Hi there everyone, are you enjoying June so far? I´ve been away a lot, unable to access internet for long periods of time, and whenever I take a glance in me RSS feeder, you´ve all managed to produce 250 new blog posts. Phew! There is a lot of activity going on, that´s for sure!
Back in January, I decided to do something about my ever growing stash, and so I took on Zoe´s Stash Bustin´challenge. I gave myself some openings, because I knew that I was traveling to some of the worlds fabric Mecca´s.
Six months into the challenge, and what have I learned?
- It´s hard not to buy new stuff! Especially when I am at the fabric store to pick up necessities like zips or interfacing. I get so tempted by all the beautiful fabrics on display.
- My stash consisted mostly of rather small(ish) pieces of fabric. This means that if I ever am making something big, like a jacket or a full-skirted dress, I would have to go outside of my stash to get it.
- Thrifting fabric is great, but rather random.
- If I bought buttons before, I had the tendency to get, say, 4 or 8. Now, I´ve changed that number to 12. This way I get more freedom in what I can do with them . 4 is not good for anything!
- The fabric stores around here are not very good at neutral basics in natural fibers.
My fabric is still huge, because I´ve added to it whenever I´ve been traveling, or if I found some nice pieces at the thrift store, and also a couple of pieces on sale. But on the positive side, I´ve learned what I´m more likely to use, and which kinds of fabrics that are good to have just laying around. I love to use natural fibers, like wool, linen, cotton and silks, and none of these are easily found around here, with the exception of wools in the winter. Cottons in the fabric stores are usually flimsy and have cute flower prints on them, and there is just one quality of the linen fabrics. Silks are almost non-existing.
Fabric purchased at Place St Pierre, Paris.
So, when I went to Paris last weekend, I bought some fabric. Just good quality cotton sateen and denim, fabric that usually is very difficult to find here. I also got some cotton jacquard for a summer coat. I am going to use the fabrics that I got for me and for a friend.
So, there you have it. What I am learning most from this challenge is how I think when I´m at the fabric store without any plans. Then I get tempted by the cute prints and the flimsy cotton voile. That is why I should never enter a fabric store without a plan!
My fabric stash is still big, but for the most part, I know exactly what I want to do with the different bits and pieces.
Are you doing something similar? How is that working out for you? Please share, I´d love some stash management advice! 🙂