I haven't been doing much sewing lately, both because of a busy schedule and a lack on inspiration, so I decided the best way to jump start my sewing was to completely terrify myself... As I was reading Musing's of a Seamstress the other day, I noticed that Sarah is keeping track of her fabric stash and how quickly she's getting through it with a yard tracker at the top of her page. I realized that, although I was aware that I have a ton of fabric, I had no idea how many yards I actually I have! I set out to inventory all my fabric and made an alarming discovery. I have 257 1/2 yards in fabric! Not including scraps under a half yard! Or projects I've already cut out but haven't put together! And to make it worse, I've only been collecting fabric for a little under 2 years!
Here are some of my justifications for such a huge number (not that it makes it okay, just trying to make myself feel better):
1. Many of the pieces are from estate sales and are vintage, so they're only 30" wide, meaning I need several yards to make a garment.
2. I am crazy about saving fabric when it comes to cutting out and I try to squeeze the pattern pieces in really tight. Because of that, I end up with lots of 1/2 yard pieces that contributed to the final number. Also, when I first started sewing, I tended to over buy fabric when I was purchasing for a specific project, so that accounts for some of it too.
3. Now that sewing is pretty much my main hobby, my family has taken to cleaning out their stashes and donating them to me. That accounts for a good 20-30 yards...
4. Finally, I love using bed sheets for making dresses, vintage or $5 twin flats from Walmart. Each sheet is at least 8 yards long and I probably have at least 6 or 7 sheets in my stash, which adds up to a lot.
No matter how I got it though, it's still a ridiculous amount of fabric. I also tallied how many vintage items I have stashed to re-fashion (25 dresses, 3 jackets, 14 tops, 8 skirts). I know I'm not going to be able to completely stop buying fabric, however I have to sew a lot faster and not bring in more yards (or re-fashion items) than I finish each month. Also, my goal is to get the amount of yardage to below 200 before the end of the year, a scary prospect considering 90% of my projects take 2 yards or less! I'm planning on checking my progess and the beginning of each month and setting aside 2 nights a week of solid sewing, no exceptions!
Anyway, that's my horrifying revelation of the week. Please tell me I'm not the only one with this much fabric!