Reviewing the Pledges
I have continued to stash gloriously. And recently, I have built up a new stash in colours that suit me more - my old stash was very ho hum navy, black and white. Very classic, and will never date, but I'm a summer (or cool, muted, soft and lighter for those of you more familiar with that terminology)and need softer colours, especially now I am older.
|Stash in new palette of summer colours|
I will of course use my old stash - a sewer never ever ever gets rid of stash! Some fabrics I don't like at all anymore, and I'll use these for muslins and test garments.
Suddenly I am finding that I no longer have a desire to stash. I have a great selection of fabrics now, and a great collection of patterns, and now I want to sew it all up! With my large stash, that should take at least twenty years.
So now I pledge to use this stash all up, because I WANT TO, not because I think I should.
And I will of course use my Tessuti gift voucher to stash - my Xmas gift last year from DH.
As it is the new financial year, it's time to take stock of my spending habits - especially with regard to sewing. I'm now going to keep track of what a garment costs me to make - I'm curious about whether sewing really does save money. I'm also curious about how much money I have tied up in my stash!
I've also reviewed my sewing progress. Over the life of this blog I have made a number of garments - all basics, all casual, all very wearable. I really don't need any more of these sorts of clothes. I do need some smarter clothes, and I would love to sew some more interesting garments. So now I am going to change the focus of my sewing. I will use fabrics when they are in fashion, I will only add clothes that are needed (tops excepted, you can never have too many of them). I will also make garments that have been on my wish list. The first I plan to make is a Marcy Tilton jacket:
Marcy Tilton's clothes look a little oversized to me, but I do like this jacket, so I shall trial it. I will use a fabric I have never really liked (don't ask me how it got into the stash, I can't remember buying it, so maybe it was given to me) - a drapey polyester viscose linen look in navy. I think this will work for this jacket. The jacket is unlined, so I think it will make a good summer cover up.
It will also go with absolutely heaps in my wardrobe.
Which now links me back to my original goals for 2014, before I wandered off on a stashing detour, which were:
SEWING GOALS FOR 2014
* Do not buy any ready to wear clothes except shoes, socks and undergarments.
* Make a garment a month for the Make a Garment a Month Challenge
* Each garment made to go with garments already owned.
* If the garment does not go with anything, make garments to match.
* Use up stash for making garments if I like it, muslins, or test garments if I don't or it is the wrong colour.* Only buy more stash if it is for an immediate garment.
The additional goal here is to start documenting the cost of stash in the garment.
The only other plan I had was to play a game when I didn't know what to sew. I haven't started this yet, because I have been making things that I need. When I do run out of needs, or haven't got a clue what to make next, I will start this game:
Do you review your sewing goals from time to time as well?
That's all for now, 'til next time,