Me-Made-May 2015 | week two

5.19.2015

Me Made May 2015
Another week, another 7 days chock full of me-made makes. Here's the story for week two...

Me Made May 2015 Deer and Doe plantain
May 8th
Me Made: plantain tee, necklace (unblogged)
Other: h&m jeans
Comments: I seem to dress on auto pilot if I'm at home. Knit top, h&m jeans. Maybe too predictable and boring? But hey, I did make this necklace. It's teething beads looped onto some bright coloured thread. Aurelio can chew away and I I can finally wear necklaces again! Win-win. 


Me Made May 2015 Papercut Patterns Sigma skirt
May 9th
Me Made: Sigma skirt (unblogged), terry Coco
Other: vintage belt
Comments: Was meeting up with some Belgium family today, so wanted to up my chic-game. I made this skirt up Friday and I have 0 regrets. I LOVE it. But it wrinkles like a mother 'ucker. Linen *shakes fist*


Me Made May 2015 DIY leggings
May 10th
Other: jcrew shirt
Comments: These leggings make me realise that I need more leggings in my life. They're so comfy - and the fabric really stops them from feeling too mundane. I really need to make some more.


Me Made May 2015 True Bias Hudson pants
May 11th
Me Made: Hudson pants 
Other: h&m shirt, new look shoes
Comments: What can I say, these are my perfect trousers. Relaxed fit. Tapered leg. Elasticated waist. I shouldn't love them this much, but I do. I really do.


Me Made May 2015 vintage floral skirt
May 12th
Me Made: floral skirt, Hey June raglan (unblogged)
Other: Dorothy Perkins shoes
Comments: I was totally trying to call out the sun gods with this skirt. Still too chilly here for my liking, but the longer length skirt and long sleeves on the raglan top helped.


Me Made May 2015 Marilla Walker maya top
May 13th
Me Made: maya top (unblogged)
Other: H&M trousers
Comments: You know, this is a funny one. I was really not liking this when I made it, then last week was about 65% OK with it, and now I'm really loving this top. How odd. The power of me-made May?


Me Made May 2015 Grainline Studio morris blazer

May 14th
Me Made: plantain, morris blazer (unfinished in this photo, to be blogged this week)
Other: h&m jeans 
Comments: I've been stalking Jen's new pattern for weeks and then just totally caved. I love the simplicity of the blazer and hope to make a few more. Of course, would help if I finished this one first. 


What have I learned this week? I should be surrounded by casual makes for home-time lounging (since I really only spend 3 days in an office). But I don't seem to have many makes that fit the bill. 

So, I should really try to make a few more makes in the jeans/casual trousers/leggings category. Does this mean it's time to try my hand at a pair of Gingers or Jamies? Yikes. Maybe I'll make a pair of Hudson's first - to build up my strength. 

So are you taking part in Me-Made May? What have you learned about your makes? 

Nursery + Kids DIY | funky little clothes to sew

5.16.2015

wild things funky little clothes to sew
I tend to get stuck in a bit of a rut when it comes to dressing Aurelio. 

I love putting him in mini versions of grown up clothes (like this make), but sometimes it's nice to dress him up in something a little more jolly. 

wild things funky little clothes to sew
So, inspired by Kirsty's sweet new book - Wild Things Funky Little Clothes to Sew - I set about making something for the bambino.

I used an old jumper and a few bits from Kirsty's book - the bloomer pattern for the shape of the trousers plus the cloud and raindrop patterns. 

wild things funky little clothes to sew
I've got to say Kirsty's book is s-u-p-e-r sweet. I could literally live in it's colourful pages. I love the fact that she has a real passion for colour and pattern. 

I would say the book is probably not for totally-newbie-beginners, as there aren't many illustrations to follow in the project sections. But... there is absolutely shed loads of inspiration crammed into the pages. I've already earmarked the most adorable dungarees to make.

wild things funky little clothes to sew
Aurelio totally seems to approve.

If you fancy getting your mitts on your own copy. You can enter Kirsty's giveaway, or just go old-school and buy your own ;)

And you might be wondering where you've seen Kirsty before. You might know her better as the co-founder of Blogtacular. Man, that woman has drive! 

wild things funky little clothes to sew
This book was kindly provided by Kirsty. All thoughts and opinions are my own. Cause that's just how I roll. 

Handmade Wardrobe | a fleet of plantains

5.11.2015

Deer & Doe plantain T-shirt
Guys, I may have a problem.

I now have 4 Deer & Doe plantains under my belt. And I can't seem to stop.

But to be fair, I don't really think it's my fault.

The drafting of this pattern is brilliant. Fitted at the bust with a slight flare at the hips. It's crazy flattering. And... It's free. Total win.

I wanted to use some jersey I had in my stash...

... including this leopard print viscose (seen previously as a DIY pattern skirt)...

Deer & Doe plantain T-shirt
and this white jersey.

Deer & Doe plantain T-shirt
And I ended up liking the pattern so much I bought some pretty peach knit from Walthamstow market...

Deer & Doe plantain T-shirt

... and some striped jersey from the lovely ladies at Sew Over It.

These plantains were all satisfyingly easy to whip up and I managed to make a few modifications as I went along (like adding cuffs and pockets). You can read more about my adventures with the plantains at the end of the post.

Outfit details
T-shirts | handmade using Deer & Doe's plantain pattern
Jeans | H&M
Shoes | New Look

Me-Made-May 2015 | week one

5.08.2015

Me-Made-May 2015
So this week I learned that I totally dress on auto pilot. I literally had to force myself not to reach for my trusty skinny jeans every morning. Funny, because I seem to have no problems dressing my top half in my own makes. Wierd, right?

Deer & Doe plantain and True Bias Hudson pants
May 1st
Me-made: Plantain tee (unblogged), crepe Hudson pants
Comments: What can I say, I totally played it safe with my first choice. Hudsons plus plantain. If you make one thing this weekend please make it one of these. 100% my favourite two patterns of the moment. And the plantain is free. Free!

Grainline Studio hemlock tee
May 2nd
Me-made: Hemlock tee, DIY colour block necklace.
Comments: I was going to reach for another plantain, but variety is the spice of life, right,  so I reached for this instead. Plus, I made this necklace ages ago (find the DIY here). Extra me-made bonus points!

DIY self-drafted leggings
May 3rd
Me-made: Self-drafted leggings (DIY here)
Other: h&m T-shirt, JCrew shirt, Tommy Hilfiger body warmer, Fat Face boots
Comments: I could have easily worn my trusty jeans, but went for these faux leather leggings instead. Pretty good choice considering it was all sorts of weather out. Also made me realise I should probably get round to hemming these some day!

Grainline Studio Moss Skirt
May 4th
Me-Made: Black drill Moss skirt
Other: Jigsaw top, New Look flats
Comments: Hello sun! I wanted to wear something to get some much needed sun to my legs. This version of the moss isn't very spring-y. Which makes me think I could do with a new spring skirt.

Marilla Walker Maya top and True Bias Hudson pants
May 5th
Me-Made: Maya top (unblogged), blue Hudson pants (unblogged).
Comments: I was 100% not sure about this top. It didn't quite work out how I wanted (bit too stiff, buttons too big, generally way too wide). But you guys were so positive on Instagram that I'm gearing up to make another.

Named Clothing Inari Tee Dress
May 6th
Me-Made: denim Inari tee dress
Comments: This makes me realise I need more dresses in my wardrobe. I'll definitely be making another inari, but might try my hand at something else just to change things up. Maybe a maya-gathered skirt combo? Also, awful photo. Not too sure what happened there.

Thread Theory Camas Blouse
May 7th
Me-Made: Thread Theory camas blouse
Comments: I love the colour of this, and the drape is amazing, but just not 100% in love with this. Am trying to be less of a perfectionist about my makes. But still not a giant fan of this. Wish I knew why.

I've also managed to squeeze in a few makes this week - the maya top and another plantain (I know. I am addicted). Plus I have a vintage skirt that's cut and waiting to be sewn together. 

Are you joining in on Me-Made-May? What have you learned about your sewing this week? If not, would you be keen to wear more handmade clothes?

Me Made May 2015

4.30.2015

So you guys have probably all heard about Me-Made-May - a pretty sweet little challenge for anyone who likes to dabble in a handmade wardrobe.

This is my first year joining in (I know, where have I been?) so I'm pretty excited.

My goal is a bit crazy. In other words:

I, Elena of Randomly Happy, sign up as a participant of Me-Made-May '15. I endeavour to wear at least one me-made garment each day for the duration of May 2015.
Something me-made. Everyday. Yikes. I may need to sneak in a few extra sewing sessions, but I'm pretty sure I can pull it off.

Check back here for updates, or come snoop on my Instagram feed. You could also use #memademay15 to see what others are up to.

Are you joining in? What challenge have you set yourself?
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