A couple of you have already indicated interest so I thought I should mention this proposed sew-a-long so I could get your ideas about how you would like to use your stash.
There are no formal rules or guidelines - just a promise to use some of your stash for the rest of this sewing year, and then to let everyone know what you have made from your stash. Plans can also be posted. I'm still at the development stage and will probably formally commence the sew-a-long in a few weeks, to allow people to find out and get their ideas together.
My thoughts were that many of us stash - probably for all sorts of reasons. And then we don't ever quite get around to using the stash - again, for all sorts of reasons, including the fabric is too good to use.
I also have the problem of guilt about not using my stash.
However, after deciding that guilt is a wasted emotion, I started cutting into my stash a little more boldly.
And found out that if your don't use the stash - you will lose it:
My new trouser muslin, cut from an old piece of fabric in my stash:
For those of you that have been following the trials and tribulations about my attempts to get a basic trouser (pants) shape that works for me, this is not what this post is about (although these pants are getting close to a good fit).
The point of this picture - I used a piece of fabric that had been in the stash for years - and I was not sure I liked it. I thought about giving it to the Op Shop, but then thought to use it for the muslin (guilty that I was using fabric that was far too good for a muslin - it was old linen). Well, when I put the muslin on, I heard
strange tearing sounds - along a dart and some seams.
The fabric had deteriorated. Yes, my stashed piece was no longer useful. It had been loved and looked at for FAR TOO LONG.
There is a lesson here. The stash is there to be USED.
I now have stash awareness in a big way. With little guilt and lots of motivations to:
For those of you in other challenges, being aware of and using your stash would fit in well.
I don't think any rules are needed - there are plenty of sew-a-longs that have rules and deadlines. Some of us have lots of other demands and can't meet deadlines other than our work/study/domestic ones. Sewing is often "me time". So I don't want constraints, I want this to be about inspiring and motivating each other to commit to sewing the stash in stylish ways.
Let me know if you are interested. Kick of date yet to be decided.
At the moment, Far from farsland.blogspot.com is interested in joining - she would like to make a jacket, skirt and pants.
Also interested are:
Sew Blessed Maw from sewblessedmaw.blogspot.com
Jenny from jennysews2.blogspot.com
All your suggestions are welcome...
Sarah Liz :-)