Thursday, April 4, 2024

April Plans!

I didn't get to much sewing in March, just too much going on. But I have plans for April! I'm hoping that I will be able to do a little more this month. 

I started out strong with some fabric purchases... I am once again trying to diminish by stash by 50 m. this year, but when you are thrifting and find good fabric, you can't pass it up. I picked up some black lining and a length of Thai silk in gorgeous green & yellow while at my favourite thrift store earlier this week. Then we stopped in at another small shop the next day, and I found some floral print rayon. I couldn't resist the oversize print or the colours, so that also came home with me. Plus a few notions. 

But to counteract those purchases, I did start on a spring dress for the Fabricville blog -- I will be sharing that soon. And I have lots of ideas for the Upcycle Contest on PatternReview; I have a bright blue linen dress I want to upcycle, if I can find the right project for it, but there are other items in my wardrobe that might be useful to upcycle as well. 

April has many challenges in the sewing world, especially on Instagram. One that I'm thinking of joining in on is the #SewAprilBlouse24 challenge. This is a fun one every year, and this year I do have a few blouses on my sewing list so may try to finish one this month to join in. I actually have a number of blouses I'd like to make this year, some from my 80s pattern stash and some from Burda or Indie designers that have been on my radar for a while. However, I know I don't have time to make 10 blouses in a month so will have to decide on one! I'm thinking maybe the Fresco Blouse by Studio Calicot

And of course it's getting to be time for another round of the Literary Sewing Circle! Keep your eyes on this space, our choice for Spring 2024 will be coming shortly. I hope you will join in this time if you haven't before -- it's a low key sewalong that's lots of fun. 

That's what April is shaping up like around here -- how about you? 


  1. Hi Melanie, You are definitely going to have a busy April! As always, I am excited to hear the LSC is coming .... Your books have always proved so interesting and different for me, and creating a project to match a book is such fun.
    April is a busy month for me, for preparing sewing projects. I am on a sewing guild retreat for four days in May, and to maximise what I can achieve, I like to be prepared - patterns and fabric chosen and cut out, construction order worked out etc.
    The Fresco blouse looks so elegant!!! Personally, on me though, I would worry about no darts. But I am sure it would be great for you - I will look forward to seeing what you achieve.
    .... Sara

    1. A sewing retreat sounds so fun! Hope you have a great time.
      I am hoping to have my Fresco made this month -- I'll have to create a sewing retreat for myself to get to everything ;)

      And I hope you will enjoy the book pick this time around's something a little different, once more :)


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