Updates- sewing log June 2017

Well, it has been rather a long time since I last wrote a post here. I must stop leaving such gaps!  

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So what have I been up to since I last posted? Lots of things! Although I haven't done as much sewing as I would have liked I have battled some sewing demons (mostly fit issues and procrastination!) and have managed to sew up a couple of successes. I am aiming to write a separate post with regards to those pesky demons so more to come on that one. 

A sneaky peek at my bodice block progress!

A sneaky peek at my bodice block progress!

In other news I have recently finished reading "the life changing magic of tidying up" which has been an absolute revelation to me! I really do highly recommend everyone get this book. It is basically encouragement to get rid of all that junk we collect and carry around with us. I haven't completed sorting through everything but the bits I have done have left me feeling as light as a feather and so incredibly good about not only the space I'm living in but also in myself. It's so wonderful how much better you feel for growing away the things that don't bring you joy. 

The first part of this process was getting rid of those unwanted garments. Now I didn't think I had that many clothes. Turns out I had 8 bags worth of clothes that I could throw away!

8 bin-sized bags.

Yes.

I was amazed.

I threw away all the clothes I no longer wear, including some me-mades, and even those items that I really liked but I had to be honest and admit that I don't like them enough to wear. The result is a wardrobe full of clothes that I adore. The day after the process I opened up my wardrobe and wanted to wear everything. It was incredible.  

My new cleaned out wardrobe. All that's left behind are the clothes I actually wear!

My new cleaned out wardrobe. All that's left behind are the clothes I actually wear!

This process also highlighted the gaps in my wardrobe too. Teamed alongside 'me-made-May' I have a really good understanding of the pieces I love to wear and items I need more of. Mostly these gaps consist of tops (basic t's and sleeveless tops for summer), skirts and more summery dresses.

I also aim to sew, at least a few of these items, from fabric in my stash. Now I know some people have much bigger stash piles than I do but it's still a sizely pile. Plus, I buy the fabric to makes things from it so I should start that process really! 

My fabric stash as of June 2017

My fabric stash as of June 2017

The final things I'm working on are my sisters bridesmaids dresses. I agreed to make these nearly three years ago. It seemed like such a far away task. She's getting married in November. Must start getting around to it! They're going to be fairly simply fit and flare style dresses and we already have the fabric. I just need to make a couple of toiles before cutting in to the good stuff. 

Sketching. Sketching. Sketching.

Sketching. Sketching. Sketching.

My new project - wool and the gang Florence sweater

My new project - wool and the gang Florence sweater

I made a project bag for my knitting with a fat quarter I've had since I first started sewing. Finally got a use for it!

I made a project bag for my knitting with a fat quarter I've had since I first started sewing. Finally got a use for it!

In none sewing related items I'm currently knitting my first jumper! I was inspired by the OAL posts and picked out the Florence sweater by Wool and the Gang as the first knitted garment project (I bought the full kit in the royal blue colour). I must say it hasn't been the easiest! I think it's because the yarn is cotton. Maybe. Still, I've knitted a back piece and have started on the front (although I almost finished it before having to rip the stitches out because I made a massive hole without realising!). 

So update log done. Now to get cracking with those needles!