A Personal Pledge

Over the summer I’ve enjoyed venturing a little further afield, to places like Lincoln, Nottingham and Dewsbury, not to mention touring around part of Wales. For me, no day trip to a town is complete without hunting out any fabric-selling establishments and market stalls, and consequently I’ve spent a fair a bit of money on fabric and now have a somewhat overflowing stash.

Although earlier today I was trying to find 3 metres of cotton with a view to making my second Mississippi Ave dress, and found my choice was fairly limited, (I have a lot of 2 metre lengths and also a fair bit of jersey now) for the last couple of weeks I have been trying to curb my spending on fabric. I then came up with the idea of a personal mini-pledge – to not purchase any fabric until I have completed 10 items using my stash. The hope is that the results will be fourfold; I will be motivated to sew and keep sewing, I will reduce the size of my fabric pile, I will save some money, and lastly, I will be able to plan what types and amounts of fabric I want to buy, and feel fully justified when I am finally able to buy it. I am not sure on timescale, I would like to think a couple of months? So ideally by the end of October I will have completed my 10 items.

Now for the nitty-gritty, yesterday I completed one WIP (a pair of pyjama bottoms) as well as my first Mississippi Ave dress. Should I include these two makes in my pledge of 10? I haven’t decided yet. My pledge, my rules! 

 

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21 responses to “A Personal Pledge

  1. Ha ha! Change the boundaries and you’ll never get through your stash! If you made them before your pledge, then they don’t count:)

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  2. Well done for making your pledge. There are definitely times when we need to tackle the stash!

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  3. I think this is a good pledge for you! I’m wondering if you could combine fabric prints if you wanted to make dresses that require more fabric – could you do the centre panel of the Mississippi in something different? I’m looking forward to seeing what you make with your jersey too!

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  4. A very impressive column of fabric indeed 🙂 I had real fun and came up with a fair few surprise makes when I forced myself to do something similar, but it took a while to get into my stride… Good luck!

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  5. corrineappleby

    An interesting pledge! Looking forward to seeing how you get on. And just think, 10 brand new garments before October ends! That’s quite exciting!

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  6. Wow that’s an impressive stash! Haha you’re trying to cheat!! No!!

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    • I underestimated how harsh you lot are! Well I’ve made some PJs today so I’ve at least taken the first step, plus just been making a list of possible makes/fabrics. Maybe I should try and use all of the thickest ones so the pile looks smaller!

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  7. Oh wow, yes that’s quite a stash! 😀 I too am trying to stop buying more fabric. Looking forward to hearing how you get on.

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  8. I should copy & paste your post, I’d just have to change the photo of the tower to a similar shorter but wider one! Good luck! 🍀

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  9. GREAT Post and idea. Thank you for sharing. Blessings, Mtetar

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