How do you buy fabric? Do you only buy with a specific project in mind? Or, like me, do you get seduced by texture and print and end up lugging bags of it home on the bus?
A combination of impulse purchases, sentimentality and not wanting to throw anything away means I have loads of excess fabric. Far, far too much. Some from Australia, some from London. Some actually still IN Australia (sorry Mum!) but most of it lies idle and neglected in horrible, pink, plastic tubs in the corner of the living room. Oh, how I hate those plastic bins. It’s difficult to see what I’ve got in there without tipping everything out and they are so very, very ugly. I just hate them.
I don’t know what possessed me but a couple of weeks ago I decided to go through all the fabric I had and take an inventory. It is very unlike me to be so organised so I imagine I must have been ill or something. It took me ages but I dutifully measured and folded and categorised and noted down the contents of those bins. Then I lost my notes.
I discovered that I have a lot of really lovely stuff from Australia.
And lots of lovely stuff from London.
And that’s not even half of it. I have large pieces that have been untouched since I brought them home, decent-sized scraps, small scraps, cheap fabric, expensive fabric, itchy fabric, satins, lining, sheers, sequins, stuff I hate, stuff I love but am too scared to start cutting.
The outcome of all this is that I’ve decided that this fabric needs to be used. As part of my “buy less” in 2013 project I plan to get through the fabric I have rather than buying it and set out a couple of rules for myself.
1 No more buying fabric unless there is a specific gift I’ve planned.
2 Buying notions (zips, elastic, interfacing) is OK as long as it is bought for a specific purpose.
3 Pre-wash everything (this weather better sort itself out before I start getting on with this!)
4 Get rid of all those small scraps if they haven’t been used by the end of the year.
5 When this challenge is over, buy smart. Nothing that wrinkles, no itchy stuff, no cheap-looking stuff.
6 Austerity times. Austerity colour blocking.
Now to ruin my day by watching the UK budget announcement.