Tuesday, December 15, 2009


I'm taking the morning off.  My tee shirt marathon is making me tired of sewing, so I decided to do what I always do when I don't want to sew and need a mojo recharge.  I'm "cleaning" out my sewing closet, and rearranging all my fabric.  It gives me a chance to touch and feel all of the fabrics that I love, and helps me remember what I actually have in this ever-growing stash of mine.  After spending the morning imagining what each piece of fabric might become, I'm usually ready to hit the machine again.

Want to see what I'm looking at?

To the left is my attempt to tame the madness.  There are six drawers, although the bottom two are hidden by the pile of random projects on the floor.  These are mostly cotton, with a few other things thrown in.  On the floor is a completely mismatched collection of about to make and remains of already made.

To my right is a giant pile of new fabrics - everything from cotton flannel to silk chiffon.  Hanging is a bunch of clothes that are destined for refashion.

And behind the refashionables is another pile 'o random fabric along with three more drawers.  These three are mostly knits.

It doesn't look like much, but it's home to me!

I did sit down to the machine briefly this morning.  Logan's green tee shirt needed adjusting.  His giant head didn't fit through the opening.  So I replaced the not-so-stretchy binding with a rib band.  I just hope he wasn't too traumatized by the experience of having it forced over his head to ever wear it again.

I've been contemplating what to do once I finish the tee shirt marathon.  Thanks to all my awesome blog buddies for some great leads for where to get alternate tracing materials until my soil separator order comes.  I'll let you know how all that comes out.  In the meantime, my parents got me the early Christmas gift of a subscription to Threads!  Thanks, Mom and Dad!!!  My first issue came last week and inside is an article about an interesting skirt with square godets.  It is a Merimekko design and the article included complete instructions for drafting the pattern and constructing the skirt.

I have some striped slinky that would make it up nicely.  The question is, should I??  My concerns --  I'm not a slender Asian girl.  I'm not 20 years old anymore.  Horizontal stripes across the hips that have borne two children???  What would I wear it with?  Hmm.  I really think it is fun and fashion forward.  Should I go for it??


samantha said...

well I think you could try in some cheap knit and see if you like it.Sometimes you never know!
Also one question is there a reason do you have time off now or you don't work anymore as a ped ?

Heather said...

You're stash looks a lot like mine! I have piles everywhere. I also have that Threads issue and thought the skirts were really cute. It remined me of the the dress and tunic in Ottobre Woman a couple of issues ago.

KID, MD said...

Samantha - I chose to stay home with my kids rather than work outside the home. I love my work as a doctor, but being home with my kids was just more important to me. Someday perhaps I'll go back.

Kathi said...

I have fabric everywhere! Is that a duct tape dress form I spy? I have considered trying that. Any thoughts or suggestions?
That skirt is cute, could it be done in a solid instead of the stripes?

Gretchen the Household Deity said...

Cool skirt! I've not had good luck with slinky, I find it way too heavy and with all those godets I fear it would grow to ankle length! But it would be cute in a lighter weight stripe. I don't think it's too young!