Stash Confessions...

Monday, 16 February 2015

Hey Guys,

So this is what I had to deal with Sunday morning! There was some organisational retructuring to say the very least.

For a while now, I've been trying to decide the best way to reorganise my stash in the limited space we have in the living room. I was having a hard time working out where to fit anything else in among the already stuffed plastic storage boxes scattered and stacked about the room (three either side of the TV, four under the desk and not forgetting the stack on the Expedit cube and other bits stuffed in other nooks and crannys).

So the boy decided it would be best to buy a wardrobe to resolve our storage issues. So we purchased an IKEA Pax wardrobe to fit in the alcove. And spent all Valentine's day putting it together (Awwwww).

Erego the mess. We had to pull a lot of stuff out, including the cube, the plastic boxes and all the fabric on top of it (and clean behind it of course). And we needed the space to actually put the stupid thing together! Of course then Sunday was about making this wardrobe my haven (while the boy went off galavanting and playing golf).

I filled it with five shelves and a basket. 

Also *cough* I have a confession. 

I'm sure you can't have missed all the talk about the John Lewis fabric sale. Well, um, I sort of had a crazy binge. Over three visits.

Let the lovely new wardrobe act as a display for my shame!

So there you have it! Except that's not all of the confession.

So, I apparently have more fabric than I thought, seen as the wardrobe was easily filled.

Holy Shitballs

Terrifying and beautiful!

I spent my Sunday refolding all of the fabric to fit the depth of the wardrobe (trying to be space efficient).

Lets take a tour!

Top shelf is curtains I had intended to use for something (but may give away) and a tub of fabric for the next fabric swap. Then some small tubs of scraps.

Second shelf is mostly my tailoring fabrics (tweeds, wool blends, etc). Some random knits rolled down the side.

Third shelf is my cottons and other pretty dress fabrics.

Fourth is my heavyweight coatings, flannel, heavy knits, velvet and denims.


Fifth shelf is my scrap tub and my Husquvarna sewing machine.

Pull basket is full of pretty largish scraps, fat quarters and future Minerva kits!

And there we have it! All hidden from view and with an awesome mirrored door too!! So so excited to have a full length mirror.

And just in case you were wondering what happened the Expedit cube - it joined its friend at the other alcove! It all holds my other sewing bits, notions, patterns and other scraps from the Tailor Man.

I put some grippy dots under the edges of the front corners of the top cube as it was sliding a bit!

My mannequin also lives here and thankfully there's some space on top for some of my handbags, I was getting stressed about finding a home for them!

Next, I need to replace the round dining table with a square one. It will be so much more stable and a more sensible shape - I lose so much space with the circle and all the chairs poking out at funny angles.

So do you guys have any other suggestions for good storage ideas? I'm tired of living in a bomb site!

But I'm getting there :)

p.s. I also want to say thanks for all of the love on my last couple of posts - you have no idea how much it meant to me!

Emmie xx


The Tropical that Pushed Through - Annalotte (BHL Pattern Smash)

Friday, 30 January 2015

Hey Guys, 

Back again! And clearly a detour from my 'Demure' year, eh? Well seen as this was started back at the end of last May, so maybe we can give this a free pass??

Pity I ain't going to Viva this year, because this would be perfecT for the Vintage Tropicallyness that Rockabilly can be. The dress is an Anna bodice (with an altered neckline), merged with a Charlotte skirt - my first!

The alteration to the bodice (if some of you have eidetic memories) is the same as the one I did for my sparkly pink sequin dress last June. In fact, this bodice was Muslin #2. Muslin #1 was wider on the shoulder, and kept slipping off. So clearly, that had to be fixed. I may have also adjusted the scoop to be a tad lower.

You may also remember this fabric. It's the piece that never ends. I've made a skirt for my sister and myself already. Granted I bought a 5m length on Goldhawk road (about a million years ago now). I'm coming to the end now, there ain't much left!

And when I sewed it up - HOT DAMN - it fit perfectly.

I decided there and then, that the Muslin must live. I have always loved Roisin's various iterations of the Annalotte frankenpattern so I muslined myself up a Charlotte skirt too. I was a bit worried that it might have been a bit tummy hugging, but actually it was fine.

I did go to the effort of trying to adjust the skirt darts to line up with the bodice ones. I just about got the in the front (luckily there was some decent stretch to get me through the difficult times!) but Dear God I don't know what happened in the back. I thought I had the pieces the right way around, but I can't think of any other explanation!

Thankfully the darts are basically invisible in this print. And this fabric is also awesome for understitching. It was like a perfect example of stitches hugging the facing to the inside. I handpicked a lapped lemon metal zipper in (I know, more lemon zippers). I love handpicking, it's definitely my favourite method now. It may take a little longer but I end up with a much better result. 

Does anyone else love hair flowers? I need to wear more hair flowers. And I wish I could carry my parasol around more often. It makes you feel AWEsome :) Ahhhh Vegas... good times. I also bought these black wedges for the holiday but couldn't decide that they were comfy enough for long periods of time before we left. I held onto them though. Hee hee...

Has anyone noticed the pile of fabric peeking into the frame? That's my special fabric.

My special specials.

The only thing about the dress that I did consider (but not that hard, because I forgot) was the need for a back vent. But I can separate the back seam pretty handy down the line. It'll only take me 5 minutes.

As you can see. Not so much in the climbing over or into things department. I am usually awesome at that. We are having a 'keep the car till it dies' sort of situation. So most days if I'm driving I get out of the passenger side of the car. I swear, I'm out in 2 seconds flat. 

It it does make me feel super wiggly though. I didn't line it either, so it's a no tights zone. Sometimes I'm just not in the mood to line. Plus this stretch cotton is pretty substantial.

I think I'm definitely going to make another Charlotte skirt before long. My favourite all time version is Fiona's green wool beauty. Believe me, it's even better in person. And we all know how much I love a pegged skirt. This is the full length by the way, I think with about a 2cm turn up. I stitched the hemline first of all to help me turn it up nice and even and I pressed it in place with some Steam-a-Seam I got for a bargain (if you haven't encountered it, it's like a mini Wundaweb). I haven't sewn it in yet, I thought it would be a good opportunity to try out a length before committing.

So there we have it. A seasonally inappropriate dress! 

It isn't quite Jungle January in the animal print sense, but I'm still in a Jungle ;)


Emmie x
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