Thursday, 14 July 2011

My stash (in general...)

Some of my potentially lovely clothes
I've moved into a new flat again (which partially explains my long absence from the blogosphere), and again I'm hit by the fact that I own too much. I own too much fabric (no! never!), I have too many shoes (can I ever get enough?) and I have the wardrobe full of clothes that I don't use any more (one day I might want to use this / but I made that five years ago!). Unfortunately, it doesn't stop with apparel... This brings me to some issues regarding stash and scraps.

Zoe from 'So, Zo... What do you know?' already launched the Stash Bustin' challenge a year and a half ago and she recommitted recently, and it's been on the back of my mind for quite some time now (at least a year!), but trips to London or Copenhagen always softens my determination. But now, NOW! is the time. I will do as Zoe once did: I'm pledging to bust my stash and will not buy fabrics (unless they are absolutely necessary items like linings/interlinings helping me to stash bustin' pledge).

More of my potentially lovely clothes...
I'm taking it a step further. I have decided that I will try not to buy any new clothes this year. Socks and underwear are excluded. And rainwear since I soon will start biking to work. When I packed down all my clothes, I realised that I have everything I need, seriously, although I'm missing some basic garments to complete my wardrobe. And if I only change my focus a little, and make more wearable and casual clothes (it can't be all about nice dresses with circle skirts...), I can have a self-stitched wardrobe! So I hereby also take the Closing the gaps project pledge launched by A Vintage Girl. I will close my wardrobe gaps.

I also realised when sorting some of my fabrics and sewing related stuff, that I find it very difficult to through away scraps and smallish pieces of fabrics. But for what? Tasia from Sewaholic also discussed the scrap problem, and there's a lot of good suggestions on what to do with it in the comments, like this super cute japanese coin purse. One of the best mini-projects I know of, is the zippered pouch with pocket and loop from Lisa Lam at U-Handbag. But how many pouches do I need? Have you got any good ideas for using you scrap?

I'm heading into my sewing stash now... hopefully I'll manage to go through it all, maybe sell some yardage and at least develop a good system.

So many plans!

...all my plans...


molly said...

I have that scrap problem too, lately to get rid of some of it I've made doll clothes for my cousins toys. You have a lot of red and black fabric, at least your wardrobe will all go together!

Stephanie said...

I always make single pieces and never have stuff to match. Sigh. Maybe I should get more organised too :) A good idea for farbic scraps are hairbands or just make tons of these little pouches and bags and give them away as presents to friends and family. Christmas is always around the corner :)

Lily said...

Hello again! It's great to be back! Why is that no matter how much we have in our stash, we never have enough?? I also need to use mine up.. but all my latest ideas are for things that my current fabric will not suit!

I throw out fabric scraps. I used to keep them but I never used them and they just took up space.