Packing the Stash

Consider this less a post containing wit, irony and finished garments, and more a record for insurance purposes. As I write this I’m feeling a bit of a sewing-billy-no-mates. I haven’t made a Morris blazer (and I really really want to), I’m missing out on all the excitement of Me Made May and my new obsession Jumping into June, but such is life! Instead of being in the gang, I’m comforting myself with a good spring clearout to brush away those sewing cobwebs. As I don’t have a huge fabric stash it wasn’t an onerous task. I had a good think about what’s to come and packed a few fabric essentials.

There’s nothing so essential to me as cotton chambray. The colours look a little washed out in this photo, but I present several more metres of the Paul Smith cotton used in my hacked Mathilde, and another sizable length of cotton chambray used to make my Archer shirt. I’m wearing it today. Big love for this shirt! I think chambray is such versatile number. So classic!

liberty stash

Something for the kids! The spoilt small people don’t know how lucky they are. Their inheritance has been frittered away on Hello Kitty for Liberty cotton poplin, and Liberty Lawn in Gallymoggers Reynard D from the Alice in Wonderland collection. Both were bought at discounted prices: Hello Kitty from Simply Fabrics in Brixton for £12 per metre, and the Alice print from Goldhawk Road.To be fair, daughter number 1 is totally in love with her vintage dress, so it was time well spent. She might have earned herself a Hello Kitty number. Last but not least, you might have seen my recent GBSB shirred girls’ dress. I’ve got another one to make so there’s more elephant cotton lawn.

more libertyAnd then there’s a couple of Liberty lawns for me. Watch this space for something in my absolute favourite Oxford B next post. I hadn’t realised how much I’d become a Liberty lover. Oooh, get me. Expensive taste, eh?! But rarely bought at full price (unless someone else is paying!).

wax print

For a bit of tropical glamour I’ve packed a couple of African wax prints. The top one has already seen the light of day as a pair of Ultimate Trousers. I’m nothing if not thrifty! The jury’s still out on the bottom fabric. It might end up being a simple Laurel shift dress, or if I can get my hands on the pattern, a lovely New Look 6145 which I am totally smitten with after seeing Bedlam and Bird’s checked version.


Finally, some cotton jersey and some lurid random patterned viscose jersey. Looking at this technicolour smorgasbord of fabric, it’s probably high time I had my colours done! I’d also love to be disciplined enough to attempt the Wardrobe Architect process by Colette Patterns. So far it’s been trial and error, but sewing clothes has definitely helped me to refine my style. Have I missed anything? Oh, I can’t leave home without my trusty tins of notions, buttons and thread that you can see at the top of the post. If you could only pack a few fabrics to last a few years, what would you choose?