something shocking

By Susan | Comments: 2 | January 2, 2014

For some time now I’ve been doing something shocking! I’ve not been buying any fabric.

Shocking isn’t it?the stash

January 1st 2012 I set myself the challenge of reducing my stash. Our apartment is tiny (think how small you think it is and then at least halve it). And the stash was taking over.

So for the past almost 2 years I have been shopping the stash. I have made pyjamas for myself and friends, dresses for work, dresses for weekends, tops to wear dressed up, tops to wear when lounging round the house, clothes for the Englishman, gifts for family and friends, dresses for nieces and costumes. I even got a little bit brutal and gave some pieces away that I knew I would never use. In just over 2 years I have added less than 5 pieces to the stash and all but one of them has already been sewn up.

Now I would like to report that all that hard work has resulted in a lovely clean fantastically organised sewing area.

It hasn’t made one single solitary minuscule amount of difference! We are still overflowing with fabric and sometimes it seems to be a never ending pit.

Added bonus is that is I’m saving a great deal of money while shopping the stash and am finding some gorgeous pieces that I had tucked away for “something special”.

So when’s the next stash busting sew along? because count me in!


  • Liz
    January 9, 2014

    Wow! What dedication you have shown to the challenge!
    Your stash must have been quite enviable, while rather scary at the same time. I’m still at the stage of starting my stash.

    • Susan Goodwin
      January 9, 2014

      The stash is still enviable but it was so much bigger, am so glad I undertook to get it down. There are some fabrics I just kept saving and now that they are made up they are some of my favourite garments.

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