How can I control my life if I can’t control my fabric stash???

My fabric stash is out of control. How did this happen??? One minute, I learned to sew and needed a little fabric to practice with, next minute, this stuff is taking over my life! I think I’m addicted. How amazing is a trip to the fabric shop though? I do actually have credible plans for some of my stash but a fair amount of it was bought in anticipation of making something particular that I just never got ‘round to. So what do I have?

Jerseys…

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Wovens…

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And some plain wovens in navy and black that really aren’t that interesting enough to photograph! They’re lovely but much better in real life than in pictures.

And now that the cooler months are approaching what are my plans?

A few more Cocos…

A few more Sorbettos…

2 Skirts – another BHL Flora skirt and a DIY couture pleated skirt…

And 2 dresses – another Elisalex and a Simplicity K1609…

And as of today, a Deer and Doe Plantain t-shirt.

So not much to do then! This is definitely a challenge for me, although I must remember that this list can be made throughout Autumn/Winter, it doesn’t all have to be done by end-September (which would be difficult as I would literally have to be sewing all day every day given my speed!)

There is one type of fabric that I need to buy though and I have been looking for a while with no luck – I really want either a black and white striped or blue and white striped, stable, cotton, ponte roma fabric with a tiny bit of stretch to it. The type suitable for a Coco as I have a top like this in mind…

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If you can help me find this fabric I will be forever grateful!

Apart from that, since I have so much, I have promised myself to only buy more fabric now if I have a very specific project in mind that I’ll make straightaway. This was exactly what I had in my mind when went to Ray Stitch today, thinking about a fabric to make my next Sorbetto with. And I found it! It’s a really soft brushed cotton which I think is perfect for autumn. Have a peek…

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Fingers crossed I can continue to keep to this promise! What’s happening with your fabric stash these days?

Cx

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I call it my ‘Chambrettto’ top…

Colette’s Sorbetto pattern is such a quick and easy top to make that I’m surprised I haven’t made loads of these really. I know that’s in part to me having difficulty in working with lighter weight fabrics – finishing the edges with a zigzag stitch always made the edges scrunch up in the stitch. Very annoying. That was until I discovered my overedge/overcast foot and problem solved! It has a little bar on it which holds the outside of the stitch while the inside stitch is made, and this is what stops the fabric from scrunching up, geddit? I hope so, because I can’t think of a better way to describe how it works!

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Anyway, back to the sorbetto. The last time I made one was ages ago and to be honest I don’t even know where the top is. What I do remember is that the pattern was a little short so I lengthened the pattern pieces by about 2 inches. I wanted to add a zip to the back so instead of cutting the back piece on the fold I just cut around it entirely, leaving me with 2 back pieces (as I’m a bit narrow in the back I didn’t need to adjust the pattern). I used some lightweight chambray for this and it sewed up really easily as most cottons do. And really quickly as it really is a simple pattern.

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The only change i would make next time is to draft some pattern pieces for a facing. This time I bound the neck and arm holes with bias binding but I think using a facing would be quicker really.

So what can I say?, I like it! A lot. So much so that I already have another sorbetto planned which I already have the fabric for. It’s a really dark navy/black lawn with red stars on it. The picture’s not great but here’s a sneak peek anyway…

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So what’s on your sewing table today?

Cx