Sewing Room Time

I've decided to discontinue my efforts with the Butterick top; it is either the pattern or the fabric that's just not working for me. I'm going to put it aside for a while and consider a different fabric and see how that will work.

I decided that I would switch to making something else. Before doing so I had to do some housekeeping in my sewing room. The room was looking messier than usual. I had been using a super large hefty type bag that I had been putting new patterns in with the intent of sorting through them and file in my sewing cabinet or boxes.

I purchased banker boxes from Staples and put together several of those so that I could sort skirts, tops, dresses and jackets. With this done I then went through my file cabinet, which is actually a chest of drawers that was my mother's that she antiqued many, many years ago. I've actually run out of space to put patterns in that as well. I did cull some patterns, particularly patterns that were for purses totes and the like. I am donating those to Goodwill.

I then found other items lying around that could be tossed or also given to Goodwill. Finally I vacuumed and decided the next task was to go through the large plastic been where I put fabrics I think I'm going to work on in the near future.

This too needed attention, with some items needing to go back into another room that I used to store seasonal fabrics. Again I found a few fabrics that I wonder why I even purchase them, I think you can also relate to that. Those items I also decided to donate to Goodwill.

I do have some patterns that I set aside and will do a pattern giveaway in the near future. I've not done this before but feel it will be simple to do and will do a random drawing for those lucky winners.Finally I took photos of some fabric recently purchased that I have not documented. I will post those shortly.

Now that I am a little more organized the next thing to do is decide what to sew next. Because the boxy top did not work I am delaying sewing the culottes pattern. More updates later. I hope your sewing time this weekend has been productive.

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  1. Mmmmm major sewing room reorganization - we all have to do it some times. I wanted to ask a question about a neoprene dress that you made. Can you explain a little about it to me. I have only seen it once in a store (this piece had eyelet cutouts) I was either in a hurry that day or afraid to really handle it so I don't remember very much about it's hand. I do remember that it felt sort of plastic/rubberish??? How does it sew up?, and how do you care for it? Can it be pressed? Sorry for the barrage of questions!

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    1. The neoprene dress I made was easy to sew and I used a standard needle size 14 I think. It sews similar to double knit, though sometimes I get skipped stitches with some double knits but the neoprene I sewed did not. I wash it in the washing machine and dry it on very low heat. I don't need to iron it.

      Since making that dress I have purchased several neoprene fabrics, though not sewn them yet. One does feel a little rubberish and not sure that it is the same quality as the one I originally sewed. The other ones seem similar to the first one I sewed. I hope that helps.

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    2. Thanks so much for answering! Now the next time I see some I won't be afraid to purchase.

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  2. I find a good tidy up quite therapeutic - not so much during the process, which can be tiring, but afterwards :)

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    1. My sewing room really needed some attention and I feel better about going in the room to sew.

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  3. You have another room where you store fabric? Linda I think you've been holding out on us! *LOL* Enjoy your elongated weekend and I hope you spend some quality time in the sewing cave!

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    1. I wish I did have a room full of fabric. There are other things in there also, but I refuse to call it a junk or storage room. I have spent time in the sewing room and just came out to post pattern giveaway. I cut out a skirt pattern that hope to start sewing later.

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