylish, indie MENSWEAR! While I've seriously been loving the amazing range of…

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Made By Meg: Cozy Sheltered Poncho

Cozy Sheltered Poncho

I snuck these pictures in on a misty Bay Area morning before the rain clouds rolled in. Now I'm sitting on the couch with the turtle neck pulled up high, warding off the chill as I try to get some work done (but clearly failing, as here I am blogging). Living in a place where the dreary fog can last well into spring, and sometimes straight through August, I figured it was a good time to try out a knitted poncho. Pattern: Drea Knits' Sheltered Poncho Yarn: 4 skeins Uptown Worsted in Titanium…

Made By Meg: Fall Sweater

Fall Sweater

I'd like to tell you that I carefully planned this fall sweater, that it effortlessly slid off my needles just in time for the weather to turn in late September. The reality is that I've been knitting this in fits and starts for at least two years now and any relationship with the seasons is purely coincidental. That said, this really is the perfect fall sweater. Pattern: adapted from Brooklyn Tweed's Hugo Cabled Pullover Yarn: Knit Pick's CotLin in Linen and remnant yarn in mustard Cost…

Made By Meg: Whales Sweater!

Whales Sweater!

Pattern: self drafted, with shaping based on Knit.1's Turtleneck, and whale pattern inspired by New England Knits's Whale Watch Hat Yarn: Vanna's Choice Yarn in Scarlett and White Cost: $32 I originally started this sweater for Valentine's Day last year (yup, that's 2012). It originally had little hearts where the whales were. The night before, I tried it on, decided it didn't quite fit, and decided to frog the whole thing. In its next incarnation, the sweater became a whale sweater, and I…

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Made By Meg: Print-Mixing Bikini

Print-Mixing Bikini

Aloha! We snuck off for a week to enjoy the sun on Maui. My father-in-law came along and celebrated his 70th birthday with a tropical drive around the island, Asian noodles, and a boat ride through the lava rocks. There was also lots of opportunity for sun and sand and, of course, my annual new swimsuit. Such a lucky girl! Pattern: Orange Lingerie's Esplanade Bra and Ohhh Lulu Grace Panties Fabric: Poly Spandex in Daisy and Crane prints Cost: $20 Somewhere I got the idea in my head that I…

Made By Meg: Sirocco!

Sirocco!

A few years ago, I made a beloved jumpsuit that was the perfect piece for a night out. I wore it to the wrap party of a short film, to a casual NYE party, and any other time I wanted to feel cute and put together but not overdressed. However, being as it was self-drafted, there were some fitting issues and the whole thing always was a bit heavy. I eventually donated it, but have felt the hole in my wardrobe ever since. Enter, the popular new Deer and Doe Sirocco jumpsuit. Pattern: Deer and…

Made By Meg: A Tale of Three Melilots

A Tale of Three Melilots

I am really feeling my Deer and Doe patterns lately. Melilot, Sirocco, Myosotis, I've bought them all. I tackled the Melilot first and now I want to sew one up in every fabric I own. It is the perfect comfortable-yet-pulled-together top for a day at work, without all the stuffiness of a normal button-down. And I think the Deer and Doe pattern block really fits me well. Pattern: Deer and Doe's Melilot Shirt Fabric: 2 yds Cost: $20 Of course, I didn't have success right out of the gate. My…

Made By Meg: Cozy Sheltered Poncho

Cozy Sheltered Poncho

I snuck these pictures in on a misty Bay Area morning before the rain clouds rolled in. Now I'm sitting on the couch with the turtle neck pulled up high, warding off the chill as I try to get some work done (but clearly failing, as here I am blogging). Living in a place where the dreary fog can last well into spring, and sometimes straight through August, I figured it was a good time to try out a knitted poncho. Pattern: Drea Knits' Sheltered Poncho Yarn: 4 skeins Uptown Worsted in Titanium…

Made By Meg: Activewear!

Activewear!

For the past two months, I have been kicking up my running game to train for the Oakland Running Festival 5k. I also took this as an opportunity to kick up my running-wear game with this fantastic, over the top, head-to-toe Oakland print running outfit. I just couldn't resist. Pattern: Jalie Leggings 2920 and McCall's Tops 6128 Fabric: 2 yds Cost: $50 I taught myself some Adobe Illustrator, designed the fabric myself using a vintage tattoo print as a starting point, and added all my favorite…

Made By Meg: The Graduate Blazer

The Graduate Blazer

In grad school, my classmate and friend Toni taught us about power poses. Before an important presentation or event, she would have us strike a pose that made us feel powerful, like we could take on any task at hand. And then we did - pose and take on that task. And as silly as I thought it was at first, it really did help! I felt ready to take on the world! This blazer is my power pose. It's professional but casual, and also has a special little touch that will always remind me of my time…

Made By Meg: Custom Printed Sweatshirt

Custom Printed Sweatshirt

Not sure if working remotely is causing a slow backslide of my fashion sense, but I am all about this sweatshirt. Pattern: McCall's Misses'/Men's Tops and Hoodies #6614 Fabric: 2 yds Drake Sweatshirt fleece in heather grey from Stonemountain Cost: $30 The text says "seamstress for the band," the lyric from Elton John's Tiny Dancer and, in my opinion, a great graphic tagline for a sweatshirt. I think I saw it on a ready-to-wear jacket and just couldn't get the idea out of my head. For this…

Made By Meg: My Comfy Clothes

My Comfy Clothes

I used to think that the goal of sewing my own clothes was to be glamorous all the time. Make the prettiest dress for the party! The most interest top for work! The best fitting slacks. And there are still plenty of occasions for glamour (I am designing a really fun wedding guest dress right now). But in my current job, where I work out of an office with some friends who aren't my professional coworkers, I mostly just want to be comfortable on a day-to-day basis. In fact, it's those casual…

Made By Meg: Experiments in Twists

Experiments in Twists

Last week, I posted a trio of basic tees. But I've also been experimenting with how to make my favorites a bit more interesting. This top started out as the Tessuti Mandy Boat Tee, but with a twist. Pattern: Named Inari Tee, with twist borrowed from the Style Arc Dee Knit Top Fabric: remnant cotton eyelet Cost: free from Bay Area Sewists fabric swap I first started experimenting with twists when I made this cozy sweater for the Britex blog last winter. I took the twist from the Style Arc Dee…

Made By Meg: A Trio of Tops

A Trio of Tops

We are well into January by now, but during that last week of December bookended by the holidays, I stole some quiet time to relax, sleep in, take the dog on walks, and do a bit of easy sewing. The result is a trio of tops that have already gotten a ton of wear. Pattern: my modified McCall's M6164 Fabrics (left to right): 1.5 yds each of chocolate chip rayon knit, remnant sweater knit, and another rayon knit, all from Stonemountain Cost: about $15 each In my new years reflections, it has…

Made By Meg: A Trio of Tops

A Trio of Tops

We are well into January by now, but during that last week of December bookended by the holidays, I stole some quiet time to relax, sleep in, take the dog on walks, and do a bit of easy sewing. The result is a trio of tops that have already gotten a ton of wear. Pattern: my modified McCall's M6164 Fabrics (left to right): 1.5 yds each of chocolate chip rayon knit, remnant sweater knit, and another rayon knit, all from Stonemountain Cost: about $15 each In my new years reflections, it has…

Made By Meg: A Short Ulysses

A Short Ulysses

I perused the Ulysses Trench pattern when it came out earlier this year, but wasn't truly sold until I saw this wool coat lookalike pop up on Pinterest a few months ago. While I have little use for a lightweight jacket this time of year, wouldn't it be fun to sew up this style in something warm and snuggly? Pattern: Victory Patterns' Ulysess Trench Fabric: 3 yds Italian black wool stretch twill Cost: free/remnant I had very limited yardage for this left over from another project, so I…

Made By Meg: Fabric Choices for Pants

Fabric Choices for Pants

I've got another pair of pants on the books, and am still philophisizing about fit, fabric, and more. Pattern: Mambo No. 5 personal pants block Fabric: 1.5 yds tretch cotton twill Cost: $20 For this pair, I significantly altered the crotch curve on my usual block, as it was still pulling down slightly in center back. This time, I bought a flexible ruler and used that to take my crotch measurements. I also added a bit more room in the thighs, although I think I'll take that back out again on…

Made By Meg: Work Wardrobe: Style Arc Madeleine

Work Wardrobe: Style Arc Madeleine

On Wednesday, I posted about my work wardrobe plans for my new(ish) job. For me, the Style Arc Madeleine was the perfect work top. Pattern: Style Arc's Madeleine Ponte Top Fabric: crepe double knit Cost: remnant from bridesmaids dresses (originally $4/yd) I love that this pattern is interesting, with its tucks and waistband. It also makes it flattering, bringing in the fabric around the waist and releasing toward the bust. I also love that it is defined for comfy knit fabrics, and as a…

Made By Meg: Fall Sweater

Fall Sweater

I'd like to tell you that I carefully planned this fall sweater, that it effortlessly slid off my needles just in time for the weather to turn in late September. The reality is that I've been knitting this in fits and starts for at least two years now and any relationship with the seasons is purely coincidental. That said, this really is the perfect fall sweater. Pattern: adapted from Brooklyn Tweed's Hugo Cabled Pullover Yarn: Knit Pick's CotLin in Linen and remnant yarn in mustard Cost…

Made By Meg: Wedding Sewing: Other Fun Things

Wedding Sewing: Other Fun Things

I promised I wouldn't be a bridezilla. I played nice with my mother and mother-in-law, kept the decorations simple, and even used the leftover flowers from someone else's wedding (!). Mr. Made and I also made one kick-ass wedding planning team. But the one thing I went all out for was, you guessed it, wedding sewing. There was the wedding dress, which you've been following along with. And then I decided to do the bridesmaid dresses. (Pictures coming soon, I hope!) And then there was the…