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Fear of fabric
Yes, it's pretty. But it's really 3 yards of pure, paralyzing horror!
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Date: 5/19/12 10:34 PM

First, let me say, that Iím not a beginner; Iíve been sewing since about 1702.

Second, let me say, that I donít sew with junk fabric, but being from the outer NYC boroughs, all my life, Iíve been used to getting fine fabric for very low prices.

So for Christmas, I get a $60 gift certificate to Mood. And I go buy this lovely Max Mara raincoat fabric for $25 bucks a yard (not ALL THAT expensive). And, now Iím, like, terrified to take a scissor to it! The only other time I was this scared to mess up was when I bought some runoff from a Banana Republic job, also raincoat fabric, for $15 a yard.

This stuff is sitting on my dining room table for 4 months. I'm just so scared that I might miscut and waste almost $100 worth of fabric!

Anyone else experience this kind of fear of fabric? You ever make a total wadder from expensive goods? Iíd feel a lot better hearing that Iím not alone in my stultifying terrorÖ




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Date: 5/19/12 10:53 PM

I can relate. I've got $50/yd silk Pucci fabric still my stash from 5 years ago. I'm not a fabric stasher. I burn through fabric but not this one.

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Date: 5/19/12 11:18 PM

You might try making a muslin from inexpensive fabric first to check the fit. Is it a vinyl or a treated rain fabric? Maybe you can find something similar that is really inexpensive to try first. That way you'll know how it fits and handles. You can cut off a narrow piece along the selvage or corner and try sewing it to see if you need a special foot, etc.

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Date: 5/19/12 11:22 PM

Yes, I am afraid of fabric. But, I made a pledge along with Deepika to sew fearlessly this year, and using my fabric stash has been a major part of it. And, like you, I am used to pretty cheap fabric and the most expensive pieces I own are between $20-$25/ yd!
I would suggest that if you are unsure of fit, pattern details, or the finished style...make a quick and dirty muslin. If you are confident of the pattern already...just CUT IT! :hug:
You are not alone, though

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Date: 5/20/12 1:07 AM

Don't be afraid...just jump right in. It's only fabric. I did a muslin today just to be doubly sure before cutting into another 4-ply silk. A muslin might make you feel better. Good luck.

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Date: 5/20/12 2:34 AM

Only making a muslin and perfecting the fit of the garment you are thinking of will make you feel secure when you work with this nice fabric.

Is the fabric worth this extra step?

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Date: 5/20/12 5:24 AM

Fabric can scare me to death. I really really can be scared to put my scissors to it. Everything that I can do wrong flases in front of my eyes. It used to be really bad and the stash was ever growing. So now, because of the fear I now have my own fabric/accouting mantra;
If the remains in the stash it is money wasted.
If I sew it either becomes a wadder and an expensive lesson, but at least a lesson
Or it becomes something wonderful and money well spent.

Then I swallow three times, to push back that huge lump in my throat and cut. Once the first cut has taken place my fear dissipates.

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Date: 5/20/12 6:17 AM

I feel your pain. It is so hard to cut into good fabric, but it's not doing anybody any good sitting in a stash in some dark cupboard!

I've got some lovely purple wool that has been waiting to be turned into a coat for two years (nearly the whole length of time I've been sewing). I was determined to use it this year, but wanted to test the pattern with comparable fabric first. Now my "wearable muslin" in navy wool has become my current winter coat and the purple wool will probably sit until next March when I start thinkg about winter coats for 2013. Sigh...

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Date: 5/20/12 9:11 AM

Oh My I just picked myself up off the floor. I think the most expensive fabric I've ever bought was about $10.00 a yard and was half that with a 50% coupon Yep, I even get the jitters when I cut into that price point. I think what rattles me the most, I usually buy material because of the print or color. If I mess it up, I may never have the chance to find that print or color again.

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Date: 5/20/12 9:50 AM

Put into perspective you can always make something from the fabric of an unsuccessful project. AND it's cheaper than the repair of a boat motor, that has a broken propellor because someone was fishing too close to a stone breakwall. Not to mention the bill from the coast guard to get hauled back to port.

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