Saturday, December 23, 2017

Living simply

Fabric Stash 2017 Part of my quest to simplify is to get rid of as much unused and unloved STUFF in my life. Out with the old magazines which might inspire some art. Out with the velvet high heels last worn in 1988. Out with the books which I will never read again, and if I choose to I will get on my Kindle. Among this pile of STUFF is fabric. Each piece was purchased because I loved the color, or the print, or it was cheap, or I was sorting through mountains of questionable choices in a warehouse and had to buy SOMETHING.  Maybe I bought some because I wanted to make a particular pattern, but often I just bought it...because.

And then I washed and dried it, folded it carefully, and placed it on one of the 2 shelves I have for fabric.  What do you think happened next?

That's right, nothing.

Not using it is worse than buying it carelessly in the first place, IMHO.  Those who know me well know what I did...I sewed it up as much as possible.  I joined the team on PatternReview and planned my attack.  So far I have sewn 17 yards of old, unused, questionable fabric.  Hurray!

The contest gallery is found right here.  (Hover over the blank space to see the link) My work is in there, but here are some of my faves over the last 3 weeks:
As always, click on the photos to make them big.

 New black pants made of slinky, the fabric from hell.
                       4-way cardi in red ponte using Silhouette Patterns.
Self-drafted tee using a remnant from a warehouse $1.00

Cardigan from Simplicity 2474

Jersey dress from M 7092-Las Vegas bound


Now, THIS tee is the best use of scraps.  I have a pile of knit scraps which I try to remember to use.  I made this using V9055 and had barely enough to finish it.  In fact, I had to alter the back length to complete it.  I love the style with its raglan sleeves, but the colors...ugh.  The camel is from some pjs I made for my husband and we both think it is a blah color.


How big is your stash?  Do you like having lots to choose from, or is it overwhelming for you?

25 comments:

  1. I loved that you turned 17 yards of unused fabric into wearable garments! My goal for 2018 is to sew from the collection not because I feel overwhelmed by what I have but because like you I don't want it to sit unused...that's not why I purchased it. So use it I shall!

    Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays to you!

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    1. Carolyn, I imagine you have a beautifully curated colection for your wonderful wardrobe. Enjoy sewing in 2018!

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  2. Well, look how you breezed through that stash! Mine is about the same as it was when you left, only the fabrics have changed. If it doesn't fit on a half bolt of cardboard on one of three shelves, it doesn't come home to play EXCEPT for a specific project, like the dark green wool I fell in love with for my latest coat. January is for cleaning out, March for curating! ;-)

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    1. oh Theresa, you sew so fast that your 3 shelves are never the same. I sometimes come across woodland prints I know you would love...and then they show up on your blog :-)

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  3. You are looking well, Mary! Yes, destashing and decluttering - I must do the same! I love your new makes...congrats for dealing with some of your stash.

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    1. Hi Sarah Liz, thank you...hard year and it shows in some ways. However, I am sewing, reading, riding and making art. Working my way back to the blogosphere. How are you?

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  4. 17 yards of fabric sewn from stash wow and great looking additions to your wardrobe. I don't know that sewing 17 yards would make a noticeable difference to my stash. Stashing fabric seems to be a hobby in itself for me.

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    1. Well, it's a process to go from 8 giant Rubbermaid containers to 2 shelves! I get the idea of stashing as a hobby.

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  5. 17 yards makes some lovely clothes. Keep going........

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  6. Really impressive, Mary! You made some lovely garments from your stashed fabrics!

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    1. thanks Shams...do you have a large stash?

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  7. I like my stash. Every few years, or so, I re-organize and re-fold as I take a good hard look to see if I can donate/curate. I find my tastes change every ten years as to what I'm sewing and what I'm making. My stash has saved me more than once. Good for you to be more purposeful. I'm not quite there yet.

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    1. Kathy, I think your home is bigger than mine. I would love to have more stash if I had the room.

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  8. ...forgot to add.....Merry Christmas!!!

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  9. I'm loving that red cardi outfit and I love the two colour sleeve too. I hope to whittle my stash down and get rid of stuff I love but is not me. Merry Christmas Mary, thanks for a great thought provoking blog. I really enjoy reading it.

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  10. What lovely outfits! Me too. I've been working through my stash. My problem seems to be that every piece was originally earmarked for a certain garment, and I have have to get over that and think of something that I will actually wear now. Fabric shouldn't sit around for 30 years before it gets used - so I tell myself.
    Hope you have a wonderful Christmas!

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    1. That is what happens to me with some more expensive purchases!

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  11. Really love that red cardi. Bring it to the next meeting.

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  12. I love your determination and productivity! Inspiring! You’ve also made some really beautiful pieces and your thoughts that it is worse to just hold onto the fabric than use it are so true. I just read through your last few posts and thoroughly enjoyed them! Happy stash sewing.

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  13. I’m so trying to follow your example! My first plan to use some scraps for a quilt sent me to the fabric store... I am rethinking my approach! Love what you’ve done. Sydney

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