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:
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.
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.
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:
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,
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)