8oz Chambray Belmore Jacket

The Belmore Jacket is the latest pattern from Leila and I through Muna and Broad. We’ve been thinking about a lighter-weight layering piece which is perfect for pairing with our existing pattern collection.

As always, Leila has added some great features, which makes for a great sew with great final results- check out my sweet contrast-cuffs!

Chambray Belmore Waikerie 4

This is my toile of the pattern, which I decided was far too versatile a fabric not to finish up and make into a ‘wearable toile’!

I’m wearing a full Fabric Store outfit here! My Glebe Pants are heavyweight natural linen, my Waikerie Shirt is Liberty lawn, and my Belmore Jacket is 8oz chambray– all 3 purchased from TFS. Not sponsored- but would be more than happy to receive free liberty fabric and TFS linen in return for continuing as I am.

Chambray Belmore Waikerie

Fabric Consumption: I buy this 8oz chambray in large amounts, especially when it goes on sale. I’ve been using it to toile pants, with great success. Since I cut this jacket from several pieces of leftovers from pants toiles, I’m not exactly sure how much fabric I used. Leila calculated 2.7m of 150cm wide fabric, and that’s probably spot on (since she knows what she’s doing).

Back Belmore Jacket Chambray

Size details: For my 48″ bust, 57″ high hip and 54″ hip body, I made our sample size, Size F, which aligns with my hip measurement. For my next version, I’ll make Size E , which corresponds to my bust size, the over-sized fit will ensure that there’s plenty of room for my hips.

I did a hong kong bind on the collar seam and also on top of the cuffs, but was too lazy to bind the rest of the internal seams.I like the peek of colour that you get on the cuffs from binding there, and the tidiness of the collar once that’s bound too.


This Me Made May I’ll be taking part by wearing mostly me-made clothes for the month of May and endeavouring to avoid a single repeat outfit.

I’ll also be sharing pictures, sketches or flat-lays of my outfits and using #MMMayPlus2020

Last year for MMMay I did manage to wear me made clothes for the month of May, but I didn’t manage to finish all my unfinished objects (which was my other goal for the month).

I’ve organised a series of giveaways to celebrate plus-size sewing which will be shared through www.fatsewing.club, @fatsewing.club on instagram and on my instagram account @fat.bobbin.girl

My first Me-Made-May!

Since I started a public Instagram account in January, I’ve decided to go in boots and all and commit myself to Me Made May. In addition to wearing at least 1 handmade item per day this May, I will also finish all my current works-in-progress items (which is shamefully large).

I’ve enjoyed following along with the Me Made May hashtags in previous years, even though I never took part myself. And although it’s not a photo-challenge, lots of folks do take photos of their outfits for a little bit of public accountability.
There’s lots of amazing pictures in the following hashtags from previous years: #MMMay #MeMadeMay2018 #MeMadeMay18 #MeMadeMay17 #MeMadeMay2017

What is Me-Made-May and how does it work?
From Zoe’s website: Me-Made-May is a challenge designed to encourage people who make their own clothes to develop a better relationship with their handmade wardrobe. You set the specifics of your own challenge to make it suitable and useful for YOU. However, one very common pledge is for a participant to aim to wear one self-stitched or refashioned garment each day for the duration of May. 

My current unfinished projects include (but are not limited to): Cashmerette Pembroke Dress (just hems to do), Cashmerette Concord Top (Neckline and hems to do), StyleArc Maude Tunic (only cut out), StyleArc Autumn (only cut out), Peppermint Magazine Wide Leg Pants (hems to do), In The Folds Rushcutter Dress (Need to recut the sleeve section), Peppermint Magazine Peplum top x3 (various amounts of work to do).

Are you signing up for Me-Made-May? If so, what will you be pledging? Would you be interested in a Me-Made-May-Plus-Size hashtag?