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weekly photo challenge: background & more organising

top of shelving unit - note white shelves in background on left & right
top of shelving unit – note white shelves in background on left & right

Am sooo pleased!!! Scored a great bargain from a yard sale. It’s very sturdy & will provide LOTS of storage for fabric, books, notions, etc. Now need to start stacking me stackable bookcases (those white things in the background, lower left & right) to make use of vertical space, a la designer Christopher Lowell.

And speaking of organizing, how cool is it that this week’s photo challenge coincides with The Organising Project?!  What, you say?  She’s bought  another shelf for that tiny space when she’s already got 6?!

It’s all about that stuff in the background, Possums – those places of I-wish-obcurity, unnoticed & unseen (see definition #2, next para.) that should be a sofa for sitting rather than book & fabric storage.

From my favorite dictionary: BACK”GROUND, n. [back and ground.] Ground in the rear or behind, as opposed to the front. 2. A place of obscurity, or shade; a situation little seen, or noticed.

In other words, it’s all about that stuff in the background – fabric strewn over sofa, and boxes & books on the floor – cleverly mostly cut out of the frame. Besides, who doesn’t need storage for all their sewing inventory & gear???


summer hat & fabric stash

can you see the brim's been started?!
can you see the brim’s been started?!

Spent lots of time this weekend going through fabric.  Now have all winter fabrics boxed up, awaiting Aug/Sept time frame.  And have all summer things boxed, with a lot of it washed-since-the-move and ready to cut out.  Phew!

After all that, plus getting me serger back and playing with it, just spent a lotta time crocheting in front of telly.  Hat’s almost done – yeah!

process, process, process… and impatience!

May I report, Dear Readers, that I do not like hot, humid weather? And possibly, as a consequence, don’t have many me-mades for said season??  There’s also the eternal problem of either Not Finding The Right Pattern, or Not Finding The Right Fabric. Am I the only one who struggles with these??? Puh-lease tell me I’m not!

At the moment, am sitting with me feet up by open windows, eating cake* & occasionally typing a word or two, virtuously awaiting laundry to complete its’ wash & dry cycles, totally ignoring the piles of fabric all over the bedroom closet floor.

Because, you understand, moi has decided, once laundry is done, to do a major sort out of The Stash and make 2 piles, Hot and Cold weather fabrics. Upon reflection, I’d thought about doing it before moving, but gave it up when massive indecision over what to pack, one item at a time, hindered the whole removals process. You know I didn’t want to make the mistake of ditching fabric, then later wishing I hadn’t.  ;-(    Now the move’s done, and hope the sort will be easier.


Can’t believe how quickly that 1 pile from last night’s rummage became 2 – it didn’t take 10 minutes! But something tells me that if I do what in my heart I know needs to be done – measure & note length, width & type of each fabric, and take it’s photo – there will be a lot more than 10 measly minutes gone. Maybe I’ll just begin with the summer fabrics, and leave the winter for later…

Read a quote somewhere recently from Ann R, winner of this season’s Great British Sewing Bee. She said that the preparation time of a project can seem to take forever, but is an essential part of the entire process. Hmm. Know she’s right, but it can seem very tedious indeed…

* Josée’s double chocolate muffins, with bran, so I can pretend I’m just eating a daily bran muffin – hehe!

pins & needles, & seam binding – horreurs!


Yesterday it was rainy and the ironing board still not together.  Went to the fabric store instead, for basics like binding & piping, needles & pins. Mind you, that’s just after writing me talented friend Josée that I don’t much like binding.  (Maybe using some will warm the affections, huh?) The store’s fabric was uninspiring, which is not a bad thing, considering The Stash Here.

Got caught in a bit of rain coming home, and saw that caftan when I came in the door .  Not very wrinkley, so ready enough for lounging, and I was in the mood. The hem drags drapes a bit on the floor. Guess I’ll eventually lop some off. Probably. Possibly. We’ll see. It’s always nice to have a bit extra to cover toes.

from sewdaily.com
from sewdaily.com

Bought a magazine instead of fabric: stitch, creating with fabric & threads. As it was labeled, “get organised this summer with 8 fun projects” and had 34 more “sizzling summer projects” I thought it might give me some ideas. It also included a double-sided sheet of patterns for some of the projects, and the web site has more. Now if only it would give me the impetus to do them.

At $14.99 USD I thought it expensive, but it seemed worth it for all the project ideas & templates. If any of you Dear Readers see a copy or already know the magazine, I’d love to know your opinion.

Hopefully, will have a nice surprise on Saturday.  Mmm… you’ll never guess!

free pattern!

Free blouse pattern from Martha Stewart (photo courtesy marthastewart.com)
Free blouse pattern from Martha Stewart (photo courtesy marthastewart.com)

Martha Stewart has a dress/blouse pattern & instructions on her website here. See photo above (courtesy her site) for one version, and her web site for variations.  Directions/instructions are lower on page, so scroll down.

Remember, if you don’t understand a term, just google the word or phrase. Chances are you’ll find all manner of tutorials, blogs, and YouTube videos to show you/teach you whatever, and lots of encouragement & sympathy as you’re learning, too!  I know I have!    😉

later ~

ACK! I am brain-dead!! My huuuge apologies to Katherine over at Pillows-a-la-Mode because it was HER blog announcement that alerted me to the pattern.  Kudos & thanks to Katherine!

photo chalenge: colour (or, Spring sewing projects)

As weather turns into Spring am trying to get inspired to get sewing done.

Thank goodness Good Friend Karen’s coming to blast me out of the doldrums… and help get something bigger than current teeny 20-inch diameter “sewing table” set up.

Have need to get lots of things at least cut out, so trolled thru stash and above is what I’ve seen thus far.

Colour? You betcha! Love wearing it 24 months of the year.  😉

Original WordPress post here.

blanket resizing

wouldn't say it's sorted, but there's the embroidery frames, found my other scissors@...
wouldn’t say it’s sorted, but there’re the embroidery hoops, found my pinking scissors… uh-oh, where’s the box of thread??

Have found almost all my sewing gear, and am making plans for a small project–a couple of blankets need re-sizing.

According to the Internet, these are standard mattress sizes:

                                       US                     Europe
Twin (Single)        39×75 inches         36×79 inches
Full (Double)        54×75 inches         55×79 inches
Queen                   60×80 inches         63×79 inches
King                      76×80 inches         71×79 inches

America “standard” sizes for blankets:

Twin: 66 by 90 inches
Double: 80 by 90 inches
Queen: 90 by 90 to 100 inches
King: 108 by 90 to 100 inches

I thought it interesting that both the mattress sizes and blanket sizes were included.  Didn’t realize there was such variation in length in the larger sizes, either.

Now I just have to locate all that thread…


love these gerbers!
love these gerbers!

Later ~~

I found the thread — kept looking at the top photo, and finally realized why.  I didn’t have that on my sewing table before the move!  In the frenzy of last minute packing, I gathered up all the odds & ends on the table, including my box of threads, and everything went into that top box.  Gee – forgot to look and see if the Folkwear Armistice blouse pattern is there…  One more thing to hunt down!

But sewing will follow!


life happens …

I do humbly beg Lovely Readers’ pardon for the past few months’ oddities.  Realized lately that since October it’s been monthly travel except when a sister passed.  February’s jaunt was a thousand permanent miles, yielding that drastic Internet solution.

These photos are from the former closet, the un-packing paper, and the new closet before & after a re-do.  To say we’re downsizing isn’t in error!

stash & sewing machine

Currently, fabric is sitting in huge plastic boxes until there’s something better.  Haven’t gotten to the dealer with my machine either.  It sews fine, I think… haven’t plugged it in as there’s no table to put it on.   Waaaailll ! ! !  😉

There’s a nice new table all ready to be set up as soon as there’s space.  Me thinks the queen bed will be replaced with something much more compact.

Sew a bit more patience, Dear Readers, and pardon the pun!


PS/ Forgot the best part of that closet re-do: everything was 30% off & volunteers came & installed it.  They’re due a tasty treaty!

another view…

drawing courtesy of Vogue/McCall's web site
drawing courtesy of Vogue/McCall’s web site

This line drawing is easier to look at and see the pieces of the pattern.  It’s from the Vogue/McCall’s web site.  Just click the pattern photo in the previous entry or this one & scroll down the page to see it.

Sometimes photos and/or drawings just don’t show clearly what’s what, so I find I usually go to these drawings before buying a pattern.  Wonder how the pattern companies evolved these?  Might be interesting marketing history!

being brave…


Or trying to visualise what these fabrics would look like together.

Am thinking a princess-seamed blouse, with darker on the outside & lighter on the inside, if there’s enough of the blue for skinny-sleeved version.

Blue is supposed to be rayon, but feels like very soft flannel.  Rayon flannel remnant. maybe?

Teeny plaid is soft 100% cotton from my fabulous CA stash.  Really fringes beautifully, so want to incorporate that feature, too.  And maybe some lovely red button down the front…

V8598: one of my choices, bought last summer on sale.  art courtesy McCall's-Vogue site
V8598: one of my choices, bought last summer on sale.
art courtesy McCall’s-Vogue site

What do you think?