A girl can change her mind, right?

It would seem that my initial thoughts on a plan-free year were the ones I should have listened to. Whilst sorting though the fabrics and patterns rejuvenated my enthusiasm for sewing the stash, this was very short lived and my long standing stash related ennui has returned, with bells on.

I’m soooooooooooo bored of thinking and talking about it.  And it’s not even that big of a stash…it’s just a really, really annoying one.

This state of affairs has not been helped by sewing Button’s delightful Ruffle Tunic dress and The Husband’s shirt.  Both of these projects have been fun. Most importantly they’ve been projects I’ve wanted to sew, not projects I think I should sew.

Then I noticed that my Pinterest boards were throwing up trends for things that I like.  That I want to sew and want to wear.

Simple dresses in plain colours.  Or polka dots. Or stripes. (Ignore the fancy party dresses…I don’t go to that many fancy parties…but a girl can live in hope!)

Jeans and t-shirts.

Jeans and tunics.

Slim legged trousers and long line tops.

Maxi dresses…this one I don’t understand…I only bought my first maxi dress last year and now I want more.  I LOVE them!

Anyway…these are the things I want to wear…that fit in with my lifestyle at the moment…that flatter my figure (which is more than a little, shall we say, dynamic at the moment due to some changes in meds…one stone added in 4 months, eeek!).

All of this reflection has resulted in a small but somewhat rebellious thought percolating in my brain.

“What if, instead of sewing my stash, I just. got. rid. of it!”

Radical, no?

It seems so bloody ungrateful, though.  Much of my stash has been given to me by my lovely friend Liz.  All of the pieces are good quality fabrics. All of them will make fabulous garments.

But the crux of the matter is that what I would be sewing wouldn’t necessarily be stuff that I would immediately pull out of my wardrobe on a daily basis.  Or be in colours that I am naturally drawn to.

So this week I spoke with Liz and she was gracious about the whole thing. Which kind of gave me the green light.  An afternoon in the sewing loft and the stash was slashed in half, and a sense of lightness has returned.

I’m now down to:

  • some linens in green and black
  • some crinkle cotton
  • a couple of nice jerseys


  • a bit of lace
  • denim for a pair of jeans (which is currently being tortured in an attempt to soften it a bit before I start sewing)
  • tweed for an Anise jacket


  • few lovely prints
2 mtrs of Art Gallery Voile - Praline Honey

2 mtrs of Art Gallery Voile – Praline Honey


Since Thursday I’ve printed off two PDF patterns, taped them together and started the process of flat pattern alterations.

I’ve made a toile for Amelie and it’s awaiting fitting.


And today I bought some lovely cotton lawn with which to line this gorgeous lace which is destined to become a Scout Woven Tee.


I’ve spent more time in the sewing loft this week than I have done for quite some considerable time.

So I’m binning the Stashbusting Sewalong and the Baker’s dozen project and going wherever the sewing mood takes me. Without a plan! 😉 Which at the moment is somewhere between the lace Scout Tee, a Washi maxi dress in crinkle cotton, and Amelie in black linen; all three of which I’m working on concurrently.

And it’s fun!

PS. I did photograph The Husband in his shirt this week.  He looked like an axe murderer in every pic.  I’ll do them again tomorrow.  Hopefully he’ll look less scary!

PPS.  There’s a couple of pieces of fabric that I’m not going to use that you might like.  I feel a giveaway coming up soon!

20 Responses to A girl can change her mind, right?

  1. Sue Taylor says:

    There is nothing worse than making things because you have to, or because you feel you should ! I love the idea of no plan and going with the flow- just making things as the mood takes you. Well done for having the nerve to change your mind xx

  2. K-Line says:

    Sometimes plans are so soul-sucking. I say, ditch the stash and go buy a bunch of new stuff that appeals to you 🙂 Just don’t let it sit around! Or do. You can always give it away too 🙂

    • Soul-sucking…exactly! It’s gone back to its original owner…and my lovely husband has already started to fill the gap with some gorgeous Roma Jersey in the most perfect navy. It screams Pavlova!

  3. Sandy says:

    I think you absolutely did the right thing. Why bother taking the time to make garments you don’t care so much about? We sew because we love to do it and we love making garments that are perfect for us.

    Plans and commitments are great, but so isn’t flexibility. 🙂

    Happy creating!

    • Thank you. Even after being out of corporate life for 4 years, my mindset still gets stuck in the “make a plan, execute it” mode. I feel so enthused with this decision and loving being in the workroom again.

  4. Gail says:

    This is so interesting! A good friend of mine just did the same thing this week! (I was lucky to be on the receiving end of a whole lot of vintage patterns!) She’s having the same feelings of being freed from plans which weren’t suiting her anymore.

    I rarely sew with a plan, but this spring I did make myself a list for the first time! I’m looking forward to seeing which way the non-plan plan takes you!

  5. Good for you – it has to be fun too, this is not a dreary job that you’re obliged to do. Shame you didn’t show us The Axe Murderer photos…just got my new driving icence back today and I look like Liza Minelli’s ex husband David Gest, so they would have made me feel better 😉

    • I roared with laughter at this….David Gest indeed. I’m pretty sure you don’t…he’s certainly a unique looking chap! I’ll be posting photos of The Shirt this week…I’ve got a funny one I may share…he looks rather dashing in all the rest, I think.

  6. Jane G says:

    I think we all need to make things we want to make, rather than feel obligated to make. A good sort through can be quite cathartic

  7. prttynpnk says:

    ugh, sewing uninspired fabrics is just no fun! Last month I did a swap with some gals and moved 5 pieces of fabric that were lovely, but weighing me down- maybe you need some fresh eyes on your stash….

  8. well, done Evie. If you didn’t feel the fabric was going to be used on any project…it’s better to get rid of it. I want to try buying less too…there’s only so much I can sew

    • Thank you. I think with some of them I’d been seduced by the fabric without thinking about whether it would work for me or fit my lifestyle. I won’t be making that mistake again (hopefully)!

  9. Bloody good idea. I salute you. Now get the de-stash pieces out of the house now before you change your mind lol.

  10. Andrea says:

    Getting rid of the stash is radical but also super smart! I bet you feel lighter and freed now. Can’t wait to hear all about your Amelia dress.

    • It feels very naughty but also very, very good. Amelia is going to be interesting because although it’s very simple in shape, I’m not entirely sure how I’ll approach the full bust adjustment I’ll probably need…and it’s all on the bias! Should be fun!

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