Wednesday, 3 June 2015

WOW: Esther's Alterations

WOW = WIPs On Wednesdays
Thanks everyone, I loved your replies to last weeks post, its good to know that I'm not the only one with the means (sewing machine, tools and time) to do home sewing but completely lacking the motivation to do so. Well, last Wednesday was a turning point for me, I decided to get down and do ALL the alterations: cushion zip replacements, loose curtain hem re-stitching, woolen jumper loose thread fixing, pill ball shaving and even button replacing. Oh yes, I had a whole heap of buttons to replace. I have a habit where I like to stitch new buttons on store bought clothes because store bought clothes often have rather ugly buttons on them. All in all it was a production line. I decided that in order to get stuck into my quilting (and goodness, there's so much I'm planning before this year is out) that I knew I had to get my house in order first. Just so I could have some peace during quilting time. Otherwise I'm always being reminded about the things that need doing.

With the domestic WIP pile sewing mostly done, I have reclaimed the chair beneath and the end is in sight. Today is the last of my domestic front. I'm doing to my last few things that need fixing.

This top is the main thing. I bought it because I fell in love with the fabric, but the neckline was always terrible. In the fitting room I reasoned that I would fix it to suit me. Like a lot of tops these days, it was gaping at the neck line and completely unwearable. So here I am trying to create a whole new collar neckline fix. With this stretchy fabric, it's really hit and miss. I hope I can save this top, today will tell. I have a clothes collection in my street tomorrow so I'm bagging up and letting go of any clothes I no longer need. I'm going to feel so much better with everything altered, ironed and my sewing room dedicated once again to quilting.

What's Your WOW?


  1. Congratulations Esther on being so courageous!

  2. Rod and I have a saying in our home bring some thing home some thing has to go, it use to work but some how we stopped doing it several years ago, and now we are been buried again. Like you I have just started going through my wardrobe and passing clothes I have not worn for the last 3 years on, I could not believe the pile of clothes I had?????? I really like the look of that soft green fabric I'm sure it will drape lovely and feel so soft too. Have a great day tomorrow when it is just designing and art. Cheers Glenda

    1. Glenda I tried to do this too but it went out the window. We have a clothing collection tomorrow so I am clearing out the wardrobe, can't wait to have 'room' for more again!

  3. Now that is motivation...sometimes you just gotta make yourself....great going!

  4. Your alternation look very good, it will work for sure. Your are so diciplined, I admire that.

  5. LOL! Your posts are such fun . . . you are real! :) My hubby and I live in an RV (have for nearly six years) and space for clothes is at a premium, so I'm pretty good about winnowing through my stuff and getting rid of things I'm not wearing and not buying new things unless they are absolutely spectacular. After all, I need all the room I can get for my fabric stash! I serious probably have double the yardage of fabric in stash than in garments. Good for you on tackling the pile and getting 'er done!! :)


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