As you might remember I keep a log of how much fabric I bring into my house and how much I use each month. The goal is to use more than I buy, something I failed at horribly last year so the desire to reduce a bit this year (along with the fact that I will have to move the stash to a new house in the summer) has meant that I’ve cut right back on the buying and have just been allowing myself one Flat Rate Envelope along with my Simply Solids Stash Club bundle each month. This strategy has worked well, not only for paying enough off the credit card to afford to pay some movers to transport the stash and the rest of our possessions to wherever we end up but that in May I broke even in the buying/using stakes which bodes well for the rest of the year and the reduction of my rather large stash!
So, here are the early June projects that are moving the fabric used balance further into the lead.
The matchy matchy dinosaur pyjamas for the 10 year old. The boys were so excited about matching pyjamas that they wore them the same night I finished these and every time one pulls out the dino pjs the other one does too! As per usual these were Kwik Sew 1557 and I widened the legs on this pair. I almost had a cutting disaster as the trousers are a single pattern piece and when you get to this size it’s so big you have to cut it with the fabric open rather than folded. As this was a directional print I had to cut the fabric and turn it, after I’d made the first cut along one side of the leg I realised I’d not remembered to flip the second bit of fabric and I was going to end up with 2 legs for the same side, close call! This is the last pair of the summer pjs, I already have a plan for winter as I had to dig through the stash to find the summer fabric, hopefully the winter collection will make a bit of a dent on some fabrics I’ve had for ages.
In 2008 I made a dress with a Vogue pattern that has sat in my wardrobe or in storage ever since. I’m really not sure where I thought I was going to wear it or who I thought I was that I needed a dress like that but for some reason I never gave it to the charity shop. I was having another round of ‘do I really need to move this again’ filling bags to give away and I came across the dress again. I went to put it in the bag this time and realised that it was the fabric that I loved so I took it into the sewing room to see if I could do something with it. I used the Grainline Scout T-shirt pattern and it came out really well I think. I placed the pattern piece on the finished hem of the dress (which I’d sewn by hand, I never do that!) and cut my usual size. I didn’t have enough fabric to do the facing so I used some fold over elastic around the neck which I think came out quite well. I didn’t actually count this fabric as being ‘used’ this year as I’d counted it in a previous year but I’m really happy to have something made from this print that I can wear and it’s nice to know that the pattern works for knits as well as for wovens.
I bought this charm pack a while back and knew what I wanted to use it for. Once I was fed up of knocking it on the floor all the time I finally got around to making the cover for my overlocker. I really don’t have good grasp of how much fabric you get in a charm pack (like with the previous quilt) and I thought that this pack would give me enough to make covers for my overlocker and sewing machine, whereas this cover actually used all but 2 of the squares from one pack…
I found the plastic dust cover stuffed away in my sewing room and ripped it along the heat sealed seams to make the pattern for this cover. I added some length as I noticed that the plastic one didn’t reach the table. I sewed together the squares and then quilted it before using the ‘pattern’ to cut out the cover.
I used stippling for the quilting as I wanted to practice it on a larger piece and I’m happy with how it came out. The backing/lining is Free Spirit in Grape, I have no idea why I bought 2 yards of dark purple fabric as I don’t use purple so this was a good way to use it up. For the bobbin I used Jeans Stitch thread in Jewels, I have tons of this thread left from my nappy making days and figured I should start trying to use it rather than it sitting there any longer. It didn’t do much for the tension in my machine, I tried moving all the different dials up and down separately and together and nothing worked, but as it’s the inside I’m not too fussed, the lines still look cool in the variegated thread. The thread for all the rest of this was Aurifil white in 50 for the sewing and 40 for the quilting. I used french seams for the cover (there were only 4 seams in it) for a neat finish inside.
I think the binding is perfect and I will use the same for my sewing machine cover once I figure out which fabric I want to use for that. This project took most of a sewing day working on it on and off and I’m really happy that it’s done and love the way it came out, it makes my sewing room a bit brighter.
Finally, a not sewing project, I had a bout of ‘I want to knit this and I want to knit it NOW’ with the Bolting pattern. I had some lovely Motomo Laceweight Cotton that I bought a really long time ago. I had been planning on using it for a cardigan but I figure that after four or five years of thinking that if I hadn’t actually done it then there wasn’t much of a chance of it actually happening so I used the yarn for this instead. The colourway is called Thunderstorm and it’s a lovely mix of heather like purple with some brown, green and blue shades in there.
The pattern is written for much thicker yarn so it must be HUGE if done that way. I used 3.75mm needles due to the thinness of my yarn and I think the gauge came out well for it.
Most of this was knit during my obsessive flash with the programme Nashville, it’s all stocking stitch so pretty mindless, the rows are mega long near the end which makes for good tv knitting.
I’m really happy with the way it came out, although I’m not sure quite how to wear it with it being so large. I’m sure I’ll figure something out though.
Still got what feels like hundreds of things on the go and hundreds more planned so hopefully I’ll have something more to show you soon.