Wednesday, March 18, 2015



I haven't posted in a while. Not because I haven't been sewing... I have... for other people but not so much for me. It's not that I don't have plans to sew for me, but the other people thing takes precedence. It seems like other people refuse to get a garment to you unless they need it the next day. But... I did want to ask y'all a question....

Stashes??? I don't really have one of fabric. I will purchase patterns... on sale... like crazy. But not fabric. How do you know how much fabric to buy if you aren't making something specific? I'm not saying I don't have fabric. I do. But it's only a drawer full. I have more fabric in the quilt pile which is my extra fabric after a project. My so-called stash is me changing my mind or not getting to something. I see y'all with shelves and shelves of fabric. Y'all are making me feel inadequate. I want to go into a fabric store and buy all fabric I like. But when I try that, I'm at a loss because I don't know how much to ask for. And then the notions? Should I buy some? Especially when I don't know what I'm making!

My process is as thus... (1) I get inspired. (2) I decide on a pattern (3) I buy the fabric and notions necessary for the garment. And (4) I make said garment. How do you get a stash from that???

Now if you don't mind, I'm a need for y'all to answer quickly. I'm going to the fabric store this weekend on a full paycheck. I don't know when that will happen again. And I'm a want to buy UP the store. So tell me the hows and why you have a stash because I WANT ONE TOO!!!! When you're buying random amounts of fabric just because you like it, how do you know how much to buy??? How do you know what the fabric wants to be?



Sheila said...

For skirts - 1yd, if print matching 2-1/2yds;
Pants - 2-3/4;
Tops 1-1/2 to 2 yds;
Dresses - 2 yds;
Vests - 1-1/2 yds;
Jackets - 2-1/2 yds;
Coats 3 - 4 yds

Tee said...

LOL, well it's like this....I'm in the fabric store and I see a fabric that "speaks" to me so I buy 5 yds of it. I don't know what I'm going to make, but I know with 5 yds I can make just about anything. If it's on sale I may be what's left on the bolt. My stash has also grown because folks know that I sew; therefore, when someone they hear of that is trying to de-stash they call on me!!! I can rarely say no to good free fabric. I have 3 bags of fabric I'm donating to a senior living complex. I try to donate fabric to some group at least once a year. Hope this helps!