I'm joking. I'm joking.... maybe.
I don't know what got into these last few months but I have been buying fabric like I don't have any sense. I think NOT buying much fabric last year left a suppressed desire in me that just exploded when the new year hit lol. My imagination has definitely been controlling my wallet but you may have noticed that the output (garment posts) has not been reflected in what I'm describing.
I'm going to share my last "few" fabric purchases and then I'll share how I feel. I know collecting fabric was a discussion the last couple of weeks and I'd like to share my opinion as well :-)
But before that! Let's talk about my most recent purchase from Fabric Mart. I really do love them. So many affordable fabrics and there's always a sale going on. I have not regretted one purchase from them in the past. This last box came as a result of a 50% all Cotton Fabrics sale. Since I would like to focus more on fit this year, I figured cottons are the right place to start (Weak justification, I know lol).
I bought 2 border print cottons. Both cotton sateen if I'm not mistaken. I have been wanting a border print fabric since my first year of sewing but couldn't find any for a long time. I noticed that Fabric Mart has been selling a bit more of them so I was happy to get my hands on some. I want to make dresses out of them and I already have some Vogue patterns in mind for the job.
These are the other fabrics I picked out with that order. From top to bottom:
Bone China Silk (buy the piece)
Red rayon fabric that I have the matching black fabric to (buy the piece)
Looks lavender in the pic but is Grey cotton shirting
Tan water-repellant cotton
Knit-backed Faux fur
My yellow embroidered eyelet was in this box but I used it already here.
These fabrics I didn't choose but I got in a 6yd mystery bundle. They are all knit fabrics. The royal blue on the bottom is either a neoprene or scuba. I wish the mystery bundles came with labels like the other fabrics. They feel really nice though. I also got a 10yd mystery bundle of linings but don't have a pic of those.
I would have stopped there but a few weeks before I had already made plans to go fabric shopping with LeJanaro when I came to Atlanta for my goddaughter's birthday. I couldn't CANCEL on her lol She took me to Fine Fabrics and when I tell you I almost walked out with NOTHING LOL and not because I didn't want anything but because I wanted EVERYTHING. I walked around the warehouse for about an hour going back and forth to the same sections and then different sections. I was so overwhelmed. I did end up making some decisions though and I am proud of them. First a small look inside:
I finally settled on some pieces. Included in that purchase was some black and gray silk organza but they aren't pictured separately below (they are at the top of the full stack)
And look at the cute packaging!
So that was really the end of it... Until Sunday smh. I saw Erica B. in the white skinnies that I've always wanted and I HAD to have some stretch white denim... So I bought some. It hasn't come in yet because I just bought it like .2 seconds ago but I HAD to get this post out so I could DECLARE that I AM NOT BUYING ANYMORE FABRIC THIS YEAR!
That's right. I'm on a Fabric Fast. It might even last until 2018. I have soooo much fabric in the closet that NONE of the fabrics mentioned in this post can fit inside. It's pretty ridiculous at this point. Especially since my output is not very fast. The only fabrics I will allow myself to buy are linings. DAS IT.
Carolyn talked about how she felt with her collection of fabric and I really admire it. Her points were honest and perfectly fit her future plans. And I agree with her that different times in our lives we feel differently. Right now I feel like I'm doing no good buying fabric and not using it. I feel like a hoarder and I'm actually overwhelming myself. I have so many plans in my head and I don't give myself the chance to execute ANY because I'm quickly on to the next new box of fabric having forgot the preceding purchase just as quick. I'm deciding to discipline myself and use what I have. At LEAST make a dent, ya know? I don't feel like I've been very fiscally responsible at this time in my life still having fabrics in my closet that I bought in 2013 for a purpose and still haven't gotten to it almost 3 years later. I could have used that money (and some from many other purchases) on things that are more pressing on my mind right now (like looming debt).
What do you think? Buy all the fabric or keep yourself on a limit? Where are you at in your life as it relates to sewing and fabric?