Thursday, 28 May 2015

Cozy Wine Baggies for Wine Club!

My husband is a member of a wine club and last week was our turn to host the wine night.  The theme was blind tasting.  This was particularly fortuitous for me because I got to use my creativity to come up with a way to hide the wine bottles as they arrived.  Yay!

I was at the fabric store and found this novelty quilting cotton which I thought was totally à propos!  Pretty cool, eh?  At first I was thinking of making a cover that was more tailored.  A cylindrical rectangle and a circle for the bottom which would have to be hand sewn.  But as time went by, and I procrastinated and got busy with other things, I decided I don't want to be hand sewing these things at the last minute.

I decided to do a pillowcase style bag, so I made a prototype after measuring an empty wine bottle.  (Never thought I'd do a fitting on a wine bottle!).  I decided that it looked pretty good and went ahead with the rest of them.  I made 12 in total.  Once I figured out the ideal measurements, the sewing part went very quickly.  I finished the top quickly with pinking shears.  I found the best measurement for a standard wine bottle is 13" by 15".  Fold the fabric in half lengthwise and sew along the two sides using 1/4-inch seam allowance.  

I had some hemp twine in my ribbon drawer that I used as a tie at the neck.  Yes, this bottle is well dressed!  I also happened to have these cute little tags that I used to number the bottles.

The wine night was fun even though I'm not a wine connoisseur at all. I'm a total newbie, and I wasn't able to guess any of the wines.  Nevertheless,  I had fun.  I could see myself making these again, perhaps in a burlap fabric and a bright ribbon. 

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Happy Sewing!

Sunday, 24 May 2015

Me Made May Week # 3

I can't believe I only managed two handmade garments this week.  My excuse is that I've been working; only two or three 12 hour shifts a week mind you,  but I have to wear a uniform at work.  And I have no desire to sew boring uniforms, ugh!  I prefer to spend my creative time sewing beautiful dresses.  Nevertheless, here's what I managed this week.

I actually wore my Gingham Cambie dress out one day.  Now, this is a success of Me Made May because I didn't think I would feel comfortable going out wearing this dress.  Were it not for the challenge, my handmade dress may have hung in the closet unworn and unloved.

I also wore my Granville Shirt.  I found it lightweight and cool but if I'm doing any kind of housework, it's a bit tight across the upper back and shoulders.

Well, that's it for Week # 3.  See you soon for the final week!

Monday, 18 May 2015

Me Made May Week # 2

Me Made May Week # 2 Update

It has been a chilly jeans and sweater kind of week!  As a matter of fact as I write this, there is snow on the ground.  Yes, snow!  This is not normal weather, and I'm a little concerned about my garden that has started to sprout lettuce, spinach, kale, and garlic.  Yesterday we had a strange storm system that started off as a rainstorm and turned to snow because the temperatures were so low overnight and into the whole day actually.  It's been generally cool this past week, and I had no desire to wear anything but comfy jeans and sweaters.   

So here I am in my handknit Nettle cardigan, my favourite everyday cardigan.  I've realized that I really need another one; perhaps in a neutral colour like beige or grey.  I haven't been knitting much at all lately, but I'll have to place this next on my queue seeing as my everyday cardigan may not last forever.

 One cool morning I even wore my Riddari Icelandic sweater!

 And, of course, my cozy Archer shirt made another appearance this week!

That's it for Week # 2!  I'm looking forward to some warmer weather and maybe some spring dresses!

Friday, 8 May 2015

Me Made May Week #1

Well, May started off with a bang and a big birthday party for my husband.  Other than that, it has been a humble start to Me-Made-May.  At least I started the first day of May by wearing my Radiating Red Dress. Yay!  I also wore my black and white Buffalo Plaid Archer Shirt and my award winning crabapple socks.  Yes, they really are award winning.  I won a sock designing contest from my local yarn shop for designing these socks a few years ago, so I guess I should be proud of them.  They've served my chilly feet well on many occasions!

Well, unfortunately, that's all for this week.  Hopefully,  I do better next week.  Wish me luck!

Happy Me-Made-May!