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10 In 10 Minutes or Less

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As a m.o.m. (mother of many) I’m always trying to find ways to make use of my small free time. There are some days I don’t get a chance to just sit down and just sew but I can eek out a few minutes here and there and there are somethings one can do in those brief moments that I can have a big impact on a sewing project,. Here are just a few that I hope can help you.

  1. Pretreat your fabric– I do most of my laundry between other house chores and other things. When I know what I am going work on next I just run to my studio grab it up and throw in the washing machine and if I have like colors to go with it in they go too.

  2. Pull out your pattern If you have a pattern collection like I use to have then this can take a few minutes, but having a system for storing your envelop patterns can help a lot.
  3. Press your fabric– Now this may take more than 10 minutes but if you can leave your ironing board up and iron out just doing it a little here and there can get it done sooner than you know it.
  4. Iron your pattern pieces– If you use a lot of big 4 and some indie patterns the tissue paper wrinkles like crazy even (at least for me) after I take the time to
  5. Mark your pattern pieces– If your like most people, you don’t fit commercial patterns right out the envelope and need to do some adjusting. I almost always have to do some type of adjustment.
  6. Gather your notions– For me I just like to put everything on my cutting table and off to the side. I have heard of people using small shoe size storage containers or gallon size storage bags to keep all of their notions for each sewing project.
  7. Thread your machineI don’t have to do this a lot since I stick to only a few colors
  8. Pin a few seamsР Nothing here to add
  9. Stitch any straight seams– If you are already familiar with what you are sewing then some seams can probably be stitched out-of-order without interfering with other parts of your project.
  10. Sew on a button– For me this happens at night when the kids are asleep because I find handsewing to be relaxing. For others who wish to use a machine, a button or two can be done in about 10 minutes.

Things like actually adjusting your pattern pieces for fit and cutting out fabric can take me more than 10 minutes, but for some super fast people this could also be done in 10 minutes. These are things I like to reserve for when I do have larger amounts of time to commit and get them done in one session.

How about you, do you have anything that is quick to do that gets you sewing sooner when those big chunks of are available? Do let me know in the comments.

Until next time, happy sewing…

No #MMMay16 But…..

We are now a little more than half way through #MMMay16 and I am not taking part. Not that I don’t want to, most of what I wear now is made by me, but my wardrobe could use a bit of refreshing. My recent makes over the last year and a half have been for others or for work, so that gives you an idea of the last time I sewed for myself.

A while go, not sure how long, I read an article by James Clear which talked about setting up systems instead of making goals. The idea is simple, instead of making goals just focus on setting up a system and you should get results. There have been many a times where I have made big and grand plans for sewing my own wardrobe and have even posted them on my blog only to embarrassingly fail. No more of that I hope.

skirt fabric

So I am going to try a new approach, instead of setting up sewing plans like I have done many times in the past, I’m going to just set aside some time everyday to just sew for myself. I think 30 minutes everyday is a good start. To make my wardrobe building a little easier I plan to just a very limited number of patterns. I plan to use a mix of self drafted patterns, indie patterns, Burda magazine, and big 4 patterns. As of right now I have about 6 patterns and I may add just one more.

I think my first item will be a Fendi inspired skirt using a self drafted pattern. After that I won’t make anymore set plans until after I finish each item. My focus will be just to sew for myself at least 30 minutes everyday. What ever does sewn up I do plan to it here.

Until next time, happy sewing…

 

 

My Sewing Studio Tour……FINALLY (Pic Heavy)

So this post has only been 5 months in the making, but at least now it is here. It seems that sewing spaces have been trending these past few weeks. Tilly over at TATB just featured a third sewing space, Curvy Sewing Collective showcased their second space, and Rhonda over at Rhonda’s Creative Life is presenting some sewing room inspiration as she organizes her own space, so seemed like perfect timing for me.

SG Studio 1

About my space: It seems to have been either the owner’s or the previous tenet’s child’s bedroom. The walls are green, yellow, red, and blue. The room has two entryways with a Dr. Seuss saying above each, I blocked off the one coming the hallway and the other leads right into my bedroom, this has cut down on a lot of interruptions from my kids. The closet holds tubs with my fabric until I can find some shelving for them. The only addition I would like to add is maybe something to walls, other than that I’m very happy with my space. I may not have the fancy dancy sewing space that gets one’s room featured or pinned a hundred times but I have been blessed through all of our travels and moving I have almost always had a dedicated spaced that worker for me.

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The view from my bedroom doorway

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The sewing machine to the left of my serger/overlocker is my daughter’s.

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I have two ironing boards, the table top one I just got about two weeks ago from a used furniture store. I have not used it yet but I plan to use on pressing smaller things so I don’t always have to set up the bigger one.

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Bolt of muslin and a old dry erase board from homeschooling last year. I use for keeping trying of my ‘to do’ list and other plans. Right now it is turned around as to not give a way some future plans.

SG Studio 12

If you look to the lower right hand corner you can see my DH’s desk but he doesn’t use it a whole lot. I use the white table seen in the first picture as a desk.

SG Studio 13

Doorway to my bedroom with hanging mirror.

SG Studio 14

This is how I normally work, with my table up against the bookcases. I pull it out only when I need to get a book or I am cutting out fabric.

SGS Blue

Some of the letters are missing but it says “Be who you are and say what you feel, because those who mind won’t matter and, Those who matter won’t mind. -Dr. Seuss

SGS Yellow

A nice reminder for the young and old

Until next time, happy sewing…

Blog and/or Instagram

Blog and or Instagram

Blogging is not dead. At least not for me not yet, but it has  been a raging internal debate with myself, should I continue to blog when most people love to be able to visit regularly and get updates or just to see what is new. On the other hand instagramming has been a bit easier for me. So do I continue to enjoy the ease and quickness of Instagram and give up blogging or do both? Not an easy question for me.

Nothing beats a failure but a try

Today is the first day of two contest I am hoping to enter and finish over at Patternreview and I want to use only me made patterns in addition to the two skirt patterns I’m already working on. Which means getting on the computer is not going to happen very often which equals no blogging. On the other hand snapping a pic of what I’m working on adding a caption and hashtags is so much more realistic.

work in progress

At this point I think I’m going to try to continue to do both. A work in progress pic is nice for every now and then, but a full on out-and-out showing and telling I think is better suited to a blog post. I have also planned a few blog post and I have given some months a theme so with this I’m optimistic things won’t be as quite around here and if they do you can always check me out on Instgram.

How about you have you moved from blogging to another form of social media because of the ease?