Declutter my UFO stash with me!

I think Fridays might be my new uploading days!

Watch me declutter my stagnant projects and tell me what to tackle first! About some of the things in this video I already have blog posts, so here’s an incomplete (but alphabetical!) list of those:

Amsterdam Haul
Bodyline JSK (and when I first got it | in an outfit)
LARP bodice
Nana’s Jumper
Nether West
Pirate Pants (that were thrown out)
Plum Dress
Prairie Brambles | Worn
Velvet West & Dress Haul

Thank you so much for watching!

Doneday: Baston Bag

Doneday (formerly known as Finished Things Saturday but now moved to Mondays) is the (usually) bi-weekly counterpart to my UFO Fridays. While there I show you what I’m working on, Doneday is about finished projects – I used to think that small things weren’t worthy of a separate post but now I just put them in this feature and feel less silly about it. They deserve it! For more Doneday, look here.

PA140068When I met my boyfriend he had been training modern arnis for quite a few years, wore almost exclusively black and thought carrying throwing knives was cool. Fast forward almost ten years and he’s long since switched to Jiu-Jitsu, wears a lot of tie-dye and took to sewing his own pants. The arnis sticks, or bastons, however, stayed.

PA140071When he upgraded from the sports bag he’s used for over a decade to a slightly smaller and more nowadays-aesthetics one they were the only training equipment that didn’t quite fit so he asked me for a sleeve to put them into and somehow fasten to his bag.

PA140069As mentioned above he’s quite colourful, more so than I and much brighter. He also likes paisley and swirling patterns, so after a bit of digging through my stash, I came up with this combination.

PA140073The main fabric used to be a small scarf that I’d bought at the thrift store on a whim – I do that sometimes just to discover it was meant for another person in my life all along and I was merely the messenger. The thicker yellow on the closed end is a leftover from a curtain someone in my family threw out ages ago, I remember sewing something from it in my teenage years. The dark red linen is a scrap from a pair of pants Scoundrel made for himself for a LARP character. It actually goes down to the yellow fabric, as well, and has an extra layer made from fleece leftovers for the quilting I did on the scarf.

PA140072I took the hardware and straps from the old sports bag that wasn’t exactly mendable anymore and measured the distance between the new bag’s handles. Now he can simply clip the baston bag on when he needs it, and the straps are tight enough not to sway too much when he’s on his bike.

PA140074I used an old shoelace and a bead from a (you guessed it) thrifted necklace for the closure together with the rest of the scarf – the border was too good not to use for this.

I’m really happy how this turned out. The boyfriend is happy as well, and I like the thought that it’s not just practical but also matches his aesthetics so well.

Do you customise your stuff to match your aesthetics when you need something new? Let me know in the comments!

Have a lovely week, Thistledown Gang!

Introducing Sewvember

Sewvember_transparentIf you’ve been here a while you know I love a good challenge. You might also know that usually during November I’m waist-deep in NaNoWriMo projects, but this year I decided to accept my own challenge, facing the fact that closing the doors of my fabric closet are getting ridiculously difficult to close…

the ideaThe idea for Sewvember was born out of frustration. I felt like all I ever did with my sewing was repairing stuff, patching things, some altering, doing lots of small projects, mostly for others. I felt like I neglected what brought me the most joy in sewing: creating something from scratch for myself, basically bending fashion to my will, or making something just for the fun of it. I felt like practical sewing took up all the space and energy I had for the creative use of fabric, and that bothered me. Even worse, I didn’t dare to start bigger projects anymore because I dreaded the chaos they would bring with them before I even made the first stitch. At the very same time, I saw all the potential in what feels like square miles of fabric in my stash and wanted to do something about it.

Through experience, I know that a challenge might help me with that. A month of creative folly, just sewing for myself, not just to keep things together but to create something new, and to finally get going on that fabric stash might be exactly what I need.

I’d like to invite you to join me in this challenge, maybe to hold each other accountable, or just to show off our new creations, but more on that at the end of the post. Before you get on board you might want to know what the rules are…

the rulesIt’s easy, you make your own. The only set thing is that every day you should work on something sewn, but if that’s hand- or machine-stitched, a piece or a seam a day, by weight or surface, an hour or ten minutes each day: that’s completely up to you.

Here are the “rules” (more like guidelines, anyway) I set for myself:

  1. Sew every day.
  2. Use up a square meter of fabric each day (on average)
  3. Alterations count for half their actual surface
  4. No new fabrics, stash only!
  5. Keep track of square meters, but also of lenght of ribbon, trim and lace used
  6. Make at least 5 pieces for yourself only

my plansOf course, there’s a list of things I want to make already. This is by no means exhaustive, just a few projects I’ve got on mind for this month:

  1. Quilt something onto my wool thow blanket I use in Winter
  2. An Edwardian walking skirt, inspired by Bernadette Banner
  3. Two stoppers to keep my balcony door open during Summer
  4. Wool pants for my Edwardian worker aesthetic needs
  5. A historical mystery project!

How about you? What are your projects this month, and are you going to join me in Sewvember (feel free to use the graphic on top of the post!)? I know, I know, I should have announced it earlier, but joining later is always a possibility (next year I’ll surely say something a week before or so).

Have a lovely month, no matter which challenges you face!