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When I AM sewing…

So, for the last few months, I’ve been producing more than I have been documenting. consider this an update! First, I’d like to talk to you about stashbusting. Back in January, I promised myself and the Internet to do some serious stash digging, and try to use some of that stuff that’s been laying around for a while. I have been doing that, and while my results stray a bit from the original plans, I think I’ve done quite good. Especially my knits stash has felt the pressure.

This picture shows my original plans, and what has become of them. All but three projects have been started in one way or another. Let’s go into the details shall we?

Let’s start with the things I haven’t started on: the bikini, the red dress and the kimono. Although this summer has been spectacular, weather-wise, I still almost never wear bikinis, I am more of a bathing suit kind of a gal. And from earlier years, you all know that I have enough summer dresses. So those two projects were just not prioritized this summer. The kimono? Well, I really should just make it already, but so many other fun projects distract my creativity all the time…

The items with a red cross just didn’t work out. I tried to use the Grainline Tiny Pocket Tank twice, but it just isn’t a pattern made for me, so I had to trash that project. The coral shirt fabric turned out to be some kind of polyblend with no give, so shaping princess seams was impossible, and the fit didn’t work out with that fabric. So it lives a quiet life as scraps instead.

For the red shirtdress, I have cut out Deer and Doe’s Bleuet, I just need to stitch it together. I finished the pink hoodie just in time for a holiday we spent on an actual desert island, the brown skirt turned into a Cambie instead, and the dress B5814 is made out of a different fabric. Actually that pretty dress deserves it’s own blog post, as it’s made from my precious perfect fabric! Oh, and the quilt? I have started it, but it takes it’s sweet little time. I need to be in the mood for straight stitching for that one.

The other couple of pieces are documented here and here. The wrap top, though has already had to go, as it never really did cover anything. I always needed to wear a tank underneath, and that wasn´t really the look I was going for. Also, the wrap wrapped way too tight.  I’d rather try the Pavlova at one point instead.

But as I mentioned in the beginning, I have been making some other stuff as well. Here’s a list that probably isn’t complete:

I hope to dazzle you with pictures of all of these at some point, but here are some of them as seen in Me Made May:

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Exploring New Territories: Boxiness.

First of all: Happy International Women's Day everybody! The online sewing community rock, and is an excellent output for preserving and at the same time developing activities that traditionally are tied to women. We are keeping female history alive by engaging in sewing, knitting, embroidering and crocheting. Keep up the good work everyone! With that… Continue Reading…

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  1. The blouse looks great! I think it’s always a good idea to try new things, at least once, because you never know what you might discover – a new favorite maybe!

  2. I really like your version of this blouse! It looks great. I’ve been really into un-fitted waists recently but am starting to feel interested in more blouson and fitted shapes.

  3. I’m like you–I like to emphasis the waist. It took me a while to realize that was the silhouette that I’m most attracted to, and the one that is most flattering on me. Now that I know, I’m reluctant to branch out from that, for fear of wasting my time making an unflattering garment!

  4. Love it. I’ve always really liked that pattern. I like the fact that you could wear this one either way; un-tucked and boxy or tucked in. It’s a really pretty shirt.

  5. Thanks for the thoughts everyone, it’s always nice to hear your different opinions on style and shape. And thank you for the compliments too, I might try this kind of style more!:-)

  6. I really like this on you! I’ve eyed this patter too – I really love the tucks at the shoulders. You chose great buttons – very cute and fun, which makes the whole outfit work!

  7. The new blouse looks lovely on you – fresh and pretty. I think it will be great in warmer months. I have worn loose shaped tops for the last couple of years but am trying to sew some more fitted ones now. xx

  8. Oh it looks lovely on you! You can totally rock this style. Untucked it looks really comfy and casual, but the delicate fabric choice and pretty buttons keep it from looking masculine. It’s not a really loose style, it’s still firmly planted in ‘ladies wear’! For full Audrey, you could wear this with some capri pants and ballet flats? LOVE the hair, BTW xxx

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Finished object: Stash piece no. 1: Mathilde.

Mathilde blouse in black crepe de chine – such a lovely fabric  to wear!  I´ve finished my Mathilde! You know, that gorgeous blouse pattern Tilly just released. Before I say anything more, you should really read Karen´s post on this, as she captures my exact thoughts on this blouse much more eloquently than I could do myself.… Continue Reading…

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  1. This is gorgeous! I’m working on mine at the minute, and I love how your’s looks tucked into a skirt. I didn’t think of it as a “tuck in” top, so I’ll have to remember that.

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  1. That’s a classic make Sølvi, really stylish. I’ve cake’s pavlova on order….looking forward to it.
    Ps having a rainbow in your book shelf is wonderful and I covet it !

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Stashbusting Sewalong 2013

So, people, I am excited to give you a more detailed list over my Stashbusting Sewalong contribution for the next couple of months. I have also added the sewalong to my nav bar, so you can monitor my progress there, if you´d like. Here are my sketches and ideas again:   And here are the details:… Continue Reading…

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    • I really was super excited when she announced that she was opening shop – Mathilde is the cutest, and just what I needed at the moment! 🙂

    • I really hope it´ll work out. I don´t spend a lot of time at the beach in the summer, but when I do, I would like to have a decent two-piece to wear. 🙂

  1. I enjoyed reading your plans – especially like seeing the original and new intentions. I am looking forward to seeing how things turn out. 🙂 xx

    • Thanks! I think it´s fascinating how some ideas just don´t come to life, while others do. And how an idea I had two years ago still can be stuck in my head, while another one is just completely uninteresting. I wonder how the brain works sometimes! 🙂

  2. I love a good plan! I’m trying to avoid doing this, because the minute I do, I want to make just about anything else. I’m fickle that way. Just about everything you have picked is in the back of my mind to make though. I especially love the fuschia hoodie. I’ve been trying to find something in my stash that will work with that pattern too.

    • I know what you mean! I´ve done that a couple of times- had grand plans that just completely failed. But I don´t stress it as long as it´s just concerning my hobby, it´s worse if it was to happen at work. 😉

      Hope you´ll find some hoodie material, then we can have a little mini-sewalong inside the sewalong! 🙂

  3. Wow, when you plan, you PLAN, don’tcha? 😀 That printed silk looks amazing and I could seriously do with a pink fleece sweater – after a couple of sunny days it has started snowing again (but I’m sure it’s still warmer than in Scandinavia…)

  4. Oooh, I love that you’ve pulled out your fabric and matched it to patterns, it’s really interesting to see how your plans have changed slightly but are still sticking to the original vision. And I do like the look of that Burda skirt, I shall be very interested to see what it looks like once made. Big plans ahead by the looks of things, it’s going to be great to see your finished pieces. Go you!

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  1. I don’t think it looks as bad as you think it does!! I *love* your selfish sewing plan though. I need to get on that. I’m still mentally preparing for the stash-busting project.

    • Thanks Donna! it’s not as much how it looks as how it feels.:-) espcially the sleeves. I was SO close to panicking and ripping them off of me trying to get it off!:-)

      Hope to see your stashbusting sewing plans soon.:-)

  2. I can also see the positives in your almost outfit! I hope you can save them as they really do have potential, and I love the bib blouse. As for your stash busting productivity, wow! I think I feel more organised just looking at the system you’ve created for your ironing station.
    Ps I love seeing your sewing sketches too !

    • I definitely will save the skirt, no doubt. Look out for it sneaking into feature posts! 🙂 And I have to say I am so pleased with the way I organizde things around the ironing board. For the first time it doesn´t become a complete mess the minute I lay eyes on the iron anymore. Woohoo!

  3. I’ve made most of my to-sew list from my stash this year. Fingers crossed I’ll stick to it. I hate fly-front skirts too! I have quite a little potbelly, being an apple shape, that makes it always stick out funny. Alas. Apart from the clothes, the other stuff you made came out awesome, I lurve the fabric you used on your ironing board decor.

    • Yay! for using stash fabric, and nice to hear someone else have the sam e opinion about the front fly. It all comes down to dressing in a way to suit out body type and personality, doesn’t it?:-)

  4. I don’t think your outfit looks bad at all! Honestly, I think most of the time we just overthink things because we see through sewists’ eyes. At any rate, your scrapbusting looks amazing…I love your illustrated plan!

    • Thanks for hosting the sewalong! And thanks for the nice words, I guess I am much more picky with my clothing than before I started to sew, but I really think that is so positive! Finally I can wear good looking pieces that I feel good in. I say Hurrah for our sewists eyes!:-)

  5. Awesome that you’re joining the stashbusting challenge! Your new projects look great and very useful. And, thanks for the sweet words about my blog!

  6. I’m glad you’re joining in the challenge! And your new projects look awesome and very useful. Also, thank you for the sweet words about my blog!

  7. Oh, lovely plans! I really like that you’re always sketching your plans. I should remember to do so, too, it’s such good practice! I’m also joining the stashbusting sewalong. 🙂
    That caddy and pincushion looks so lovely and useful! Great idea!

  8. Sorry to see the outfit didn’t work out but your plans for sewing this year look intriguing, is that underwear or a bikini at no. 11? Love the idea for reuseable make-up pads, definitely going to have to whip myself up some of those once the house is back on track!

    • Thanks, it’s just how it is with sewing, you win some, you loose some. I’m making a bikini (hopefully)! Those make up pads are really good, so I can really recommend it!:-)

  9. This post is so inspiring!! I absolutely love these stashbusting projects. The fabric you used for the ironing board cover, caddy, etc., is beautiful. I’m also jealous of your sketching skills. Looks like you’re going to have an amazing 2013. The new blouse is lovely, by the way. I’m sorry you’re not happy with it, but it is a nice style on you so I’m sure you’ll work it out! Happy Sewing!!!

  10. What an inspiring post – The sewalong looks great – I am thinking I will join in as most of my planned sewing involves stashbusting this year! The sewing caddy looks fab – what a clever idea. But mostly I love the washcloths and feel like copying you! The skirt and blouse look good in the photo but I know that photo and reality aren’t always the same, good luck with the alterations. 🙂

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