So, I am not posting about everything else I made in December.
I came to this decision whilst cleaning my sewing room, which is not fun. There are only so many not fun things I am prepared to do on any one day off from work.
This tidying job I do not undertake very often, because I love aquiring sewing supplies and am very bad about disposing of them, so the very small room tends to become, well, a little crowded.
In fact, during the latter part of November, I was trying to use up the ubiquitous remnants that are too big to throw out but not really big enough to make any garment you like, which are the part of my fabric collection which is the most likely to become overwhelming.
I joined this thread at Stitchers' Guild, which was quite bad for me, as all these ladies seem to have fabric weaknesses at the same level as my own, and it was rather enabling (Michael's cotton shirting bundle in December anyone?)
I made a few aprons for my nieces for part of their Christmas present, but seem to have lost the photo.
I made a skirt, then another apron, which you have seen already.
It didn't make much of a dent in the burdensome section of my stash.
I need my stash. Last year I sewed up about 151metres of fabric (I was keeping records), and 3 leather skins, and only one project (oh,la-la leggings) was a buy-fabric-and-pattern then make within the month. (I then used the rest of the fabric for 2 more pieced garments). If I didn't have a stash, it would be very difficult for me to sew, so I don't want to get rid of it all, I just need to manage it better.
Because I needed a little diversion from tidying my sewing room, I did a little necessary blog reading and came across Katie's post, a fabric appreciative and non wasteful approach that resonated with me, and which lead me to the awesome graphic and monthly themed challenges at Cation Designs.
I will show you the January stash busting projects so far, which fortunately fit perfectly with the monthly theme
January: Itty Bits! Sew up those remnants left over from another project, use up some of those tiny scraps that you've been saving...as long as it's less than a yard of fabric, it counts! -
Each apron uses two or three fabrics, with less than a metre of each (my stash is mostly in metric, so you will have to excuse the extra 9 cm I am allowing myself for this challenge). They are my own non patterns, because making an apron is ridiculously easy and I like winging it better than tracing out patterns for this sort of thing. I do not want to make things just to use up my fabrics, and all the current household aprons are in a state of stained raggedness, and my 17 year old daughter is about to move out of home (sob) into a flat in Brisbane, and is under strict intructions not to mess up her nice new wardrobe for University (I must be a controlling mother), so needs some aprons as well. (What do you mean, 2 minute noodles do not create cooking stains? Surely you will be cooking lots of nutritious meals in all your spare time....)
(That other thing is a stashbusting plastic bag holder)
The last apron is reversible.
My goals for 2013 are
1: To use 3 pieces of stash fabric per month, with all garments being useful and considered sewing.(So January is done already, yay)
2.To sew some of my "precious" fabric into actual garments, instead of just patting it every few months.
3. To immediately dispose of non adult sized garment sized remants that in total, do not fit into a single grocery bag.
4. My acquistion restriction is to buy no more fabric than I sew in 2013.
In a cunning plan, I have convinced my younger daughter to use up some of my scraps as well. She has made herself several collars using the crafty section from Burda.
Unfortunately, this sort of thing is why I find it so difficult to throw away scraps - that collar is made from viyella my mother in law bought about 40 years ago, and gave to me about 10 years ago. I then used most of it 5 years later.
At least that collar should be the last of it!