With only one more day to go before Me Made May kicks off properly, this week we thought we would share some seriously quick makes to help get you out of the starting blocks with a selection of self made items to start wearing as soon as you can. Suitable for both newbies and more experienced sewers alike, this is your chance to get seriously stuck into MMM 2015 and start showing off your sewing skills to their fullest extent!
A Gathered Skirt
American fabric and yarn shop Purl Soho have just released a fantastically simple free pattern for this super quick skirt. Designed with a gathered and elasticated waist, with extra deep pockets if you want them, this is surely one of the quickest possible makes you could imagine. And it’s suitable for little ones too, so if you fancy making Me Made May a family affair, you can always knock up some mini me versions too. Visit their blog to download the free pattern and instructions. Try out yours in some of our extra wide Gutermann prints and you won’t need so many material – genuis!
Simple Tube Scarf
Still feeling the chill of the spring air? Less than half a metre of fabric, or a few fat quarters will give you enough material to knock up a quick tube scarf that will ease you into the warmer weather. Simply fold your material in half down the long side, sew up and whipstitch the ends together, et voila!
The ideal way to get as much wear as possible out of one garment for the duration of Me Made May is to make something you can wear almost every day. There are hundreds of free pyjamas patterns out there on the old internet, but don’t forget you can always simply copy your own – just remember to add on enough of a seam allowance, and extra at the waistband for your elastic or a draw string if you’re feeling adventurous. Go for funky patterns, bright colours or calm neutrals to make yours – Michael Miller’s acorns and hedgehogs would make a great choice, as would the white stars on a teal background, and those in possession of an overlocker could make theirs from the sleepy clouds on jersey.
Both By Hand London and Colette have some super duper quick and simple sleeveless tops that you can whip up in a jiffy during Me Made May. Using only a metre or so of fabric, these patterns give you the chance to choose yourself some fantastic prints or swishy plains and crack on with a couple of these spring fresh shell tops. Click here for the By Hand London Polly top or here for the Colette Sorbetto. (Save yourself even more time with the Colette Sorbetto and hem your seams rather than using bias binding if you find using binding a bit too fiddly.) Ditsy floral prints or the fancy Michael Miller plains would be perfect for either of these patterns.
Loose Fit Trousers or Hareem Pants
Much like the pyjama bottoms, these are extra simple to make and you can even base them on the same pattern – just choose something more appropriate for day wear, or convert them into hareem style pants by adding some elastic at the ankles. We’ve got some lovely big prints in the shop that would make for some amazingly summery trousers – try out the birds and butterflies from the Gutermann collection or the seventies style flower print from Makower.
Feeling adventurous? What could be quicker and more satisfying that making your own t shirts! Basing your pattern on your favourite and most comfortable T, bag some of our delicious jersey and sew up some fantastically fast basics that will see you through the month, no problems. Go for some of the classic stripes or big stars prints to brighten up your spring wardrobe.
Still not signed up for Me Made May yourself? Head over to So Zo’s page and take a look at what’s involved. Anyone who comes into the shop during May wearing their MMM garments, will have their picture taken and posted on the wall, and they will be entered into a competition to win a £25.00 voucher to spend in the shop! Or you can simply post your pictures on Facebook, tag us and you’ll still be in with a chance to win.