I have entered most of my January sewing in the pattern review fabric stash challenge. The conditions are that fabric must have been in your posession since June,or maybe July 2011. In my fabric collection, this purchase date would make the fabric practically a new purchase.
I rarely sew fabric straight away.
It has to sit in my collection for a while until I find a project that is just right for it.
This may be because I mostly buy fabric over the internet, or on rare trips (once or twice a year) to a large city with fabric shops.
I buy up big on these visits.
It may also be because I love fabric. I like having an extensive collection so that if I think "I fancy a new batiste print dress" I have several fabrics sitting right in my cupboard waiting for such an opportunity.
Majority of fabric collection
I would hardly sew anything if I had to wait to buy the fabric.
However, I do have some problems with stash management. I buy considerably more silk and wool than I sew, and I am always running out of woven cottons for shirts, blouses, dresses and shorts etc for my children. I have been working on this by giving myself permission to buy as much cotton as I like since about October. This was rather expensive, so I have withdrawn this permission until I go to New South Wales in April. I should be able to sew from stash until then.
This year is the year of silk sewing. Wool, well, maybe I will try to hold off on buying woven wool fabric until stash balance is restored. This will be tricky.
Nothing I have entered so far in the Pattern Review stash challenge was purely to use up fabric. Unless it is truly revolting internet surprise material, I would rather save my fabric.
This leads to a fabric problem. When I finish a project, and have might=be-useful pieces left over, I keep them.
They are invariably too small to make garments, and only so much crafty stuff can be done with these scraps. They become burdensome and take up too much room.
I have been purging the stash. I sent quilting suitable pieces to my mother (I don't quilt), my husband has a lot of new rags for his shed, and yesterday I made some purely-to-use-up=fabric double sided placemats.
Ridiculously, there was not even enough flannel/polar fleece fabric to make 8 the same. I need to get over this might=be-useful issue.
I will work on my silk dress whilst I think about it.