...when you sew from stash? Or the collection as I like to call it?
See, I'm not buying any fabric in the foreseeable future. Not because I don't want any but because it's started to crawl up the basement steps again and I just need to sew from the collection. I honestly can't think of anything I'd want to buy...notice I didn't say need...even though I still open every Fabric Mart, Michael Levine, Mood and Sawyer Brook sale email I receive. Something about the word "SALE" that triggers something in my brain e-v-e-r-y-t-i-m-e! *LOL*
But I'm committed to...well for the moment...to sewing from the collection. I've picked out my next project and realized that the fabrics are O-L-D! I bought the linen like ten years ago from Ebad Fabrics in NYC...and the paisley cotton printed knit was gifted to me by a friend when my daughters were 11 and 12, so like 14 years ago!
Ebad Fabrics - 550 Eighth Avenue - NYC
I even remember the stories for each piece of fabric. Where I was when I bought the linen. Who I was with. How heavy it was to get home! Or how I lingered over my friend's fabric closet, touching all of the pieces when she said I could take a few pieces home with me...which meant the world to me because I was living on a very tight budget at the time.
So if I was doing a cost analysis, would these be "free" fabrics because they're so well aged that it doesn't even matter what I did or didn't pay for them? Do you consider well aged fabric free when you finally sew it? Or do you always add the cost of everything ~ fabric, notions, thread, pattern ~ to determine what your outfit actually cost?
This is my question of the day! Talk back to me. Do you believe in free fabric? If so, how long does it have to be in your collection/stash before it's free? Or is the cost always counted in the final total?!
Finally...another trip down memory lane...after my 6th grade graduation pictures at home:
...as always more later!