Sunday, September 20, 2009

A Piece or Two

I've spent most of the morning, the afternoon and the evening switching over fabric...you know most people move their clothing around...summer clothing out of the closet and into the spare closet in the attic or the basement and their winter clothing in but not their fabric.  Then again most people don't have as much fabric hanging around as I do...*sigh*




I love my fabric closet really I do!  It's just that today after spending some real quality time with it and seeing just how much fabric I actually own...*sigh*...I mean I have a lot!  Okay honestly more than a lot!  I realize that now and in the near future, I have no business buying another piece...so anyone wanting to meet me in the garment district...it just ain't happening!  *LOL*  The first thing they tell recovering addicts is to stay away from temptation...and I need to be staying away...far away!

Yesterday afternoon I was really gloaming on these two knits from Emmaonesock:



Wouldn't this one go great with both my green and pumpkin dresses!



And wouldn't this one work amazingly well with the pumpkin dress and then all of the brown pieces currently in my wardrobe!

Well neither one of them will be coming to my house now!  Because I already have some pretty awesome sweater knit pieces from EOS, as well as, some amazing ones from a few other internet fabric sites!

Since it took all day to jam fabrics that had been lying around my living room and bedroom into the fabric closet and switch over bins from spring/summer to fall/winter, there was no sewing going on here...and can I say yet again there won't be any shopping going on around here either!

This is what the pile in the bedroom looks like now:



And this is what the pile in the living room looks like now:



Finally, I am relieved to be done!  It went a little quicker before I started watching E's Red Carpet coverage for the Emmys...but I'm done...I'm contrite and I need to schedule a few more days off to sew!  Because at the rate I'm presently sewing, my grandchildren will need to sew along with me to get this collection down!

And a parting shot:



My daughter rooting around in the closet trying to claim the best pieces for herself! *LOL*  Actually she lightened the closet's load by 20 yards...a mere raindrop during a torrential downpour!

...as always more later!

29 comments:

  1. Lol! Isn't that what they call saving for a rainy day?? Do you feel full of inspiration for the coming season? I know I do when I browse through my fabric, must be even more inspirational when you find fabric you forgot you bought :-)

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  2. Wow, and I thought I had alot, especially for only being a sewist for 2 years. I desperately need to reorganize, too. It's in a dresser, 3 cupboard, under the bed, numerous piles, etc...

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  3. I love your fabric collection! I was doing something similar today, although my collection is quite a bit smaller. I pulled out a great heather grey flannel and made a pair of pants for fall. Every time I would pass over this piece, I would stop and "pet" it, because it was so soft. So, I finally cut into it! Fall is coming, and these pants will be just perfect in a few weeks.

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  4. A woman after my own heart. I spent one of my vacations measuring and organizing it into what I wanted to make out of it. I even made a book with a swatch and the amount I had so that when I want a piece I can find it. Anyway 3500 yards later, and I still keep buying. Can we say obsession :)

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  5. Where do you store the out of season fabrics and how do you remember what you have?!

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  6. PS Love the antique chiffarobe(sp?) showing in the background

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  7. you sound like my Mom.... she always says she has too much fabric, too.

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  8. LOL Great loot for a fabric pirate :)

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  9. Tell you what, maybe I'll wander over to EOS and check out those fabrics . . . they'd go with most of my fall wardrobe, too.

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  10. Oooh, I'm drooling!. :-) I hope this got you pumped up for snuggly fall sewing. I really wanted some of that red and yellow flowered jersey from EOS, but she was shorted the yardage and I didn't get it... if you ever want to part with that, I'd be happy to pay you for it... :-D

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  11. I went through something similar once myself. Kept pulling item after item out of my closet, all the while saying to myself, " I must be a crazy person. No one could possibly have all this...." At work the next day I took a poll and found I was in good company with the women there and not as "far gone" as some. Everyone had a stash of one kind or another. From a drawer full of scrap booking supplies to a dining room with looms in it instead of table and chairs to an apartment full of yarn. Stash stories are always fun, interesting. First I've heard of seasonal switching around of fabric though.

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  12. Sigh . .. you've reminded me that I really need to get my fabric stash organized so that I can really see what I have. D'ya think that'll help me purchase less fabric??

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  13. This post makes me dream... Of having a collection like yours! Don't even think about your grandchildren; other people's collections don't get used up either (paintings, porcelain...). At least my fabric stash is finally large enough that I switched around seasonal fabrics for fall, too - for the first time!

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  14. It must be something in the air. I spent the weekend switching out fabrics for the upcoming season. Like you I have so much, that when I want to sew something, I spend most of my spare time looking for the fabric, that I lose interest and move on to something else. This weekend I "wardrobed" certain fabrics and colours. Sorted th patterns, etc. The amount of yardage I have, is insane! I am determined to make a dent this fall.
    Angela

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  15. I don't think sewing with the grand children in order to reduce the stash would be a bad thing. It would teach them finance (diffence between cheap and inexpensive), engineering (fabric behavior and transforming 2d objects into 3d objects), math skills (pattern adjustments) and art (color/pattern/texture choices). And that you usually get out of a task what you put into it. I think we should have bought the Dear Sweet Child his own sewing machine instead of a Playstation!

    Gail

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  16. I like being able to go into my closet, pull a fabric out, and start sewing right away. That said, I don't want to deal with a HUGE stash (physically, emotionally, or financially) so I've set space limits on how much I acquire. When the space is full, I have to give away, sew up, or stop buying fabric until I do one of the two. I clean through it twice a year and decide what stays and what goes. That leaves me with roughly 400 meters of fabric to play with. I can handle that.

    - Myrna

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  17. Oh no! I will really miss your "new fabric" posts! I guess the rest of us will have to pick up the slack. ;-)

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  18. I feel like a soul mate with all that fabric. I just love it! I do have a stash and only wish I could sew a bit faster. I believe that I could open a fabric store! Oh, my....I only have one sweater knit and that EOS fabric is gorgeous.

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  19. I realized yesterday that I had fabric for more than 50 projects. That doesn't sound like a lot, but I just started sewing. I've only made three successful garments since May. I vowed not to by another piece of fabric or thread until I finish something. Please be a role model for me:-)

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  20. Hee. I have the same problem! My fabric could fill a closet floor to ceiling. Had it all over the house in nooks and crannies and was astonished to see how it "stacked up" when consolidated.

    And the worst thing is, you ALWAYS want to buy more! Just a few yards here and there to add some spice.

    If I were you, I'd go ahead and buy one of those two Emmaonesock sweater knits you profiled, probably the one to go with all the greens. Old fabric is reassuring, but new fabric judiciously accumulated and sewn up right away adds pop and keeps it interesting to sew because its a brand new friend joining all the old friends. If you don't throw in something new every now and then, the old stash gets a tad frustrating.

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  21. I totally believe that a girl should have a lot of fiber in her diet and girl you have a lot you should be very regular. I love the fact that changing fabric for the seasons is a priority for you and not a chore. I fondle my fabric and having some inspiration spurts. My husband thinks its a waste of time. I was iron and fold my fabrics, but what does he know. He thinks that grown men running around in tight uniforms hitting each other helmet to helmet and then on the butt is fun (Wait maybe he may have something). I love what you do.

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  23. I had a big laught seing your daughter in your fabric closet "trying to claim the best pieces for herself": my DD did the same last Week-End ... and she is only 4 years old ;-)
    Moving fabric and having quality time with them, hummm sound familar to me to !
    Not to mention my little boy 14 months old trying to move all the fabric with a lot of comments (I let you imagine ;-)
    I moved fabric last WE to (all this light linen and cotton too summerish, that pink-beige-green boucle and mauve-pink satin too spring... and so on ;-)
    And I moved garment to !
    Happy automn and winter sewing Carolyn!
    I like to read your blog even I rarely comment it.

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  24. I shift fabric too, and I am shifting again. In the recent past that seems to be the only attention my stash gets, shifting and some adding. I really need to move on to sewing.

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  25. I would gladly help you lighten your load! Lol! I have what I thought was a lot of fabric, but not like you have.

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  26. LOL, and I just sent you a link to Michaels sale notice. Oh, I'll lighten your closet by 2.5 yds of that cotton print when you find it, since I already sent you the piece I traded you for it! (another EOS knit if I remember correctly)
    You've got me beat girl, in fact, I think you've got most people beat these days in the fabric collection dept. Enjoy it.

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  27. Carolyn, you do have a lot of fabric but I could very easily compete with you for the prize!I try so hard to reform but working in a fabric store, it's just about impossible. I've already told my DH and DD to donate it to the craft and design college if I should die suddenly without having sewed it all up.LOL

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  28. Isn't that EOS sweater fabric beautiful? I was prepared to be very jealous if you had it because I put it in my cart and then took it out. Of course, I'm in the same fabric situation as you (well, I may have to admit to being much worse) -- even having moved half of it to indoor storage (summer stuff), there is still plenty and a box on the way from fabricmart. This always happens to me when I stop sewing -- I have too much time to shop. I didn't notice, however, when slugging totes in and out of the car that there are many fabrics I'm not feeling right now. But the last time I cleared out I went on a shopping spree. Good thing I got rid of the rest of my collectibles. Can you say "addicted to potential??"

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  29. I was wondering if you would be interested in give us your tips on sewing with knits so they are not so frustrating to deal with and don't look homemade?

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