My Sewing List

…or how I keep all my crazy projects under control…

Amanda at Bimble and Pimble has been running a Sewvember sewing photo a day challenge on instagram and the topic for November 17 is Planning so I thought I would share in more detail one of the ways I plan for my sewing.  My day job is working with project plans and helping people keep things on track so I have tried several tools and versions to corral my sewing and blogging.  My current way is a version of a kanban board, except it is portable and I have made it work for me.

to doI used to have lots of to do lists with sew this, pictures of this, post that etc, except I had to keep writing them and things changed through stages. So I decided to write the item on the list once and them just mark what stage it is up to.

Kanban icons

Top L – R Cut, Sew, Photgraph Bottom L – R Write/draft, Publish, blank options

I cross off the tasks I have done and circle the one i need to do next.  I can use the blank square to write if it doesn’t fit any of the five options.  It is one A4 page and it folds small enough to go in my wallet or phone case.  I have tried digital lists but I found I like the old fashioned pen and paper.


If you would like to try this method yourself then I have the file available here


It prints on A4 page.

fold on dotted linesYou fold on the dotted lines.  When it is folded in half cut on the bold line.

wobbly pagesWhen cut and un folded it will look like this

make into bookletFold in half length ways, then make a star shape like above to make it into a booklet like below.

to do bookletI have inserted a fashion croquis on the outside – it is a slightly curvy girl, but you could print the other side as another list or leave blank for your own sketches.

croquisFinally one last in use picture…

FlossieFT TO DO



Stash Swap and WIP

A few months ago Penny at Dresses and Me set up a winter stash swap, I signed up and the other day I got a marvellous present in the mail from Juliet of Crazy Gypsy Chronicals.  It was a great package that contained all this:


Left: 3m of a cotton blend (i think) mini houndstooth

Centre: 4m of vintage style flowery red/pink cotton

Right: 2m of orange/red flower print light weight polyester

and these AMAZING buttons.

IMG_20130905_171653So I am inspired to make a shirt dress with a fullish skirt out of the houndstooth – maybe with the buttons on the front… or green ones for contrast.  I think i will use McCalls M4769 as a  starting point – I don’t want buttons on the skirt though.

The middle floral will become a summer dress proably in New Look 6589 or butterick B5214.

The third piece of fabric might have to mature in my stash as my current Work in Progress list looks like this:

  • Put in Zip, Hem,  and buttons on sleeveson my Black retro 70s dress.
  • Top stitch front, sew  on buttons, handsew sleeves to lining on Grey blue Jacket for Lewis before he grows out of it.
  • Continue with Rainbow Nougat dress, I have 1/3 of the outer fabric cut/sewn
  • Sew up facing and armholes on Bird singlet top
  • Finish hair on the Princess and Pea topsy turvy doll.  Make 20 matresses and a duvet.
Progressing on my Rainbouw Nougat Dress

Progressing on my Rainbouw Nougat Dress

I also have a pile of projects that have been cut out but not sewn yet:

  • Winnie the pooh costume for Alex
  • Sliver stripe tee
  • Black pin stripe skirt.
  • Grey vogue dress.
  • A Vintage Vogue 6078 dress in blueish cotton sateen
Vintage Vogue 6078

Vintage Vogue 6078

And then there is the list of projects I want to do…. this is the one that constantly gets re-arranged in my head and why the other two lists exist above 🙂

  • Hoodies with screenprinting for each family member
  • Robot shorts for lewis.
  • Summer hats for both boys
  • Coffee date dress in coffee/black abstract print cotton sateen
  • Frill neck wrap dress in navy spots
  • Blue stars dress in Vintage pattern with full skirt style
  • Black silk tap pants
  • Vintage vogue skirt in grey wool
  • Snake print skirt
  • White bird shirt based on temt one, using cross over vogue pattern.
  • Green jacket – take apart muslin, cut out and complete
  • Ninja turtle costume for halloween
  • Wolfpack singlets for boys

Luckily I have a sewing weekend planned ahead.

Sewing room sorted

We moved in September and my sewing room is finally sorted, with many projects sitting on the table ready to get started.

A few lined up in no particular order are:
Hairclip holders for my nieces
McCalls 6518 in a blue spot fabric
Butterick 5748 in cream lace
Peter pan costume for A
Sunhats for the boys

But first I think I need my machine serviced…