It's that time of year when we all make pledges and plans for what we are going to do for the rest of the year.
And the first pledge is to use up more of my stash. I've had good fun buying more stash over the last few weeks while the sales have been on, but now it is time to actually enjoy the stash.
I have a great and glorious stash. It could be even greater and more glorious if I paved the way for even greater and more glorious stash.
This year, the Stashbusting SewaLong is being held by tumblesweeds in the wind. blogspot.com. Emily has asked us to give some thought as to why we stash. Well, I have to admit, I am not given much to introspection on my stashing habits, other than to say that my imagination always runs away with me - so much inspiration, so many possibilities. And I like having plenty of stash on hand so that I can make something when I find the pattern that is right. Or vice versa. I collect patterns too, and I can't always find the suitable fabric. I have to admit though the habit is getting out of hand - and I want to collect better stash in the future. So I better start using up what I have. I don't think I will ever stop buying possibilities stash, so I think I will aim for a 50% ratio. If I use 2 metres, I can buy 1 replacement metre of fabric.
I think I have to make an official pledge as part of the challenge.
I, Sarah Liz, will shop from my stash for garments I wish to make in 2014. I will make a minimum of 6 outfits from stash. I can only purchase fabric if I have used up some stash. Fabric to be repurchased at 50% of rate of use of stash. I will document the amount of stash used and the amount of fabric purchase this year. If I purchase fabric it must be to complete a stash project, or to make something to go with a stash project.
A very simple pledge. The hard part will be keeping it :). I will have to get started on the stash though, as I have a Tessuti gift voucher to use - and I can't fill that until I have used some stash. This will be a very significant motivator to use the stash!
The next pledge is also to not buy any RTW clothing this year (exceptions to this are underwear, shoes and so on). Making your own clothes while living a busy life is not actually easy - but luckily I have a full wardrobe, so with judicious planning I should be able to add to it every year and have plenty to wear. I have joined Sarah Beth's challenge in order to keep my motivated and on track:
I also plan to enter Pattern Review Contests this year, where and when they are feasible. I find them quite fun - I will have to make something out of stash, and the contest will encourage me to think outside my own square. I think this will be a good challenge - to broaden my own sewing horizons. The contest link is not up today at Pattern Review so I think they must be doing things behind the scenes. I plan to enter the January 16th challenge - the Little White Dress Challenge.