Sunday, 21 October 2012

What's in the box? My beloved fabrics!


I have a very, very small fabric collection compared to other dressmakers out there.

On Saturday I spent the day out driving about, visiting my favorite fabric stores in Brunswick then drove out to Heidelberg to visit Darn Cheap. It was worth the trip!!

I'll share with you what I bought this weekend:


Darn Cheap, Heidelberg
Cotton 140cm x 2m
Darn Cheap, Heidelberg
Cotton Lycra 130cm x 1m
Darn Cheap, Heidelberg
Poly Spandex 140cm x 1m
Darn Cheap, Heidelberg
Polyester 140cm x 1m
Brunswick Fabrics, Brunswick
Lace 140cm x 1m
Brunswick Fabrics, Brunswick
Polyester 110cm x 1m
Previous project using this fabric blogged here.

I also bought 1.5m bemsilk lining (cream) from Spotlight and some unknown lining and cream satin from Brunswick Fabrics that I will use to underline the lace.

Total spend for the day was only $60!

After buying all those beautiful fabrics, I was motivated to tidy up my fabric stash and create an inventory. Might as well start now before my collection becomes enormous.

Here are my favorite fabrics from my stash:

Unknown Store, Footscray
Cotton Sateen 140cm x 1.5m
Previous project using this fabric blogged here.
Spotlight
Cotton Sateen 120cm x 1.5m
Brunswick Fabrics, Footscray
Lace (?) 140cm x 1m

Here are some fabric scraps that I could use to make a bodice:


Spotlight
Cotton Sateen 120cm x 0.5m
Previous project using this fabric blogged here and here.
The Fabric Store, Fitzroy
Polyester 140cm x 0.7m
Black

Previous project using this fabric blogged here and here.


Here are the not-so-favourites from my stash, but had to include in this post, for inventory purposes:


Spotlight
Cotton Sateen 120cm x 2m
Olive
GJ's Fabrics, Brunswick East
Poly Spandex 130cm x 0.6m
Hot Pink

Previous project using this fabric blogged here and here.
GJ's Fabrics, Brunswick East
Poly Spandex 130cm x 2m
Cream

To be honest, I don't think I will ever use the 'olive' cotton sateen. It's not even a colour I like. Why the hell did I buy it?? The poly-spandex from GJ's gets very wrinkly, so it's a turn off and I probably won't use that either. Eventually these might make its way to my 'scrap fabric' pile which currently lives inside a plastic bag.

I also have lining in my stash, these notes are boring, purely blogged for my reference when I'm out fabric shopping and need to know what I have at home:
  • Sunsilky, 120cm x 1.2m (red)
  • Sunsilky, 120cm x 0.4m (blue)
  • Bemsilk, 120cm x 1.5 (cream)
  • Acetate, 120cm x 0.4m (pistachio) 
  • Unknown, 120cm x 0.5m (cream)
  • Oh, and some cotton sateen scrap 120cm x 0.6m (black)

My fabric box is neat and tidy, now what to do with my fabric scraps?

How do you organise your fabric collection? What do you do with your scraps?

22 comments:

  1. Thats not fair, teasing me with all those lovely fabrics! I've been itching for another fabric buying trip to Melbourne for a few months and you're not helping, lol!
    I've been trying to sew through my stash lately, its been taking over my sewing room! I keep it all in a wardrobe that I put shelving into and I have plastic containers I like to put fabric, notions and a pattern in for upcoming projects. I have been trying to use the sewing kit app but I keep on forgetting to enter in everything!
    I usually throw scraps out if they are only small or I stuff them into a drawer. I've started to sew for my friends baby so I can finally use those medium bits of fabric up.

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    1. I thought about using the app, but I never got around to downloading it. It is any good??

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    2. Its pretty good except it can be really touchy with adding photos. You need to take pics first then add them out of your photo album otherwise it tends to shut down. I've got most of my patterns in there which makes it great if I'm fabric shopping and need to know how much fabric to buy but I've still got to add most of my fabric into it! Tanisitis did a really good review on the app here; http://tanitisis.wordpress.com/2012/06/05/sewing-kit-an-iphone-app-review/

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    3. Thanks for the link Suzy. I'm reading it now. The off-putting part is the app crashing - nothing annoys me more! But if it's a helpful app I might learn to work around it :D

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  2. How fun! Love these fabrics! I roll up my fabrics and store them in a couple of dresser drawers. My scraps are stuffed into a tote bag and are taking up too much room! Gotta find a way to put them to use...

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    1. Rolling the fabric is a great idea. I never thought of doing that to my fabric, I do that when I pack suitcases to avoid wrinkles so makes sense to do the same with my fabric, thanks Ginger!!!

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  3. Soooo many florals and pretty colors!!! :)

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    1. I am obsessed, can't resist a nice floral print :D

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  4. mm - millimeters? I don't believe you bought 140mm x 2m %))) Too narrow piece%))

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    1. OMG thanks hun! I'm a dodo!!! All fixed now :)

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  5. Holy cow I love those red roses on white! I can't believe how much you got for $60!! Win! My decent size scraps go into a 'cut fabric' box, and smaller ones into a bag I'll give to some young ladies to play with once it's full :)

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    1. The red roses on white is gorgeous isn't it!! I first saw it made up as a vintage Butterick pattern by a girl in sewing class so I asked where she got it from and went to the same store by they had sold out :( then one day months later I found the fabric on the "clearance" table and snatch it up rightaway!

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  6. Love your stash! Especially the cotton sateens. Really wish I had a store named Darn Cheap nearby, that name really speaks to me, LOL!

    And I *knew* I had recognized Fabric No 2...Erin @ I heart fabric used it to make V1220:

    http://i-heart-fabric.blogspot.com/2012/04/vogue-dress-1220.html

    And your post reminded me that I too need to clean up and inventory the growing (and growing, and growing) stashes.

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    1. Thanks for sharing the link to Erin's blog!!! MAde my day seeing that fabric made up into a dress.
      I love seeing other ppl's creations made using the same fabric :)
      I plan on cutting into that fabric this week.

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  7. Wow! I'm in shock, looking at all these beautiful fabrics ...

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    1. Hehe, thanks Rosy, I too keep going back to my post to perve on my fabric and dream up things to make with it!

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  8. You have great taste, especially in florals!

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    1. Thanks Juliet, in my opinion, you can never have too much floral hehehehhe. I love it!

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  9. Use the olive cotton sateen for a muslin! :) Problem solved! I love florals- you have some lovely fabrics :)

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    1. Hey Jo!!! Last night I had an epiphany (is that what you call them?) I'm going to use the olive cotton sateen to make PANTS!!!!!! If the pants suck in olive I'd still wear them :)

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  10. I'm so impressed by your one-box fabric stash. Pretty and small. I keep buying fabric even though I have no time to sew, so my stash is starting to overflow its two designated bins. I keep all of my scraps in a small box from IKEA, and I use them when I can for things like the inside of a waistband or bias binding strips.

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    1. Facings and waist bands! What a great idea!

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