I’m sure you’ll remember this recent post when I happily declared that I had worked through my stash, sorted and catalogued all the fabric, and was set and ready to sew.
And then I made blinds.
And looked at the crates.
And I sewed nothing.
And I looked at the crates some more.
And I flicked through the patterns.
And I flicked through the fabric catalogue.
And I sewed nothing.
Because, when you’ve got 176 metres of fabric in the stash, (I know!!!), and you haven’t really sewn properly for a couple of years, there’s a question that your poor, overwhelmed brain keeps coming back to.
“Where the heck do you start?”
I have a huge pile of fabric, and enough patterns to last me till doomsday. But I simply couldn’t decide what to make.
Should I make this pattern in that fabric? Or would the other one be more appropriate? What about this one?
Completely stuck! Completely frustrated! And still not sewing.
A couple of weeks back I decided that I would start with jeans. The rationale being that I really need some more jeans in my wardrobe. And my favourite sort-of jeans, RTW, but made from a soft stretch chino, had finally given up their last fibre.
Also…I wear jeans pretty much every day.
Oh…and I already had the pattern printed off and ready to tape. Perfect.
So I taped up the pattern. Got to love a big sewing table!
Then packed it away.
Turns out, I’m not quite ready to go from zero to jeans fitting.
So….I sewed nothing.
And then, I opened my wardrobe and realised that I’ve hit that point where everything is running close to shabby and I need some new tops. (I’ve still got a couple of pairs of jeans that have only just come back into rotation after losing a bit of weight. The jeans weren’t a priority after all!)
I was just about to suggest a shopping trip to the Hubby, when I realised that, quelle suprise, I do know where to start.
So, on Saturday, whilst he cleared the last of the boxes and assorted crap from the garage, I pulled out a length of fabric that I’d already earmarked for toiles, and a couple of patterns that I’d already made up before.
First up, Simplicity 1886, which I’d previously made up in a pretty floral poly and worn to shreds.
If you follow me on Instagram you’ll already know that I’m really glad I made that toile!
The fit was so very far off that I binned the toile, and the pattern. I’d already hacked it to death and, quite frankly, would much rather start again from fresh.
I’ll admit to being quite shocked by this as, if you’d asked me, I would have told you that it would be too small!
I quickly moved on to Newlook 6217, which I’d made up, loved, and worn to shreds before blogging it. This is one of the patterns that I’d like to be a TNT that I can pull out, pop on the fabric, and whizz up whenever the mood takes me.
It’s the kind of easy-to-wear top I love for day-to-day wear when you’ve got to get yourself together quickly in the morning, but don’t want to look like a complete schlep!
I knew there were some tweaks needed to the pattern, so did a quick toile, clarified the tweaks, and applied them to the pattern.
I’m pretty sure it’s good to go, but I’ll make up in some cheap fabric just to confirm. I’ve then got at least 2 or 3 other lengths of fabric that I can quickly whizz up and get out of the stash and into the wardrobe. Whereupon I can recycle the tatty RTW.
And I’ll have my first ever TNT!
Once that’s done I can move onto the next pattern I want to sew. Which will either be the Ginger Jeans or the Sew Me Something Imogen top.
Cue, the next of the TNTs.
The moral of this story? Turns out there’s a couple.
First up, when your sewing room is in boxes and you don’t know how long it will be before it’s unpacked…..stop buying fabric.
When you’re so busy that you’re not sewing….stop buying fabric.
And when you’re so stuck you don’t know where to start….Stop. Buying. Fabric!*
Oh…and Just. Start. Somewhere. It doesn’t matter if its the perfect fabric/pattern combo. Or if there are 73 other patterns that a given piece of fabric can be used for.
Just. Sew. Something.
“Done” is better than “Perfect!”
*Obviously, if your lovely friend texts to say that she’s popping round at some point in the week with a gift of free fabric, that absolutely, positively doesn’t count.
Just make sure it’s stuff you love, or let it go to another good home!