(No, I would NEVER really axe this lovely polka dot fabric!)
I discussed digital fabric stash "management" earlier this week, but physical stash "management" is a whole other beast, especially for apartment-dwelling Brooklynites trying to declutter to make room for a baby. Ahem. Due to a few recent impulsive (if fabulous) purchases, my fabric stash began to overflow its three designated drawers and impinge on my sock and underwear drawers (which raises the fascinating philosophical question: does one REALLY need socks?). Then it crept onto the guest bed and the chairs...
Clearly a ruthless purge was necessary. I tried to do it this morning before attending a meeting of the fabulous Brooklyn BurdaStyle Sewing Club but I was running late and just brought a few patterns. And then there was a beautiful silk charmeuse B&W print in the giveaway pile just begging to taken home...
- Candidate: The Lime Green Striped Lycra Knit
- Crime(s): Totally off-grain, and so acid bright it hurts the eyes.
- Fate: The muslin bag.
- Possibility for mercy? No.
- Candidate: The Neon Orange Interlock
- Crime(s): Poor recovery. And I never thought I'd say anything could be TOO orange, but this stuff is so neon it just wouldn't work for Cartoonist Baby's stylish wardrobe.
- Fate: Giveaway/donate.
- Possibility for mercy? Masheka wondered if this would make a good stuffed animal... No.
- Candidate: Weird $4/yard stretch nylon tricot mesh from Spandex House.
- Crime(s): No recovery. Bought this thinking it would be great for lingerie, but it stretches and never comes back.
- Fate: Giveaway/donate.
- Possibility for mercy? I am merciless.
- Candidate: Red cotton lycra spandex leftover from my red Melissa pencil skirt.
- Crime(s): Stiff, rough, wrinkles like mad.
- Fate: Muslin for mini-wardrobe contest cardi.
- Possibility for mercy? None.
Those weren't the only ones, but you get the idea. Still, they shall be gone but not forgotten--now they have their own little Flickr gallery ("Fabric Stash-Unstashed"), along with the finer fabrics I've completely used up on more successful projects.
Update! It just occurred to me that some of you may be mourning the loss of these fabrics. But look at a few of the far more fabulous beauties that have replaced them in my knit fabric drawer!
A super-soft rayon lycra striped knit from Paron's 50% annex...
Tool-patterned knit fabric for Cartoonist Baby pajamas...
And ombré polka dots!
Side note regarding the cartoon: I was going to just find some clip art of a medieval executioner and PhotoShop in some fabric but thought it would be fun to draw a quick little cartoon instead--maybe I'll do more of that in future. I doubt there's much of a paying market for sewing cartoons out there, but as the Vice President of the Association of American Editorial Cartoonists, I can tell you pickings are mighty slim for political cartoons as well! And I bet sewing cartoons won't get me as much vicious hate mail as my usual work...