I was good. Very good. I was sent to NYC (for work) on Monday on my reserve days for an overnight. Without boring you too much, 3 days a month I’m “on call” and the notice to go can be minimal (two hours). So I was sent to NYC and had a long enough layover that we stay in town (rather than the airport hotels for short nights – which is much more usual!).
When faced with a bit of time in NY I like to go down to the garment district and buy fabric. Who wouldn’t? But this past week I’ve been reorganizing my fabric stash and ended up donating a great many bits and pieces I’d never realistically use. In the face of that, buying more fabric that didn’t have a specific project in mind was a bad idea, not to mention a waste of money.
Going forward I’d like to keep the stash of fabric and yarn to a minimum because I find that when I buy fabric/yarn with no specific pattern or use, it ends up languishing in the big plastic bins in the garage. If I buy a fabric with a pattern in mind, it gets used. So it only makes sense to buy fabric when I’ve selected a pattern I’d like to make up. Get me, how mature am I?!
Since my next project will probably be a Hollyburn skirt in some wool crepe that I’ve preshrunk using this method, I ended up buying 14 zippers. That may seem like a bunch but they’re much cheaper and better quality than the C&C crap at Joann’s. So 14 invisible zippers of various sizes was my haul! Not too sexy or exciting, but I did paw the gorgeous Liberty cotton lawn prints at B&J Fabrics before deciding that I wasn’t ready to pull that particular trigger. Plus I love all the prints and choosing would have been agonizing. Plus-plus it’s $37/yard so it’s good to be sure. I shall certainly buy some Liberty as my shirt skills have come along nicely, but in time.
So I shall sew from the stash for a few more projects and the warm, sunny weather is putting me in the mood for cotton dresses. Luckily I’ve got fabric for that. Quite a bit. Now to find a pattern and time!