Thursday, September 26, 2013

Planning my handmade wardrobe



I like lists. I like how nice it is to have row after row of dot points and cross right through things as I do them. This brings me great joy.

So it’s no surprise that the longer I sew the more I like to get organised with my fabric stash and patterns. In fact I’m now so into this new way of planning and sewing I don’t allow myself to buy fabric without a pattern in mind. But recently I took it one step further.

I worked out my tax return and did 2 separate fabric splurges.



Once I had all my fabrics I cracked open my Fashionary and got sketching so I could record my ideas.



I’ve already started working through these ideas and you can see the Plum Ponte Dress, Geometric Ponte Dress and Blue Hollyburn Skirt made up.

Then I spent the rest of my tax return at the Spotlight 40% off sale and got these below.



The top one will be an Alma, the second one with the hummingbirds will be a Datura, the third one will be an Alma, the white cotton will be an Alma, the black crepe will be a datura and the bottom blue cotton will be a Cambie.

Then along came my birthday. I asked the lovely people in my life for money to buy my ultimate pattern stash which is where that incredible stack of Indie Patterns at the top of the post come in. Between my new fabric stash and Indie Pattern stash I am in sewing heaven.

Now that I've got a well thought out plan for my handmade wardrobe I am itching to sew it all up and wear all these awesome new clothes I can see in my head.

Here's what's up next.


Items made from this plan:

31 comments:

  1. There are some true gems there! I can't wait to see your makes in the future!

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    1. Thanks, I can't wait to turn them into a reality!

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  2. I can't wait to see all the finishes.

    Regards Nina Hobbysite (Nederland)

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  3. What mythical spotlight has these fabrics????? Stunning choices and so well matched to the patterns :)

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    1. Haha, I've got a pretty good (and massive Spotlight) right near me.
      It's deliciousness in a store.

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  4. you really do have great prints there. I am jealous, really. LOL.

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    1. Thanks! I'm hoping to balance them out with solid colluded skirts and shorts.

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    2. And by colluded I mean coloured. Damn you auto correct.

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  5. Oh you have acquired some great fabrics there! Love your fashionary.

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    1. Yeah I never realised how fun a fashionary could be. You can plan out your sewing and colour in at the same time. My inner child loves this!

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  6. Love this peak into your sewing plans. And is wrong to be totally freeki.n jealous of that beautiful stash of materials?
    x Elena @ Randomly Happy
    www.randomlyhappyblog.com

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    1. Haha we'll I'm glad you like them.
      Fingers crossed I don't have any sewing fails so they all turn out to be wearable.

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  7. Wow such lovely fabrics and epic patterns. That Kelly skirt is going to rock!

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    1. Yeah I'm loving the colour of the Kelly skirt.
      I just need to learn to do buttonholes now so I can actually finish it.
      Fingers crossed it goes well!

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  8. Seriously, organizing fabric and patterns is half the fun I think! Even just re-arranging fabric in the stash. How good is fashionary? It's totally added a whole new dimension to my planning process too. Looking forward to seeing that Kelly skirt!

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    1. Yeah it took me way too long to figure that out!
      The fashionary definitely makes it more fun as well.
      I've got to get a wriggle on to make all these clothes by summer now!

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  9. Yay for splurging! looks like you're set for summer!

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    1. I'm definitely set for summer if I get it all stitched up in time.
      Can't wait!

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  10. Ooh! I was salivating over that blue cloud fabric in Spotlight yesterday! I'm sure it'll make a lovely Cambie! Happy Birthday!

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    1. Ohh clouds, I had to go back and look at the fabric to see which one you meant!
      I so didn't see that as clouds. Now it can be my Cloud Cambie.

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  11. I love how you've used your fashionary! Some really lovely fabrics there. Looking forward to seeing some of these makes.

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    1. Yeah I think the fashionary is now my favourite part of the planning!
      Hoping to get my sew on tomorrow to finish of Kelly number 1.

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  12. Such great plans- you will be one sharp cookie!

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    1. Thanks! Planning is now just as fun as sewing.

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  13. I need to find this branch of Spotlight as well. My local version has a pitiful variety of fabrics and the ladies in charge tell me this is because it is a 'small' branch - not happy! There are plenty of wonderful patterns around from Indie designers but the fabric selections I've come across are terrible. It's so frustrating. I love your fashionary as well. I have sketchbooks for all my design stuff and I don't understand why I haven't devoted one of them to sewing - such a simple idea that would cease the searching for the idea I jotted down months ago. If you can give us a hint for the best branch of Spotlight, I'm sure we'd all be grateful.

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  14. Haha, I didn't realise good Spotlight's were so rare!
    This one is in Penrith in the Homemaker's Centre (not in Penrith Mall).
    There's a Lincraft opposite it as well but I'm not so keen on that Lincraft, I'd say the Parramatta and Blacktown stores would be better than the Penrith Lincraft.

    Also there's a great Spotlight at Auburn if you're nearer to there it's worth a look.

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    1. Thanks for the info on Spotlight. I tried Birkenhead Point today and found it wanting as well. I live on the northern beaches and the nearest Spotlight to me is at Belrose. I'll have to try the Auburn store to see if it is any better. Your pattern selection is very good - a good variety of garments to build a wardrobe. Next week is my big sewing week - linen pants and top, a dress and a t-shirt.

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    2. No worries, I hope it doesn't disappoint!
      Also your plans sound epic. You're going to make all that??

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  15. Very relatable post! I actually just started thing about a handmade wardrobe.. although I'm not as far in the planning process as you.. I will have to find the perfect patterns first.. good luck, I will be waiting for the results!

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  16. I've discovered that it's just as much fun as sewing!
    All the best with your planning.

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