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.