Spring cleaning

Having finished a few UFOs and repair/alteration jobs over the weekend, I took some time to do a bit of spring cleaning. My sewing area was looking really messy so I’ve given everything a good tidy up, sorted all my boxes and drawers, collected up a whole load of bits of threads from the floor and even oiled my sewing machine (this rarely happens although I’m aware you’re encouraged to do it regularly- really?!? Does anyone else do this, or is it just me….?)

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Sewing table with labels

I found so many little bits and pieces tucked away which I’d forgotten I had and it also made room for the bundle of new notions I got from my Secret Santa at work. I sorted my cupboard too to make room for some lovely new things, including these fabrics which my husband brought back from a recent trip to India

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Aren’t they lovely for summer? I’m totally thinking of finding a tunic/dress pattern so I can use the circles fabric to make a tunic like this Boden one.

I was on a roll by this point so my Honiton cover cloths (which <cough> have never been hemmed in the five years I’ve had them), were finally done which took all of about two minutes, then I washed and pressed all my cover cloths, re-wound some Honiton bobbins ready for the next project and got rid of all my bent pins. I still have a whole heap of English bobbins which need re-spangling but that will have to wait for another day!

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So things are now looking much tidier and more importantly I know what I’ve got and I know where it all is. All ready now to start a new lace piece, and finish a quilt which I first started back in 2008 but then the girls came along and it’s just sat there unloved and unfinished for all that time. But isn’t it just so satisfying (finally) getting things done?

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Fabric shopping three ways

So in the past fortnight, I’ve been spoilt with the number and range of fabric shops I’ve visited. From standing open-mouthed at the gorgeousness (and prices) at Liberty’s, to finding just what I needed at Fent’s in Skipton, to being a bit overwhelmed by the range in the Abakahn’s sale.

Liberty’s first- I didn’t actually buy anything but it was just wonderful to see all the beautiful fabrics displayed and it was so peaceful in there after the mayhem of the London tourists on Oxford Street. I spent some time stroking the lawn fabrics and then debating whether to buy a metre remnant, but none of them particularly ‘spoke’ to me, so I ended up slinking away empty handed

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A couple of days later I was back on Yorkshire ground and my first visit to Fent’s which was just fab and I managed to get nearly everything I went for- two different lining fabrics, some 1 metre lengths of lawn (quite reasonable at £8 each), some seersucker to make two summer dresses for my girls and a (very early) Christmas present for my sister. The choice and range of fabrics- from dressmaking, to curtains, blinds, soft furnishings and crafts- was fantastic.

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Finally good old Abakahn’s, which luckily for me (although perhaps not my bank balance) is near enough my office to be able to pay a visit on a lunchtime. It is cheap enough at the best of times, with its per weight baskets (last time I went, without the sale on, I got 4 metres of fabric for £3!), however even better in the sale, with 15% off everything. I picked up this little pile for £18!

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So although right now it feels like I’ve bought a lot, I’ve not actually spent too much, and I now have all I need* to get on with the projects on my ‘To Make’ list. It’s just a pile of fabric now, but I can already see those garments hanging in my wardrobe.

*All I need, that is, except time…