I thought I’d do a little post about how I’ve managed the move to the U.K. in terms of my sewing space and materials. Moving countries in itself is a bit of a nightmare in terms of packing, and even more so when you’re limited to 20kg (~44lb) weight so what I packed was determined by:
- The weight and size of the item
- How costly it might be to buy
- Would I need it straight away or could I wait until I needed it for a project
- What projects I already had planned
In the end I was so pressed for time* that I packed mostly by gut feel but it worked. Here’s what made the cut and why:
I used a small ziplock bag to house all the bits and pieces together.
Pins, measuring tape, hand sewing needles, chalk wheel, fabric scissors. These were the essentials, chosen for necessity.
Bias binding, twill tape, self covered buttons. Chosen because they’re useful and small enough not to add to the weight.
Black, white and navy thread because they’re the colours I use most. Turquoise, cobalt, magenta thread for specific fabric I had packed.
I’d heard horror stories about the cost of notions in the U.K. so I packed some zips as insurance although when I arrived I realised they were mostly black, dress-length, invisible ones – useful just not a lot of options.
(Sewaholic: Pendrell blouse, Colette: Sorbetto tank, Macaron dress, Burdastyle: Jenny pencil skirt, Butterick: 4985 shirt)
Choosing the patterns to pack was probably the hardest – especially as I had bought a bunch of new ones just before I decided to move. I tried to stick to pattens that I had either already adjusted like the ones above or new patterns that had simple shapes like below. I figured these would be the most adaptable and wearable choices.
(Simplcity: 2562 Wide Leg Pants, 2512 Cynthia Rowley Skirt, McCall’s: 6318 Dresses, Vogue: 1025 Anne Klein Dress, 1247 Rachel Comey Blouse & Skirt, 1241 Kay Unger Cocktail dress)
I tried to only pack fabric I had plans (and therefore patterns) for. In addition to 2m of denim and a piece of floral cotton for boxer shorts here’s what I packed:
Synthetic sheeny satiny type fabric in Cobalt Blue (<– sorry I’m useless with fabric types) for a cocktail dress.
Gorgeous Raspberry Silk/Cotton blend for a sorbetto.
Black cotton voile for a sleeveless Pendrell (view c).
Turquoise swiss dot cotton for a blouse (View B).
The Big Purchase:
The one thing I really couldn’t pack was my machine and being on a ramen noodle type budget I had to stay basic. Work gave me a little money as a leaving gift and I spent it on a new machine. So without further ado,
She’s an Elna 2100 bought for £120 from amazon.co.uk. She’s not perfect but she tries hard and covers all the basic functions, plus she’s got a very colourful outlook with all that pink and purple.
So there it is everything I bought with me!
*(I actually would have missed my flight if the unbelievably AMAZING hire car lady hadn’t actually driven me to the airport)