Tag Archives: Fabric

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!

Sewing weekend extravaganza!!

Once again I disappeared from the face of the planet! But I am back and planning to have a sewing-fest of a weekend!

I have only a couple of weeks before I go on holiday (YIPPEE!!) so I have lots of holiday sewing to do and I also promised my aunty that I would make her a couple of skirts and dresses for summer – have I even started them?? No! Of course not! We will be seeing her when we are on holidays so really should have it all done in two weeks…hmmm…feasible!

I am at my Mum’s this weekend and when I packed up the fabric I would need I may have gone overboard!

Sewing Extravaganza

Yes I’m sure I can use all that up this weekend! The pile is made up of (starting from the bottom) Jersey, Stretch cottons x3, neon cotton, chiffon, cotton lawn, jersey, jaquard,  crepe, cotton, chambray, stretch jersey x3.

I have made a pinterest board with some of the things I plan (read ‘hope’) to make for the summer!!

I haven’t been totally lazy on the sewing front since my last post, I’ve been trying a few t-shirts patterns in an effort to find the best pattern for me. Here are the efforts so far:


From top left clockwise; Grainline Scout T, Emmeline T, Dolores Batwing Top, Renfrew.

I will do a separate post on these tops soon!

What about you? Any summer sewing plans? On tight deadlines?

Sewing Strategies Part 2

Ok I’m back with the remainder of my fabric stash! There isn’t much left I promise….

Let’s get straight back to it!

Sewing Strategies Part II-5ANOTHER Tilly & the Buttons Mathilde top with some sort of very synthetic drapey fabric.

Sewing Strategies Part II-7Wikstein tank in a mustard cotton lawn.

Sewing Strategies Part II-4Polly top by By Hand London in unknown fabric (probably some sort of viscose) with a panther panel!

Sewing Strategies Part II-8Tilly & the Buttons Margot Pyjamas in cotton lawn.

Sewing Strategies Part II-2Another Charlotte Skirt – By Hand London in a black polyester crepe.

Sewing Strategies Part IIThe Jade Skirt by Paprika Patterns in a ponte Roma Jersey.

Then I have a few fabrics that I just have no idea what to use for:Sewing Strategies Part II-2 Another border panel fabric.Sewing Strategies Part II-6 A selection of African wax-esque fabric – a Christmas present from my Aunt in Mozambique.Sewing Strategies Part II-9Fairly stiff cotton covered in cute painted birds.

Any help is welcome. I particularly love the painted birds, so want to make sure I use that on something that will get plenty of wear!

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Sewing strategies Part1

I’m back!! I can’t believe that I last posted in August…more than 7 months?! Its just been so manic around here…new jobs for both of us, house jobs needing to be done, the standard Christmas mayhem (12 people crammed into my parents house) and a 2 week trip to India with my mum…phew!

So I’ve just not had the time to get any sewing done, despite a growing list of projects that I cannot wait to start. I even have a few projects already cut out and ready to go…I just need some more time!

Though I haven’t been sewing, I don’t seem to have let that hold me back on the fabric purchases, so my fabric stash is going a bit wild!! So, in this post I am going to decide upon which fabric to use for which pattern so I have a plan for my sewing.

I have had to split this post into two…thanks to the amount of fabric in my stash!!

Sewing Strategies (8 of 23)By Hand London Anna Dress in a Linen and viscose mix.

Sewing Strategies (7 of 23)By Hand London Flora Dress in Navy Crepe.

Sewing Strategies (20 of 23)By Hand London Kim Dress in a Floral cotton.
(sorry about the blurriness)

Sewing Strategies (16 of 23)By Hand London Georgia Dress (for my sister) in Stretch cotton.

Sewing Strategies (23 of 23) Sewing Strategies (9 of 23) Sewing Strategies (1 of 23)3 x Tilly & the Buttons  Mathilde Patterns – 1 in a floral cotton and 2 in viscose.)(I need some work tops!)

Sewing Strategies (3 of 23) Sewing Strategies (2 of 23)2x Tilly & the Buttons Coco Pattern in ponte
(the stripey ponte is for my sister)

Sewing Strategies (4 of 23) Sewing Strategies (5 of 23) Sewing Strategies (6 of 23)3x Colette Mabels in various knits.
(I also need skirts!)

Sewing Strategies (11 of 23) Sewing Strategies (18 of 23)2x Ultimate Wrap Dress by Sew Over It – in a floral jersey and a black Roma jersey.

The flowery fabric is for a dress version and then I want to hack the black ponte into a wrap top just like this one by the Seamstress from Venus which looks amazing!

Sewing Strategies (22 of 23)Colette Dahlia dress in a checked cotton and linen mix.

Sewing Strategies (10 of 23)Sencha by Colette patterns with this fab Tui fabric for my Mum.

Sewing Strategies (12 of 23)Sewaholic Crescent Skirt – in denim bought in a kit from Sewaholic.

Sewing Strategies (1 of 1)Tilly & the Buttons Mathilde in Japanese double gauze

And now for the pdf patterns – not printed so not the best photos I am afraid!

Sewing Strategies (19 of 23)Charlotte Pattern – By Hand London in a stretch cotton.

Sewing Strategies (17 of 23)Lou Box Top in a super soft cotton lawn (covered in owls!!)

Sewing Strategies (14 of 23)Bronte top in a polka dot Roma jersey

Sewing Strategies (13 of 23)Sinbad & Sailor Dove T in a Japanese double gauze

Ok, that’s enough for one night. I know what you are all thinking…’Stop shopping and start sewing!!’.