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Changing Behavior that wasn't Working

Thursday, June 27, 2013

I seem to think that if I buy fabric, I actually have clothes to wear. It is not true, it just means I have fabric, perhaps bought on sale, but it's still just fabric. Same for patterns. Having a pattern doesn't mean you have a garment.

I have to wonder what the stats are on how many commercial sewing patterns actually are used. I'd guess something like 20% at best.

It's easy to buy fabric sight unseen online because it's on sale at a great price and have no notions, thread, zippers, buttons etc to match. Those items run the cost of making a garment up considerably. Then sometimes the fabric really isn't the desired color etc. but it's still better to take a chance online then try to buy locally as the apparel fabric choices are scant. It's mostly polyester crap.

This state of affairs is where I am at and there is a fourth of July sale coming up where I can repeat all these same buying behaviors. However, this time I am going to do something different.

The fourth of July sale at Joanns has 60% off on notions and 50% off on thread and the regular great discounts on patterns. This type of sale will be repeated on Labor Day. So, the new way of handling a sale is to look at all the potential garments I should make or need between now and Labor Day, using my existing fabric stash and patterns, and buy thread and notions to complete those projects only. For fabric that has an off color that I like otherwise, I'm going to attempt to try out some professional reactive fibre dyes.

If I do this, I might actually end up with some clothes to wear instead of having a closet full of fabric and patterns to look at.

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MEADSBAY 6/30/2013 6:33AM

    I LOVE my occasional forays into fabric stores-
haven't sewn in years-
gave my machine away when we downsized and I lost my sewing room.
We don't even have a fabric store in our town anymore.
To me the choices are so stimulating and exciting-
arousing my creative juices-

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IMREITE 6/28/2013 1:11AM

    i have a bunch of half finished projects and a sewing machine to learn how to use properly. i have not been terriable motivated to get going on. i have forbindden myself from going to the store to buy more untill i finish what i am doing.

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CAROL_31649731 6/27/2013 8:43PM

    You must be so talented . . . and it must save you a little money---sewing clothes for yourself instead of buying more expensive clothes at the stores (at least, I hope it does--for your sake). Sounds like you've got a plan! emoticon

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CAPECODBABE 6/27/2013 7:41PM

    I don't sew...but what if you pick out several fabrics you already own and promise yourself you will not buy anything new until you finish using those fabrics.

That way we see you on that Hoarders show...

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ITSABSURD 6/27/2013 7:09PM

    I do the same thing but for yarn! It's just so easy to keep purchasing materials before actually making projects.

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