Sunday, March 30, 2014

A New Addition, Same 'Ole Weather and Wardrobe Planning

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?!

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  1. Love your new baby. Very nice indeed. I need to take a more proactive stance with my wardrobe.

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    1. I think that you do already - you have lots of lovely coordinating tops and trousers!

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  2. You will love it forever! I have the exact same one and have never looked back ~ it just sails over knit fabric and makes the best finishes ever. Can't wait to see what you whip up first. As for the weather here, we have just finished a week of solid rain, and now the sun is shining and the humidity is way up ... J

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    1. Good to hear - I love your clothes (I am a stalker of your site!) and your weather Maybe not the rain though - it sounds too much like the UK!!

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  3. Congratulations on your new toy!
    And I'm afraid you'd lose the bet. We are expecting snow (again) today. (~sigh~)

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    1. Oh no - surely Spring is getting closer?

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  4. What a great new toy to play with. I would love to have one. Our hot weather is cooling down gradually and I must say I am enjoying it. Hope you get some warm weather soon.

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    1. Oh, I hear you - and at the end of our Summer I will be complaining about the heat and wishing it would snow! I am British - it is what we do!!!

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  5. Congratulations on the cover-lock purchase! No new toy for me, but I did fall of the stash-busting wagon and purchase some lovely fabrics this month. We're supposed to get more snow today 2-4 cm. I guess March is going out like a lion. Hopefully spring is around the corner for us.

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    1. Yep, we've had more snow but at least the ground is warning up so it is not sticking . . . . I think that I can just see Spring if I screw my eyes up enough!!

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  6. Congratulations for you! I own the same Coverstitch machine. Unfortunately, I don't use it as much as I'd like due to sewing room (turtle slow) remodeling. Have fun with your Cover Stitch and please post pics!

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    1. Oooh! Sewing room re-model, now that sounds fun! Hope you are back to your machines soon!!

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  7. No coverstitch here unfortunately. I don't think they are common in the UK but I hear they give great results. I don't know whether I should tell you, but we're having a mild couple of weeks with some sunshine. Of course, it's not forecast to last :)) As for optimal numbers, my mother used to say 'one on, one in the wash' but I have been pretty extreme with a minimal wardrobe for about four years and often have just one of each item. The two major disadvantages with this are, sometimes what you want to wear is in the laundry and I find the clothes wear out really quickly. Anyhow I am now thinking three of each item would be a great number for me x

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    1. I think you are right, I had never heard of them until I moved to Canada. However, I so think that a lot of over-lockers (sergers) can be converted to cover-stitch machines by dropping the lower knife. Not mine though!

      Now my Mum was also a dressmaker, and I remember that for a while (when she as in her 50's I think) she worked in an office and she easily had enough skirts and blouses for well over a month's worth of clothes without ANY repetition!

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  8. I am curious how the salesperson recommends you tackle the seams. My cover pro tends to skip over the seams on knits and sort of defeats it's main purpose.

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    1. It wasn't mentioned when I bought it, but I am going to have a good play this weekend - I'll let you know how I get on!

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  9. Congrats on your new machine..Know you will really enjoy it.. Look forward to seeing the new cardis..

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    1. I have some planned for this weekend - as the weather is insisting on staying 'winter like', what else can I do?!

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