Category Archives: Fabric

Prepping for Me Made May

From my last post we know I have patterns and fabric galore, now I need to make some clothes using those patterns and fabric! If I dive straight into the stash, I’m not going to prioritise or be at all rational, it will just be the prettiest fabric and whichever pattern comes to hand first! Also Me Made May is just around the corner. I planned to join in last year but didn’t manage it as I just didn’t have enough hand made items and no time to make any. I can’t say I am in a better situation this year so hopefully with a bit of planning and sewing, I will get to be able to at least make a reasonable pledge and stick to it! I am aware that its not really what Me Made May is about, but I don’t have a load of me made clothes lying around that I am not wearing!

sewing (2 of 2)

With this in mind I have looked around the closet and had a think about what clothes I need and here they are:

Work Clothes

Definitely the biggest problem area; sadly, like most people, I work more days in a week than I get to stay at home!

  1. I wear lots of stretchy (jersey) skirts, normally in black to keep them smarter, but I seriously need to replace what I have. Tempting to walk into H&M and buy some more for £3 each but trying to stick to my principles here! I have loads of jersey fabric and some elastic in the stash so want to make at least two of these. I have been drafting my own – to some success, but in order to have something for MMM I am going to try the Manhattan Skirt by Anna Ka Couture.
  2. A smart top or two wouldn’t go amiss either I have the Sarah Shirt by By Hand London and the Susie Blouse by Sew Over it. I’m not guaranteeing two shirts though as that might be pushing my luck.
  3. I also have an Inari T Dress in Jersey that with black tights would be pretty smart – bonus is that its partly made – just needs facings, hemming and sleeves.
Weekend/Slightly smarter than average clothes
  1. I had this dress from Zara years ago, black jersey dress, elasticated waist, low v.neck and gathered at the shoulders, it fell apart eventually and I miss it so much! It was casual but could look smarter with the right shoes and cardigan . I have some fabulous bamboo jersey from Ray Stitch and I’m going to finally make a Moneta Dress from Colette  – I’m sure I’m the last person to make this dress! I LOVE this moneta from Cookin’ and Craftin’ – simple in the solid black but looks so chic!
  2. I need to replace my original Tilly and the Buttons Coco, as my old one is worn out and tired looking. I love this top (I usually make the tunic top), its smart but comfy – sooo handy!
Casual Clothes

Last but not least I want to make another Linden sweatshirt with a cowl neck like this one from baste & gather. A simple adjustment but I think it will improve the pattern for me, I always find that the neck on the Linden is too wide for me – I need to learn what adjustment to make to fix this – any help would be welcome!

So that’s the plan – lets see if I can stick to it! How about you – any Me Made May last minute(ish) sewing?

Battling the Stash

I’m back! I think I just have to accept that my blogging is going to be sporadic and patchy at best! Things just pile up and writing a blog falls to the bottom of the list. Not that I don’t enjoy it, when I start writing one its really enjoyable!

Anyway, its a quiet Sunday at home and Pretty Little Liars is on in the background (my new obsession, its awful but addictive; please don’t judge me), which is a perfect time for me to write an update post.

At the start of 2016 (how are we nearly at Easter already?!), I read a couple of blogs about organising (and getting control) of your stash; namely these from Paprika Patterns: Part 1, Part 2 and Part 3. These cried out to the anally retentive/OCD side of my personality and I never know what fabric I have so I decided to use some of the principles that Lisa describes.

Fabric Swatches

So I downloaded the handy template from Sarai’s blog post here and got to work. So far I have pulled apart my fabric stash and measured the fabric, cut a sample to attach to a tag and wrote the details on a tag and also into a spreadsheet. So far I have 88 bits of fabric, and in writing this I have reminded myself that I have another box of fabric hidden away upstairs.

I also put all my PDF patterns in my spreadsheet (I have yet to do the paper patterns but I don’t have many – I tend to prefer PDFs) and created a list of projects which include the fabric and pattern that I will be using and I can also include how much of that fabric I have used per project. This means that I can track how much I have used in a month vs how much I have bought. I am also tracking the costs and trying to scare myself into not buying more fabric…but I think that Lisa’s method of unsubscribing from all fabric shop mailing lists and blog posts would be much more effective!


I am feeling a little bit more in control of the stash now – time will tell if it slows now my fabric buying! I will report back!

I have been doing some sewing as well! I am most of the way through an Anna dress, just waiting for a zip to turn up in the post. That will be my next blog post – hopefully soon!

Right, I am lost now, need to catch up on who might be A this time.

Until next time!