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Organizing all my buttons

Firstly, thank you for all the wonderful comments about the rain coat. Those are really encouraging and I feel very flattered too 🙂

The rain coat project, however, left my sewing table in a complete state of chaos. Normally I enjoy cleaning up after I’ve finished a project, but this time the thought of touching the mess just made me feel nauseous. Part of the problem was various metalware (snaps, eyelets, etcetera) that had taken over both my table and my button drawer. So I decided that it was time to create some proper order in the button department.

First I purchased some plastic inserts.

Then I spent an hour frantically sorting until I ran out of inserts.

The next day I bought some more inserts and moved to a place more comfortable (with episode five of The fashion show as my companion)

45 minutes later I was able to install the inserts into my wooden drawer, colour coordinated and all. I’m hoping that this system will be foolproof.

And some reader questions about my workout wear post. Fellow Europeans Uta and Anette asked about buying from US/Canada vendors. Although the prices differs depending on what you buy of course, for around $40 (including shipping) you can get at least 2 yards of high quality functional fabrics from America. That is enough to make 1-2 tops and 1 pair of capris, so it’s a real bargain. Also Pennine outdoor that I recommended is located in the UK. Another well stocked European option is the Finnish store Shelby. I have not bought anything there myself yet, but I have heard good things about it.

Anette also wanted to know about how I get my hands on Kwik-Sew and Jalie patterns, as they are not readily available in Europe. I buy them from Sewing patterns and Pattern review, who both have (almost?) the complete range. Also check out Ebay, I have just bought a Kwik-Sew pattern there from an UK seller. E-lingeria is another option for Kwik-Sew.

Anette also asked for some London tips. As for fabric shopping in London: Go to Goldhawk road (Shepards Bush tube station). The street is lined with fabric stores. And check out Melissa’s guide for notions shopping. As for fashion books, you must visit out the Victoria and Albert museum book store, they have a wonderful selection.


  • Uta
    June 16, 2009 at 8:11 am

    Thanks for the shipping information. I'm glad I'm not the only one to take boring tasks (sorting, hemming…) someplace comfortable!

  • Antoinette
    June 16, 2009 at 4:11 pm

    Great shopping tips. I know how it is to tackle that sewing space after a big project (or two or three! LOL) and I commend your discipline getting things organized again before your next project.

  • Anonymous
    June 16, 2009 at 7:05 pm

    Thanks for the reply.
    I realy like your blog.
    I selfimployed and dont realy have time to sew, but I keep my mind and imagination full by following blogs (at work in my cafe). And dream and plan what I would du if I had the time.

    Thanks again

  • Drömma-Lotta
    June 18, 2009 at 6:38 pm

    Wow, nice clothes 🙂
    Tack för din kommentar, du har en jättefin och ambitiös blogg. Skriva på engelska skulle jag aldrig orka…
    Fin midsommar till dig!


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