Clothkits Big Birdie Skirt Kit – review and construction progress

Clothkits Big Birdie Skirt Kit | Champagne Twist

As I mentioned in my previous Clothkits review, I am new to the company and was excited to try their Big Birdie Skirt and matching bag and purse set.  The kit was beautifully presented, wrapped with a measuring tape ribbon, which is actually accurate!

Clothkits inches measuring tape ribbon | Champagne Twist

The kit consists of a large piece of fabric, on which is printed 6 skirt pieces – skirt front, 2 skirt back pieces, 3 facings – a zip, a spool of matching thread and an instruction leaflet.

Clothkits Big Birdie Skirt Kit | Champagne Twist

Clothkits Big Birdie Skirt Kit | Champagne Twist

The kit includes more than enough thread for the project, I overlocked all the edges of each of the 6 cut outs and still had plenty of thread left on the spool. A good quality zip is also provided, but you could swap this out for an invisible zip if you prefer.

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Overlocked edges Clothkits Big Birdie Skirt Kit | Champagne Twist

Instructions – pros and cons

The instructions are printed on a sheet of A4 sized paper, with a few helpful diagrams. In the most part they are clear to follow, but as the instructions say, I would strongly advise that you take a few minutes to read and reread them. There are a couple of minor typos, and the facings instructions were duplicated, but nothing of much concern.

There was 1 issue, the instructions didn’t make clear which size I should cut, but I happened to find details on the Clothkits website, with bust, waist and hip measurements for each size from 8 to 20. All well and good if you have internet access, not so much of you don’t.

There are separate instructions for lining the skirt. You have to call Clothkits for the information, which are then emailed to you within minutes. Nice to have the option, and the extra service is quick and easy, however, for those without ready internet access this could be a problem.

Pattern/Kit

As the kit doesn’t include a separate paper pattern, and I wanted to make a skirt lining, I traced the cut out pieces onto Swiss paper. My tracing will enable me to use the pattern for future projects, thus making the kit very cost effective. I also drafted in-seam pockets, but you could easily add patch pockets from the fabric remnants, if you wanted to add your own touches.

On me for some reason, the A-line design fits more like a straight skirt, but I still like the shape.

Tip – Do not discard the remnants. Clothkits have been very generous with the fabric they provide, with many of the left over pieces featuring printed motifs, many of which I used to supplement my Clothkits bag and purse set.

Value for money

At nearly £40, initially the kit seems expensive, but bear in mind that the fabric is baby corduroy, which features a lovely printed design by Jane Foster. Everything to make the basic skirt is included in the kit and there is extra fabric with printed motifs, if you wish to embellish your skirt further.

Construction

In all, it took about 2 hours from start to finish (not including the planned extras) to make the skirt.  I took my time and overlocked the edges, otherwise this skirt can easily be made in under an hour. For beginners, I think this is a lovely, quick and simple skirt, which is very attractive and fun to make.  For more experienced sewists, there is plenty of scope to add your own embellishments, especially with the remnant pieces of fabric.

I especially like the fact that I am able to make use of the left over pieces, which adds to the value of this kit. The customer support is very good, as is the product itself.

In marked contrast to the bag and purse kit, I really enjoyed making this skirt. I plan to add a few more embellishments, but for now here is the almost finished item.

Jane Foster Big Birdie Print A-Line skirt Clothkits | Champagne Twist
Back skirt view – Jane Foster Big Birdie Print A-Line skirt by Clothkits

CKits cover

4-star

 

 

 

 

 

Clothkits bag and purse kit review | Champagne Twist

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Clothkits bag and purse set | Champagne Twist – champagnetwist.wordpress.com

 

I am new to the Clothkits phenomena, which I’m reliably informed was a huge thing back in the 70s and 80s. Clothkits were as the name suggests kits made up of everything you need to make a dress, skirt or doll, all in a kit, including fabric with the printed pattern ready to cut out, doing away with the need of a paper pattern. The system appealed to newbie crafters as well as sewing people who were time short.  After a hiatus, Clothkits were relaunched about 10 years ago, and this year seem to be making a strong impact for people who would like to start crafting.

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Clothkits bag and purse set | Champagne Twist – champagnetwist.wordpress.com

I came across Clothkits after watching the Sewing Quarter, where the demoed a wonderful skirt kit.  Sadly by the time I got around to ordering, they has sold out.  Fortunately, a few days later the kit came back in stock together with a matching bag, which I immediately snapped up.

Yesterday, a week after ordering, both the kits arrived, and I immediately set to work, thinking the bag and purse kit would be the easiest and quickest, before embarking onto the skirt.

Upon opening the well presented package, I was surprised to see how small the printed sections were.  Where I was hoping for a large tote, the final piece was barely large enough to enclose a computer tablet. I add at this point that in my haste to order the bag before it sold out, I didn’t make a note of the size of the bag, and assumed it was the size of a shopper tote, but as you can see below, the Clothkits bag is considerably smaller.  The only picture on display on both the Clothkits website and the Sewing Quarter website show the kit all wrapped up, so you can’t gauge how big the finished bag will be, until you purchase the kit.

Source: sewing quarter.com

So already disappointed, I ventured on with the project, to discover that the rest of the contents where equally ungenerous when compared with the skirt kit. The thread reel was smaller than the one included with the skirt kit, the lining fabric was barely adequate for both the bag and purse, leaving little room for error.  I had the use the striped lining horizontally for the purse and vertically for the bag in order for it to fit, which is a pity as the 2 items won’t exactly match.

There was also little scope for pattern matching, but as this kit is aimed at beginners, and it was lining fabric hitch no one else would see, I could let that slide. I like the striped fabric, but for this kit, maybe a plain lining would have been more suitable.

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Clothkits bag and purse set | Champagne Twist – champagnetwist.wordpress.com

From the instructions, depending on pot luck apparently, the kit includes either webbing, printed straps, or as in my case, extra cord fabric which you cut out yourself. For a supposedly pre printed kit, I thought it was rather odd I had to work out how to cut out the bag straps, while the main body of the bag and purse was printed with cut out lines.  As an introduction to Clothkits, I found this more than a little disappointing.

Most of the instructions were easy to follow, although I’m not sure if that would have been the case if I was an absolute beginner.

Adjustments:

  • From the leftover material from the skirt kit, I made inner pockets for both the bag and purse.

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    Clothkits bag and purse set | Champagne Twist
  • I will purchase some webbing to make a longer crossover body strap, as the handles I was supposed to make from the ‘left over’ fabric as instructed, were far too small.
  • I added a piece of the ribbon used to tie up the kit, to the zip pull to create a pull tag.

Clothkits bag and purse set | Champagne Twist - zip pull

  • I attached the inner lining of the purse, by sewing it by hand. I used a natural coloured thread, which matched the lining fabric for a better finish. I didn’t like how the red thread showed up on the inner white and black striped lining fabric.
  • I will make a button closure for the bag, using the leftover scraps from the skirt kit. Details will be posted as soon as the webbing arrives and I have completed the bag.

In short, had I not purchased the skirt kit, I wouldn’t be able to make the bag work for me at all. For £19.95 plus £2.95 p&p, I don’t think this is good value for money, as the bag is far too small to be useful for an adult, unless you have the skills and knowledge to make it your own. I still have to purchase webbing, as cord fabric handles I don’t think will give a nice finish to a bag of this type. This should have been a quick project, but it will take me a couple of days waiting for extra supplies, for a kit that I think should have included webbing in the first place.

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Clothkits bag and purse set | Champagne Twist – champagnetwist.wordpress.com

The purse is the one saving grace for this kit, but it’s not enough to save this product. If I was a starter, this kit would have discouraged me from buying any more Clothkits. In short, very disappointing, and in marked contrast the to skirt kit, I regret purchasing this bag and purse set.

1-star

Yes, the rating is harsh, but when compared with similar products, including other kits from the Clothkits range, this particular one just doesn’t make the grade. I’m glad to say that I’ve started the Clothkits skirt kit, and so far I’m very impressed with the product and can’t wait to finish it, and start wearing it.

I will post my full review of the Clothkits skirt kit on Thursday, so please stay tuned for that. Don’t forget to subscribe to keep updated on all things new on Champagne Twist.

Thanks for reading.

 

 

 

 

How to make a mini travel sewing kit

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As part of this month’s Spring Clean theme, I am posting related articles to help with every day tasks and organisation. Today’s post is about creating a mini travel sewing kit for sartorial emergencies.

Whether you sew or not, it’s a good idea to carry a sewing kit in case you lose a button or a hem unravels. Here’s how I made my mine:

  1. 3 needles, 2 ready threaded
  2. small scissors or snips
  3. spare shirt buttons
  4. thread bobbin, with about 5 different coloured threads
  5. safety pins, in various sizes

Plus, a small container to hold the above items, such as an old sweet tin.

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Needles –

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Place 3 needles on a small fabric scrap. Thread 2 with white and black threads, leaving one spare. This will help save time in case you’re in a hurry.

 

Small scissors –

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If you have one from last year’s Christmas cracker, this is where it becomes useful. If not, raid your sewing kit or consider purchasing a pair.

Spare buttons –

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You could make a small paper envelope to store spare buttons, but I just usually keep 2 or 3 loose in the tin.

Thread bobbin –

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Wrap different coloured threads around a small piece of cardboard. The colours I use reflect the colour of the clothes I usually wear. Adapt the thread colours according to your daily wardrobe.  Add extra black and white thread, as these tend to be the most useful.

Safety pins –

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These are quick to use, if you don’t have time to do a temporary repair. I used a piece of ribbon to store my pins together, but you could use a small envelope, pin them on a fabric scrap or simply pin them together.

 

 

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Add the above 5 items in a box or tin, place in your every day travel bag*, and you will never be caught with a lost button or unraveled hem again.

*Note, if you’re travelling by air, chances are you will not be permitted to fly with sharp objects such as scissors. Check with your carrier before you add your sewing kit to your hand luggage.

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I hope you found this article useful, please comment below and add your suggestions. Do you carry a sewing kit? What’s in yours?

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This is London

Tower Bridge

 

What is London?

Multi-cultural, multi-ethnic, multi-sane.

A city of grafters,

fighting daily, just to get from Alperton to Brixton.

London, where mighty oak leaves stop trains in their tracks,

and imaginary daily rain stops play,

but bombs from wars ago are instantly overcome.

A city of villages and villagers,

of nomads, of dwellers.

High rise flats, and occupants with higher dreams.

Where fisherfolk fish alongside skyscrapers,

and farmers plough fields next to palaces.

Computer techies and hand crafters,

city suits and planning drafters.

Bespoke tailoring in greasy spoons,

eating fish and chips like it’s going out of fashion.

Paddington Bear, Wimbledon Wombles,

Big Ben, Little Venice.

John and Sherlock, Naomi and Mary,

Super heroes, armed with courage, intelligence, grace and magical flying umbrellas.

Of disappearing red phone boxes,

And an omnipresent blue police call box.

Double hearted souls, who run hot and cold,

towards both adventure and danger in equal measure.

The ever expanding city, that never stands still,

living in the the past, present and future.

Taxi drivers who rule the metropolis,

chauffeuring MPs to their duck ponds.

Laptops in coffee shops,

connecting lives to the world outside.

Streets paved not with gold, but from the stolen toil

of kidnapped lions and Kings.

A city of many bridges, with more to come.

People from every country cross

with people from every country,

hoping to reach a destination full of wonder.

A city that trumps hate,

voted for inclusion,

demanded equality,

marched for the planet,

hosted the greatest games.

Of art, and science, and music and

laughter, and tears, and dance, and sound, and

colours, all the colours.

Where everyone is different, which makes us family.

Extraordinary in it’s ordinariness,

perfect in its imperfections,

the world in one city, the city of the world,

and more, so much more.

This is London.

Flowers from Columbia Market,

to celebrate a birthday, a wedding, a birth,

to remember the fallen.

In sympathy with a brew,

for that’s what we do.

This is London.

We make tea.

We carry on.

 

Whole orange and fresh coconut cake recipe | Champagne Twist

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I fancied baking today, and spied a couple oranges in the fridge and a very tired looking coconut in the pantry which needed to be used quickly. However, I would recommend you use desiccated coconut instead, if you have a very sweet tooth, or wish to avoid hand grating a coconut.

Whole orange and fresh coconut cake

Ingredients:

  • 2 oranges, 1 to be used whole, 1 for decoration
  • 200g butter, softened
  • 3 extra large eggs, lightly beaten
  • 1 cup vanilla caster sugar
  • 1/2 cup freshly grated or desiccated coconut, plus extra for decoration
  • 1 1/4 cups self raising flour
  • 1/4 cup icing sugar, for decoration (optional)

 

Method:

  1. Preheat oven to Gas Mark 4 (180°C/160°C fan assisted).
  2. Grease and line with baking parchment a 22cm diameter round baking tin.
  3. Wash the oranges and pat them dry with kitchen paper. Set aside one of the oranges. Roughly chop the other orange, and then using a food processor, puree the orange until smooth. Set aside.
  4. In a food mixer, cream the butter and sugar until light and fluffy.  Slowly add the beaten eggs, followed by the orange puree.
  5. By hand fold in the coconut and flour to form a fairly loose batter.
  6. Pour the batter into the cake tin, and level off the top to help even baking.
  7. Place the tin on the middle shelf of the oven, and bake for 50 minutes. Check the cake is cooked with a skewer pushed into the centre. If it comes out clean then the cake is finished. If not, bake for a further 10 minutes and test again. You may need to cover the top of the cake with some foil to prevent burning.
  8. Remove the cake from the oven and leave in the tin for 5 minutes, before transferring  to a wire rack to cool.
  9. Zest long, thin strips from the 2nd orange. Juice the orange, ensuring any seeds are removed.
  10. Sift the icing sugar into a small, clean dry bowl. Stir in just enough orange juice to make a smooth icing and then drizzle over the cake.  Sprinkle the extra coconut and the orange zest on top. Allow to set and serve with a hot beverage, preferably a nice cup of tea!

 

Top 7 Dressmaking Trends for Spring Summer 2017

These are the top 7 sewing Fashion trends for Spring/Summer 2017, and my personal interpretation;

1. Greenery –greenery-colour-of-2017

Pantone’s colour of the year is so apt for Spring/Summer 2017. If you haven’t already, expect to see lots of green fabric and notions in the coming months. Check out my Greenery Pinterest board for further inspiration and ideas.

2. Gingham –

Cherry Gingham Dress, by Champagne Twist

The ever popular, evergreen print is still dominating the fashion catwalks and sewing community network, including mine! So if, like me, you didn’t get round to finishing your gingham UFOs in 2016, you still have time.

 

 

 

 

3. Cold shoulder –

image from New Look.com

I’m not keen on this trend. It was made popular last year, and as resurfaced again this season.  We only get 10 days of sunshine with warm weather in the UK, cold shoulders are not warm enough! Try making with chambrays and finish with lace, in case we get a heatwave.

Picture Source: http://www.newlook.com/shop/womens/tops/blue-crochet-lace-trim-cold-shoulder-top-_513352849

 

4. Ruffles –http://www.instyle.com/fashion/clothing/shop-spring-2016-trend-ruffles

A throw back to the romantic 80s era, again another trend I’m not fond of. Done in a subtle way, it can be very effective, but it’s a waste of good fabric if you ask me.

Picture Source: http://www.instyle.com/fashion/clothing/shop-spring-2016-trend-ruffles

5. Embroidery –https://www.zara.com/uk/en/trf/tops/top-with-embroidered-dasies-c358032p4276074.html

Something I adore. I’ve plans to embroidery anything that makes the mistake of staying still for more than 2 seconds.  You have been warned.  Expect ideas for updating your wardrobe with simple and more advanced embroidery techniques. Check out my embroidery ideas collection on my Pinterest board.

Picture Source: https://www.zara.com/uk/en/woman/tops/shirts/floral-embroidered-shirt-c401033p4310643.html

6. Sleeves –

https://www.zara.com/uk/en/woman/tops/view-all/striped-top-with-scalloped-hem-c719021p4253051.html

Now I like a sleeve. I like short sleeves, long sleeves, no sleeves even.  I’m still figuring out how to successfully avoid the ‘mega long sleeve in soup’ scenario, but it’s definitely a trend I can get on board.

Picture Source: https://www.zara.com/uk/en/woman/tops/view-all/striped-top-with-scalloped-hem-c719021p4253051.htmlv

 

7. Slogans T-shirts – http://www.dior.com/couture/en_gb/womens-fashion/the-spring-summer-2017-collection?gclid=CjwKEAjw5M3GBRCTvpK4osqj4X4SJAABRJNCkXLLrOAr9qP0H5AD11vUwoH2TogZ5NuvZ6plB4cCTRoCWi_w_wcBhttp://www.dior.com/couture/en_gb/womens-fashion/the-spring-summer-2017-collection?gclid=CjwKEAjw5M3GBRCTvpK4osqj4X4SJAABRJNCkXLLrOAr9qP0H5AD11vUwoH2TogZ5NuvZ6plB4cCTRoCWi_w_wcB

Yet another 80s throw back, with limited success. I like a good campaign slogan or a famous, inspirational quote, but if we start displaying designer names on our chests, then I’m out.

Picture Source: http://www.dior.com/couture/en_gb/womens-fashion/the-spring-summer-2017-collection?gclid=CjwKEAjw5M3GBRCTvpK4osqj4X4SJAABRJNCkXLLrOAr9qP0H5AD11vUwoH2TogZ5NuvZ6plB4cCTRoCWi_w_wcB

What are the sewing trends you’re following from ss17? Comment below and subscribe for more from Champagne Twist.

Thanks for reading.

Spring clean your wardrobe in 1 weekend – day 3 (Final day)

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To recap, on Friday, you separated your Autumn/Winter clothes from your Spring/Summer clothes.

Yesterday you will have:

  • Completed your laundry,
  • Taken your clothes to the repair shop, dry cleaners,
  • Taken your unwanted clothes to the charity shop,
  • Set aside any clothes you wish to sell,
  • Prepared your clothes for ironing and/or mending.

Now for today’s tasks:

Spring Clean Your Wardrobe in 1 Weekend –

final day

spring summer wardrobe 2017

Sunday afternoon

You deserve a lie in, it is Sunday after all. Unless you absolutely have to, don’t get out of bed before noon.

1pm; Let’s make a start on those repairs, get them all out of the way.  Next, complete the ironing and put away your clothes. Prep your work clothes as well while you’re at it.

2pm; Give your wardrobe a quick wipe with a dampened cloth. There is no point organising your lovely clothes, only to place them in a dusty wardrobe. If you wish, you can line your drawers with scented paper, and add lavender bags to your hangers.  This may help keep your clothes freshly scented, and the moths away.

After all that, spend the rest of the day online shopping. Yes, shopping. You can browse your favourite online shops, order those pieces missing from your wardrobe, and look forward to receiving them in a few days. If like me you like sewing, you can purchase haberdashery according to your wardrobe tastes. You will find the notes you made on Friday and yesterday useful.

Your evening should be free for rest and relaxation, safe in the knowledge that your spring wardrobe is up to date. It’s nice to know another task that we so often put off, is done and you helped a charity in the process.

spring clean your wardrobe in 1 weekend

I hope you found this mini series useful, please leave your comments and suggestions in the comments box below. Don’t forget to subscribe for more. Thanks for reading.

Spring clean your wardrobe in 1 weekend – day 2

Hello,

Spring clean theme for March - Champagne Twist

Friday has finally arrived, and I hope you are looking forward to the weekend. Yesterday I posted suggestions on how to steal a March (see what I did there?) on spring cleaning your wardrobe, focusing on sorting your Autumn and Winter clothing before storing. If you didn’t get a chance to read it, please click this link.

Today, I’m posting suggestions on how to tackle your Spring and Summer clothing for the coming season.

Spring Clean Your Wardrobe in 1 Weekend –

Day 2

Saturday morning

Arise nice and early, make yourself a hearty breakfast and set to work on sorting out your wardrobe. Ideally the following should be completed by 12.30pm.

  • Anything that needs mending, set aside, you will be repairing these later this evening or tomorrow.
  • Anything that needs dry cleaning, add to your dry cleaning bag you started last night.
  • Anything that needs washing, add to the laundry pile.
  • Next, quickly sort out the clothes you don’t want or need any more. Spend no more than an hour doing this, and be ruthless. If you haven’t worn it in a year and it’s not of sentimental value, out it goes. If it doesn’t fit, say bye bye. If you have never ever worn it, and it’s in good condition, consider selling it or send it to the charity shop. Either way, it’s leaving. If you can alter it to make it into something new, then by all means keep it, but be honest with yourself. Will you have time to adjust your items in the next 12 months? If you know you won’t, consider donating your clothing instead.

You should now have:

  • a set of Autumn/Winter clothes drying,
  • a set of Spring/Summer clothes in the wash,
  • a set of clothes ready to take to the dry cleaners,
  • a set of clothes ready for repairing or altering,
  • a set of clothes for the charity shop.

SC wardrobe

That’s enough hard work, time for tea and cake.

Saturday early afternoon

Time now to take your stuff to the dry cleaners/seamstress/charity shop etc. Aim to be back home by 2.30pm.

When you return, make yourself a hearty lunch with loads of fruit, veg and plenty of water. Enjoy, for work starts again at 3.30pm.

Saturday late afternoon

Time to check the washing – hopefully they should have dried and be ready for ironing and/or storage.  That said, this is England, where it rains … a lot.  Do what you can!

Take a good look at the remaining clothes and your notes of the clothes you have taken for repair and/or dry cleaning, you will need these later.

Is there anything missing from your wardrobe? Do you need a pair of jeans, or a little black dress? Perhaps you fancy a new shirt, or some Summer shorts. Make another list of any gaps in your clothing collection.

Saturday evening

It’s Saturday night. You can have a night in and start on the mending in front of the TV, or enjoy a well deserved night out.  Whatever you do, enjoy yourself, Spring is here!

Tomorrow, I will post further suggestions on how to Spring Clean Your Wardrobe. You are 2/3rds of the way done now. Whooppee!

I hope you are liking this mini series so far, if you have any comments and/or suggestions, please write them in the comment box below.  Thanks for reading and stay tuned for the final instalment tomorrow.

Easter Spring Dress 2017 Sew-along | Champagne Twist


“#EasterSpringDress2017"

Hello folks,

In addition to the #2017MakeNine sewing and knitting challenge, I’ve just signed up for the #EasterSpringDress2017 sew along hosted by Akram of Akram’s Ideas and Judith of Judith Dee’s World.

I already have the bonnet, which I have never worn – long story, will explain one day – the fabric and most of the notions.  When I dig them out from the darkest depths of my fabric stash Indiana Jones style, I will show you.  I have a pattern in mind too, again I will show you in another post shortly.

The deadline is Easter Sunday, 16 April 2017, (I believe the absolute deadline is Tuesday 18th April, but I want to wear my frock on the actual day!) so if you would like to participate you still have time, but maybe start thinking about putting your skates on.

For more information, please head over to judithdeesworld.com and akramsideas.com. Please find below links to Judith’s and Akram’s YouTube channels.

Thanks for reading and I look forward to seeing all your wonderful Easter sewing creations.

Spring clean your wardrobe in 1 weekend – day 1

The weather is getting warmer, and for me that signals a change over of seasonal clothing. It’s also a good opportunity to ditch, repair and rethink my wardrobes pieces.  As the weekend is fast approaching, why not dedicate it to sprucing up your wardrobe?

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Equipment:

  • Basic sewing kit
  • Refuse bags
  • Cardboard boxes, to send items to the charity shop
  • Laundry basket
  • Clothes hangers
  • Notebook and pen
  • Long term storage bags (optional)
  • Lavender bags or cedar blocks (optional)
  • Dance music (optional)
  • Tea (essential)
  • Cake (essential)

Please note: I have excluded footwear, evening wear and specialist clothing such as ski wear or uniforms. There will be a post about these items on a later date.

hangers clean wardrobe

Spring Clean Your Wardrobe in 1 Weekend –

Day 1: Friday evening

Empty your wardrobe and place everything on your bed or a large, clear and flat surface such as a table. Get rid of any wire hangers and where possible recycle them, or if you think they will accept them, donate them to your local charity shop. Your reaction to wire hangers who be on par with this …

 

On a slightly more serious note, try not to use wire hangers as they tend to mis-shape and generally shorten the life of your clothes. Any broken and damaged hangers should ideally be replaced too. If possible recycle any plastic clothes covers you have from the dry cleaners.

Sort your clothes into 2 piles;

  • Autumn/Winter clothes
  • Spring/Summer clothes
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Separate your clothes into Autumn/Winter clothing and Spring/Summer clothing

Autumn/Winter clothes

Making a note of what items are in each section, sub divide your Autumn/Winter clothes into 5 piles as follows;

  • Repair pile: Anything that needs repairing, do so right away if you can, or place in a bag to take to your dressmakers or dry cleaners tomorrow afternoon (Saturday). When repaired, store immediately and if possible away from your Spring/Summer wardrobe. Use lavender bags or cedar blocks if you have them. These will help to prevent moth damage, and should add a lovely scent to your stored clothes.
  • Laundry pile: Anything that needs cleaning, prep for washing and if you can, start washing them. If your clothes are dry clean only, make a note and take to the dry cleaners tomorrow afternoon.
  • Sewing recycling pile: If you’re handy with a sewing needle and can transform an old piece into something new and useful, add this to the sewing recycling pile. In the past, I’ve changed a well loved dress into 3 adored new pieces – a top, head band and matching scarf. Now that’s what I call ultimate recycling!
  • Charity pile: Donate any clothing you don’t want but is still in reasonable condition, to your favourite charity shop tomorrow.
  • Anything remaining should be in the Return to storage pile. Store carefully and if possible separately from your Spring/Summer clothing.

You should now have plenty of space for your Spring/Summer clothes in your wardrobe. Your Autumn/Winter clothes are either ready for the laundry, in the repair, recycling, charity shop piles or stored ready for next season.

Reward yourself with a cup of tea and a slice of cake.

clothes folded

If you have taken notes of the items in your Autumn/Winter wardrobe, you can work out what items to make or purchase over the next few months. I noticed that I have a lot of black and navy clothes, so I will avoid making any Winter clothing in theses colours. Since I’m donating a number of trousers, I will need to replace some of them at a later date. Creating an inventory is a useful shopping reference, helping me to stay organised and avoid doubling up on items I don’t need.

By the end of the evening, you should only have your Spring and Summer clothes left to sort – leave these in a safe place and tackle them tomorrow.

I will post the tasks for Saturday’s great Spring/Summer wardrobe spring clean. For now, relax and enjoy the rest of your evening.

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