Back in January this year I arranged for 2 wonderfully strong young men to move everything from my 3rd level spare bedroom/sewing room back down to my basement where it used to be. Reason: I had outgrown the bedroom and was getting cranky. Around about the same time, my working life got kicked up several notches and I have barely had time to go down into my basement never mind actually sew anything since then. Of course, I sewed plenty at work but my personal sewing has taken a back seat.
I’m not gonna lie and say my basement is organization deluxe. It is workable but there are still quite a few areas which need serious sorting & tidying. But I promised myself I would sew this summer…..Do you make promises to yourself? So forget the sorting for now, I delved into my stash and pattern collection and cut out 6 garments! It was a start.
When I have completed cutting out a garment, I throw away the scraps but reserve larger pieces for another possible project. They get rolled up & tied with a strip of the fabric. Sometimes the scraps are not enough for another garment (which means I bought the right amount of fabric?) but are too much just to toss. So I slice these up into small pieces for the demo fabric box at the office. We use these at shows & at events when we demo machines.
I bought this a while back and just love the polka dot on mesh. This will be part of a new pattern I am trying out: The Sewing Workshop Collection Odette Ivy top (above). I am making Ivy in 3 different black fabrics – this mesh will form a type of wide irregular frill around the bottom of the top.
This is an unusal fabric: thickish so perfect for a pair of winter pants. One side is black and the other side is a sort of dark beige/grey colour. Pretty much reversible. I cut out a pair of pants using the beige/grey side for the right side. I used my Sewing Workshop Collection: Quincy Pants pattern (below) which I have successfully used before. This pattern has a rather neat detail where there is a little loop inserted in the side seam and a button which forms a sort of tuck or pleat when buttoned. Cute.
Are you like me? ……you have to put your glasses on & hold the fabric up to the light to see if it is black or navy? This is actually navy and I wish I knew the name of this type of fabric, but I do not. Have asked many stores and they don’t know either. Most odd. It is a thickish double knit, very poly but I like it a LOT as it does not pill at all. Washes and wears like a dream. I think I have at least 6 pairs in various different colours. It feels a bit like a thick yoga pant fabric and is smooth and warm. Easy to cut out (ie NOT at all like slinky!), sews up beautifully with the 4 thread stretch seam on my ELNA 945 serger. Seriously, why would I not use this fabric when I can cut out & complete a pair of pants in under an hour?! Whatever this fabric is called, I grab & buy it whenever I can find it! It is perfect for winter pants. I have given up on tailored pants with zippers & waist bands. Honest I tried, and the pants I made with Ron Collins were/are lovely but I just cannot wear them. They fit great when I get up in the morning but by mid afternoon I am in serious discomfort. So I now make nice fitting pants that look smart (not sloppy sweat pants) but they all have to have elastic waists or a wide band of the same fabric (like we do on yoga pants) to make my entire day a pleasant experience. I usually wear flowy type tops over my pants so I also figure why should I spend all that extra time when no-one sees the sewing anyway. We get wiser as we get older, right??
There were 2 other rather lovely black knit fabrics I used: one with a little shirring or gathering randomly placed all over (bought at the Victoria Show this year from Gala Fabrics for a lovely budget price) and another black knit with a floral design embossed on the surface. I tried pics of these but it just does not show up. Sorry. But when the top with the black polka dot mesh is completed, I will try again with a better camera to see if we can capture the 3 different fabrics – all black but with very different textures. Can’t wait to get serging up a storm in my basement!