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I have no specific ideas right now, but hopefully something will occur to me.
I'm currently a size 18-20 so need plenty of fabric to make a garment for me.

Is duvet cover to shirt in the spirit of the contest?
Or how about recutting a man's shirt to be a woman's shirt?
How about a blanket into a cardigan ?

I see that I can use other fabric for up to half of the garment, so that might make it more practical for me.
Perhaps a patchwork cardigan from multiple knit pencil skirts. I was in to making and wearing these some years back but now all too small and not much skirt wearing going on.

Hi, I'm new... / Re: Derbyshire gal here
« on: September 22, 2020, 09:23:17 AM »
Welcome, I'm in NE Derbyshire just outside outside Chesterfield. I grew up in Manchester but love the Derbyshire countryside very much.

I love soap slivers for use on dark fabrics, find them very handy.

Sewing Spaces and Furniture / Re: Tilly and the buttons Sewing Rooms
« on: September 05, 2020, 09:18:11 AM »
It is so much fun seeing all these sewing rooms.

Mine is really messy at the moment, but I may do some photos if/when I tidy it up a bit.

Sewing Spaces and Furniture / Re: Tilly and the buttons Sewing Rooms
« on: September 03, 2020, 13:48:20 PM »
I like to have things in cupboards and drawers if I can, though I do hang rulers on the wall.
I have too much thread to wall mount it, plus doesn't it fade from the light?
I've gone for all white melamine furniture from multiple suppliers that way it sort of works together.

In the wardrobe / The Joy of wearing self sewn garments
« on: September 03, 2020, 09:09:03 AM »
Today I am wearing trousers, top and cardigan all of which I sewed myself.
Its a great feeling!

All the garments are made from Tried-n-Tested patterns which I have tweaked from the original to get a better fit.

The garments are fairly ordinary and not Instaworthy but they fit the body and lifestyle I have now.

Stretch woven navy trousers from New Look 6216 (lengthened at the hem, back crotch altered).
Floral print knit top from New Look 6735 (altered for full tummy, full bicep and forward head).
Navy ponte cardigan from Wendy Ward's Sewing with Knits book, pockets stitched up a bit and slightly shortened to use scraps from another project.

In the wardrobe / Re: Sewing room...what size is yours?
« on: August 28, 2020, 15:02:46 PM »
Yes some people like to have plenty of fabric, others less so. I don't think either approach is right or wrong - just different, but it does impact what each person needs to find storage space for.

I love physical fabric and find it very inspirational. I'm much more likely to work from the fabric than from an external concept. I also repurpose old curtains and duvet covers into other things, and use up scraps in things.

Where I had to store fabric in the loft I kept swatches in a folder, but I dont do that anymore!

In the wardrobe / Re: Sewing room...what size is yours?
« on: August 27, 2020, 16:11:25 PM »
I watched that video and was perplexed.
I have a LOT of fabric - which takes up a lot of space.

I found inspiration in the colour navy blue and am sewing things.
Will post at some point.
I probably won't stop at 6

In the wardrobe / Re: Sewing room...what size is yours?
« on: August 25, 2020, 10:09:06 AM »
My current sewing room is a small bedroom though I was previously in the smallest bedroom, but at other homes I have had one end of bedroom, one end of the living room, and etc. I always make space to sew.

My current space is about 2.4 by 2.8 metres.

Sewing Spaces and Furniture / Re: IKEA toy storage repurposed
« on: August 25, 2020, 09:02:37 AM »
wow, a fiver and free, you've done very well there.

I think Ikea are good for storage. I have a mixture of Ikea, Argos and second hand in my sewing room, but have kept everything white for a vague sense of harmony.
However it doesn't seem to matter how much storage I have I always manage to fill it and have stuff overflowing!

@BrendaP those are GREAT

OK great thanks, currently no idea what I would make it up into. Maybe a cardigan jacket

I have some tartan fabric with embroidered applique on it, would that be OK?

I've been making shorts to wear on the random hot days.
I just can't get my head into an Autumn frame at all.

I do have a youinform which is trousers, top and cardigan jacket, so could do that x2 I suppose.
The earlier part of the autumn I'll still be wfh but the temps will be down, so comfortable, warm, presentable would be my criteria.

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