Worst blogger in the world…

January 24, 2008 at 9:30 pm 7 comments

That’s me. Sorry it has been so long since my last post (Christmas!), but as always, I’ve been busy with sewing and regular life. I’ve completed a couple of new projects, and have a dozen or so on the “To Do” list. I finished a brand new dress to wear for the holidays from Simplicity 3535 “Project Runway” pattern. The pattern was fairly easy to follow, considering all of the possible alterations/changes one could do to it. The photo makes it look slightly “Little Home on the Prarie”, but I assure you, it is a very modern, chic dress.

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I’ve also recently finished a reconstruction…remember this dress?

Vintage Blue Roses Fabric

This dress was made years ago, and incidentally was never finished. It is made from some delicious vintage fabric that I could not possibly give up, so I used a new McCall’s pattern to make this stylish top:

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The collar is made in chartreuse green silk duipioni that matches the green leaves in the fabric perfectly. As you can tell from the quality of these photos, I still need a digital camera. Any suggestions?

As part of my New Year’s resolutions, I have finally cleaned and organized my sewing room. I bought an inexpensive bookcase and organized my fabric stash like this:

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That’s just yards of fabric that I washed, ironed and measured, and then rolled on to a piece of cardboard and secured with quilting pins. Very simple, and it keeps my fabrics organized and accessible. I also keep track of my inventory by pinning a small piece of paper to the front of each mini-bolt with the amount of fabric as well as the fiber content.

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I keep my patterns in little plastic shoe boxes that I purchased at Target for $1.99. I also keep larger patterns or “patterns in progress” (those patterns that I have already cut, but have not yet assembled) in large zip-lock bags so that the contents are easily seen. I also made custom tins for notions, needles, and thread. Having a clean and tidy area to work is the best thing for creativity. This new system is very inspiring, I must say.

I will post again soon, as I have several new projects in the works, a new knitted sweater (so close to being done!), new links and a new tutorial in the works for you!

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7 Comments Add your own

  • 1. Kiva, Southern Girl Musings  |  January 24, 2008 at 10:48 pm

    Nice dress and top and I really like how you organized your fabric with the cardboard and note system. What a neat idea!!!

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  • 2. coco8199  |  January 24, 2008 at 11:09 pm

    OMG! I love the idea for the bookshelves as a place to stash fabric. I hope you don’t mind but I’m probably going to steal that idea for my own studio 😀

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  • 3. Erica  |  January 24, 2008 at 11:20 pm

    I hope that you will use this idea in your own studio…it has worked wonders for me! It is so inspiring to see all those yummy fabrics all lined up…..good luck!

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  • 4. Katie  |  January 24, 2008 at 11:33 pm

    Someday I will get that organized……someday.

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  • 5. mermaids  |  January 26, 2008 at 1:15 pm

    the dress and top are adorable! great save on the vintage fabric.

    the fabric storage looks pretty. however, i would be concerned about using cardboard to store the fabric. cardboard is highly acidic. that acid can leech onto the fabric leaving either holes or nasty stains. also, having the fabric exposed to daylight can cause fading. some fabrics will fade very, very quickly. it looks so pretty to have all the fabric visible, however, i keep mine in plastic tubs in a closet. the fabrics are protected from fading and dust.

    perhaps you are different than i and actually use your fabric quickly. 🙂

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  • 6. ericamakesstuff  |  January 26, 2008 at 2:58 pm

    Mermaids – thanks for the great info! I used the same cardboard that they use to back comic books with, I think that it has a lower acidity level than most cardboards, and therefore does not damage fibers. Also, the room in which I do all my sewing doesn’t even have a window (bad for me, but good for the fabrics), so they never are exposed to sunlight. Dust is another issue altogether, but I do try to keep everything well dusted in that respect. And, yes, I do typically use my fabrics within one month of purchase. Thanks for bringing up these great points.

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  • 7. glamjunkie  |  March 25, 2008 at 10:51 pm

    love the sight of all that pretty fabric.

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