Sewing to Summer

I like to sew. I’m not a seamstress. I just like to sew. Because I like to sew, that means I like to collect fabric and I like to collect a lot of fabric. When I moved across country, I brought two very large boxes of fabric with me along with a couple of full bolts (flats and tubes) of fabric that at the time of purchase, I envisioned making…hmm, something really cool, but I don’t remember now.

When I went to Georgia last year to help clean out my Grandparent’s home, I brought back with me more fabric that I had collected during my years in college. I did manage to leave a few pieces for donation, but the others, enough for another box full, came back home with me.

My parents found some fabric that I had collected and left at their home. Rather than give it away, they boxed it up and shipped it to me because they know I like to collect fabric.

So here I sit surrounded by boxes and a few more boxes of fabric. They’re everywhere and I need a solution to getting them out of my house. We don’t have space like we use to. I knew something had to be done and quickly before I was forced to “toss and suffer the loss.” This got me thinking and I came up with a plan.

Most of the fabric I have is light-weight, like for spring and summer clothing. In the midst of rainy days, freezing temperatures, and weekly snow warnings of snow that never comes, but really should because it’s so darn cold, I decided I’m going to fight back! It may be winter outside, but inside with my sewing machine and me, all I can see are summer days ahead.

This is what my closet looks like right now. It’s empty (at least this section). By the time summer really arrives, I expect this area to be full of summer clothes. I am going to sew through my fabric piles until there is nothing left or until summer arrives. Either way, I’ll have a new wardrobe, more space in my house, and an excuse a justifiable reason to buy more fabric after everything is sewn.

Here are a few pieces in my stash. Do you see why I couldn’t give these away? I don’t know what, but they are going to make nice whatever they become, ‘tops, bottoms, or full body somethings’ when they are finished. I have decided there will be no pressure. I will sew at my leisure, but am committed to keep going until all of it is a piece of clothing. Just think, if I could finish something each week until summer, then I would have more than 25 new pieces of clothing. Yes, I have that much fabric and more.

Every once in a while, Lily will reap the benefits of my efforts and River and Canyon might even see something come out of it for themselves. Nothing can stop me now. I just need to remember to keep my fingers (and thumb) out of the way.

If you’re ready to see my first project, then take a look.

Behind the Lens today in our lives: Sewing to Summer Project #1

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4 Responses to “Sewing to Summer”


  • Comment from Rana

    I am impressed. You have some really great prints there. I can’t wait to see what you make. You inspire me to get my moms machine out and sew something. I have a bag full of fabric just waiting to be made into some cute outfits for the kids or me. We will have to see!

  • Comment from Keya

    Beautiful pieces of fabric. I can’t wait to see the finish products.

  • Comment from Christina

    Stopping by from the TOS Crew. I had to laugh when I read your first few lines because that is the exact same situation that I am in. I love the idea of sewing (I don’t have the time right now) and I find myself buying fabric with an idea in my head as to what I will make, but then a few years later the idea is gone and all that remains is the fabric.

  • Comment from Briana

    Nice fabric!

    I’m visiting from the crew blogwalk.


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