Wednesday, November 28, 2012

The Holidays Must Be Coming...

...because I have a "To Make" list that is 24 items long.  OMG I MUST BE OUT OF MY MIND.

To ease the pressure of making things for other people, the lovely Michelle of Will Knit for Food joined me for some selfish fabric shopping two weeks ago.

As you can see, I was very selfish.  

I got two fantastic floral cotton prints out of the remnant pile, and while they needed some serious TLC and a good washing, I'm pretty sure I can pull a dress out of the red rose print and a blouse out of the orange and grey.

This STUNNING gold embossed black satin will be sitting on my shelf for awhile, sadly.  I wanted to make into a dress for our work holiday party, but there just isn't time and I am not going to rush when working with this fabric.  It was the last of the bolt and I don't want to risk it!

In the endless remnant boxes of wonder, I came across a  blue sweater knit and a gray green heather knit - both remnants and both destined to be Renfrews.

 Purple wool crepe and black polyester suiting remnants - enough for two pencil skirts.  

Some grey and black suiting... you can never have too many flattering work pants, amiright?

I grabbed a white polyester remnant and 2 1/2 yards of houndstooth suiting (I totally blame Puu's Door of Time for making me obsessed with houndstooth lately).


which will be made into a classier version of this:

Picture found here

Throwback dress?  Yes, please!  Mine will also cause football teams to lose their cool due to the distracting stripes.

Navy wool suiting and some dark green taffeta - all remnants!   Are you noticing a pattern yet?  Michelle and I went CRAZAY over the remnant boxes.  At $2 a pound, how could we resist?

Teal linen and some fabulous suiting with multi-colored stripes.  I will definitely be making that into a jacket once things calm down a bit.  

Black linen remnant (enough to make a pair of pants for Rob to replace the ones that shrank), and a fantastic piece of animal printed goodness.  I haven't tried my hand at the animal prints, but I am ready to dive into that now!

Eggplant satin and royal blue polyester remnants - these will be blouses if I can make the minimal yardage work for my ample bosom.  

A piece of sheer grey silk and some divinely designed black and white poly knit - again, these remnants are destined to be blouses if I can get the yardage to work.  If not, the black will definitely become a handbag of some sort.  I could totally rock that on my arm with an obnoxious plastic handle.

I managed to stumble across some gold fabric that is designed EXACTLY like this, so I will be remaking that dress into a skirt and top once Spring rolls around again!  I also heard this brown and red plaid calling my name from across a crowded room.  I flew to its side, and made it my own, and now my life won't be lived all alone.

OMG.  So sorry.  There was a ton of South Pacific on my Pandora station last night.  

THERE ARE PONIES ON THIS FABRIC, YOU GUYS.  There are some weird color issues happening, so I'll need to be creative, but I couldn't resist.  PONIES.  Below it is a piece of grey fabric - enough for a blouse or short sleeved shirt for Rob - if I ever make him the two shirts that have already been cut out for him.  But hey, that's what the holidays are for, right???

Speaking of holidays, I must get back to my list!  Are any of you making the majority of gifts this year, friends?  Let me know in the comments!

Have a marvelous day, all!



  1. I think I might be the only one, but I LOVE those Steelers throwback uniforms. So jealous of your black and gold knit!

    1. you are not the only one! ruggy loves them, and i've changed my tune. they're freaking awesome.

      what number will you choose, meg?

  2. Ok, when you lay it out like this, I guess it seems we went a little crazy, BUT in comparison to all the fabric we left at the store, I think we demonstrated a serious level of restraint and self-control. :-D A feat for which we should be rewarded; perhaps, with more fabric. J/k, not really.

  3. OMG 24 things?! My head just exploded, and not only because that's way more items than I've ever sewn in probably my entire life, small things included. lol Ambitious lady! The ponies are AMAZING, I can't wait to see what they tell you they want to be when they grow up.

  4. Whoa! A) Your to-make list is CRAZY. B) Your fabric is AWESOME. C) I can't wait to see these things made up!

  5. Can't wait to see what you make out of this haul! I'm definitely feeling the must-make-too-many-things for the holidays crunch. I'll be mostly crafting not sewing this year. But I feel ya!

  6. woah, great haul! I love that black and white with multi-colored plaid (sitting on top of the teal linen). That will make a cute jacket! It looks like it has a really great texture.

    My list of christmas gifts to sew is fairly short - just a few purses, as long as they turn out well. Yeah it would take me a year to make 24 things! What types of things are you making?

  7. wow you sure did get A LOT of fabric. You are going to be one busy lady between now and Christmas. I love the pony print. PONIES!

  8. I love drooling over your fabrics! The embroidery piece is my favorite!

  9. I love the textile discount outlet!! (Every time I go I spend half my time peering around corners, waiting to see if you or Liz will jump out. Sadly, it hasn't happened yet..) I have that same sheer grey fabric!! Although I could have sworn it was marked taffeta when I bought it over the summer. Anyway, I had a hell of a time sewing with it, so be careful what you use it for! It's really thin and kept sliding right out from under my needle, plus it's super staticky. But it's pretty, so it doesn't matter, right? I'll be making all my holiday presents this year too, and it's a little scary looking at the list of them! Good luck finishing yours!

  10. This is so exciting! First, I'm really pleased that you have so much wonderful stuff (Zebra! Ponies! Houndstooth!) But second, this means lots of exciting posts of amazing outfits with guaranteed vicarious thrills for me! It's like I got to go shopping! And with 24 presents to make as well! I'm going to go get the popcorn on and settle in for the show.

  11. Awesome haul! Wow, I am only making 4 things for others that aren't even due on xmas and I'm having a meltdown. I can't wrap my head around 24 things!

  12. Ponies!!! Yay!!! :-)

    (I am refusing to think about my Christmas make list. *Buries head back in the sand*)

  13. Oh my gosh, I'm working down a list of my own too! I don't have 24 items but everyone wanted something knitted this year and I just had to get realistic and accept that it's just not going to happen for everyone. I've switched some of them to crocheting instead and I've got 2 of them done last weekend. It was a great feeling until I thought of all the others I need to do. *Sigh* Oh well. We can only do what we can do :) Good luck on your list and I'm totally envious of your haul :)

  14. You're going to sew 1 thing a day between now and Christmas?!! Good Luck :) I thought my Christmas to do list was a little ambitious but it pales in comparison to yours. Giving handmade gifts is a great feeling though so I'm sure it will all be worth it!

  15. OMG, my to-make list is a mile long too. I don't think I'll finish any of it on time! I love your remnants finds; there's never too much houndstooth.

  16. I own a bunch of that striped gray fabric in maroon! They were our curtains for a few months until they all fell down... fail.