My stash and sewing to do list

I’m making a sewing resolution – no more fabric!  Not until I’ve made some stuff.  This resolution came to me in A. Boeken, an amazing fabric shop I found while I was in Amsterdam last weekend.  This place is brilliant – I wish it was around the corner.  It has everything you could ever need – every fabric you can think of, as well as buttons, fastenings, all the notions, and even yarns.  However, I was quite uneasy to realise I couldn’t really buy any fabric because my stash is getting too out of control.  As much as I’d love to have a ginormous fabric stash at my disposal, I do have limited storage space so I can’t let it build up too much.  I made a split decision in the shop that I have quite enough fabric to be getting along with for now.  How sensible of me 🙂  From now on, it’ll be a ‘one out, one in’ approach – I’m only going to allow myself to buy new fabric once I’ve made something.  I need to get my stash down so that next time I happen upon a good fabric shop I can buy something.

For motivation, I thought it would be a good idea to make a sewing to do list.  Who doesn’t love a ticky box list?  So here’s a peak at what’s in my stash and what I’m hoping to make with it all.

These three are miraculously still leftover from my Plush Addict haul.  I’m hoping to use the striped jersey to make Coco dress, from Tilly and the Buttons.  I started a toile for this, but haven’t done anything with the dress yet, because I really like Coco and I want to make sure the fit is right.  The toile I’m making is the top version of Coco, so I’m going to get the fit right on that before I start on the dress.  The red faux silk is being saved for a Mathilde top, also from Tilly.  I chose a faux silk for ease of washing.  And I’m currently partway through turning the polka dot chiffon into the simple tee from the second Great British Sewing Bee book, Sew Your Own Wardrobe.  Here’s the thing with chiffon: not easy to cut at all!  By the time I’d gone through the stress of cutting the fabric pieces – and there are only two pattern pieces! – I just couldn’t face doing anything else with it.  It sat in a corner waiting for attention for a couple of months, before I finally plucked up the courage to do the shoulder and side seams, and now it just needs some bias binding around the neckline, armholes and hem.

What else have I added to my stash since then?  Well, first of all, I have these floral lovelies.

I love floral prints.  I got this blue Rose and Hubble fabric off eBay in the end.  A lady I’ve been following on Twitter, Claire Mason, shared a picture of her pussy bow Mimi Blouse, from Tilly Walnes’ Love at First Stitch, and I instantly fell in love with it.  It turned out she’d got the fabric a while back, so I hopped on to eBay to see if I could find some.  Success!  And, quite shamelessly, I’m going to make exactly the same garment [insert name here] did.  The grey Sevenberry Daisy cotton lawn is from Guthrie and Ghani.  I plan to make the simple sleeveless top from Lauren Guthrie’s book, Learn to Sew with Lauren.  I’ve had the book for a while, so it’s about time I made something from it.

Next up, some garments that will take me back to childhood.

This Alice in Wonderland fabric is from Liberty, so it was a treat.  I think the print is called Gallymoggers Reynard, and it’s to mark the 150th anniversary of the book.  I got this from Alice Caroline before I had any idea what I was going to make from it, I just loved it that much.  At first I thought it was so nice that I wanted to make something fancier out of it, but then I changed my mind – it’s so lovely that I want to make something I can wear all the time.  I think I’m going to make another Quilting Bee dress out of it.  I’ve done some measuring up and I think that will leave me with over a metre of fabric to make something else with, maybe a top or a simple skirt.  I got this Merry Cloth Fairy Tales fabric from the Village Haberdashery.  Isn’t it lovely?  It’s a cotton linen blend, which probably means it’s going to be a terribly prone to creasing, which is a shame.  I don’t care – I love the print so much, and hopefully the front will remain less crumpled.  Or I’ll just wear it to events where I can just stand in a corner not really doing a great deal.  I think I’m going to make a dress with a fitted bodice and a gathered skirt from this.  There might be some pattern matching involved, which will be interesting.  The red, purple and blue cottons are from my local fabric shop, Dainty Supplies.  These are going to be used to recreate Pam Ferris’ Peter Pan skirt from Children in Need’s Great British Sewing Bee.  All I need to do is come up with an idea for how to get the London skyline onto the bottom.  I think she used felt on the show, but I’m not sure that will wash well so I’m wracking my brains for other ideas.  You’re probably picking up on a definite theme here – I love fairy tales and children’s books.

And finally…

The denim is what remains from my first ever skirt and, as I mentioned in my Baggy Trousers post, I’m hoping to hack Colette’s Juniper pattern to make some shorts for my holiday.  I want to use the red cotton drill (from Plush Addict) to make a Miette skirt, also a Tilly pattern.  I’ve traced off the pattern for this, but nothing else yet.  The blue and white cotton is a fat quarter that came free with an issue of Love Sewing magazine.  I’m going to use this trial a pair of espadrilles!  How exiciting!  I mean, making your own shoes?  On a budget?  What a discovery!  I got the Prym soles from Guthrie and Ghani, and now I just need to invest in some extra strong thread of some description.  These would also be ideal to take on holiday with me.  Wouldn’t it be fabulous if I could scrabble together seven handmade items to take away with me?  One for each day we’re away.  Oh, my goodness – did I just make another little resolution there?  🙂

Anyway, that’s my stash 🙂  I really do need to start working through all of it, as I have a few too many projects to work on.  And that’s not including the alteration projects I have planned (remember the kilt?) or all the leftovers I have left from previous projects.  I’m hoping to make my espadrilles, my shorts and a top or two first.  I’ve made a few dresses and skirts now, but no tops – I’m feeling the need to balance it out a bit.  Plus, it would be nice to have a top to take on holiday to wear with my shorts.

Of course, fellow crafters will understand that all these plans are subject to much change.  Must.  Have.  Willpower.  😉

Quick question: am I still allowed to buy patterns and books even if I’m not buying fabric?

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