Sewing the Stash Monthly Feature

Hello everyone!  Today I'm here to talk about something I am starting on this brand new site.  A few weeks ago I discovered Lisa Comfort from Sew Over It's  blog and vlog that's associated with her sewing cafés in London.  She is amazing and you should definitely follow both!  In her vlog she does a monthly segment where she highlights a few newly purchased fabrics and fabrics from her stash and shares her plans for these fabrics.  At the end of the month she shares her completed garments.  I found this to be a fantastic idea!

Because I am a custom tailor, I believe it is of utmost importance that I wear as many of my personal creations as possible on a daily basis.  First, people who know what I do are always asking if I made what I wore.  I find it to be almost embarrassing when I have to say no!  Second, as of right now, my business advertising is mostly word-of-mouth.  Because of this, it is imperative that I showcase my work.  Basically, I need to be a walking bill board.  All of this to say that I am going to start a monthly feature where I am sewing from my stash for my own personal wardrobe.  I think this will be great accountability for me to use fabric from my extremely healthy stash and to also make the time to sew for myself.

So, without further ado, I bring you month one of Sewing the Stash!  It is my goal to highlight between three and four fabrics each month on average.  This month I am doing four plus a bonus.  First up is this fantastic Marc Jacobs white cotton shirting.  I bought this in Portland, OR, last month at The Mill End Store.  That place is amazing and I highly recommend a visit if you are in the area! 

My plans for this piece is to make a fitted colored shirt.  I have a gaping hole in my wardrobe for such a piece.  For the pattern, I plan on semi drafting my own.  I will use my personal sloper for the bodice and then borrow the collar, sleeves and cuffs from a yet-to-be-determined big four pattern. 

Next, is this fantastic Ralph Lauren rayon bottom weight that I also purchased last month at Mill End in Porland. 

Isn't it dreamy?  Blush pink is one of my favorite colors to wear so I am finding myself swimming in all the options that are available right now.  This lovey is going to become a pair of wide legged trousers.  I am going to be self drafting this pattern as well. 

Third is a fantastic navy stretch cotton poplin.  This was also purchased in Portland. 

This was one fabric I actually went into the store looking for.  I purchased Grainline Studio's Morris Blazer pattern after Christmas and have been itching to sew one up in navy.  I'm sure I will be wearing this a ton this spring.

Finally, I will be sewing up my Shibori fabric! 

I have decided that this will become a pair of wide legged coulottes.  I will be using the Tania pattern from Megan Nielsen.  I have made these in the mini version and loved them so I am excited to try the midi length.

I mentioned a bonus didn't I?  Well, here she is:

This is a high quality wool crepe that has been in my stash for a few years now.  I purchased this from my sewing mentor when she was selling her business.  The lilac color is screaming Easter dress, so that is what it will become.  I haven't yet decided on a pattern for this one, so you will just have be surprised at the end of the month.

Whew!  After jotting this down, I'm discovering that I have my work cut out for me this month.  Keep a look out for the final garments at the end of the month (or more probably the very beginning of April!). 

Until next time!