Winter is always my prime sewing time – I have over a month off university and when it’s cold and rainy, staying inside to sew is the perfect option. This winter I’ve decided to power through and sew as many things as possible using fabric and patterns I already have. My stash isn’t too crazy but after reading a number of ethical fashion and anti-consumerism books recently, I’m trying my best to be more minimalist and kinder to the environment. I haven’t quite got the budget at the moment to buy 100% ethical fabric (fabric dying and production is really harsh on the environment and the people involved in it’s production) but I figure a good place to start is to use up fabric I already have.
I’ve already sewn quite a few items (photos to come!) and I’m currently finishing one of the items below so I’m off to a good start! Everyone in the Northern Hemisphere might be planning their summery makes but here are my winter sewing plans #southerhemispherelife.
I have a peachy-coloured Italian viscose knit which will be perfect for a Coppelia Cardigan. I like the Coppelia I’ve already made in View A with the ties but I’ve found it’s not really something I’ll wear, the cropped style doesn’t fit into my wardrobe – I wear pants 99% of the time. I’m looking forward to the longer View B, I can see myself wearing it to work and university a lot.
This top is sitting on my desk waiting for its final hem and for me to trim the scalloped lace on the sleeves. I have a number of 21st parties to go to over the next few months and it’s been tough finding outfits – even more so when there’s a theme! There’s a blue theme for the 21st I’m going to next week, so when I saw this lace crop top online I thought it would go great with my leather skirt. I’m using a blue lace with a glittery black knit underneath. It’s come out exactly how I hoped it would so I can’t wait to share it after the party!
My work is near two great fabric stores so I often go down on my lunch break and walk around, fingering all the fabrics. I go so often that the shop assistants recognise me now… anyway. I picked up this linen knit with a slight sparkle on a whim with the idea to make it a jumper. The fabric is a more vibrant than the picture and a bit sparklier too. I’m undecided on the pattern at the moment, I might use the Sweat Courcelles pattern that I’ve used before and change it to a v-neck but I’m not sure. If there are any suggestions for a pattern for a light v-neck jumper – send them my way!
I’ve made the Oakridge before in a cotton (photos to come) and I’m mostly happy with it but I think the shirt would sit better on me in a drapier fabric. I’m the opposite of a pear shape so I think the cut is a little severe on me (despite my tweaks) in the stiffer cotton I used. This navy rayon challis is the perfect shirt weight so fingers crossed it sews up nicely too, rayon can be a tad slippery.
This isn’t a winter plan (it’s a long term when I move out plan) but I got this fabric in Myanmar and I’m dying to share it!
I visited a weaving collective (on Ogre Island no less) who make beautiful fabrics with cotton grown in Myanmar, which won major ethical points with me. There were so many to choose from but I chose this one, it’s such a vibrant blue! It’s quite a sturdy fabric so I’m planning to make cushions out of it.
Even better, it was handwoven on a traditional loom.
The wrong side of the fabric is quite interesting too, they add different coloured threads to the loom to create all the patterns so it looks like this.
Of course, when I dragged all my fabric and patterns out, the other resident fabric lover in the house had to get involved.
Good thing is, she gets tired pretty quick and just watches from afar.
What are your winter or summer sewing plans?