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Time to bust my stash!


I have now reached a landmark. I have now been sewing so long I actually have a stash that needs some busting! On the one hand it makes me feel like an old pro. I can join the ranks of all those seamstresses who boast of wonderful garments that were “just thrown together from something in my stash!) That must be the seamstresses equivalent to the “what this old thing”! But I live in a smallish house and, unlike some lucky, lucky people out in the blogosphere, I do not have a sewing room and unless I win the lottery (unlikely as never play) I am hardly likely to have one.

My Ugly Stash

I have two ugly carrier bags full of overspill from my sewing bag. So the time has come, I must decrease the the stash, or it will overwhelm the living room.

There seem to be two major reasons for my increasing fabric hoard. Firstly all those whimsical buys. These are a few impulse buys there that haven’t found a project yet. Also, a more recent phenomenon are purchases from the internet where the shop only allows you to buy in multiples of 1 metre. So I’ve ended up with extra fabric this way too.

After a little thought I decided for my first attempt to decrease the stash to make an old favourite. Yes, you’ve guessed; a Sorbetto top. I still have some claret poplin from my gothic blouse and I teamed this with some velvety lace and black satin bias-binding (again, from that stash!). I had a length of 83 cm left and I managed to squeeze my top out of this. Sadly, I had to forget the pleat. And I had been looking forward to making a sleeved version of the sorbetto, but it was not to be as there was simply not enough fabric.

Here’s the end result.

Red Sorbetto
It does seem that I make apologies for my photos all the time, but actually this time please excuse my scabby leg. I fell over while rushing to catch a train on Friday and ended up falling flat on the pavement. I ended up with a rather painful hole in my knee. So please try to ignore the horrid leg….of course, now I’ve drawn your attention to it, oh well, never mind.


Author: steelyseamstress

Sewing a new wardrobe

3 thoughts on “Time to bust my stash!

    • I did think seriously about this. The idea really appealed to me. But I’d have to go cold turkey on the buying and I’ve committed myself to a couple of sewing projects that require a new purchase. One of these is for charity. So I knew I’d have to cheat. Perhaps another year.

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