A friend of mine has a very clever husband. He’s figured out the fabric buying code. I’ve thought long and hard about his fabric theory and I must admit, it’s true for me.
It’s all about threes. When you go to a fabric shop, you never buy one piece of fabric. You buy three. Occasionally more. I always buy with the best intentions to make it up straight away, a mini wardrobe, a pretty dress or some more, less exciting, essentials.
Then I go home. I wash, dry and fold my fabric. Then I make one item. It’s makes me happy.
Three pieces in. One item out.
Recently, I’ve realised the piles of fabric I have scattered over my sewing space will no longer fit into my stash cupboard. A fabric diet is the only solution to this problem…
Last weeks trip to Melbourne has set my stash level over the edge. I was very restrained, especially when compared to the two Rachels and Leith, but still a diet is in order. The haul is shown below, because I know you want to see 🙂
Remnant from The Fabric Store. 2 meters of lovely powdery, duck egg blue linen for just $20. I had trouble parting with my dollars at The Fabric Store in Melbourne due to buying three pieces of fabric the week before at their 50% off sale in Sydney. I plan to make a linen blazer with this piece, similar to this Boden one. Hopefully it will happen in time for summer.
I picked up my Marc Jacobs wool coating from The Fabric Store in Melbourne and it is so, so, so lovely! It is destined to become another New York Cape, but Sydney’s changing weather makes me think that it may not happen until next year.
The black and white spotted wool coating was from Rathdowne Remnants. All winter fabrics were 30% off, so this 1.8 meters was just $30 – bargain! Probably won’t get made up until next winter though.
From Tessuti, I also jumped on the Freddie Vest bandwagon. Purchasing the pattern and a few odds and ends to make up a vest. I plan to use mostly stash fabric for the vest, but picked up that copper fabric for the lining and double faced linen maybe for the front, but the colour of the linen is so rich that I’m temped to make it into a simple tank… will think more about this.
I also picked up a little more wool binding while at Tessuti, for a future cape. That stuff is so expensive, but I do like the look.
So yes, very retrained fabric purchasing, but this should be enough to keep me occupied for a few months.
So tell me – Are your fabric buying habits similar to mine? Do you often binge? Do you operate under the rule of threes – three pieces in, one garment out?
In other news – I’ve now signed a contract to work 4 days a week until the end of the school year. I’m so excited, that after over 10 weeks of full time work (which has been kiling me!) to have a day at home with the kids each week. Hopefully this will mean a little more sewing will take place!