Monday, April 15, 2013
Fabric Stashing and Pattern Hoarding - Who's Guilty?
Lovely Aisha (www.sewcouture.blogspot.com) posted a blog yesterday called "The Plight of the Project Clingers".
This post made me wonder how many of us suffer from this or related sewing syndromes. I certainly do, and while I don't have Project Clinginess, I do suffer from Sewing Idea Itis - where I have a sort of inflamed idea mechanism in my brain, that generates far more in the way of ideas of clothes to make, than I could ever have time to sew (unless of course I became totally self absorbed and neglected everything else I have to do in life - which is tempting, but my disease is not quite that developed as yet).
So, I hoard ideas in the way of patterns. Lots of them. In magazines:
And as standard commercial patterns from Vogue, McCalls, Simplicity, Butterick, New Look and Kwik Sew. I haven't ventured further afield into independent pattern companies - although Marfy sorely tempts me (in magazine and pattern form).
I have my patterns neatly filed away, but slowly they come back out in the form of ideas again. Eventually the basket gets full, the patterns get filed away, and then the process starts again.
Of course, every idea needs fabric, for the garment that you will quickly make between today and tomorrow. And sometimes fabric begats ideas, so you just have to have it, less the idea and fabric never be seen again.
I always keep my stash in neat order - this is the surplus, for, you guessed it, the current crop of ideas, that may or may not come to fruition. The rest is neatly stored in containers, unless it needs hanging - and the hanging stash goes in a wardrobe.
I even have my stash catalogued, or I would never know what is in it.
I would love to be one of these people that has a limited stash, and unlimited sewing time, an easy to fit body, and have all the projects organised for a month actually started and completed by the deadline.
What sort of sewer are you ? Do you stash fabrics and hoard patterns? How do you manage your ideas and do you manage to translate them to sewing reality? And do you have any idea why you stash?
I also wonder if we should form a stashers anonymous association to support and encourage one another to actually use the stash. Because I am sure it is an addiction - how many times have you said NO to the stash, only to give in to the impulse and buy more fabric for the stash? (ditto patterns - the two addictions co-exist).
Do have a good week everyone, whether it be sewing or stashing!