Minerva Blogger Network : Wrap skirt and T-shirt

Look at me, I'm Minnie Mouse!
Eheh, I realized how cartoonish these two garments look together just when I was putting them together, but I'm not at all bothered by this. It's a three colours I wear a lot and can remix with plenty of stuff in my wardrobe, and I think they look very cute together.

You can find more details on this outfit in my post at Minerva Crafts, but these are a Sewaholic Renfrew t-shirt (in a size 6) and a Miette skirt by Tilly and the Buttons (you can see another one I made here).
I originally wanted to use the Cascade skirt pattern by Megan Nielsen, but I did a stupid mistake while cutting my fabric, so in came the Miette pattern to save the day. Whew! It was a real "make it work" moment in Project Runway style! And I'm really satisfied with how it tuned out.

Now, the only thing I'm not very happy about this look, is that it goes along a kit on sale at Minerva Crafts. I kinda bombed it this month... First of all, the red linen-look cotton I used for the skirt is too lightweight for October. It's gorgeous, but it's starting to be really cold here and I won't be really wearing this skirt for much longer. Secondly, I included too much fabric for the t-shirt. Unless you want to make a knit dress or multiple t-shirts, I can't really recommend this kit in good conscience, but the single components are great. You can find the polka dot jersey here, the linen here and the Vilene bias tape (that I used to reinforce the shoulder seams of the t-shirt and the back openings of the skirt) here.

I learnt a few things from these first 3 kits and I hope the next ones will be better.
Do you have any suggestions for me? Anything you'd like to see more of?

Last of my summer sewing : Denim Miette skirt

Pattern: Miette skirt by Tilly and the Buttons

Size: size 4

Alterations: shortened by about 5 cm

Fabric: a cheap lightweight denim I purchased locally. And when I say "cheap", I mean "cheap", not just inexpensive. Not my best fabric buy.

I touched the topic of the perfect pattern for beginners in my last post, and this one is another great contender!
The only long part in constructing this skirt are the waistband ties: sewing, trimming the seam allowances and handstitch or stitch in the ditch is the longest part, but other than that, it's another instant gratification project. And it doesn't require fitting! Also, the instructions are very well written, Tilly did a superb job.

This is an extremely "easy" skirt, because the style and the color allow me to pair it with basically everything in my wardrobe. And this skirt is not retiring anytime soon, I'll just add tights and a half slip and I can wear this all Autumn.
And there's also another Miette coming soonish to the blog...

I must admit I wore my Miette backwards most of the times, with the bow on the back and the panels overlapping in the front. This way, it's easier to avoid wrinkling the fabric when you sit down and you can wear tops with interest in the front (collars, bow ties, etc.) without redundancy.

Before I leave, can I ask you a favor? My Mae blouse (which I have yet to blog about) is competing on the Bluegingerdoll blog and if you could cast a vote for me, that would make me very happy.

See you soon with my last summer project!

Has sewing changed your life?

My very messy sewing corner

That's what Tilly asked last Saturday and this is my (late) answer.
Soo... yes! Sewing has definitely changed my life!
I've been around sewing machines since I was a child, because both my mom and my granny are seamstresses.
I didn't start sewing seriously until about 4 years ago and it became an increasingly important activity in my life. Right now, it's one of my most frequent thoughts and my favorite pastime. It's a great way to channel my creativity and I wear my creations with pride. I love the look on someone's face when I tell them I can sew and, although I deal terribly with compliments, I'm really happy when someone compliments my handmade garments.
I don't know anyone around my age with the same passion, so starting a blog and connecting with the sewing community has been awesome. I "met" some great people and it's an awesome support system.

Some other thoughts on sewing:
- I'm not the most social of people and I like to spend a lot of time at home. Sewing is a great way to keep myself busy, instead of being just lazy and unproductive.

- It allowed me to bond even more with my mum. We always had a good relationship, but we didn't always get along well during my teenage years (I wasn't the nicest of teenagers...). Now we go fabric shopping together, I always ask for her advice and she's a great supporter of (almost) everything I make.

- It allowed me to improve my language. Reading sewing blogs, books and pattern instructions in French and English, I feel very strong on sewing and fashion vocabulary and I can add this to my CV as a translator.

- Money! I managed to earn some (through my shop) and to save some more, both on RTW clothes I didn't buy and on presents for friends I made with my hands.

I hope this was useful, Tilly!
If you lovely readers want to share your thoughts, please feel free to do it, I'd love to hear from you guys!