Material Matters

So I blogged about some of my sewing prep and I thought I'd share some bounty that I managed to get, free of charge, to play with. Perhaps you have some ideas of what these want to be when they grow up? I'd appreciate any ideas, I really would. 

First I have a pile of tshirts and slightly daunting stretchy material. These will be good for tshirt skirts, headbands and just torn into strips to learn stitches on I suspect. I have some sheets for stitch practice (not photographed because hey, even I'm not that excited about white sheets) so I'd like to make these useful. Patch pockets are a thing maybe?

Then there's some fat quarters I'd forgotten that I was gifted a few Christmases ago. No clue there but the prints are fun right?

Next I found some things that I want to make better.... I think if I were a hip and knowledgeable sewing blogger I would say something cool like 'refashion' but I'm clueless. I'll just say I want these Gaga sleeves off and the dress back in the rotation as this is a great dress, with pockets (POCKETS!!!!) that should be back in the rotation. 

Then I scored a Liberty print shirt. Yep. That feels pretty special so I'm saving that for a few practices in when I've worked a few seams etc and have less chance of ruining something with a Liberty label. I'm guessing that once I'm at that point, it'll mark being ready to actually buy some materials instead of thrifting. Still, it feels satisfying to work with free and unloved things. I like it. I think thrifting in itself could become a pretty addictive hobby

There's also this pile of lovely colourful cotton vests that I suspect might be cute bloomers for the Tot or..... something? This is the most fun pile but the one I'd like the most ideas for. Hmmmm more Pinterest I suspect!


Have you done any upcycling? I'd love to know about your thrifty sewing!

Sew, Here We Go!

With relish and delight I've been merrily researching and finding out about all things sewing. If knitting has taught me one thing, it's be prepared. I dived in when I learned to knit and prefered to work things out on the needles, ripping out if things went awry. This isn't so easy with sewing and I want the end results to be more useful and loved than some of my early knitting attempts.

I looked through the helpful comments you all left on my sewing machine post. SUPER helpful, thank you! I found the manual online and looked at that for a while. I went a bit cross eyed though as I'm a person that needs to feel the thing I'm learning and work through it both kinaesthetically and visually. 

Next I pulled out some sewing books I already have on the shelves. The pattern making one looked waaaaaaay beyond me yet but just look at the cuteness?!?!

Kathy Dress by Cal Patch (click through via image)

Kathy Dress by Cal Patch (click through via image)

There was some real inspiration amongst those pages and I started finding sewing blogs all over the place that just made me drool. I wanted to get going so I added lots of blogs to my blog reader and poured over the early pages of these books, making an initial shopping list of things like seam rippers and thread. 

Then I did a lot of pinning on Pinterest. I mean a lot. I have 3 boards: one for me, one for the Tot and one for miscellany like tutorials and things for the home. I may have fallen in love with beginners projects like these (all images click through). 

Via The Purl Bee - sewing resources of awesome

Via The Purl Bee - sewing resources of awesome

TShirt into Skirt Tutorial

TShirt into Skirt Tutorial

By now, I'm pretty excited and can't wait to start. My next task is going through all my wardrobes (and possibly everyone else's) and pulling out unwanted tops, shirts, tees, sheets and pillowcases. Why? These are materials I can practice on, possibly upcycle and make mistakes on without costing me a small fortune. I can learn how different stitches and fabrics work before I commit to cutting beloved fabric I picked out at the store. When I'm ready to start on real material and patterns, I won't have blown my hobby budget all at once in my excitement. 


I've also booked a sewing class that will teach me how to make a simple cushion and things like seam allowances, threading the machine etc. 


Wish me luck!