Since I leave for the UK tomorrow, my sewing year is effectively over. This led me this morning, during a fit of procrastination when I should have been getting my apartment ready to go, to play with my fabric spreadsheet and try to figure out the state of my fabric stash. I already know that I totally flunked in my attempt to use more fabric than I bought in 2013 -- actually, I added about 30m total to the stash. Oops!
In 2013 I
mainly just tracked total metres. This year I am going for slightly
more detail in my tracking. The actual numbers below are of zero
interest to anyone but me, but actually it was quite revealing as a way
to look at my stash.
- A good 45m or 20% of my ~215m total is lining
- I think you
CAN see the effect of me trying to fabric fast in 2013, insofar as I
clearly stashed much less than in 2012 (I didn't track use vs. buy in
- My ambitions have clearly always been greater than my
talents, because I have a good 30m of fabric stashed for jackets or
coats in spite of the fact that it's going to be a real challenge to my
sewing skills to make even one.
- On the other hand, given my lifestyle,
I'm pretty happy to see that although I've succumbed to the temptation
to buy a few pieces of fancy fabric for evening wear I really don't have all
that much. There's just 15m in stash, and all the rest is every day fabric for my
Strangely, seeing that list makes me
excited to just start sewing my stash. I already have it! It's a sunk
cost at this point, so I might as well use it. Plus, if I make mistakes
with this fabric, I get to eventually go buy new fabric because there will always be more fabric.
Plus it reminds me how much I LIKE my stash. My problem is more
overcoming that novice sewers reluctance to "waste" nice fabric on
inferior beginner outcomes than buyer's remorse.
other thing that pleases me is that actually, I know what I want to do
with most of this fabric. I have a little note on what I want to use the
fabric for -- it's not hard and fast, in any way, right up until the
moment I cut out the pattern, but it's an idea. I only have 18m of
fabric where I have really no idea what to do with it, and most of those
fabrics are decently sized remnants of fabrics I have already used
Total metres at 1-Jan-2014: 213.45m (89 fabrics)
<1.5m: 20.8m (21 fabrics)
1.5-2.9m: 77.3m (36 fabrics)
3m+: 115.m (32 fabrics)
Bought in 2012: 150.75m
Bought in 2013: 62.7m