Wednesday, October 7, 2015
Reviewing the Stash...
Having discarded a few clothes last week that did not work for me, it was time to review the stash. Mostly the fabrics work for me, but the aqua piece above certainly does not - very much the wrong colour and the wrong sort of rounded pattern for my shape. I have a mid contrast soft, cool, muted colouring, and this is very bright and clear.
I even attempted to make something of it. I thought it might do for a hot weather throw on dress, but it just looked seriously awful - which is what happens when you attempt to use fabric that is just not right for you.
Of course, I fell into the trap of buying it because it was very cheap. How many of us do that I wonder?
But because it was also cheap, it was also easy to get rid of it and move on.
Mind you, buying fabrics because they are cheap, if you do purchase the wrong colour and/or pattern often enough is going to get very expensive...
Because you are not going to like the results.
Whatever you do.
Better to use it for making a muslin to test the fit of a garment or to give it a way ...
I think I can use most of the rest of my stash - much is not in the right colour, but mostly still in the cool range, so I will manage, I think. I will just have to spend time thinking through how best to make it work.
Some of you probably have similar problems, and may even make up your stash and not like the result. I always try and get some idea of what a garment might look like by holding up the fabric and seeing what it looks like - sometimes I think I will make a blouse out of something, and the fabric just says no, it wants to be pants.
I've also been tidying up my threads - they are now in large 400gm Moccona Coffee Jars on a mantlepiece:
And now have dedicated containers for things like interfacings, elastics, and things of that sort:
Which now means there is more room elsewhere to store other bits and pieces like lace, binding, tapes and so on:
Sorry about the poor light - I took the last two photos last night and probably should have turned on more lights. Still, like you, I'm just an ordinary sewer and that is what I am interested in...
Well, I'm starting to perk up again, and may even get a simple garment sewn tomorrow - I have caught up on all the main post holiday things that pile up, so am looking forward to a nice sewing day.
And The Remnant Warehouse has a sale tomorrow for online orders only - so you know what I am also going to do. Tossing out one piece of cheap fabric that did not work for me means it needs replacing...probably by much more that one piece :)...by pieces that do work for me.