MMM 15 Week 4 #‎MMMay15

MMM 15 Week 4 #‎MMMay15This year I decided to up my MMM pledge to two me made items per day. I include my me made accessories in that too because I don’t think to wear them as often as I like. I’ve really enjoyed going through what I have and picking out what to wear. This is week one and week two and week three and now week four……

MMM 15 Week 4 #‎MMMay15
Me Made May 2015 Day 22

Weather: Low of 8C High of 16C And set to be partly cloudy ⛅️

Today I am off to the hairdresser, I’ve been growing my hair for 18 months but I think it’s just reached the perfect length! What do you think?

My Me Made’s Are:

MMM 15 Day 23
Me Made May 2015 Day 23

Weather: Low of 6C High of 17C And set to be partly cloudy ⛅️

Today I am off out with Mr Ask. To do what? I don’t know yet but I’m dressed for fun!

My Me Made’s Are:

  • Reversible wrap circle skirt (blogged),
  • Orange & Lime cami (not blogged)
  • Cherry handbag (blogged)
MMM 15 Day 24
Me Made May 2015 Day 24

Weather: Low of 8C High of 18C And set to be partly cloudy ⛅️

Today I am hanging at home, getting ready for the week.

My Me Made’s Are:

MMM 15 day 25
Me Made May 2015 Day 25

Weather: Low of 10C High of 19C And set to be sure sunny but partly cloudy ⛅️

Today I am running some errands and then I’m off to Costco. I’ll be bringing my cape, it’s always freezing in Costco!

My Me Made’s Are:

  • Black sweetheart tank (yet to be blogged),
  • Stripe tie up shrug (yet to be blogged)
  • Cape (blogged)
MMM 15 Day 26
Me Made May 2015 Day 26

Weather: Low of 10C High of 19C And set to be sure sunny but partly cloudy ⛅️

Today I am off to the post office to post out some book orders, then off to Mummy Asks for some blogging and chatting.

My Me Made’s Are:

MMM 15 Day 27
Me Made May 2015 Day 27

Weather: Low of 12C High of 20C And set to have possible showers partly cloudy ⛅️

Today I am off to the supermarket, a quick blog and then it’s kitchen time.

My Me Made’s Are:

  • Spotty M2254 (yet to be blogged),
  • Polka dot pocket skirt (blogged)
  • Cherry show clips (blogged)
  • Cherry handbag (blogged)
MMM 15 Week 4 #‎MMMay15
Me Made May 2015 Day 28

Weather: Low of 11C High of 18C And set to have possible showers

Today I am off to the dentist, shopping, then planning and organizing for the rest of the week.

My Me Made’s Are:

  • Dress copied from RTW (not blogged),
  • Pom pom shrug (to be blogged)
  • Half slip with net (not blogged)
  • Anchor shoe clips (blogged)
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Sew: DIY Oilcloth Betty Bowler Handbag {Yeah, Let’s Make Our Own Handbags}

 Sew: DIY Oilcloth Betty Bowler Handbag {Yeah, Let's Make Our Own Handbags}
I’ve been meaning to make my own handbag for aggggges! I wanted a bag with all the right pockets and the look I’m into. I adore frame purses but that means I can’t have my signature coke accessible. So I planned the perfect bag. I talked about it so much that Mr Ask bought me a subscription deal to Swoon Patterns. Which means I had a huge selection of awesome patterns to play with. I had decided on the Betty Bowler before Christmas but I procrastinated. 
Sew: DIY Oilcloth Betty Bowler Handbag {Yeah, Let's Make Our Own Handbags}
You see, I hate cutting out bags! Oh it feels good to say it! All those bits to cut out, not just once but in exterior fabric, lining, interfacing, fleece. I hate it. I decided that I was going to make it out of oilcloth (even though it scares me to sew it) because it’s durable and you can wipe it down. My handbags do take a beating and I know a fabric bag would look filthy in minutes. Plus, less interfacing, yeah! 
Sew: DIY Oilcloth Betty Bowler Handbag {Yeah, Let's Make Our Own Handbags}
It took me a while to gather my supplies. I bought my oilcloth from here, my zipper and my pre made piping was from eBay. The red lining fabric was some lightweight cotton drill from stash and the aqua spotty cotton was from stash too. Then I spent a whole day cutting out and interfacing. Yep, a whole day! See why I hate bags?

My oil cloth came folded and full of creases. The sheet included told to to hang it on the line in the sun but all I had was grey and rain. I took it out the night before cutting out and laid it flat on the floor but by morning it was still creased. Since it was cold, I put the heater on to help soften. Impatient as always, I thought about it and then grabbed my hairdryer. While the cloth was on the floor, I blasted a section with the dryer and then sat on it as I did the next section. May it be noted in the record, my ass is big but not lazy! It pulls its weight! That made things flat enough for cutting.

 bag pieces Collage
I traced the pattern pieces onto the back of the oilcloth in sharpie (be careful because you will see the sharpie through the fabric) and cut them out. I hair dryered the cut oil cloth and chucked a book on to weight the scrunched bits (yes, that’s my book. Not a shameless plug, it was just what was handy).  I cut out all the lining and pocket fabrics and added a craft fusible interfacing to all parts. I added a heavy duty fusible to the bag bottom and sides too. I felt so satisfied with my pile of parts.
 Sew: DIY Oilcloth Betty Bowler Handbag {Yeah, Let's Make Our Own Handbags}
So the next day was sewing day! I knew I had everything prepped and I was ready. So I start by reading the sewing instructions, which have you sewing on the straps and the metal loop first up. I get the tin of handbag fixings to get the loops and see that I really don’t have the right size. Shit! I have no car and no metal loops. I walk to the only shop in range that might have something, a cheaply shop. Nothing in craft, nothing in hardware, not even a suitable dog collar I could destroy. As I walked home, I knew. I had to cut up my current Nine West bag for parts. Cannibalisim was the only way forward…
Sew: DIY Oilcloth Betty Bowler Handbag {Yeah, Let's Make Our Own Handbags}
Because I needed to have something to carry tomorrow, I did all the lining parts first. That way if I knew I couldn’t finish, I could hold off on the destruction of current bag. It was like sewing cardboard but went okay. I made the interior pocket as per the pattern but added another flat, patch pocket that I divided into four. Otherwise it was as per the plan and the sewing was straight forward.
 Outer bag Collage
I’d long decided to change the exterior. I omitted the zip pocket because even though it’s cute, I wouldn’t use it and I was worried about doing it in oil cloth. I also didn’t want the stripes but a pocket for my phone instead. I got the straps made up and ran out of red thread. I thought I’d die, right there at the machine but then I remembered I had red thread in my sewing kit. Can you believe the luck? It was exactly the same shade! I killed my old handbag and got going! Once it was done, I had a little hand finishing to do and then it was time to put my stuff in. 
Sew: DIY Oilcloth Betty Bowler Handbag {Yeah, Let's Make Our Own Handbags}
I anticipated issues with oil cloth but none of the issues I was expecting ever came to pass. However, oil cloth doesn’t ease like fabric and I had some hairy moments in the corners! I hated making this but I goddamn love the finished product! And if you love it too and want to give it a go (or something similar but different), I’ve got some great links for you:
Sewing Oilcloth Links
Sewing Parts Online
Many of the Swoon Patterns, including the Betty Bowler have detailed sew alongs  on Ali Cat and Co
Sew: DIY Oilcloth Betty Bowler Handbag {Yeah, Let's Make Our Own Handbags}
This was hard, I won’t lie. It took 14hrs over two days. But it was all worth it because I FREAKIN’ LOVE IT! Apart from small details that only sewing snobs and myself see, it’s perfect and I love it. It looks the bomb and has pockets perfect for my stuff. I love that I bothered with piping on the inner pockets and mixed spots with cherries. It had its maiden voyage today and two chemist ladies complimented it and were shocked that I made it. And my new nail lady said she loved it! So let’s say hurrah for the handmade handbag! I’m itching to to know what YOU think so, leave me a comment here or on Facebook, because friends will always tell you about your handbag!
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Second Look Sunday 24 May 2015

Second Look Sunday 24 May 2015Second Look Sunday 24 May 2015
Can we just talk hair for a minute? Until about 8 years ago, I had hair long enough to sit on. It was cool but it was so long I just wore it in a bun all the time. Cutting it was scary but then I remembered my hair is kinda curly. Several years of shorter and shorter styles happened. Then two years ago I got bored and decided to grow it to bra strap kind of length. This hair cut I realized it was at my perfect length! Now the question is – how to style it? 

I can’t be the only one who thinks that any style that takes more than two minutes takes too long. And I know I’m not the only one who struggles with those Pinterest hair tutorials! So, send me links to hair styles ok?



It’s been a nice weekend! We went for a drive, watched a pelican swimming in big, lazy circles and had some fish & chips. Mr Ask made some homemade tortillas for our Mexican feast, I’m on to a new from scratch self saucing pudding (stay tuned for that recipe soon). I need to mix up some more rosewater & mint face mist for Mummy Ask to put in her handbag and sort out what I’ wearing for this week of Me Made Made May. The laundry is done, if only clothes would iron themselves! Hope you’re having a great weekend!
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