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Today I welcome Pam from Threading My Way. She has amazing and detailed basic sewing tutorials that I love looking through. Just check out this little girl’s shirt dress from two shirts. She also has ongoing sewing link parties for every garment and accessory imaginable. The inspiration is great!
Hi, I’m Pam from Threading My Way. I’ve been reading Feather’s Flights, ever since I came across Heather’s Baby Shortall tutorial, so I was very pleased when Heather asked if I’d like to contribute to her Stash-Busting Series.
I buy fabric because I like it, not necessarily because I have a project in mind. Consequently, I have a rather large fabric stash.
- In the year before I gave up work, I stocked up on fabric… just in case.
- When I buy online from overseas, the fabric is cheaper, but the postage adds to the price. To make it cost effective, I buy 6 – 7 yards at a time. Even including postage, it is still substantially cheaper than here in Australia.
- I’m a sucker for a sale!!!
Having all this fabric means that I usually shop from my stash when deciding on fabric for the next project. I’d much prefer to play with fabric combinations on the floor of my sewing room, than to have to dash out to the shops and make quick decisions.
Some fabrics are harder to give up than others, though…. fabrics that I probably couldn’t get again or that I simply adore. So, let’s get stash busting with two such fabrics.
However, if I’m going to give up my heart denim, I want the measurements to be accurate and as I don’t have ready access to the child who will be wearing this skirt, I’ll use a pattern that I know will give the results I want. With the pattern already purchased, I won’t have any excuse to procrastinate.
The third step in giving up my fabric, is finding a co-ordinating fabric and with the heart denim this was easy, a polka dot from my stash.
The second special fabric was much harder to give up. I’ve had it for much longer, it was expensive, it’s not manufactured any more and I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE it. However, the perfect pattern for this fabric came along recently.
As soon as I saw the Ruffle Top, by Heidi, from Elegance & Elephants, I knew it would work. I’m actually making an exception here, as I haven’t previously used one of Heidi’s patterns, but I have seen enough reviews by people I respect, so I’ve purchased the PDF.
Thanks so much for sharing, Pam! I am one to buy fabric because I like it, and then I don’t know what to do with it! It’s such a great idea to have the fabric inspire the pattern!