Friday, 9 December 2011

Reflecting on my 6 months of sewing & projects for 2012...

It's been 6 months! 
I can't believe I have learnt how to sew, and actually completed 8 garments!
I did the math, and during the last 6 months, I have spent $130 on patterns, and a total of $700  $900 on fabrics and notions. I finally bought an adult ironing board, know how to use the iron, own a wire mannequin, and became a member of Club BMV. My pattern collection and fabric stash is slowly growing, and so is my addiction to sewing!

Fabric stash...!

I have over come my fear of my clothes falling apart in public, and starting to wear my garments out in public more and more often. Last week I wore my floral fantasy Vogue dress to the museum, my DIY pattern 'black & wine' dress to a party, and my cobalt colour blocking skirt out to dinner. Vogue Patterns emailed me today, asking for my permission to use my V8469 finished garment photo on their Facebook page! I feel accepted into the Vogue community :)

Today I spent $75 on dress fabrics, lining, zippers and a pattern. I went to Lincraft (3x's!), Clegs and Spotlight. All in one day, and yes, I was working from 9-5! Working 2 minutes walk away from Clegs and Lincraft is baaaad... in a good way.

$75 later... 

I bought sunsilky lining (polyester) from Lincraft, they seem to be the only craft store to sell sunsilky. The sunsilky is for my B5455 fully lined dress. I bought 2 zippers, one is a gold trouser zipper I might used for an "exposed zipper" project. The other zipper is an invisible zipper for my B5455. 

At Clegs, I gave in and bought the burnt orange cotton sateen. It is the most beautiful orange ever. It is the exact same colour I was looking for when I was doing my colour blocking project

McCall's 5845 - out of print!
1.15m, Burnt orange cotton sateen, $19.99/m.

After work, I went to Spotlight to take advantage of the 1/2 price sale on paper patterns. I bought the gorgeous Burda 7494 pattern, with the peter pan collars. LOVE

Then I went to another Lincraft and bought some fabric (out of fear of loss) for my V8511. I got a floral linen blend (55% linen, 45% rayon). It's pretty. So, my fear of loss: I've been eyeing a pretty floral cotton sateen at the city Lincraft store for couple of weeks, and today found out that it was sold out, and never to return, so I went and bought the floral linen, incase it sells out too! Speaking of, my floral fantasy (red and black) sold out as well.

1.4m, Linen Rayon blend, $17.99/m.

I think I might stay away from fabric stores till the new year. I should save my money for Christmas presents!! It's so tempting when The Fabric Store has sent me a $20 off voucher (on $50 or more spend) and Cleg's Boxing Day remnants sale... but I have everything I need for my current sewing project (plus more!) so I'll take it easy for the next 3 weeks.

Projects for 2012...

In 2012 I want to start making a couple of dresses for work as well as fun and colourful dresses for events.




  1. Oh! I need to count my spendings and stop for some time to buy fabrics! But I am afraid to count!%-)


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