I do have a completed skirt to show y’all, but – to be honest – I can’t be arsed to put it on and get photos done, so instead I’m just going to talk stash.
I decided the other day that I really did have to sort out my fabrics and assess what I have available and to make my official pledge to join the Stash Diet, as conceived by Andrea at Stitch Parade and Gail at today’s agenda.
So that’s my main stash; each piece is measured and catalogued. In addition there is this:
In total with the cupboard and the silks box I have 473.95m of fabric, or 187 pieces. In the interest of full disclosure there is another shelf or two of fake leather / fur / velvet and other strange fabrics for costumes, but I have neither measured not photographed them. I’d estimate there is an additional 25m or so kicking around.
Some of the sheets etc are just for muslins, but some of them are really cute prints and might end up as finished garments.
So, I am not sure whether I am showing off here or hanging my head in shame. A bit of both I guess. (“I’m so embarrassed by my fabric habit” *smug grin*). I have seen much larger stashes out there, but I also know that some people would find this much stuff stressful.
To be frank, I don’t think I would feel the need to stop buying more if it weren’t for the fact that I am beginning to feel a bit oppressed myself. My sewing room is not large and those big plastic tubs are beginning to loom a bit, so for me it is not so much a matter of having less yardage than being able to fit most of it into my cupboard and get rid of a couple of the boxes.
So my Stash Diet pledge to myself – written down for all to see and call me on is:
I can purchase only one piece of fabric for every five pieces used
I can purchase only one new pattern for every four (new to me) patterns used
I do have a fair amount of lining fabric “in stock”, but lining/interfacing/notions may be purchased as needed (and if purchasing online I am allowed to overstock on these consumables to offset postage costs…)
Gifts do not count as new purchases.
If I spot an unmissable bargain (e.g. 2m harris tweed for a fiver in a charity shop) I am allowed to purchase even if I have not yet “earned” it (but it must count towards my allowed purchases).
Travel allowance: I love that Gail and Andrea have both included this. Should I find myself in a fabric shop whilst away on holiday (and a day out shopping in Manchester does not count) I am allowed to buy up to four pieces of fabric over and above my allowance.
Birthday – it is traditional that on my birthday I am allowed to go nuts in a fabric store. This year I am allowing myself up to 10m, which is really, really modest compared to the last couple of years!
So there you go. I really shouldn’t allow myself those exclusions, as even if I were to make one garment a week I could keep going for over three years, but we all know that diets don’t work for long if you are too strict on yourself.