Over the last year I’ve been gradually whittling down my fabric stash. Some of my lovely readers have bought patterns and fabric from me…thank you. Some of it has been donated to the local charity shop.
Needless to say my stash is considerably smaller than this time last year.
As we’ve been packing up the sewing loft ahead of its conversion to a bedroom, I’ve also taken the time to sort the remaining fabrics into “summer fabrics I’ll sew now” and “winter fabrics that can go to the storage locker”. The majority of the winter fabrics are also fabrics that I want to wait to sew until I’ve got the new sewing room set up and all my tools and books out of storage and available to me for more complex garments.
This change of sewing venue has definitely had something to do with this new found love of a stashless state. My new sewing room will be about a third of the size of my old one. Necessity is the mother of invention, or, in this case, the mother of all stash clear outs!
Another impetus for permanently reducing my stash is the work I did with Wardrobe Architect and the realisation that a lot of the fabrics I had were unsuitable because of the changing needs of my wardrobe. I had been buying fabrics with my head still firmly in the corporate wear camp, whereas what I actually wear on a day to day basis is jeans and a top. I need more of these in my wardrobe and all my planned upcoming sews for myself will be items I’ll actually wear.
But the main reason I’m determined not to build a large stash again is the two blouses I showcased in my last post.
The blue is a fairly recent purchase, definitely this year.
The yellow was a gift from my lovely husband in 2012.
In 2012 I was a dark brunette. Now I’m very light blonde working my way back to my natural colour of badger grey. Had I made this blouse in 2012 the strong colour-way would have looked stunning against my dark hair. Now, its still a very pretty top, and I’ve had several unsolicited compliments from folk who aren’t family members and therefore obligated to be nice, but the blue is by far the better colour on me.
I’ve very little summer fabric left in the stash…one piece of which is another bold yellow piece that I bought whilst still dark haired. The jury is out on that piece at the moment. I’m not sure if it will stay or go.
But the fabric I’ve bought since the change of hair colour is all differing shades of blue, because blue is definitely the colour for me. And not only does it look better but I feel really confident in blue. Which can only be a good thing, no?
I love how even after all these years of sewing I’m still learning something new with every item I create.
And whilst a well stocked stash might be just the thing for some sewers, for me I’d much rather keep it to just the next couple of projects. Not only will this reduce erroneous purchases that I then need to sell on, but it will also, hopefully, help me build a coherent wardrobe of garments I’ll actually wear that work together to create cute, versatile outfits.
I rather like that sound of that!