Readers, I am getting organized. Not only was I able to sort -- and digitally archive -- my entire fabric stash, but also by consolidating, I was able to get rid of a cracked drawer-style Sterilite container I'd found in the trash a long time ago that had very bad feng shui.
As far as my stash is concerned, I think it's on the small side compared to many of yours (some of which appear to fill entire garages), but I live in an apartment. A number of readers have asked why I have a stash at all since I live so close to the Garment Center and can pick up what I need as I need it. Most of my stash is comprised of 1) stuff I found long ago at a price too good to pass up -- like that vinyl snakeskin, or a huge piece of soft-as-silk Egyptian cotton shirting in a color I'm not wild about; or 2) fabric I was gifted, like yards of silk twill, lycra swimsuit lining, or pinstripe wool suiting. I'll likely use these eventually. And I do give fabric away from time to time.
Then there's 3) the fabrics I bought for specific projects but changed my mind. Or I bought so much that I have enough left over for an entire other project. Like the pink sateen I used for Cathy's opera coat, now stored in the "cottons" box.
This is just my fabric of course; I also have bags of shoulder pads, drawers full of buttonhole attachments and vintage foot pedals, and lots and lots of buttons (as I'm guessing many of you do too). I'll have to catalog those next.
An ongoing challenge is my remnant box, currently stuffed to near-overflowing. It contains scraps of fabric -- some very big, some very small -- from nearly every sewing project I've ever undertaken. And I can't seem to get rid of much of it. Anything look familiar?
A few years ago I gave away three large bags full of fabric scraps like these -- I don't know how I managed it. I always think, what if I need to repair something, or I want to line a pocket or create a contrasting collar facing? And the truth is that I do use these remnants occasionally, especially when I'm testing a sewing machine or practicing some sewing technique. I think as long as I limit myself to just one box I can handle it. If I'm going to keep more, however, I'm just going to have to purge myself of others; it's that simple.
Anyway, I'm feeling pretty good. I have my new boxes and everything is in it's place, or nearly. I can think clearly again and my heart rate has slowed.
I'm a native New Yorker and self-taught sewing fanatic! I've been sewing obsessively since 2009 and today make all my own clothes using mostly vintage patterns and vintage sewing machines. Welcome to the warm and whimsical world of Male Pattern Boldness, where the conversation is sewing, style, fashion, fabric, and more!