2017 was not a good year for me. Most of the year I was too sick to sew, too sick to do many things. I spent a good deal of time shopping for more fabric and patterns. I purchased a few new machines too (new coverstitch, new to me serger, and new embroidery machine). Near the end of 2017 I started to feel ok enough that I could be in the sewing room for small bits of time. However, I would get so overwhelmed by the amount of fabric I have that I just couldn't sew much of anything!
I know some people have a much larger fabric stash than I do, and some have smaller; however, for me, this amount is just too much. It dampers my creativity. So I decided for 2018 I will buy no more fabric. This is going to be super hard because, OMG look at all the pretty fabric! Pushing this further, I will be buying no patterns this year either. 2018 is going to be a year of using what I have. Use it, Make it.
Another thing that has bothered me is that I tend to get fabric and never want to cut into it. Fear that I will mess it up and lose that fabric. No more. I am going to just go for it and use everything in my stash without fear! I learned that there will always be fabric I covet.
Unedited mess of fabric stash below. those boxes under the coverstitch box are filled with “muslin” fabric – or stuff I wouldn’t use due to color or feel. I’m curious to see the “after” picture at the end of this year.
Finally, I also want to use my patterns. I have tons. I have lots of plans for patterns I already have and I just never get around to sewing them all. This year I’m going to use them! I have spreadsheets and lists of patterns I want to make so I’m forcing myself to make them. Mainly my Burda magazines need to be used. Of course I have many Jalie and Ottobre to get around to sewing, some of the Big 4, and also many independent designer patterns.
Here are some pictures of my pattern stash. They are many more unseen in drawers, the cabinet, and copy shop PDF’s some seen above in the fabric stash shot.
To help me stay on goal, I joined the 2018 RTW Fasters hosted by Goodbye Valentino. I’m excited that this group will keep me on track. Most are fasting only from buying RTW. But there are a few of us who are also fabric/pattern fasting too.
I think I attempted to stash bust in 2016? I don’t remember exactly, but 2017 the flood gates opened.
So, I look forward to 2018 being a year of using things, making things, reducing the fabric stash.
What are you goals for 2018? Will you be on a pattern/fabric freeze as well?