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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  1. 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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    1. I know I’ve thought the same about the Mississippi, but not sure if it would look right – maybe if the fabrics were from the same collection?! I know, need to get using some of that jersey!


    1. Thanks for the luck! I think being creative AND organised is key – unlike my usual haphazard approach! I’m intrigued to see how it goes, I can’t tell if I’ll struggle to get 10 or whether I might be tempted to increase it!

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    1. Haha reading it back I do feel a small sense of anxiety now I see it in print! Plus I forgot to mention I’ll be in France for a week during September! But, completed my first make today & just traced off 3 more patterns, so here goes nothing… ☺️

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    1. 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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