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Message Board > Fabrics and more... > What are the most important fabrics to start a new stash? ( Moderated by CynthiaSue)

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Date: 6/14/12 1:51 AM

I couldn't sleep, and starting thinking of when I sew up most or all of my stash (maybe this is a dream), what is/are the most important types/kinds of fabric that would be most important to keep in a stash. I would think muslin/mockup fabrics would be a necessity. What would be your fabrics to keep in a stash?

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Date: 6/14/12 2:06 AM

Honestly, I buy willy nilly with an eye to what I do wear.

As far as it goes, I've been stocking up on some neutrals for me. I have several yards of navy and dark brown in several weights, top and bottom. You would be amazed how well it goes with orange, lime, hot pink, gold and all the other weird colors and prints I wear.

I'm not a natural fiber nut, so I do have poly and other stuff. Twill, silks, poplin...whatever will work for what I want.

I also wear dresses a lot and I tend to stock on rayons, challis and other lightweight fabrics like that.

Oh. And silk charmuese. But I make my own slips.

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Date: 6/14/12 7:08 AM

Whatever you're likely to use for whatever you're likely to make.

My stash has a lot of linen, canvas, damask, tapestry, brocade, and corduroy, with some velvets and a LOT of fancy trim--because I do mostly Renaissance costuming. Possibly those are not going to be fabrics that you'll need a lot of.

I don't think most people really go about building a stash with such determination. Generally you stock up on things when you stumble on good prices for fabrics you just can't pass up, or you buy for a specific project that doesn't end up getting made. Eventually... stash!

A more deliberate approach to stashing might be to stock up on notions--elastic, interfacing, serger cones, etc.

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Date: 6/14/12 7:43 AM

I buy when I see something I LOVE and can't live without. lol I NEVER thought of it as creating a "stash". To me it's not like a grocery list, but I guess you could look at it that way so you always have something there to make a quick mock up.
My favorite part of my stash is going through and finding a piece that I forgot I had. It's like Christmas morning!!

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Date: 6/14/12 7:56 AM

I tend to buy by color...greens, burgundies, grey, black, yellow and turquoise predominate. It does make it easier to "shop my stash" and I've found that things bought several years apart will match or coordinate well.

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Date: 6/14/12 8:19 AM

I tend to buy the fabrics I like to work (genuine Ultra Suede for handbags, wool flannel for jackets, poly/lycra ITY knits for tops, and RPL stretch wovens for pants) in black and jewel tone solids.

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Date: 6/14/12 10:25 AM

I used to have a project in mind and buy only when I needed something so I didn't keep a stash on hand. Now I have been buying what I see on sale. My stash is building. I would say buy colors and fabrics that you like in enough yardage to make something. I don't have much of a muslin stash as I tend to use a cheap same type of fabric that I would use for a certain pattern. I don't like making something I don't wear (like a real muslin piece).
Its bad when you are thinking about fabric instead of sleeping--

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Date: 6/14/12 2:43 PM

...and now I am dragging....but still thinking about fabric!

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Date: 6/14/12 3:43 PM

I would think if you are sewing clothing, why stash? Unless you get a good price on something you know you'll use more of, for ex. a good denim. I never had a stash when I sewed clothing. Now quilting that quite another matter entirely lol.

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Date: 6/14/12 4:08 PM

I only buy what I love. For quilting, I have a stash of a bunch of solids in 1-2 yard pieces, 6 yards of kona snow, and only a handful of prints that are large enough for use on a large quilt. Everything else is small cuts, some coordinating, some randomly bought for scrap and strip projects, but nothing too practical--all top quality cotton in prints I love. It fills a steamer trunk now, to my horror. I only buy large cuts and backing for a current project.

I'm new to apparel, but don't plan on stashing...though I will likely try to find a few good deals on bolts of black and white lining. I really only buy what I love for things I'm going to wear, and right now my dress fabric stash is 4 3-5yd cuts. I'm hoping to keep my in-out ratio pretty low...

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