Category: Stashbusting

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Stashbusting sewalong 2014

It’s that time of year again, time for another Stashbusting Sewalong pledge! EmSewCrazy and Cation Designs started this last year, to challenge sewists to look at and use our fabric stashes. (Who sews and doesn’t have a stash, right?)

Here is my pledge for 2014:

I, Gretchen, commit to using 12 pieces from my stash fabric in 2014. I also commit to turning at least half of them into wearable objects for myself.  

I participated last year and had a blast, even though my sewing plans were quickly derailed by The Pregnancy and The Baby. My fabric stashbusting goal this year may be lower than last year (I pledged 16 pieces from the stash last year), but I think it may be a bigger challenge, at least in the first few months. I currently have a 10 week-old baby and no functional sewing space (it became the nursery), so I don’t reasonably expect to get any sewing done for a few months yet. Add in a breast-feeding bust line and post-partum tummy and hips, and that’s enough challenge for me for now.

Why do I sew?
I love to make. Whether it’s a good meal, a great loaf of bread, or something to wear or use in my home. I also love the fun and challenge of turning a 2D pattern and 2D fabric into something that is (hopefully) wearable.

Why am I stashbusting?
Because I own so many lovely pieces of fabric that I want to turn into something! Honestly, if it weren’t for my friend’s Japanese fabric store tempting me from time to time, I would rarely fabric shop. I’m such a knits girl and good knits are hard to find here in Portlandia. (At least where I know to look.)  Most of my stash is from shopping trips in Tokyo, so the fabric has added meaning.  It’s time to stop looking at it and make something with it.

What’s on my list?
Easy separates. Because that’s what I wear. As much as I’m attracted to a nice dress, when it comes to my lifestyle (pre-baby at least, and I don’t expect any change now) I grab a knit top and pants. Or maybe a skirt. That’s what I want to concentrate on this year. Go-to separates. I would like 2014 to be the year that I tackle woven pants (probably Thurlows) and succeed in making a pair that fits me. This will be a challenge, as I continue to shed my baby weight. I also want to challenge myself to make some woven tops to wear, as I do tend to gravitate toward knits.  I also want to make an Anna dress, because I have yet to see one that isn’t flattering on the sewist who made it. (And I have the perfect fabric in my stash for it!)

We shall see. And that’s the fun of this Stashbusting sewalong. Seeing what you can make out of what you already have.

Happy stashbusting everyone!