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Get Ready….


Payday! I have purchased in the region of 5 metric tonnes of ‘jersey’

Everything from stretch lace and mesh to scuba with a few cottons and viscose in between.


I also purchased the Tilton sisters’ Artful T-Shirt class from Craftsy. Blogs and loads of useful information and ideas: one blog each Marcy here and Katherine here. Be prepared for covetable items and just not enough time in the day or a big enough sewing room……

This week I expect some striped jersey and a few bonus fabrics to arrive too, which brings the total jersey count up to one trillion metres.

Stripes from Girl Charlee UK.

Patterns and flowers (above) and bonus plains from Fabworks.

Then I updated the machine needle stash with a few packets of ballpoints from John James Needles.


The serger is threaded; the colours fit with SWAP and I seem to be on a wine/berry colour phase at the moment; the Vogue 9057 pattern has arrived all the way from America; I’m eating healthily and being nice to other people………

I must be able to sew a T-shirt or two out of that lot!


46 thoughts on “Get Ready….

  1. Gosh Ruth you are going to be very busy.Can’t wait to see the results.
    Have fun. I haven’t ventured into knits or jersey type fabrics yet, so interested to hear how things go.

  2. You will probably have made several hundred tee shirts by next week this time! Look forward to seeing what you do with all that fabric.

  3. Love it! Expecting to see a wardrobe of tshirts in every shade of berry!

  4. Fabulous selection of knit fabrics. Looking forward to seeing the results!

  5. Wow! What a haul. T-shirts galore, won’t it be fun to see them all revealed. And in case you were worried, I don’t think it’s officially considered a problem until one has at least two billion meters of jersey. 😉

  6. Can’t wait to see what you do!

  7. 5 metric tons!!!! WOW 😉 Sounds like you are going to have a blast.

    • There will be a lot of cutting out and sewing Rhonda and it will be fun but let’s just hope that something wearable appears out the other end.

  8. How very reassuring to see the invigorating effects of fabric, pattern and spring: Go into a frenzy and cheer us up with the results. The raw material looks interesting enough.

    • A new lease of inspiration and sewing Viliene – might be due to springtime or just worn out after Saturn dress. Who cares? I’m sewing again. Thank you

  9. Look at all that great fabric! I am so jealous! Looking forward to seeing what lovely creations you come up with!

  10. Can’t wait to see what you do with these! I’m sure you will come up with some amazing combinations!

  11. Hmm, lots of fabric in coordinating colors, serger threaded, fresh needles, new pattern, healthy eating, being nice to other people–sounds like an awful lot of virtue in one place….

  12. Love your blog, your sense of humor and your great style! Everything seems to look so-o-o good on you!!! Look forward to the knit fashion show that’s coming up! Have fun!

  13. Wow! You have some seriously lovely fabric there! I look forward to seeing what you make. I have the Craftsy course on my wishlist – I’m sure you will make some fabulous garments as a result of all these goodies!

    • And some of those fabrics really wouldn’t be in my fabric box as I don’t see myself wearing them but with a mix of stripes or plains or other patterns, I might just make them work. I’m trying to push a few personal boundaries.

  14. Well you’ve certainly gone for the knits now! Great choices, looking forward to the results.

  15. Very impressed with your gorgeous fabric haul. I sew a lot with knits…not because I love sewing knit fabric…more because I love wearing knit fabric. Looking forward to seeing your creations.

  16. Yowsa, that’s a lot of fabric. I’m sure you have fabulous plans for it all – I wait with baited breath.

    • It is piled on shelves, on chairs and draped on the back of the door – feeling overwhelmed…..
      Better start sewing to move it from stash to wardrobe. Thanks Kim

  17. Hi Ruth
    love your fabrics-i have also bought loads of jersey-only just getting to grips with sewing it and wandering why i was afraid of it for so long! I wonder why you got your pattern from the states. are you not a member of ? i’m sure it would be cheaper for you

    • I know Sarah, there’s some sewing myth that knits are difficult when in actual fact they are probably the easiest. Just have the right needles and you’re set to go. Good luck with your ventures too.
      The pattern came free with the Craftsy class so I had to wait for delivery. However, I often buy Vogue patterns from USA in the sale – buy 3 at $3 each with $15 postage – still cheap!

    • Thanks for the tip,Ruth.

  18. Lol!! The 5 metric tonnes makes me feel better about the fabric buying I’ve been doing lately! I’ll be interested to know how you get on the Craftsy class, and if they use stretch interfacing on the neckline. I only discovered it recently, but haven’t bought any yet. I find that after a few washes the neckband on my Agnes tops sort of flips forward a bit, and I wondered if interfacing the neckband would help. I suppose there’s only one way to find out! Good luck!

    • Thanks Lynne, the class recommends stay stitching the shoulder seams and adding tape but nothing exceptional about the neckbands. I’ll let you know when I get one made – which is even more difficult with all the choice I’ve provided for myself!

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  20. Also Irish, new to sewing and getting suggestions for fabric sources, patterns etc from your blog. Thank you for your inspiring creations. I am in London next week and there is about a 3 hour gap from my meeting until my slightly less hugely priced train back north. I would like to get some cheap cotton or light linen to practice a Curlew top until I use my expensive wool/linen/cotton for a curlew dress. I note the Berwick St shops for when I have birthday money, but is there anywhere good for a few metres of cheap fabric? Thanks

    • See the girl below Verona? – she’s the one you need to ask….the only time that I’m in London I tend to splash out too. Cheap stuff I buy at home. Thanks for your comment and visits to London are always a treat for people who don’t live there.

      Whereabouts are you? email me (address above) , some of us local gals get together once in a while.

  21. I love the way you go large – I remember how you had freezer bags full of blue jersey this time last year. I especially like your stripey fabrics – it should be possible to do something really interesting with this selection – a bit like patchwork for clothes. It’s going to be a great project.

    • That is exactly the thought I had at quilting class this evening Kate – patchwork with knits!
      DH brought home a tonne of fresh fish from the market the other day and where were the freezer bags? – oh yeah, the sewing room and stuffed with fabric!

  22. Ha ha ha. In my imagination your whole chest freezer is full of fabric!

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