My handmade wardrobe – getting organised – November 2015

I had a major big sort out this month which took priority over any blog sewing. I do often have little sort outs that include shuffling a few pieces of fabric into a box and marking it ‘projects in progress ‘or turning out a couple of boxes that have been ‘discovered’ by searching for something! This time I had a proper major sort out. The spare bedroom which has become a fabric storage room started to look like a scene from ‘The hoarder next door’ TV show. One day when I had to walk in sideways I knew I could ignore it no longer.

I did part company with a lot of stuff. I found out I was guilty of the ‘keeping it just in case’ syndrome. I organised my fabrics into types of fabric and a useful box of pieces of lining and one for interfacing. At the end of the exercise I was quite shocked  how much fabric I owned. I made a mental list of projects and realised I had enough fabric to make at least 2 garments a month for the whole of next year! Oh dear!….no room for impulse purchases anymore!

sort out bobbins and buttons

I made a box for the most important projects and ones that needed to be completed next. I also created a heap of hand finishing and a box of started but less important projects.

fabric bobbins and buttons

Despite my sorting I was still left with this an overflow of fabric that I couldn’t fit into my newly organised boxes.

sofa bobbins and buttons

I also uncovered a bag of pieces set aside for making a patchwork throw for the sofa, I had completely forgotten about. There was also a bag of pieces for new cushion covers for the sofa. All taking up quite a bit of space. Clearly my sofa has not been receiving any sewing love for some time. I decided to write myself a proper schedule that hopefully I will stick to and will hopefully give me a bit of time for ‘operation sofa’!

coat bobbins and buttons

So the first thing on the blog clothing list is finishing this! Started earlier this year or maybe even last year and though I promised to complete it despite the change of season …I didn’t.

I think I’ve learnt a lesson or two through having this big sort out, one of which is I should definitely not be looking at buying any new fabric for a lonnnnngggg time! And I definitely need to finish the projects I start before starting endless other ones.

Any one else guilty of these sewers traits? Or is it just me?

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Julia Claridge

I was about 6 or 7 years old when I had my first go on a sewing machine, it was an old hand crank machine that my mum used with her patients, she was an occupational therapist. I still vividly remember watching with amazement as the tiny perfectly formed stitches were created as I turned the handle. I Grew up in the 70’s and 80’s when buying clothes was less affordable and dressmaking was an answer to updating your wardrobe more regularly. My own mother was a talented dressmaker who made most of my clothes and my sisters clothes as well as a many for herself. I soon got involved with making my clothes, I loved the whole experience of picking out fabrics, trims and a pattern to create a new outfit, then going home to make a new garment or outfit. When it came to leaving school I visited a careers advisor who asked what I wanted to do next. My answer was ..Sew! Read more...

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