OK guys…it had to happen sooner rather than later. I am officially busting my stash! Now, I am not sure how my stash compares to others as far as size, but it has become overwhelming to me. I made a resolution at the start of this year to only buy fabric when I have a specific project in mind, but unfortunately that hasn’t slowed me down as I am constantly dreaming up new projects! The other day I ordered more fabric for a dress that I had dreamed up the night before, and after I finished the order I clicked over to Bloglovin’ and read this post. Perfect timing, and just the kick start I needed to make this happen (thanks Margo!). SO…this is gonna be a long one- would you like to see my stash? Let’s start with patterns: My Megan Nielsen collection
Deer and Doe! I haven’t tried any of these yet- but I think they are such great, unique designs
Juniper pants are near the top of my list! And I have been wanting to make a casual blazer forever, so I am excited about Victoria 🙂
Scout is my next project! Followed soon by some Maritime shorts and several more Archers 🙂
I also have a bunch of Japanese pattern books that will probably get some more use in all of this, and I have a few more random patterns…but these are the ones that I have planned for the fabric currently in my stash. Which brings me to…the fabric! Are you ready? There are some goodies in here! Denim…I need pants in a bad way, I am down to one pair of jeans! So I have big plans for some jeans and trouser sewing. I am excited about the polka dots- skinny jeans! The others are various weights of denim and linen. I have dissected a pair of worn out jeans, and am hoping this will work as a pattern- stay tuned for that experiment!!
Colored stretch denim- more skinny jeans!I searched everywhere for polka dot chambray…and found a couple good ones! I actually have some more on the way (for free! I was featured in Pink Chalk Fabric‘s newsletter, and received a store credit- yay for free fabric!) That pin dot fabric on top is to die for, I am wrestling with what to make- another Archer? Or a dress? Tough decision. That top fabric is a Wiksten cotton/silk from Spoonflower, definitely not one of my more frugal purchases, yikes. And then a cotton lace, and Nani Iro polka dot double gauze. The dots are metallic/shimmery…love it.
These top two fabrics are amazingly soft organic cotton voile, and I am so excited to use them. Sometimes when you order on line the quality is hard to gauge, but when these arrived I was blown away- if I wasn’t embarking on a fabric buying ban I would hunt down more of it! There is one yard (56 inches wide) of each left here if you are interested 🙂 The plaid is really nice and soft too, and of course destined to be an Archer!I just love this Japanese cotton, and found this coral piping to match it- bonus points if you can guess which pattern this goes with!
So, these are all home dec weight- some are cotton sateen, and the Japanese prints are all cotton/linen blends. Not sure what I will make with all of these, but I do have plans for that camera fabric that has been living in my stash for a couple of years now 🙂
Moving on to knits! I got a good deal on a bunch of organic and “eco-friendly” fabrics- basically wholesale prices on some 3-5 yard remnants. Mostly jersey, but the gray is a nice french terry.Stripes! The bottom two are organic cotton/ bamboo. The top three I purchased from an online shop (that shall remain nameless because I have otherwise enjoyed excellent service and quality from them) but later saw the exact same fabrics at Girl Charlee for half the price…live and learn! And I was disappointed to find out that the mustard stripe is printed on, yuck.More random knits! The top one is really nice quality organic cotton, the rest are various cotton and rayon jerseys. I was wanting to make a few more Miz Mozelle dresses, but I think my plans have changed a bit for most of these. And the bottom one there- coyotes? wolves? Not sure why I felt I had to have that one, but I’ll rock those guys anyway 🙂 The gold dots- another one I paid double price for. Bummer.
And one last group- I have been wanting to make undies and bras forever, and actually bought up a bunch of supplies when Amy of Cloth Habit was having a sew along, but just never got around to it. But here’s what I have: Amy also has a free pattern for “ladyshorts”, found here. I want to try it out and maybe use up some of those smaller jersey pieces I always have left over.
So there it is! I have some white jersey on the way, my last order (just wanted some simple white tees for summer). There are some other random quilting cottons that I don’t really have plans for…I am thinking at the end of this thing if I have fabric that I just can’t figure out a use for I will host a fun fabric giveaway here, and find a good home for those lonely souls! I am open to suggestions also- you can help me match up fabrics and patterns!
My pledge is this: I will not purchase any new fabric or patterns for the rest of 2013 unless I use all of the fabric pictured here. Small notions like elastic, zippers, and possibly linings are allowed, but only if nothing suitable exists in my stash. And I am adding one exception- we are visiting Los Angeles in August and I had planned a trip to Mood– I am allowing myself one special fabric purchase, not to exceed $75. And only if I find something I really, really love (in that place, I am sure I will!) Also, anything free (giveaways, prizes, gifts, etc..) is fine.
It is a little scary, but also I am excited that I will finally get to all of those projects I had planned. And I really love the fabric I have, so I get to spend less time looking for fabric, and more time sewing with it! You can find more info on stashbusting over here….I didn’t really take her advice to take it easy on myself, but that’s just my personality- I like a challenge! Wish me luck!!