Me-Made-May | A Few Final Projects

Me-Made-May is over, but here’s a rundown of a few final pieces I sewed or altered. First up is a tee which has seen better days and undergone recent alterations. I made it last year, and I now realise (having re-measured myself recently) that somewhere over the winter I lost a couple of inches in Read More…

Me-Made-May | His & Hers

Today you see a skirt I made last year from a thrifted chambray dress. That was a great refashioning decision – I have worn the skirt incessantly since I made it. I’m also wearing the striped tee that I talked about a couple of posts ago. I let out the neckline elastic and now it sits much Read More…

Me-Made-May | Making Jeans!

Remember how I said I wanted to learn to make jeans? I did it! I am wearing them as I type, and I can tell you I am very happy with how they feel and fit. But it took me a long, long time to finish them! I started with a well-known pattern (among the sewing community): the Ginger Read More…

Me-Made-May | T-shirts

Recently I decided to make a few new tops for the summer, and I wore them all on three days in a row. (The two pairs of shorts you see are both altered/refashioned, so they get a place as me-made. The first was thrifted and I altered the fit and replaced the buttons. The second Read More…

Compost Success

Do you remember the story about my attempt to compost? In that post, I mentioned that I had built a ‘soil factory’ in a bin on my balcony, in the hope of producing usable compost for potted plants, all made from our own kitchen waste. The bin was plagued by flies, however, and over the winter Read More…

Cloth Diapers: Are They Cheaper? Are They Greener?

Since I often write about reducing waste and general homemaking, it might be strange that I haven’t yet written about cloth diapers. The main reason why, however, was that this subject can veer in all kinds of bad directions. For example: boring and tedious, holier-than-thou, overwhelming, judgmental, guilt-inducing. Not only that, but despite being very Read More…

A Year of ‘Zero Waste’

It’s now been a year since I started my zero waste project last February. When I mentioned this to Mike, he couldn’t believe it had been that long; I’m taking that as a good sign that it hasn’t been too catastrophic for our household! Since it has now been a full year that I’ve been trying Read More…

Useful Sewing Lately

Small, useful sewing projects have been my favourites lately. For example, I converted two pairs of old pyjamas into some cloths that we use for cleaning baby hands and face after a meal. They are very raggy because I left the edges un-hemmed. These cloths are square and each is two layers of flannel sewn together Read More…

January’s Project: More Careful Purchasing

This month, I am going to pay closer attention to my shopping habits. I’m allowed to buy things as usual, but I aim to keep two detailed records: Keep an ongoing wish list of things I want, including those little thoughts that pop up and flit away as quickly – ‘I should try that soap’, Read More…