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Sunday, October 18, 2015

Some weeks it's more about the Stashing than the Sewing.






I had every intention of having a productive sewing Sunday last week, but my plans changed when I nipped into Spotlight to get a pair of knitting needles and found they had a AU$2.00 per metre sale.  I'm not sure if this was just in my local store, because sometimes they seem to do their own thing, or whether this was across all Spotlight stores.  So I stashed up - nice Japanese lawns that are normally $16.99 per metre - and therefore not really my price range for house clothes, and all sorts of other yummy bits and pieces.  And you will notice I bought patterns - and patterned fabrics are a bit missing in my stash, because again, by the time I get around to making a garment, I tend to have gone off the pattern, or the pattern has dated or something. But at $2.00 per metre it really doesn't matter - they can even become test garments without the need for exhaustive muslin making before hand.

Spotlight also had a Spot Sale this weekend, so after I did the quarterly tax paperwork for the practice, I decided that I could reward myself again :) especially as I hate doing tax paperwork, or any paperwork for that matter - and I seem to have quite  a bit to do nowadays with managing things.  So off to Spotlight again
where I found some PolyCotton Sweatshirt Fleece marked down to $4.50 per metre along with a nice piece of cotton/linen indigo tie dye sort of print $8.99 down from $19.99 - to be made up soon as it will go with my boring basics nicely and give them a bit of a lift, some lighter weight cotton stretch denim for $6.10 per metre ( I snaffled quite a bit of this because it is about 4 years since Spotlight last had this in my store), and a bit of lawn, and a nice floral Japanese-ey looking  cotton print which again was about $8.00 per metre down from $19.99 per metre.  I've been eyeing that for ages because I have a dress that I wanted a sort of Japanese-ey fabric for - but most are not in colours that suit me.  Blues and pinks do.


So I was happy with that haul...on to the next...

But, that's not all - last weekend The Remnant Warehouse was having a 25% off sale to mark their 10th year of business. So I purchased a few classics:


Because classics never date and go with everything.  Shirting, jacket fabric, knits - all sorts of useful basics.

And to finish my classic collection, again, from Spotlight, a piece of  denim look Tencel (a cellulose fibre, for those of you who are wondering), which is normally out of my price range at $24.99 per metre, but today $14.99.  I have a perfect pattern for this, but needed the fabric to be the right price.  And some nice soft Prima homespun quilting cotton, which I use for tops and shirts as it is nice and soft but is quite expensive normally, at $19.99 per metre (240 wide).  40% off brings it to the right price for me -so I've been waiting to stock up on this.  And it is also ivory, which suits me more than white:


 While I stash a lot of fabric, I always attempt to get it on sale.  I find stashing is important nowadays, because in Australia it is not always easy to find what you want when you want it.  I prefer to  have a large stash, and I keep it topped up.  I prefer not to shop online overseas, because postage - especially from the U.S - is very expensive.  And our dollar is dropping, and is likely to continue doing so. And so a stash properly purchased, with the right timing, can be quite a hedge against currency moves.  Don't you love my economic rationalism :).  Anything to justify the stashing...

And I do use it, continuing my rationalisation...this year I have made up about 41 metres, and wadded about 5.  I don't buy clothes as nothing fits, and if often in styles and fabrics I do not like.  So a stash is essential.  As are patterns, so that eventually you  have the right fabrics for the right patterns.  Simple...

Ah well, I better get back to some sewing this week and make inroads into the various piles.  I actually prefer the activity of sewing to that of stashing - shopping for stash is exhausting as you have to think about what you use, what patterns you have, what plans you have, what clothes you need, and actually navigate through Spotlight (not easy in the Newcastle store).  And shopping is always exhausting.  Sewing, on the other hand, is relaxing and helps me to feel grounded and happy.

What about you - do you like to have a decent stash on hand to shop from?  And is it also because you find it difficult to find fabrics when you want them?  I think this is probably the case globally now, for most sewers.

Sarah Liz.













26 comments:

  1. I love your economic rationalism! You are right about needing to stash the fabrics you like when you can get them, particularly on sale. I love rayon and it has been nearly 20 years since I could get it. I also have never seen tencel and really like that too. I love your Japanese lawns... at $2 per metre you can't go wrong. I'm kind of glad if I've missed it as I've got enough for now.

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    1. Yes, I've learnt to shop while it is there. As I didn't have much in the way of patterns, this was a good sale for me.

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  2. What wonderful finds, Sarah Liz. I particularly like that blue/pink floral print. I think I had better take a look at our local Spotlight and see if the $2 sale has reached us too. You are encouraging me to think more about stashing, because as you say, it is becoming quite difficult to find the fabric you want/need at the right time. I waiting months trying to get plain white or black rayon last summer. Things probably won't improve, so I need to follow you lead and stock the basics!

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    1. I think the $2.00 sale was a local store event. I agree, black and white rayon is frequently sold out at Spotlight, as is the black. I keep adding to my stash when I see things.

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  3. You have bought some beautiful fabrics at great prices. The japanese lawn at Spotlight is really good .you totally deserve all of that as payment for doing tax and practice management 😀

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    1. Thank you Janine - I think the reward I promised myself is what got the job done :)

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  4. Well you know how I feel about stashing! :-)

    Though it's been awhile since I've bought any fabric. I made plans to sewfrom stash this fall. So far so good.

    Looks like you got some great cuts!!!

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    1. In some ways I am always shopping from my stash, and I add bits to make it a better stash - things that go with things, often things made that need something else to go with them.

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  5. I try to do "conscience stashing." LOL I know I don't need more fabric, but if I see something I really like and can use, then I'll get it. My fabric buying has decreased significantly since I started sewing and that's definitely a good thing!

    I recently got some great buys from our local non-profit. For a total of $50, I bought several cuts of nice wool, cotton shirting, ambiance lining, silk, and knit. Each piece is at least 3 yards long too! I was going to do a blog post about it; I got lazy though. =)

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    1. You had a good find - I rarely see fabrics in our non-profit shops. I don't begrudge you, of course :). I think when I sew I feel less inclined to stash.

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  6. I'm with you on the stashing...I feel an economic thrill when I stash a sale fabric! The prints you bought are really nice, and in the right size and motif for your slender frame. I like them very much.

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    1. Yes, I also feel very pleased with myself - finding a few bargains like this also helps to offset the wadders we all have from time to time :)

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  7. Beautiful fabrics Sarah Liz. I have the same rationalisation but have turned to sewing up some of the stash as it was reproducing in the corners. The problem with stashing is that I am a magpie attracted by the shiny patterned and colourful and I need to get more of the neutrals that go with them. Enjoy your sewing

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    1. Ooh, I wish I had a few more corners then ...I do have stash scattered through the house as well, which at first bothered me, until I realised it was only fabric and keeps me happy.

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  8. I might have to try your economics on my husband! Although I know he'll tell me that I already have too many clothes, which of course I don't, and that I'm trying to stash bust, not stash add!

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    1. Just remember that to stash bust you also have to stash add :)

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  9. I fully approve your choices. They're fantastic, especially the amazing $2 Japanese lawns. I'm swooning over those! Indeed a sale like this near me, would have me jittery with excitement! I agree that classics like denim etc never date, and tencel is such a lovely fabric. I don't think I've ever seen it for sale over here. Enjoy your fantastic fabric haul, and think of all the lovely clothes you can make...... I should admit, I'm definitely fabric-addicted 😀 Happy sewing, Trish

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    1. T.S. - this was a most unusual sale, not what we normally have, so I was thrilled too - in fact I bought some, went home, had lunch and went back to get more :)

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  10. You have made some great buys, good for you. I haven't bought any fabric for a few months as I had built up quite a stash. But as I've been sewing through it its nearly time to buy some more.

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    1. Yes, sometimes it's time to sew, and in other times, to stash :)

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  11. Some beautiful fabrics here! Enjoy sewing them. A suitable reward for completing your paperwork. I'm going to complete this section of my portfolio - maybe I can justify another tiny addition to my stash!

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    1. I agree - as I replied to Janine, it was the reward factor that got me motivated. Yes, you must get something nice for the portfolio, and a few extra bits just in case.

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  12. Some beautiful fabrics here! Enjoy sewing them. A suitable reward for completing your paperwork. I'm going to complete this section of my portfolio - maybe I can justify another tiny addition to my stash!

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  13. That is a score of fabric! I always stock up on cheap fabric because it is practical.

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    1. Yes, practical in many senses of the word.

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  14. I am a fabric hoarder so I already have an embarrassingly large stash of fabric. I have been on a fabric diet for 3 years now but I still haven't used up even a third of my current stash. I actually enjoy the challenge of trying to use my stash fabrics and my stash patterns to make something on-trend which is a good thing I suppose!

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