We had such a fun and profitable day. All fabric and notions are purchased and you know what an extensive list that is:
- UTTERLY GORGEOUS fashion fabric (3 yards of 60 inch wide as I'll be making pants or a skirt in addition to the jacket)
- underlining (silk organza, 2 yards)
- lining (silk crepe, 3 yards)
- hair canvas interfacing (1 yard)
- shoulder pads (2)
- thread (lots)
- new needles for hand sewing
|This gives a slightly better sense of the blue, if your monitor cooperates, but it still misses the depth of colour...|
|This isn't something you'll see, it's the underlining of the fashion fabric - some silk organza. I just think it's so pretty in this shade, so I'm showing it off...|
I also had to buy a sewing box (interesting birch stacking boxes I found at CB2) for all of my new darning supplies (on their way from various parts of the world):
Then I had to buy frames for the new pics I bought myself a while back. Throw in some lunch and I've come to realize I am not safe with a credit card. I am such a capable shopper, it's sick.
Did I mention how useful and excellent everything all of these things will be?
OK, here's tonight's question: When organizing my fabric, it came to light that I have numerous scraps that are too small to make something with and too big to throw away. Serious fabric users, who abhor waste, would no doubt piece these gorgeous textiles together, but that's not my scene. S mentioned, as I was bemoaning half a cupboard full of unusable (really beautiful) material, that she always buys enough to make a garment twice or to get 2 items out of one piece i.e. 4 yards, on average. So she never ends up with quarter and half yard ends in weird shapes, though she does - she concedes - have lots of fabric she's not using on second garments.
What do you do? I know this is an age-old problem for the average sewist, but it's kind of a bummer either way.
As it happens, S, a font of helpfulness, assisted me by setting up an anonymous Craig's List entry so that I can, hopefully, give the bag of scraps - which includes a few full pieces of fabric I just don't like - to someone who will be able to use them. For free, of course.
In the future, I think I'm going to adopt S's strategy, if for no other reason than that my own is not working, and buy twice as much fabric as I need vs. just a bit more, so that at least the ends will be big enough to re-purpose on another garment.
Next post will contain some fascinating, IMO, musings on the benefits of being short (especially short-waisted) when you sew your own stuff. You don't want to miss that one.