Peace Out MMJ and June 4x1

Friday, July 1

So here we are!

The end of 2 challenges. Zoe's Me Made June 2011 and Stephanie's June 4x1 challenge.

I am so happy I did these challenges, although strictly speaking I did not completely follow the rules to the letter. For MMJ, I had a week when I did not wear me made outfits, which I explained in this post, and my picture taking kind off became jerky towards the end. For the June 4x1, I was supposed to make 4 summer dresses in 1 month. I only made 3.

 I could take the easy way out and say I was sick for 1 week so I could not sew in that time (and yes I did not sew), but I know I was just plain lazy, and I could have made 4 dresses within 3 weeks. In my defence( I am always blameless), I did not anticipate the surgery when I signed up for these challenges, and how it would affect my pledges. So there. I failed my challenges, but technically speaking ( pay attention, this is a masterclass in being a politician), I succeeded.

Day 28

Hibiscus dress from day 1

Day 29

Now this is a new dress. This is my third entry for the June 4x1 challenge. I used an Italian cotton fabric I bought from goldhawk road. It was from the remnant bin. I bought about 6 different fabrics for £15 so I would say this was about £1.50/metre as I had 2 metres of this one.

I used the same Lisette pattern I used for the 1am dress. I really love this pattern. The bodice fits me really well too. I used bias binding on the neckline and armholes, then used a lace trimming I bought when Melizza and I went to Rolls and Rems.

Picture taken at the end of the day, so dress looks rumpled.
MMJ Day 30

My MMJ item today is my necklace. Hope you can see clearly in this picture.

Like I said before, I'm really happy I participated in these challenges. They've made me realise that I really can have a self made wardrobe and that it is not as difficult as I thought it would be. I have been so proud of myself this month, skipping around in things I made myself, and getting praises for it.

 I think I got high (on more than one occasion ) on the reaction I got from people when they found out I made my own clothes. hihihihihi. I think its a good thing I am no one famous. If I was one of those famous peeps, I know I would have been one of those really annoying ones prancing about with my nose in the air like Jerusalem women of old ( and no I have never been to Jerusalem).

I have also been really happy with the creative freedom making your own clothes gives you. I can decide what colour of dress I want, or what trimmings I want to use, and there's nothing the high street can do about that. So liberating.

I still have 2 challenges in the pipeline. My self imposed holiday wardrobe challenge, where I make ALL the things I will be taking with me to Marjoca at the end of July......


....and the Summer Essentials Sew-Along, where I have to make 5 things or more that I would rather not live without this summer from June to August.

The good thing about doing the MMJ and June 4x1 challenges is that I have already made a couple of summer things which I will use as my entries for these remaining challenges.  I could say I am already 60% done with these two challenges. For the SESA, I still need to add a pair of shorts and a tankini. Same goes for my holiday wardrobe challlenge.

What about you? Have you got any personal challenges coming up, or other community wide challenges?


  1. Your Lisette dress is just gorgeous, I love your lace collar!

  2. welldone on your challenges.. i should do some too... what do you recomend??

  3. Oh, I love that lace collar too! What a great addition to the dress!

  4. You're inspiring me to finally make the Lisette dress since I've had that pattern forever!

  5. I bought that Lisette pattern solely because of how flattering your first version looked as well as that one vogue that you have done a couple of. This Lisette looks so cute with the bias binding and lace. I've become a addicted to bias binding lol.
    I think you were very successful...I think the funnest part of being in a challenge is the group and the new sewers that you get exposed to.

  6. I think you did well in the challenges. It's ok that you only made 3 dresses in the June 4 x 1 after all, you were ill. I was in this challenge as well; life got in the way and I only made 1 dress and cut another out. Now that's almost complete failure:) lol

    BTW I absolutely love the dress with the binding and black lace!

  7. Thanks for the lovely feedback ladies.
    @Shawnta, lol, I am totally addicted to bias binding as well. Easy option. Aww I'm glad I inspired you to buy not one but 2 patterns. Mr Dibs needs to hear this.

    @Rachel, why don't you do the summer essentials one? You've still got 2 months.

    @Nicole, get started on it u won't regret it.

    @Shelly, too many challenges can get quite confusing, as I found out.

    @Carolyn, I love using trim and embelishments. I think the make your outfit more personal.

  8. Wow, I love that collar piece, so classy. You have such a confident eye for seeing the potential in materials and then realising them in your sewing. Can't wait to see what hat creations await in the future

  9. Congrats to your third June Challenge dress! The lace on the neckline really compliments the farbic. Congrats to finishing three dresses in June and good luck with your upcoming challenges. looks like a busy summer :)