MMM’15 – go forth & be funny

Thanks guys for all the nice comments on my MMM’15 Comic Con Week, especially the thumb up from the Mistress of Wit Ms Pretty Grievance  herself! No pressure then 😉

But I am a mere amateur when it comes to this Funny Business. And it seems like I’ve used up my wit quotient for the month. Witness what happened when I tried again the week after…

Repeat after me: Never crossbred the corpse of Jungle January with late-term Me Made May.

REPEAT AFTER ME…Never crossbreed the corpse of Jungle January with late-term Me Made May.

You know I love you to share such frightful photo with you right?

So to save humanity from further abominations I’m passing on the Comic Con MMM baton. Here are some standard size templates for Photoshop Element / Photoshop that you can use to create your own fun caption photos…

Comics Frame Templates for Photoshop Element



You will also need to download and install these comics style fonts:

If you fancy creating from scratch (eg for photos with a different proportion)…click here for the tutorial I used.

Now go & make me LOL!

Me Made May ’15 – comic con week?


This week has turned into my Comic Con week of sort. And I’m dedicating it to Pretty Grievance and her Wearable Wednesdays. It’s half-way through the month and I obviously needed a little bit of pick-me-up to get to the finish line. So nothing like a bit of humor to tide us over innit!

Me-Made Losing It Week 3:

11 May: Dress: Burda 2012-04-128a, Top/Jacket: self-drafted Martin Margiela SS 1997 Wannabe;
12 May: Top: modified McCall 6078c, Skirt: Burda 2012-05-113, Cardi: modified Burda BS 2011-06-139;
13 May: Dress: self-drafted Michel Klein Wannabe;
14 May: Sweater: self-drafted sew & knit;
15 May: Chemise: self-drafted, Skirt: altered vintage drindl;
16 May: Top: Burda 2010-02-112, Skirt: self-drafted petticoat;
17 May: T-Shirt: self-drafted, Skirt: self-drafted drindl;

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Me Made May ’15 – week 2


Not much sewing around here lately. I’ve been bogged down with paperwork instead. My only creative outlet has been these MMM photos. All were taken on the phone – I felt too hassled to even manage a tripod. And as motto of the month has been to “do it with conviction”, I decided to play with the weird angles that inevitably result from too short an arm or propping up the phone.

So here’s Me Made Madness week 2:

04 May: Dress: Vogue 1159 Donna Karan;
05 May: Top: Burda 2013-12-119;
06 May: Sweater: altered knitting Alexander Wang Wannabe, Skirt: self-drafted;
07 May: Top: self-drafted Vivienne Westwood-CdG Wannabe;
08 May: Cardi: self-drafted Dolce & Gabbana Wannabe, Skirt: self-drafted;
09 May: Shrug: Burda 2013-11-111, Top: Burda 2012-05-109 , Trench: McCall 5525 , Tote: self-drafted;
10 May: Sweater: Burda 2013-02-121, Skirt: self-drafted;

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Me 2 Me Made May ’15


 ‘I, Pia of, sign up – belatedly – as a participant of Me-Made-May ’15. I endeavour to wear at least one Me-Made each day for the duration of May 2015′

Finally, I decided to join in all the fun for a change. I normally don’t join the various exciting sew-alongs because I’m confident I could follow through. But this blog and your readership have helped motivate me tremendously in upping my productivity. I feel I’m now in a place where my not so ambitious pledge is finally possible. Here’s to many more years of conquering new sewing territories and taming that Mt. Everest of a Stash.

I’m going to try to keep up with the photo evidences, but post them only weekly to keep the noises down. And maybe have some fun experimenting with different photo approaches rather than my bog standard tripod self-timer shots. Here’s the first week of May…

01 May: T-Shirt: Self-drafted wearable muslin;
02 May: Jacket: Burda 2013-11-117, T-Shirt: Burda 2012-09-123, Skirt: Burda 2011-08-121;
03 May: T-Shirt: Self-drafted wearable muslin, Skirt: Self-drafted panel pencil skirt;

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Epic #NYlon2014 meet up

You got to hand it to gregarious Rachel of House of Pinheiro for organizing such an epic #NYlon2014 meet-up. She counted 71 attendees this year. Wow. There were colorful ladies not just from all over UK, but also honored guests from across the pond and the Continent as well. Colorful too were the Me-Mades on show (and Clio‘s famous purple wig!). Compared to the other crowd at the V&A – our meeting point – the NYlon2014 swarm definitely stood out. Passer-bys were quite bemused. I saw at least one sneaking a photo of the group as we lined up for the customary group shot in the courtyard. Sadly no crafty blokes showed up, just one lone boyfriend of a lady sewist. Maybe next year? Or do UK blokes not sew?

London weather put in a fine showing as well. Days ago it was still brrrrrr and BBC foretasted rain for the day. But in fact yesterday was all sun blazing mid 25C/70ish F. Fabulous weather, if a tad too warm for browsing air-conditionless Goldhawk Road fabric shops in the afternoon.  But that didn’t stop most ladies from acquiring a stash & going for second rounds. “Enablers” they called each other tongue-in-cheek British style. I joined in too with the egging on. When in London they say…  But I was good. I came away surprisingly empty handed. I  have a NYC trip planned & MR was already teasing me about going on a fabric fast. So of course I wasn’t going to lend him more ammunition. I’m happy enough to live variously through everyone else’s acquisitions.

The highlights for me of course was the camaraderie, and checking out the Me-Mades in walking 3D. Wouldn’t it have been fun to do a Name That Pattern Quiz, maybe in the tradition of British Pub Quiz? OK, maybe 71 would be too many people to fit in most pub function rooms. And you can’t really do anything too organized and prolonged in a public space. But when else would you get to check out the patterns on beautiful ladies of all shapes and sizes?

I would have failed any such quiz miserably though. There was a large contingent of Indie Pattern fans. All the “Annas” and whatnots flew straight over my Indie Virgin head. I found out one key attraction of the Indie Patterns which I hadn’t realized: The appeal of Sew-Alongs, especially for relative beginners & the social butterflies. It would be rare to find the same level of engagement from more establish brands. I wore my tried & tested old makes: V1159 Donna Karan Twist Front Dress and reversible Burdastyle 2013-11-117 Moto Jacket for the early start chill. Some ladies made their outfits just in time for the meet-up. There were some self-drafted lovelies too.

I’m hoping the official photos will be online soon and all the attendees will check them out, identify themselves and what they wore, and let us know their blog address. For I have a terrible memories for names and stuff. In the meanwhile here are some photos I took. Many ladies were much more organized with their proper camera in tow. I have to resort to Instagram trickery to make mine somewhat interesting looking (I hope).


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Thanks to North American contingent (Clio, Jennifer, Devra, & Vicki)  for suggesting the meet-up & pitching in to herd & direct the group to the various meeting & regrouping points. Hope you have a wonderful stay in London (& onward to the Continent Clio).

And thanks to those lovely ladies I did manage to chat to. I hope I’ll get to relearn all your names again soon, and see what you make with the stash you bought yesterday.

UPDATE: The official photos are up! Go check them out. And if you were there, please tag yourself and your Me-Made(s). Don’t forget to add your blog address/social tag! Rachel has also posted a list of attendees blogs for who’ve gave her that info in the guest book or via her survey.