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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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


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.


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.

Hi 2016!

IMG_3465I don’t know about you, but I love starting afresh on 1st January, ready for new challenges and fun. I have high hopes for 2016, and one of those hopes is that I can make a bit more time for my little blog – I miss it!

2015 was a tough year for me. I was exhausted from my gruelling commute, there were some health scares in my family, I started a business with friends while still working full time, and money was tight so holidays became staycations where I beat myself up over relaxing instead of decorating our flat.

IMG_3067There were good times, too.

  • My friend Marthe came to visit from Oslo for my birthday and we had a fantastic time at Hever Castle and out and about in Brighton.
  • We took an anniversary trip to Paris and stayed in the wonderful Hotel Fabric (of course) in Oberkampf. I finally got to meet one of Ben’s French friends, who introduced us to the charming Butte aux Cailles neighbourhood.
  • I tried West African food for the first time when my Ivorian and Ghanaian colleagues took us to 805 Restaurant in London (it’s also popular with the cast of Star Wars!).
  • We formed a pub quiz team and won enough money in six months to pay for a team Quizmas Dinner. With a whole year of quizzing in 2016, we should be able to cover the drinks next time, too! GO QUIZZLY BEARS!!!
  • I took my mum on a birthday tour of a nuclear power station; something I’d been promising/threatening to do for about fifteen years.
  • I found a massive pile of zips in my favourite local charity shop £2.

I’m sure there was other good stuff, but these are the memories which come to mind right now.


I’ve made some changes to my life already in 2016. I will now be working from home, and only 50% of my old full time hours. Taking my old working hours and commute into account, I’ll have something like an extra seven hours a day to dedicate to my business and my life. I’m really excited!

Happy new year, everyone!