Wednesday, June 1, 2011

Me Made June '11 - Day 1

Wow!  Today is day 1 for Me-Made-June'11.  I am very nervous about this challenge.  When I signed up for this I thought it would be fun but then reality started to set in.  Was I insane or what?  Will I ever be able to meet this commitment?   I took an inventory of  me made garments/items and found them to be sadly lacking.  Yes, it's verified, I am insane!

This is what I found for today.  It's a top that I made in April which was finished last week after my much wanted Coverstitch machine arrived.  As the sun was shining and gave false impressions that it was warm even though it was the first day of winter here 'down under' I decided to wear it.  I don't think I will get much wear out of it until the weather warms up though.

One thing I have learned; this challenge has definitely improved my productivity.  Having pondered this thought a few posts ago and set myself some goals.  I have been sewing a little every day as I promised myself I would.  In order to meet this challenge I have several things in varying stages of progress on the sewing table as we speak.  Thanks to those people who commented on increasing my productivity.  I have taken those thoughts on board and it is certainly helping.

I only finished this top last week so I will include my pattern review in this post.  I like this pattern but as you can see I am wearing a cami underneath as it's too low in the neckline. I will make a long sleeve version making alterations for a better fit for the winter in a plain colour.

Pattern and fabric chosen.  The photo doesn't show the fabric colour very well.  There is just a hint of pink in it.

Vogue 8649

Pattern Description:
Semi-fitted, pullover tops have gathered kimono sleeves. Custom fitting for A,B,C,D cup sizes. Designed for knits.
Pattern Sizing:
8-10-12-14, I used the 14, view A and cut for the C cup using the guide for cup selection but found this to be a little large for me.
Did it look like the photo/drawing on the pattern envelope once you were done sewing with it?
Were the instructions easy to follow?
Yes, very easy.
What did you particularly like or dislike about the pattern?
The sizing seems to be quite big. I cut the C cup sizing according to the size selection guide even though I wear a DD bra and found it still to be a large fit. When I make this top again I will cut a smaller cup size and cut the 12 or run it in down the sides for a more fitted look.
Fabric Used:
Polyester knit
Pattern alterations or any design changes you made:
I made this top according to the pattern.
Would you sew it again? Would you recommend it to others?
Definitely, I will sew this again with alterations.
This is a great style, comfortable and it was very easy to sew. It makes a great addition to my wardrobe basics.

Good luck to everyone in the challenge!


  1. Its so lovely. The pattern does not look interesting, but you convinced me that sometimes its better to look beyond a pattern picture, and imagine what you can do with it. Is it an old pattern, i can't find it anywhere. its lovely. i'm still jealous about your coverstitch

  2. Stunning fabric! I like the way you styled it with the necklace.


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