Saturday, January 9, 2021

A Working Pantry Sews: 1/9/2021

If you've been a reader of A Working Pantry for long, you'll know that I have a sewing/crafting pantry as part of my overall pantry.  I like to sew, crochet, embellish clothing and quilt to name a few, all as frugally as possible.

Starting this week I plan to share my weekly makes along with my pantry building posts. (Starting with the next post, this feature will be included with my weekly pantry building posts.)  I don't have big chunks of time to sew or make things so I do it in little 15 - 30 minute snippets of time as often as I can.

I hope you enjoy this new addition, here are my makes for the first week in 2021 ...


It took me all week working in 15 - 20 minutes snippets of time to complete this robe.  I love the way it turned out.  It's made of fleece and is so soft and warm.


In addition, in and around working on my robe, I embellished this ready-made (another Christmas gift) raglans t-shirt using my Cricut machine.

 

 I received this book, Sew Beautiful by Kennis Wong, for Christmas and chose a couple of patterns in it that I really liked to stitch up for myself (the book also has some good basic sewing info).  I'm really trying to make more and more of my own clothing and of course gifts, so anything that will help me improve my sewing skills is welcome!

Have you made anything this week?

One more thing before I close ... just so you'll know, my dress form has a name, Isabelle or Izzy when she's being sassy or difficult!  Hence forth, you will see me referring to her by one of those names, we work together a lot!

patsi

She makes coverings for herself ... Proverbs 31:22

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15 comments:

  1. Oh, I have never thought to call my crafting stuff pantry! Great idea! This week I haven't done much, just finished my first pair of socks for this year. That robe looks fluffy. I made a bathrobe for me and when I wear it, I look like I'm on the run from local asylum 🤣

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    1. Ulvmor, I had a good chuckle when I read about your bathrobe!!! My pantry has several different parts and is much more than just food.

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  2. Thanks for the laugh! Look forward to seeing more of Izzy's wardrobe.
    Great job!

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    1. Kathy, you're welcome! I like to enjoy my tasks as much as possible and something as silly as naming my dress form brings me a chuckle every now and then!

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  3. Love the robe! It is very cute and cozy looking.
    I'm afraid that I am not very handy at sewing or crafting - just not my strong suit. I still have traumatic memories of once again having to rip out the zipper on whatever I was working on in Home Ec class!

    I think this year that I am concentrating on buying as little as possible. I have been working from home so my "good clothes" haven't had much wear. But - I have gained weight so have to concentrate on losing that weight over the next few months in order to fit back into those clothes!

    This past year the only items bought have been basics, undies, pyjamas, bras and good walking shoes. These items are important to me and really the only items to buy come the Summer are 2 or 3 pairs of shoes. Any purchases will be very carefully thought out and planned for financially.

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    1. Margie, my 'work at home' clothing gets a lot use too and are the ones that need replacing and or repairing most often. I have fond memories of my Home Ec classes. Sadly, I don't think they have them in the schools now.

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  4. Then you must know about Nancy Zeiman's book published years ago titled "10, 20,30 Minutes to Sew," which will never become outdated? Look forward to seeing your tasks.

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  5. Within the past week, I, too, finished a robe. Mine is short, with 3/4 sleeves (so they don't catch on fire when I cook, LOL) and has a zip front...everything I want in a robe. I made it with about $15 worth of fleece and all the notions came from my stash (including a metal zipper marked 35 cents!). I don't sew a lot, and I hardly ever make clothes, but I made this one in 15-30 minute increments. (I don't make as many mistakes this way, either).

    Many years ago, I worked with a woman who had a fabulous wardrobe, and she made it all herself. I learned that she had 20 minutes every morning between when her husband left for work and she had to go to her job. She did 90% of her sewing at this time. Another tip came from another co-worker. She had just started her job after many years at home and didn't have a work wardrobe or the money to buy one. We had been working together for about 6 months when she revealed that she had bought one pattern and made it 5 different ways. I honestly hadn't noticed! She also said that the 5th dress took her less than half the time to sew than the first!

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    1. Mikemax, I love those examples from your coworkers. Both are really good and inspiring! I have found that I don't make as many mistakes when sewing in small increments of time either, its a side benefit!

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  6. Patsy, you're quite a talented seamstress. The robe looks so warm and cozy and I love the Tshirt embellishment. I've had a week devoted to cutting embellishments from my scrap cardstock and have some things in the planning stage. Just ordered some insulbrite to make hot pads and potholders for the gift pantry and will be cutting out pillowcases from sheets that are no longer useable as bedsheets. I'm planning to trim them with some hand embroidery and put some in the gift pantry.

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    1. Cookie, I have some insulbrite, I may have to borrow your idea of making hot pads and potholders for the gift pantry. It's amazing what an old sheet can be recycled into, isn't it! The hand embroidery will really dress the pillowcases up and make them special!

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  7. I love that pink polka dotted bathrobe! I used to make all my husband's robes until the pattern literally fell apart after about 35 years of use. Now he is suffering through store bought ones since men's robes usually get cleared out for so cheap.

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    1. Lana, 35 years of using the same pattern is unheard of! You certainly got your money's worth out of that pattern!!

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    2. The last time I used it the paper literally just fell apart into shreds and bits. I wish I knew how many robes I made from that pattern!

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