21 Apr 2019

Hoarding On

Part of the reason me not blogging is the recent fever I got to buy more fabrics (or the lack of sewing time - or both). I´m already past the stage of feeling guilty for hoarding - to my excuse I´ve been only buying quality fabrics. Other excuse I have is my sewing time has decreased so dramatically that I tried to compensate by fingers being itchy by busing fabrics and daydreaming about my next projects.

I did finish a few things though that turned out to be gorgeous. I´ve left the idea behind that my waist is not small enough for belts - after I tried this on with different skirts I made earlier.

Ottobre 5/2013
Belt from Etsy

Other big revelation I had was to go up by a size. Sounds painful but solves a lot of fitting issues. In reality my upper body is between 36 and 38 except by back and shoulder width so this has always been a pain with 38 patterns.
My waist and hips grew somewhat  and giving birth to 2 kids is not the real excuse. I think it comes with age - even though I do some sports and try to cut sweets back my metabolism is not what it used to be.
So my jacket and my dress were still in size 38 but I had to adjust here and there a bit.
Burda pattern

Jacket Ottobre 5/2013
Other big revelation I had was I need more clothes. A lot of them are old and worn out and boring so time for a change. Off to my fabric stash.

3 Jan 2019

RTW Fast 2018 - Summary

The rules were pretty tough - no new clothing bought for a full year except underwear, shoes or accessories. I signed up to see if I can manage at all.
I did manage and drew a few unexpected conclusions.

1. I became more conscious about buying clothes generally. I had to buy stuff for the kids and was surprised to see me checking for fair conditions and good quality materials. I'm trying to eliminate polyesther and plastics as much as possible from everyone's wardrobe in the family.

2. I was very happy to realize I did my winter coat and jeans buys late in 2017 - so no need arose in 2018. It would have been very hard to make any of these. 

3. Swimwear was also on the no-go list. Although I have already sewn swimwear it's not something I want to do regularly. I had new ones from 2017 so again no need in 2018 but for sure this year I'll get some new ones.

4. I became more picky on items to buy. My self-made items last at least 3 seasons so that has become my expectation for RTW. Honestly, this is limiting - the price tag that comes with this is usually higher than my pain-threshold. I learnt a lot about fabrics and learnt to differentiate between high and good quality. This also helps when I buy fabric for my projects.

5. I sewn silk this year. It was a feared fabric due mainly to price. I ended up being able to make something I like wearing but I also learnt that I need to do a muslin before I cut into my expensive JT silks.

I will not be fasting in 2019 - however being more conscious will probably result in less RTW buys and longer lasting items. 

2 Jan 2019

Last makes of December

Deep stash busted for some pillow covers -

The Santas for the kids were done on their request - free pattern available from Ravelry.
Santas for the kids

This fabric is at least 10ys old.

Hat meant to be for me - Young Lady likes to steal it.
Hat Pattern availablfe for free on Ravelry.

7 Dec 2018

I am sewing - but not blogging

lately. We´ve had a lot of ups and downs in November and way more paid work than I like. So sewing time was very limited.
I managed to do a few things though  -
Tulle with lace. Easy make of Burda 2/2006

Stash fabric and stash lace

Ruffled sleeves.

Self drafted with FOE - only had 1 m of fabric so I had to play around to make it a long sleeve.

This is what I did at the end. Zero fabric left.

Young Lady´s skirt - she asked for something yellow.

Vintage lace recycle.

Leftover Nicki fabric

Banana Sweet dress of fleece for Young Lady

Hoodie lined with cotton knit leftover

2 Nov 2018

October is gone without me

I had little to no time for sewing. Life´s hard and bills need to be paid. 
I managed to make a long sleeve T-hirt (boring) and a jersey jacket for myself and a pair of leggings (kindof) for Young Lady. No stash used (don´t kick me pls I´ll go and do it myself). I also gave Sew-So Easy´s Wrap Top a try but I didn´t come out the way I expected - not at all. So that I consider a fail.

Pattern Ottobre 5/2013