If you sew and craft you might one day realize that your sewing stuff is starting to take over your whole house!
I was reading a post from the Colette patterns blog Coletterie today about fabric storage that was right in tune with what I am going through as far as my enormous fabric stash goes.
I thought making my own clothing would help me to stop shopping, but it hasn't. In fact, instead of shopping for clothing now, I often find myself shopping for fabric and notions at flea markets, thrift shops and discount fabric stores in the LA garment district. Yes, I get great deals but my concern is when does fabric collecting become fabric hoarding?
One of The tips Sarai gave in her post today had to do with not feeling guilty, but inspired when you look at your fabric collection.
I recently picked up some great navy stretch fabric at the FIDM Scholarship store. When I got home to put my fabric away I already had 3 yards of something just like it! I started to feel terribly guilty. And feeling guilty and overwhelmed can crush your creativity very quickly. Hmmm... I used to do the same thing when I shoped for clothes and had several pairs of jeans that all looked similar.
Could this be a pattern?
So Sunday I spent a few hours going through my fabric bins and organizing them. I did have a system where I put solids or knits or special occasion fabrics together but over time everything had become jumbled up and it was a big mess!
Above are my fabric, patterns, and notions. I don't think this will be featured on any decorating blogs any time soon.
Here are some discoveries I made:
- Several yards of a Gorgeous dusky rose silk charmeuse, silk duppioni and silk chiffon from a collection I had bought from a fabric store at an amazing closeout because they were going out of business. I had planned to create a mini collection based on these fabrics but had forgotten to.
- Some slinky sweater knit with a big roses print bought in the early 90's. It was incredibly dated. Why was I hanging on to it? I could imagine the synthetic fabric quickly unraveling as I cut it. Into the giveaway pile it went.
- Lots of denims for pants and jeans I have yet to make. Making a pair of denim jeans that look store bought are one of those elusive projects on my list. Seeing Erica B and Peter from Male Pattern Boldness rock their hand made jeans inspired me to buy some.
- Old silk curtains in an ugly mustard color that I have been telling myself to make a dress out of for years. Something about the color is off putting so I never did. Maybe it's time to either list them on e bay or give them away. But I will probably need them for one of my theatre costuming jobs as soon as I give them away so I hesitate.... I think I will store them in the garage somewhere.. AKA No Man's Land.
- About 50 vintage and embroidered pillowcases I bought at an estate sale. I want to do something really creative with a few. Any ideas?
- Bathing suit fabric I bought a couple years ago. I will make a usable bathing suit this year, by golly! I did make a vintage style last year out of vintage fabric but I am afraid to wear it in the water...
My ideal fabric storage situation. I wish I were this organized...
I threw away a lot of scraps I had been saving for who knows what and even put some fabric in the charity pile that I bought when my 18 year old was a baby! I have to admit my organizational system is pretty bad, having all these boxes piled on top of each other. Living with four kids, a husband, and now my mom, space is seriously limited so this will have to do for now.
So here are my fabric goals for 2012:
- Make at least one project a week from my fabric stash.
- Only buy fabric if it is something totally unique like a vintage feed sack or an incredible piece of 40's rayon I find at an estate sale.
- Seriously limit my estate sale and thrift shopping. How much stuff do I really need? I already have plenty of stuff I can refashion sitting in my shed.
How about you? Do you have an system or tips you use to organize your fabrics and notion?