Season Sew Wardrobe: Plans

Screen Shot 2016-02-11 at 12.08.48Crystal is running a Seasonal Sew Wardrobe over in the Sew-A-Longs and Sewing Contests Facebook group, and as we all know, I love a good bandwagon to jump on and then fall off.

The premise is fairly straightforward – we have from February to May to sew a minimum of eight pieces which fit within a theme of your choosing. My theme is ‘things I can make in time to wear for my holiday, and things that I can make after my holiday to go with the holiday things so I can wear them when it’s cold’. Catchy, innit?

There’s some debate in this house as to whether I can maintain the sewing level required to produce one item every two weeks, but I’m going to give it a try. I’m bored of all my clothes, so this will give me a chance to branch out into some interesting new ones. I’ve finished the first three pieces, and I should be able to crack on with the others once I’m back from India, although choosing a jacket and a pair of trousers may have been foolish. Fingers crossed the abandoned trousers toile works out (reason for abandonment: I didn’t want to sew a side seam).

I created the look above on Polyvore- I just picked similar looking pieces from their library, so you’re just going to have to trust me that the colours I use will go together! The good news on that front is that I’ve made Ben check the ones I already own and he is content that they go well enough.

Top row, from left:

Bottom row, from left:

To be honest, I’ve changed my mind about five times so far, so this is probably not going to be the wardrobe I end up with, but it’s nice to have a plan set down.

What do you think of my wardrobe plans? Ever participate in sewing challenges? Got any tips for actually finishing the damn list?

January Stash-Stats

4314475543_38eeaf4f36_oI love me some statistics, especially when they involve sewing. I thought it would be fun to try and keep tabs on what I’ve sewn each month, and how the stash is looking. I’ve even done a little table!

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Resolutions
Make (and finish) something every month
I made three things this month! I think that is a record!
Try and have my fabric stash down to 50 metres by the end of the year
Alas, my stash is now up by four metres. I’m going to India next month, so I doubt that will help with the stashbusting.
Make a quilt
I’ve put all of the fabrics I intend to use into a little bag. That counts for something, right?
Keep the WIP/Refashion shelf-of-shame under control
Yes! I took a look through my pile of UFOs and chucked one which was making me particularly sad. I then completed one of my WIPs, as well as a (very simple) refashion, so this area is looking pretty good right now.

What did I Make?
A bed for Alfie (-1m stash fabric)
Deer and Doe Belladone (-1 WIP, -1m stash fabric)
Trousers to Shorts refashion for Ben (-1 Refashion)

What did I Add?
I fell off the wagon in the last weekend of January and bought:
2 vintage sewing patterns from a local charity shop (£1 total)
3m purple ponte from a local charity shop (£5)
3m tulip print cotton from Fabric Land (£12)
TOTAL: £18 – I can live with that

What are the Plans for February?
Some last minute holiday clothes!
Several items of my Seasonal Sew Wardrobe (see the Facebook Sewalongs group for details – I’ll do a proper post about my plans soon).

Photo credit: Deb Stgo

 

2016 Resolutions

16163007574_32bfed5a1e_o.jpgAs 2016 is going to be such a change for me, I don’t want to do my usual thing and overwhelm myself with resolutions. However, it’s not a new year unless I’ve made a ton of them, so let us focus less on how it’s February and more on how good my intentions are!

Start of Year Stash Tally

Metres of fabric: 89.5
UFO/WIPs: 4
Refashions-to-be: 5

Resolutions

  • Make (and finish) something every month
    This was also a resolution last year, but it went wrong sometime around June when everything got super busy in my life. 
  • Try and have my fabric stash down to 50 metres by the end of the year
    I currently have 89.5 metres of fabric, which is a bit much to comfortably accommodate. I’m going to try and shop my stash wherever I can, and hopefully only buy fabric second hand or as a holiday souvenir.
  • Make a quilt
    I’ve got all of the bits I need to do this, so it’s just a case of working out what I want to do, and how to actually do it.
  • Keep the WIP shelf-of-shame under control
    This is something I need to work on. I tend to get distracted or disheartened and never finish anything.

 

Photo by Daniele Imbriani

In which Alfie gets a bed…

IMG_3900Alfie had taken to sleeping on my pillow. This was, in equal parts, adorable and frustrating. Adorable, because catcatcatcatcat, obviously. Frustrating because he didn’t really like sharing, so my head kept getting bitten and kicked. Also, it didn’t seem super hygienic.

In the end, I decided that he was probably trying to tell me he wanted a pillow of his own, and I was happy to help. I bought a cheap pillow, dug some African wax print from my stash, and got to work. It was an incredibly simple make – I used a pillowcase I already owned as a template, and then kind of made it up as I went along.

Forty-five minutes later, Alfie was happily ignoring his new bed.

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And a while after that, he decided that he bloody loved it. IMG_3936

Now if I could just persuade my brain that having a pillow to itself should help it fall sleep, we’ll be set.

British Home Tours: Before

Welcome, welcome! Come on in! Here’s how our flat looked when we moved in in October 2014.

Here is our long skinny hall. We’re in the basement, so natural light is hard to come by, but we changed the front door shortly after moving in and that made a big difference. The cupboard is home to the gas and electricity meters. We need to redecorate, and I have dreams of a nice radiator cover. Exciting stuff! IMG_2276

On the right, you have the sitting room. We’ve since replaced the windows, which were single glazed and quite broken, but the rest is pretty much the same. We need to paint the walls (light grey), and the floor is a disaster (the floorboards don’t reach all the way to the wall in the bay for some reason). I’d also like to have the artex ceiling skimmed, but I’m not sure how much that costs. We’ve been told there’s only half a chimney, and we don’t know what that means, so I don’t know what we can do with the fireplace yet. IMG_2275

Next up we have the bedroom. It’s hard to judge from pictures of a square room without any furniture, but it’s quite a good size. I’m also using this as my office, so we’re trying to find good storage solutions. If it was just a bedroom, I’d love to open the fireplace up, but that is where my desk goes. IMG_2274

Onto the kitchen! The previous owners designed this kitchen so well to make use of the available space. It needs a bit of TLC, and if I had unlimited funds, I’d replace the floor (which I hate) and the worktop (I’d love a wooden one). However, we’re contenting ourselves with painting the walls yellow. We’ve already replaced the window (didn’t meet safety regulations) and the door (I think this one was an internal one – it was rotten and slugs kept getting in through the seal – RANK!). IMG_2272

Ah, the bathroom. The suite is fine, so we’ve since freshened up in here with a coat of white paint, and we’ve replaced the bath surround with some tongue and groove – this was a bit of a learning process so we need to touch some bits up. IMG_2273

And finally, here are a couple of pictures of the garden. When we looked for a flat we realised we had two options within our budget – an extra bedroom or a garden. After looking round a few places, we realised that the garden was more important to us, because we wanted Alfie to be able to go outside. This one is a lovely size and easy for us to maintain. We had a minor disaster when one of the walls fell down, but we’ve got a lovely new fence now. IMG_2278IMG_2277

So there you go! I love nosing round other people’s houses, so I hope this was interesting for you, too!