I had a major big sort out this month which took priority over any blog sewing. I do often have little sort outs that include shuffling a few pieces of fabric into a box and marking it ‘projects in progress ‘or turning out a couple of boxes that have been ‘discovered’ by searching for something! This time I had a proper major sort out. The spare bedroom which has become a fabric storage room started to look like a scene from ‘The hoarder next door’ TV show. One day when I had to walk in sideways I knew I could ignore it no longer.
I did part company with a lot of stuff. I found out I was guilty of the ‘keeping it just in case’ syndrome. I organised my fabrics into types of fabric and a useful box of pieces of lining and one for interfacing. At the end of the exercise I was quite shocked how much fabric I owned. I made a mental list of projects and realised I had enough fabric to make at least 2 garments a month for the whole of next year! Oh dear!….no room for impulse purchases anymore!
I made a box for the most important projects and ones that needed to be completed next. I also created a heap of hand finishing and a box of started but less important projects.
Despite my sorting I was still left with this an overflow of fabric that I couldn’t fit into my newly organised boxes.
I also uncovered a bag of pieces set aside for making a patchwork throw for the sofa, I had completely forgotten about. There was also a bag of pieces for new cushion covers for the sofa. All taking up quite a bit of space. Clearly my sofa has not been receiving any sewing love for some time. I decided to write myself a proper schedule that hopefully I will stick to and will hopefully give me a bit of time for ‘operation sofa’!
So the first thing on the blog clothing list is finishing this! Started earlier this year or maybe even last year and though I promised to complete it despite the change of season …I didn’t.
I think I’ve learnt a lesson or two through having this big sort out, one of which is I should definitely not be looking at buying any new fabric for a lonnnnngggg time! And I definitely need to finish the projects I start before starting endless other ones.
Any one else guilty of these sewers traits? Or is it just me?