One of my favourite activities is sewing. More specifically, sewing clothes. In years gone by I have made everything from business shirts to swimwear but in recent years I have not done as much as I used to.
I have never had a huge stash of fabric, although The Duke may think otherwise. Nevertheless, over the last couple of years I have been working on gradually whittling down what I do have. I decided that a cupboard of excess fabric is of no benefit to anyone so I should use it up to make things, whether they be for the family, to sell or simply to donate.
Sometimes it seems that as fast as I use up fabric I am given some more so I have set myself the challenge to use up everything I have. This weekend I made a pair of satin boxer shorts from some gifted material which I think I will give to my daughter. I will make a camisole from some white interlock fabric to make a set of summer pyjamas. Here are the shorts.
In the same bundle was some crinkle cotton fabric which was a fairly unappealing yellow check but I managed to brighten it up with the addition of some plain red for the contrasting pockets on this dress I made for Izz. It will be perfect for summer days at childcare.
I also started sewing a toddler dress which I will show you when it is finished. Then there was the mending/alteration pile. I hemmed 2 pairs of trousers for The Duke and have adjusted the hemline on a new skirt of mine. It is now pinned and ready to handstitch.
My goal is to do some sewing each day and gradually work through the ‘to do’ pile before starting on some new projects. I have 2 skirts which I am altering that are waiting as well as a cot quilt which needs the binding sewn on and some hand-quilting to be done. I have several pieces of gifted fabric which I contemplating what I will make. Not all of it is suitable for our family so I am busily planning what to sew that will be of use to someone.