While working on the pinstripe Follies pantsuit, I had to make a decision about what buttons to put on my jacket. Since I'm making so many pieces to go with this jacket, I wanted the buttons to coordinate with all of the subsequent garments. Because this decision is so far reaching, I'd put it off to the last possible moment. Another reason is because my button collection is so extensive that the thought of wading through all of the choices was a little overwhelming.
This got me to thinking about all of the extra stuff that is needed to complete a garment. You know what I'm talking about...the thread, the trims, the closures (buttons, snaps, zippers) that we need to finish each garment...and whether you stash it or you purchase it as needed.
I'm pretty sure that if you are a stasher/collector of fabric, you probably stash the extra stuff too...and that if you purchase a piece or two at a time that you probably purchase all of your extra stuff that way too. Now I'm wondering which way is more effective. I mean I found some buttons in the collection to use for the jacket and these buttons will tie all of the future pieces to the jacket, as well as, add an unexpected twist to this conservative grouping. But I'm wondering if I shouldn't have just taken a picture of the jacket and a sample of the fabric to the garment district and found a button.
Which caused me to ponder on whether or not having such a large collection of buttons and trims helps or hinders my projects? So the question of the day is, Do you collect/stash the extra stuff? If you do, why do you? Does it help or speed along the sewing process? Or does it hinder the process? And if you don't collect/stash, do you ever feel limited by your lack? Or is the chase of the extra stuff necessary for you to complete the garment?
Talk back to me people...I really want to know!