Finally clearing the slate for a new year.
I just didn't manage to get to the sewing machines much last year. Partly blaming the on-line Master's degree, which pretty much consumed the first 5 months of the year, but I can only partly blame that.
To be honest, I think the current jammed-up, cluttered sewing room is as much to blame as anything. That, and re-gaining the weight I lost in 2016 kinda killed my sewing motivation altogether.
But, as they say it's a new year and a new day. Cleaning the sewing room is on my radar...after I get a few other things caught up...(and I'm making progress there) so maybe I can post not-so-dismal stats this time next year...
Fabric In: 74.875 yds
Fabric Out: 31.625 yds
Last fabric added: 11/15?/17
Garments made for me: 15
Garments made for other family members: 2
Home Dec Items: 1
Misc. Church Sewing: 12? 14? Nine-patch squares for table decor;
Still, the fabric-in total was the 3rd lowest for the year since I started keeping records of such things back in 2004; and it was just 3/8ths of a yard over the 2nd lowest total, which was in 2010 (in 2015 my yearly total was 72.625 yards; that's the most disciplined I've managed to be... but that year I sewed over 62 yards, so I only added about 10 yards to the stash. I'm way off of that this year).
I'm not going to totally restrict myself from buying ANY fabric...there are some gaps in the stash, and if I need Brussels Washer Linen I'm going to buy some, but it's gonna have to be something I NEED and will SEW when I get it.
Back to the old paradigm that I lived with until something like 1990...buy the fabric when you're going to sew it.
I can hardly remember what that was like...the excitement of going to the fabric store, coming home with the new fabric that I could hardly stand to wait to run it through the washer/dryer before slapping the pattern down and attacking it with the scissors.
Now, of course, that kind of immediate gratification just doesn't happen. I had a good 4 or 5 stores a short drive a way then...that had things like cotton and linen and silk...now there's just Jo-Ann's World of Quilting, Polyester and Crafts. But I digress...
So, this year I intend to Shop the Stash. I might make things for choir...or I might make things I'll never get to wear in choir. I might make aprons and tote bags. I might come up with a SWAP plan. Who knows.
But I want to get my sewing room cleaned out and somewhat organized.
Then I can have some fun. Shop the stash...slap on the pattern...make something new...