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Date: 7/9/13 10:26 PM

I love sewing for my dd who is 10. I want to build a fabric stash for sewing projects for me to sew from for clothes for my dd. For those who sew for children, how much fabric do you buy? Especially, when you don't have a particular pattern in mind?

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Date: 7/9/13 10:37 PM

I have lots of children/nieces that I can sew for, so fabric is never wasted, however, I noticed that if I buy a minimum of 2 metres I can squeeze in a top/bottom for my 9 and 10 dd's. For my older children/nieces I squeeze in 3-4 metre lengths. When my dd's were smaller I use to buy 80 cm lengths and get away with making one item, but now I learnt that I can always use remaining fabric for other stuff so I think about 1.5m - 2m minimum. Width of the fabric is probably a bigger deal for me personally, to how much I can squeeze out of it. HTH

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Date: 7/10/13 3:01 AM

Noooooo, just don't do it! Unless you have money to burn, buy for specific projects and resist the temptation to stash.

Right around 11-12 years old, my daughter suddenly grew up (at least in her own mind!) The very fabrics she had liked a few months prior were too childish, she didn't want flowers or pastels.... Not in a bratty way, that's not allowed here, but her taste in prints and colors matured almost overnight. At 15, I'm so glad I can sew dresses for her that are trendy enough to make her happy, and modest enough not to make me cringe.

My 10 year old is at the verge of this stage - she currently prefers blue and no flowers, so she doesn't have as far to go to suddenly reject pink.

So, buy as you go for the next few years. My girls each have a small pile, 5-6 pieces of fabric that they have pre-approved. If I take a notion to make them something and they aren't around to ask, that is their favorite. I wouldn't want a bigger stack than that, unless I want to wear it someday!

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Date: 7/10/13 7:30 AM

I agree with Amy...don't stash more than a project or 2...they change SO fast. I have too much cute fabric in my stash-it needs to be culled for someone else's little ones!

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Date: 7/10/13 7:30 AM

Amy - that's great advice!

I will say that if you find any quality fabric in natural fibers in solid colors that look great on your dd (and especially if it works for you too) you may want to snap it up.

I have a hard time finding great fabric.

I used to own a small on-line fabric store in the 90's. I still have some linen and Swiss batiste and never regretted those purchases.

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Date: 7/10/13 7:52 AM

Amy-May said it best. I was going to suggest keeping the stash manageable since the their sense of style changes, and personalities! We went from glittery girly girl to tomboy... I have to say I can still use the solid color fabrics in my stash. Just made a cute kelly green cord wrap skirt for 17 yr old DD. We will be monogramming it. She's in the preppy stage!

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Date: 7/10/13 8:07 AM

From 8 years old on, my granddaughters want to be involved in fabric selection. At 13, pattern selection for her is a must. I have a stash of florals and coordinates that will be used for crafty things now.

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Date: 7/10/13 10:42 AM

I agee with Amy, I am sewing clothes for my grand daughter from fabric I bought for my daughter Her mother, and my friend bought for her daughter, now 15.

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Date: 7/10/13 11:13 AM

I do have some Transofrmer fabric I am stashing for my son. One day in about 10 years, that will be really cool. Kinda a nostalgia thing for him.

Other then that, I have some for my daughter, but she's a toddler and I buy 1-2 yards for her. But, as I am finding out, what I like for her and what she likes for her are not the same thing. Mostly, I just buy an extra yard of my stuff so she can get something out of it since that is what she likes so well.

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Date: 7/10/13 11:30 AM

Amy-may,

Oh wow! I never thought about her tastes changing. You are right. Thank you for saving me from myself! And what a great idea to have your girls pick out their fabric. I need to let my dd share more in the process of my sewing for her.

Thank you everybody!

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