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Monday, April 22, 2013

Style the Stash









Last week I confessed that I had an enormous stash of fabric.  I don't think I have told you quite how much yet - possibly because I don't even like admitting it to myself - but collecting fabric did keep me sane during quite a few tedious, impossible to sew time sieges.  And it does mean I have a lot of lovely fabric to work through now.

And patterns.  Lots of them.  Lots and lots of lovely patterns to work through.  Some will not work out, and will be consigned to the rubbish bin pronto.  Others will be winners.

So, I have decided to set my own challenge for the rest of the year.  To actually use the fabric I have before purchasing another roomful.   I could join another stash challenge, but I rather want the flexibility to sew what I like when I like from my stash, as part of the sew your own wardrobe for a year challenge.

I am not sure if others will want to join this low key challenge.  If you would like to, please let me know.  I haven't yet worked out any parameters, so if you have any suggestions about what we could do, please let me know.  Maybe a jacket, a dress, a pair of pants, a blouse, a skirt.  Over time, and all from patterns and fabrics in the stash. 

What are your thoughts?  What would you like to do with your stash? Would you like a low key sew-a-long?

Keep sewing....Sarah Liz :-)

17 comments:

  1. I will enjoy following along as you reduce your stash. I won't participate as I have signed up for many of these in the past and then the lure of new fabric calls it's siren song and I fall off the bandwagon.

    I will watch in envy.

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    1. Hi BJ, I am going to fall off the wagon as well, but I really do need to start downsizing what I have. My DH has sabotaged me already, by planning a couple of hours at the Fabric Store in Sydney in May. So I better start using some stash, so I can add to it again!

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  2. A low-key sew along would be great! I haven't had much time lately so m sewing has taken a back seat to everything else.

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  3. A low-key sew along would be great! I haven't had much time lately so m sewing has taken a back seat to everything else.

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    1. Hi Jenny, I figured that you have been busy with work or whatever your demands are. Sewing does get sidelined then. Happened to me for years. I think low key is good, because I understand that not everyone has the time to make a garment a month, or whatever the challenge is.

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  4. I admire your vision. I too fall off the bandwagon very easily but I'll be cheering your on.

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    1. Must be the bandwagons we use, can't possibly be us :-)

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  5. I find that using up my stash is satisfying, even if I do replace it shortly afterwards! Perhaps pick one or two projects and take it from there. Low key sounds great and maybe avoid deadlines - I'm finding it puts a lot of pressure on! Good luck!

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    1. Hi Claire, yes, it's very easy to get overwhelmed with ideas for stash busting. Deadlines do put pressure on - for most of us we have deadlines and demands in real life, and don't need them in our hobby as well. Some people thrive on them, though.

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  6. A large stash sounds like heaven to me! I'm still building a stash so I won't be participating, but I wish you good luck with the stash busting.

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    1. Hi Elise, I thought you were starting a stash - stashes start small, but then get very large - and then starts taking over. Time to go - ready to build a newer and better stash :-)

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  7. I don't know how much you have, but I salute you in sewing it down. I'll be watching and cheering, and PERHAPS participating. It's problematic though, that I am attending the PatternReview Weekend this coming weekend in San Francisco. There is sure to be shopping involved.

    I try to buy fabric with a plan in mind. I have a summer sewing plan and a fall sewing plan. I will need to buy for fall as I need sweatshirt knits for much of the plan.

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  8. Mary, I have an extravagantly large stash, mostly due to the fact that I stashed when I couldn't sew - kept me sane! I think joinin in when you like, and buying when you like is a good way of going!

    I do like your planning - I tend to buy at end of season for the following year. I think I have also overbought! Time to go, stash...

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  9. I have a huge stash too, and whilst I've been constantly sewing I haven't bought any more pieces since about January so I'm quite proud of myself! But I know that'll I commit to a challenge I'll probably fall off the wagon in a big way so I'll just watch your progress. As for your patterns you should donate them to your local op shop rather than bin them - I pick up patterns from op shops all the time and I'm sure someone else will like your patterns even if you don't anymore

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    1. Well done Kristy - such restraint for such a long time :-). Quite an achievement to be proud about. Thank yo for your suggestion about taking unwanted patterns to the Op Shop - I'm well known there for my other drop offs! I'm quite looking forward to clearing the stash, so please enjoy watching :-)

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  10. I Think I Have Quite A Stash, At Least EnougH for The Rest Of 2013 (Since Half Of My Stash Are For Quilting)... Count Me In!!! Am Planning To Try My Hands On A Jacket, A Pants And A Skirt This Year Too, At The Very Least Wearable Muslins Of Those... :) On Top Of My usual Tops/Dresses Projects...

    Ugghhh.. Sorry Re Screwy Font... My Mobile Comments BeEn Like This Past Cpl Mths At Least....

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  11. Hi Far, - you're in, will post more about this next week. I remember you wanted to do a jacket and basics this year.

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