Summer Stashbust 2014!

Fabric from my stash - - C Sews

Fabric from my stash -  - C Sews

My fabric stash is growing along with my list of projects I’d like to make – and my husband occasionally gives my piles of fabric the evil eye, mostly because it’s taking up some space in the bedroom. But it can be a challenge finding the time to sew. So the patterns and fabric keep growing. When I saw the words “Summer Stashbust 2014” on Instagram in June, I thought “A-HA! That’s what I need!!”

I first saw it in @thenerdyseamstress‘s IG feed. She regrammed it from @thequirkypeach. I soon started looking through my fabric and patterns and trying to decide what to make. I don’t have a huge stash of fabric – but I do have a couple large plastic bins and some in a wood chest – no closet or room full of fabric. But if you don’t have a lot of space to begin with, it doesn’t really make sense to keep accumulating fabric.

Some fabric is relatively new to my stash, and some has been sitting around for a few years. For example, in the above photo, the fabric on the far left is from a fabric swap from a couple of months ago. The green print fabric next to that is a Joel Dewberry design that I got about four years ago.

Stashbust 2014 - red circle fabric - - C Sews

The red print on the right with ying-yang circles on it has been in my stash for a long time. It’s a cotton/lycra blend. I really liked the colors but the circles are rather large and a bit overwhelming. I didn’t know what to do with it. But when I took it out over the weekend, I realized, hey, I could use the fabric on some of the skirt panels of a By Hand London Anna Dress! I could alternate between solid red and the print. (I made my first Anna Dress last month, which you can see here.)

So the next day, I went over to Stonemountain & Daughter Fabrics to see if I could find a nice solid red to go with this stash fabric. I looked at several red cotton fabrics but they were a little too crisp. I needed the hand of the fabric to match the stash. One of the store’s staff showed me a Kaufman Radiance cotton/silk blend that was a really good match for the red. I didn’t like the shiniest so I’m actually going to use the other side, which is more matte but has a slight sheen to it that matches my stash fabric. It’s the solid red in the photo above.

Then I finally checked out The Quirky Peach’s post “Summer Stashbust 2014,” and saw that I’m not supposed to buy any fabric from June 21 to Sept. 21. Oops. I bought that red fabric on June 22.

I couldn’t use that stash fabric without buying the Radiance fabric so I guess that’s my excuse but I’ll try to stay on a fabric diet for the rest of that time period! Oh, but I will make an exception for the Bay Area Sewists fabric swap that’s happening on July 26. But I won’t get any more fabric unless I give some away – so technically I won’t be adding to my stash. 😉

Meanwhile I’ve already started used a couple of yards of my Joel Dewberry fabric to make The Trench” – from Christine Haynes 2009 book Chic & Simple Sewing. I’ve already made two from this pattern and I’ve been meaning to make another one from this fabric for ages and ages. If you follow me on IG (@csews), you’ll already be familiar with it because I’ve been posting photos of it as I worked on it. Here’s one of my WIP (work-in-progress) photos.

Trench - WIP photo -

I’d like to make more tops, skirts, and dresses. I’m looking forward to sewing up some of my stash fabric.

Do you have a fabric stash? How big is it and how long have you had some of that fabric?

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Author: Chuleenan

Chuleenan sews, collects hats and shoes, and is a fabric addict. She is also the organizer for the Bay Area Sewists Meetup group.

5 thoughts on “Summer Stashbust 2014!”

  1. I absolutely admire this! So great to observe it being made like this – how innovative!! Exploring yourself as an outfit designer really takes some exceptional talent. I do really follow quilting and fabric projects quite often. It is my hobby to explore new ideas in this field that can pay invaluable experience and knowledge in my kitty. You can know some more here-

  2. Ooo, I can see the red Anna dress in my mind – I think it will be gorgeous.

    I have a huge stash of faux furs from when I used to make lots of stuffed animals. I went through and gave some away last year, but I couldn’t part with most of it. Maybe next year…

    1. I hope so! Maybe I can finish it by Wed. in time for anniversary dinner.

      It would be hard to give up a bunch of faux fur! Maybe a fabric swap next year.

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