Me Made May 2014 Midway point!

Well we are halfway through Me Made May and so far so good.  I pledged to wear at least one me made item a day, along with me made knickers and me knitted cardigans at least four days a week.  I also decided not to repeat any outfits throughout the month, things are starting to get a little bit creative! I’ve been posting daily picks on Flickr and Pintrest but I thought I’d do a bit of a round up here too.

And so:


Day one: Colette Hawthorn


Day two: Grey Deer and Doe Plantain with Green Miette Cardigan


Day three: Green embroidered Grainline Scout


Day four: Silk Megan Nielsen Darling Ranges dress

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Day five: Grey Deer and Doe Plantain and Purple Miette Cardigan


Day six: Denim Megan Nielsen Kelly Skirt with Green Miette Cardigan


Day seven: Grainline Plaid Archer shirt


Day eight: Colette Zinnia Skirt and Sorbetto top


Day nine: Grainline Blue Poppy Hemlock Tee (Blue Friday theme day!)


Day ten: By Hand London Anna Dress


Day eleven: Colette Rooibos dress and Ando Satturlund Marion Cardigan


Day twelve: Black Deer and Doe Plantain and By Hand London Victoria Blazer


Day thirteen: Buda elephant top with green Miette cardigan (again)


Day fourteen: Black Deer and Doe Plantain and purple Miette cardigan


and finally  day fifteen: Tilly’s Love At First Stitch Clemence skirt

Phew! Me Made May has made me think a lot more carefully about what I wear, I had got into the habit of wearing jeans, plantains and Miettes all the time! It’s been nice to wear more skirts, I could really do with sewing a few more.  My most me outfits so far have been my Darling Ranges and Anna Dresses, I just feel a lot more comfortable in dresses and I don’t have to thing about co-ordinating anything! I’ve also realised how much I love my Miettes so I definitely need to knit at least one more!  I’ve just got to see if I can make it through the next two weeks without repeating anything!  Hopefully the weather might warm up a bit so I can bring out more of my summer stuff!  Are you taking part? Have you managed to stick to your pledge?

Helen x

















Me Made May’14 pledge

I decided to take the plunge and officially participate in this years Me Made May!  I figured it will give me the kick up the butt I need to actually record my makes and make me think about what I’m wearing (for the past month I’ve been living in my Deer and Doe Plantains, Miettes and jeans!) and so:

‘I Helen Siddon of sign up as a participant of Me-Made-May ’14. I endeavour to wear me made knickers and at least one other me made item each day. I also endeavour to wear me knitted knitwear at least four days a week for the duration of May 2014’

I will be posting my pictures on Flickr (Helen Siddon justsewtherapeutic) and also Pintrest.  Other half doesn’t believe that I’ll actually post pictures of myself as I’m known for running away as soon as there’s a camera around! Hopefully Me Made May will help me overcome my shyness!


hmm, is it May already?

OK so my New year plans to ‘blog more often’ has not really happened, but on the plus side it’s only May so I’ve got just under 7 months to rectify this!

I have actually achieved some of my aims though and have knitted not one but two and a half cardigans!  The first one being my Green Miette by Andi Satturlund:


I really enjoyed knitting this, such an easy pattern to follow and being worsted weight knits up really quickly.  The yarn is Cascade 220 heathers in Ireland.  I bought it from and have discovered that buying yarn off the internet is a bit of gamble.  I must have spent three days trying to choose between four shades of green, going back and forth between laughing hens and ravelry to see posts of how each yarn looked when made up!  I eventually plumped for Ireland (mainly because my Dad was Irish and I was in a really indecisive mood!). It arrived two days later, I opened the package excitedly to find GREEN, SO SO GREEN!  Now it doesn’t look bad in the picture (it is actually more green in real life!)  and it’s lovely now it’s made up, in fact I have worn it to death since I finished it at the end of February.  But, there is no way I would have picked the yarn if I had seen it in a shop. I am so pleased with it and it has given me the confidence to experiment with bolder colour.

So cardigan number two, I’m afraid that I enjoyed knitting the Miette so much that I went and started another one straight away!


I knew I wanted a dark purple one as I’m a bit of a purple fiend.  I was looking for the perfect Aubergine colour, eventually I settled on another Cascade yarn; Venetia Worsted in Italian Plum, a 70% merino 30% silk blend from laughing hens again.  I must admit I had another colour panic when it arrived as I thought it was too purple!  Once it started to come together I decided I liked the colour and the yarn was beautiful to knit with.  I added 10 rows to both my Miette so now they finish a couple of inches below my natural waist, it’s made them easier to wear with jeans (as well as disguising strained skirt waistbands!)

I’m now on my third cardigan of the year, I so wanted to knit another Miette but have opted to try the Peggy Sue cardigan instead, will post on that once it’s done.


sew happy!

I am so over the moon I can’t express how happy I am!  Just looked at the Coletterie blog and my dress has made the Hawthorn parade!  How exciting is that!  I was just happy to post a picture on the flickr page, mainly as I felt such a sense of achievement on finishing it without making a complete hash of it!  There are so many beautiful dresses on there, it’s really opened my mind to how one pattern can be interpreted in so many different ways and all look fabulous!  The Hawthorn is definitely the most ambitious thing I have tackled so far.  I think  I have learnt a good lesson from following the sew long and that is to just take my time with things and that is why it turned out so well.  I have had a tendency to go at things hell for leather and keep going until it is finished at the expense of everything else!  It was nice just to leisurely potter along with it, doing a little bit every other day.  I have embraced the creases though, when I first put it on I didn’t sit down for an hour as I didn’t want to get crumpled but I decided that wasn’t viable long term!  The pictures don’t really pick up the colour of the fabric as it has a kind of sheen on it when it falls on the bias, a little bit like shot taffeta (hope you know what I mean because I’m not sure how to explain it!) It was very cool to wear as the temperature reached 91 degrees here in Derbyshire this afternoon.  I’m now planning my next Hawthorn, I’d like to make an Autumnal  one . Image

The Portrait Blouse is coming along even though I spent a day trying to decide which way up the fabric should go!  I decided that one way was a sort of feathered effect and the other was a scale like pattern, I thought it would be more flattering looking like a bird rather than a reptile! I’m going to finish the neck, armholes and hem with bias binding.  I tried it on last night after finishing all the seams and putting the zip in and my first thought was ‘it’s a bit mad men’!  It is very fitted around the waist and consequently makes the girls look enormous!  I think it will be perfect tucked into a skirt but I’m hoping that it may be passable with some black capri pants.  Will add pictures once it’s finished!

We are off to the sea side in a couple of weeks, annual trip to Anglesey which is absolutely beautiful.  Prince William is stationed just a mile up the beach so every time a helicopter goes over we always wave(along with everybody else!), just in case it’s him.  I think he’ll be elsewhere this year though!

i’m trying to put together as much as a me made wardrobe as possible to take with me so today decided to butcher a pair of old jeans to use up the red flowery fabric I made my last Sorbetto with.  I made a belt and headband as well!


My next big project is the new Anna dress pattern from By Hand London.  I wasn’t too fussed to start with as being 5ft 1in maxi dresses seem to drown me but I have seen some lovely ones on the blogs, especially at handmadejane, did you make that? and sew busy lizzy (will work out how to do links when I have more time!)  The pattern arrived today and it’s beautiful!  Just about to have a rummage through my stash and see what I can come up with!

So pleased about the Hawthorn parade, going to celebrate with a long bath and a bottle of Crabbies Ginger Beer! (little pleasures are the best!)