This is so exciting, I can't thank Sarah Liz enough for her idea and the work she's put into setting this up. This feels like a really good opportunity to get to grips with my stash, I need help!
Firstly, I do not have the biggest stash in the world* but, to give context, I have only been sewing clothes for a little over a year. I made the odd cushion or pair of curtains before that, but not much.
I don't have that many me-mades to show for it, I am learning as I go along. But what I do have is a lot of fabric that could be something beautiful if I had the skills.
Just before Christmas I realised that the fabric I'd accumulated was starting to weigh on my shoulders - in reality I have less spare time than I thought, or perhaps I just underestimate how long it will take me to make something. Either way, it made me feel guilty. I don't like waste, if I'm not using it then that's pretty much what it is and that doesn't sit comfortably with me.
So I put myself on a fabric ban (and patterns too - frankly that's a whole other post, I can only deal with facing one addiction at a time!).
Since then I've been really busy with other stuff and I was losing track of what I actually had. Sarah Liz's idea has made me get everything out and look at it - it was all beautifully organised of course, but sitting in boxes it's not much use.
|This system works for me, it isn't all 'blouse' fabric|
but it gives me an idea of amounts
|Again, not all for dresses but I know I have enough|
of these fabrics to make something substantial - I don't need
to pick a pattern that I can squeeze out of a tiny scrap!
I need to take control so:
- I've been taking part in Me-Made-May '13 - that's been invaluable in helping my focus on what I'm actually likely to wear.
- I've enrolled in a Craftsy course to help me deal with fit issues - at this stage I'm pretty much at the 'well, it doesn't fit' stage rather than knowing what to do about it!
- I've been following Sarah Liz's posts on body shape - amazingly informative and now at least I know what I'm dealing with!
- And all of that has brought me to here ...
|These are all the 'less than 2 metre' pieces - some of them are significantly less|
It's a real mix of vintage, charity shop finds, bargain buys and novelty prints
|These are prints that are suitable for skirts for me or dresses for my 2 little nieces|
|These are plain skirt-weight lengths|
|These are all suitable for tops/blouses - partly because of weight/drape and also|
due to quantities that I have. Lots of these are vintage/thrifted pieces, I bought what
was available. Some are for me, some for my daughter A
|These are a real mix, some are destined for bags and others were bought because|
I love the prints - I'm not entirely sure what I'm going to do with them!
|And these are the 'more than 2 metre' lengths, enough to make a dress easily|
Oh, this looks a bit more manageable ... there are only 20 pieces in here. Shame I have such a struggle with fit issues, I could make a few dresses and really impact on this lot!
|These are all cotton/cotton mix - so if I could just rustle up 11 dresses|
quickly I'd have this lot under control!
|This is wool, it's beautifully soft, I have over 3 metres|
|Novelty prints - I have pretty immediate plans for 2 of these|
|Beautiful jewel coloured silks from India - a gift from my brother. I have about 4 yards of each|
I've had them ages - I can't pluck up the courage to cut them!
So that's it then, piece of cake. Apart from a distinct lack of courage, sewing skills and the ability to make something fit I am good to go!
* In the interests of total honesty I have not included the following contents of my stash - muslin fabrics, quilting fabrics, home décor fabrics, Christmas fabrics or articles for refashioning ... I can only climb one mountain at a time!