Friday, January 25, 2013

I commit.



I, Kat of All the whimsical things, commit to using as many pieces as possible of stash fabric in 2013. I commit to not buying any new fabric or patterns (with exceptions) until mid to late in 2013.

How much fabric do you have Kat?
Well how much time do you have for me to tell you? I have quite a bit of fabric, about 7 containers worth, I love my hobby but I'm a slow sewer and my eyes and wallet are too big for my own good. I'm not the type of person to get embarrassed, yet organising my sewing room in the last few weeks has made me realise just how much fabric I have, to top it all of there is very little I can bear to part with fabric wise. I did a major cull during my time off which the sewing social ladies and the op shop benefited from.

How long have you been hoarding accumulating your stash?
For about 3 years, I can't resist pretty floral prints and I have a tendency to buy fabric with no project in mind, this is a problem as when I want to make something up, I either have too much fabric or not enough, its a vicious circle!

What would you like to make?
A casual wardrobe that will reflect my new mummy lifestyle, I allow myself one super fancy dress for a swanky wedding in October, but other than that, no fancy fancy dresses for me. I have a tendency to invest hours into one dress that I will wear for a total of 8 hours, and then never again. I would rather invest hours into a garment that is going to be worn on heavy rotation.

My exceptions are:
Any fabric or patterns for Ginger and Button* do not count.
Fabric, patterns bought with gift vouchers do not count.
Any fabric bought on the Social sewing trip does not count. I'm hosting the event - I can't not buy anything it would be rude!
I'm allowed one Skaukat order, I have had a wish list compiled, and I plan to treat myself around my birthday.
For every pattern or fabric I do buy or receive one pattern or fabric has to leave the stash.

You may think my exceptions are generous, but I know that fasting or restrictive diets do not work over long periods of time, so this is my compromise.

*Button is my niece to be, I'm not sure if I've mentioned it but my twin sister is expecting her baby girl 20 days after Gin's due date.

Thanks for reading.

Kat

Saturday, January 5, 2013

Social Sewing goes on the road.

Come one, come all to a day of fun, fabrics and fancies notions.
Join me as we try to conquer as many fabric shops as possible! On the 9th of February we will visit the following stores:

GJ's
Rathdowne Remnants
Then onto :
Darn Cheap They have a great habby and trimming section!
*Then morning tea*
Cloth Shop
Then onto :
The Button Shop (Malvern)
Cutting Edge (Malvern)
Franke Stuart (if we have enough time as it closes at 2) 
*lunch* 
Then onto :
Alannah Hill Clear it (Brunswick)
The Fabric shop (Brunswick)

Then onto Rockwell's and son for dinner and a good old catch up.
If there is enough of us, we can do a set menu, but we'll wait to see if how many people will come.
A show and tell will be mandatory sometime through out the day. :)

Date: Saturday 9th of February.

Time: 8.45am out the front of GJ's
we will be leaving for our next stop between 9.30-9.45.

Start location:
GJ's fabric store, 443 Lygon Street  Brunswick East VIC 3057

Finish location:
Rockwell and son, 288 Smith Street  Collingwood VIC 3066

What to bring: A good attitude, cash and or cards, light snacks and water. Any patterns etc that may help with fabric purchases.

RSVP: No later than 5th of February. Either by commenting or emailing.

The idea is to car pool as much as possible, please email me allegravintage@gmail.com if your interested in driving or if you need a lift, or if you just want to say hi!

Note: I haven't allowed a lot of time at GJ's or Rathdowne as most of us have been there before or regularly, however as we have a few interstate visitors attending, I would like them to see both places.

I don't have a set time limit for each place we visit, I'd prefer the day to be fun and relaxing, Rachel has put together a timeline and I will make a list of the addresses if you want to drive yourself, just let me know if you would like a copy. I hope you all can make it to part or all of the day, I think it's going to be a blast!

Kat x

Tuesday, January 1, 2013

Looking back, looking forward.

Well what a year 2012 was!

For me it was so much better than 2011, in almost every way, I am a much more happier person with less stress in my life. I got a better (stress free) job, I work with lovely supportive people, who really know how to bake!

My husband, Ben has been so good to me, not only in the last year but the 6.5 years we have been together, I don't know what I ever did to deserve such a loving man, who has been so supportive while I have been experiencing the "joys" of pregnancy.

I joined twitter, and have become slightly addicted, most of my posts and the ones I respond to are sewing related, so if your on twitter, my user name is Allegravintage, look me up. ;)

I have made new friends, who all have an interest in the same area I do, sewing! Thank you to Rachel of Boo dog and Rachel of My Messings who organized social days. I hope we get to see even more of each other in 2013.

Below are some of the goals, I jotted down recently that relate to things I've talked about on my blog.

Goals for 2013.
Finish my maternity sewing.
Have a healthy baby.
Loose the baby weight.
Sew more casual clothes.
Use the patterns I have, try not to buy more patterns.
Participate in Rachel's sew-a-long.
Hold the social sewing fabric shopping trip.
Blog everything that I finish - doesn't sound that hard but I am terrible with this. I have over 10+ things that I've finished and never blogged.
Get back into gardening.
Reply to all comments left on the blog minus the spam.
Paint the sewing room.
Organize the sewing room.
Hold the night of cocktails & frocks. The event needs a better name, any suggestions?

I have a few other things to add but this is enough for now. I hope everyone has a fabulous 2013 and I look forward to seeing all your beautiful creations!

Kat x