Follow along as I sew what I wear, cook and garden.
Thursday, July 1, 2010
Do You Know What's In Your Stash?
A pretty piece of animal print knit appeared in my hands today. Well it didn't magically appear, but I'd forgotten I had it. I hadn't even bought it that long ago! I think that I am so organized with my fabric on a spreadsheet, everything in labeled bins stacked neatly on shelves in my fabric closet. But, honestly I have a lot of fabric so it' easy to forget what's in there. At last count I had about 365 yards of fabric not including interfacing or lining. I have been much more selective about my fabric buying lately, but sometimes that fabric just calls out to me. Or I get an idea for a new outfit and I don't have anything in my fabric store with which to make it. Some of the fabric I have just doesn't work with my lifestyle, so it stays on the shelf. Where, after all am I going to wear 2 yards of crystal pleated burgundy polyester from the workroom of Mary McFaddon? I bought it on a whim from Mood. Try as I might I can't figure out how it won't add 10 lbs to my hips or bust. This one is hard to forget I have because it's on a roll that stares me in the face every time I open the closet. Or how about the 3 meters of lavender and tan silk brocade I bought in India? Can't you just see me in that out measuring a property? I made a pair of silk and wool trousers awhile back. They fit well, the fabric is gorgeous, but really the sheen makes them a tad dressy for every day wear. That and they have to be dry cleaned. Periodically I open all the bins for the season I want to sew for and play with them to see what I want to make and invariably, like today I find something that I forgot I have. If I am lucky I might even still like it.
I have been sewing since I was a teenager, mostly self taught. I sew for myself, with some some occasional sewing for my daughter. I love garment sewing and will only sew home dec if desperate. I love to cook and read and try to avoid cleaning as much as possible.