Ask: 8/15/11

How many pieces of fabric in your stash fall into the "oh, I couldn't never use this!" category?

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Mena Trott

Mena Trott started The Sew Weekly to document her attempt to sew all of her own clothes in 2010. Since then, she's made over 125 outfits and has way more clothes than she needs.

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  1. Most of them – or they’d have been used already!

  2. I don’t really have a “Oh I can’t use this” Well…I do, but I know its going towards a quilt, I just haven’t found the right one yet! Other then that however, I don’t have a too precious to be used piece…I do however have quite a few “What was I thinking, what will I ever use this for?” And to make it worse, I have the entire bolt!

  3. I have quite a few “What on earth do I do with *this*?” pieces (and I always feel like a genius when I finally figure it out), but nothing that I feel is too special to take a pair of scissors to. I’m always eyeing** vintage Marimekko online, but I haven’t pulled the trigger on an actual purchase — I suspect it would become my too-good-to-cut piece.
    **openly drooling over

  4. Just one. It’s one of the only fabrics I bought when I first started sewing that I didn’t regret later (most of the fabric I bought then makes me wonder what the hell I was thinking– I just didn’t appreciate then that if you’re going to put the time and effort in, the fabric and finished product needs to be worth it). It’s a beautiful blue and brown woven fabric with a geometric design that’s reversible. The color arrangement is slightly different on each side. It’s thicker, so I would need to make it into a dress or skirt, but I can never seem to find a pattern that I trust to work out well and that will show off its reversible nature. Maybe this challenge is the push I need!

  5. Two big pieces of vintage fabric: a silk and a cotton. I keep looking for the “perfect” patterns, but even if i did, i am not sure I could cut into them.

  6. Shann in Spokane

    embarassing to admit! What a great challenge this week. I wonder if I can bring myself to participate???

  7. way to many… i have a lot of pieces that i bought for a particular reason, than changed my mind, and now i can’t seem to will myself into cutting into them…

  8. I mostly buy fabric with a project in mind… and if it’s very expensive, I probably won’t. I have two yards of red silk, though, that are rather precious to me…

  9. My fabric stash consists of a measly four pieces, and one was purchased yesterday! But two of those pieces are of the way-too-good-to-use variety: one is navy wool and the other is a matching navy wool pinstripe. Gorgeous and dying to be turned into 1940s sportswear. I have the pattern. I’m hoping the courage comes this fall!

  10. I have a few that were pieces I was given by other people. If I buy it I love it and have a plan for it. I just do not get to those plans in a very timely manner.