So, this evening, I’m alone in the house, the kids are in bed, I fancy doing a little sewing, but what to sew?
In theory I should finish the other moss mini that I started this week, but I am in the process of coming to terms with the fact that I have messed up some of the pocket pieces and need to reprint them (and glue the paper together) and recut them (luckily I have loads of fabric left) and possibly do some unpicking and I can’t face all that right now (sorry Y, I will do it soon, no really I will, the need to “get it right” is stronger as it’s not for me and it’s slowing me down).
Well, I only started the skirts because I couldn’t get any further with the Tova for my mum due to temporary pattern misplacement, but that issue is now resolved so I could get cracking on that. But somehow now her birthday is passed it doesn’t seem so urgent (she’s told me more than once that she won’t wear it until the weather is hotter so I shouldn’t rush it).
What I really wanted to do tonight was make a pair of leggins as mine are falling apart and I want some to wear with my moss skirts. I have some thickish grey knit fabric (with a very subtle almost rib like stripe going across the fabric) that I bought for this purpose before Christmas that will go with both the old and the new skirt. I bought this fabric right around the same time that I made a pair of self drafted purple leggins, that are both too tight and scratchy and match nothing in my wardrobe. The less said about those the better. So making up new leggins requires remeasuring, re reading the tutorial on drafting leggins, (a novice attempt at a) close examination of stretchiness of knit, diagnostics on the bad fitting leggins, redrafting pattern…..
This is why the fabric has been on my pile for so long despite me desperately needing new leggins. When I began to contemplate doing this and realised what a big job it was I then started thinking about making a top in the same fabric. I remember enough about the leggins disaster to realise that I will not have enough fabric left to do both as leggins take up a surprising amount of fabric. I know why I’m considering a top, check out this great Coco top on Didyoumakethat. I had mentally written the pattern off as a) it seems very popular (I’m not naturally trendy) and b) I had mainly seen photo’s of people with very different body shapes to myself in it (i.e. thiner and with less bust), they all looked fabulous but I was kind of suspicious that I would look less fabulous. However Philippa’s version and the one above suggest that I may be able to pull it off and I already have some grey knit. I would need something contrasting though to get the yoke effect, not sure how easy that would be to find in a similar weight/stretch.
Then I remembered the burgandy knit that I bought at the beginning of December thinking that I’d make some leggins for my daughter to wear to school with her school skirts as she won’t wear trousers, no matter how cold the weather and I suspect that tights aren’t good for her excema. I found it in the last few days after having misplaced it. It’s thinner and drapier than the grey (sorry, I’m pretty clueless how to describe knits) so wouldn’t make contrast yoke, but I’m starting to fantasise about making something out of it for me. I’m not sure if I can be bothered making legins for my daughter now as soon she’ll be in summer uniform and by next autumn she’ll have grown and I’m not sure that she’ll wear them anyway. This knit was bought whilst I was away for the weekend, so if I make a top out of it I wont be able to make her leggins in the future as I can’t sorce burgandy knit fabric. I’m kicking myself I didn’t buy more at the time as then I could make both.
Finally I resolved my dilema by realising that I haven’t washed either knit, so I can’t do anything. I started tidying stuff up instead and that’s when I discovered the real extend of my problems.
things that just need buttons and buton holes:
partially sewn things:
cut out things:
things I have the fabric on one side for and are mentally on my pile:
things I’m planning to make with leftover fabric:
other ideas on my mental list:
HELP! I think I’m a lost cause. But seriously, if anyone has had the stamina to read this far, what should I do with my knit fabric? (I’m quite new to sewing with knits). I have approx 160cm (62″) wide by 3m (10′) of the thicker weight grey knit and approx 1m (40″) by 1m80 (70″) of the thiner drapier burgandy fabric. Any ideas on what my immediate sewing priorities should be and/or how to whittle down and prioritise the multitude of ideas in my head will also be gratefully considered.