Well, after much planning, thinking, shall I/shan't I . . . . . I bought home a lovely new toy this weekend . . . . . a Janome Coverstitch machine. And I am in love!!
I make an awful lot of garments out of knitted/jersey fabric, and it makes sense to have a machine that will give me a professional finish to my hems. I also bought a foot that would allow me stitch a row of stitching either side of a seam - a sort of 'stitch in the ditch' with a needle sewing either side. Let's just say that there will be a few more cardigans in my near future, and I aim to redo a few hems of some of my current cardis. I bought my machine from Beatrice at Sewing World - great service, lovely saleperson - thank-you Beatrice!
I am also in the planning stages of making a winter coat. Yes, I know. I live in the Northern hemisphere and it is nearly April, but here in central Alberta we are in our 6th month of winter and I need some more outdoor clothing. Global warming - my a%$e!!
Having just complained about the weather, it did give me some good information to work with regarding wardrobe planning. Essentially I live in a country that is 50% winter/50% summer (ish!!) and it makes sense that my wardrobe contents should echo that . . . and then I read a post on the Vivienne files. I have been following this blog for quite some time as I love the author's wardrobe planning - quite inspirational. This most recent post talks about how many clothes one really needs in a wardrobe - and working towards that goal. By splitting your clothing into seasons, establishing usage of garments (work, stay at home, professional etc) and how often you would like to wear them in a given period, gives you some numbers to work with. Now, I have read about this before, and it never really resonated because it did not give me an actual number - and I love numbers! But this time it did, and now I am planning a wardrobe that will work for me during these two distinct seasons, and with minimal repetition - wearing each item no more than twice on one month. So watch this space for more updates!!
How about you - any new toys recently? What about your weather - much better than mine, I'll bet! And your wardrobe - any magic numbers work for you?!