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Date: 7/26/13 5:23 PM

Every time I go into a fabric store, just to browse, I find tons of interesting fabrics. Then I start thinking about all of my patterns (More than I can count) and what I would like to do and what would go good with what. I get so overwhelmed that I walk out with nothing. I keep thinking that next time, I'll go through my pattern stash, pick ONE pattern, then go hunt for fabric but, it never seems to work out that way. Does anyone else have this problem? If so, how do you handle it?

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Date: 7/26/13 6:09 PM

Oh dear - I feel like that without even going to a store! I was thinking it's because it's so new to me... but maybe not? Or will I always feel like this??

I too would know how to deal with it :)

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Date: 7/26/13 6:31 PM

I can honestly say, I've never felt that way walking into a fabric store. It's more like "I have found my mother ship".

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Date: 7/26/13 8:02 PM

Brenda .... this is a common problem when you sew, I know I have suffered from it. Worse still, I will have oodles of projects in mind, walk into the fabric store, and then rather than walking out with nothing, I will walk out with fabric that doesn't match any of the projects I want to do, and instead I have to think up another project for that fabric.

I find that a notepad (or text file on your phone) is the key. Note down the item you want to make ... e.g.: a-line skirt. Then next to that, note down the type of fabric it needs, how much, and any special notions .....eg, 1.5m - linen/sateen/quilting cotton, invisible zip, interfacing.

That way, when you get to the fabric store, you can quickly see what you plan to make, and what fabric bests suits it.

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Date: 7/26/13 8:06 PM

Yes, all the time. Some websites also do that (FFC especially).

I have found the trick in the past was to look at the clothes I wore a lot and to know what I liked (rayon challis, rayon knits, poly charmuese, twill, cotton sateen) and then go from there to adding something new in a color way I love.

Now I have a metric crap ton of fabrics, but no one really wants to do that either.

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Date: 7/26/13 11:14 PM

When I go fabric shopping in person it's in the garment district in NYC. Talk about overwhelming! I used to make impulse purchases, and a lot of those are still in my stash.
It helps to do a little homework and decide what patterns you want to make before you go. Make a list or photograph the front and back of the pattern on your phone (assuming that you have a smart phone) so that you narrow down what you are shopping for. If you have an I phone there are several apps available for storing pattern information. Making a sewing plan with patterns and color theme that I want to use is helpful.
The other way to choose fabrics is to again, start with patterns you want to make.(Or at least have a garment type in mind)When you go shopping look for a 'speaking' fabric. One that is the theme that you build around. The other fabrics you choose will then co-ordinate with that fabric.
I also find it easier to shop alone; I am less prone to buying things that are really not me.

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Date: 7/26/13 11:31 PM

Many years ago when I would buy for one project at a time (long before I had the stash of patterns and fabric I have now) I would go in and pick out a pattern and then look for fabric. More times than I want to count I couldn't find a fabric that I liked enough for the pattern so I changed my strategy. First I would go pick out fabric and THEN I would find a pattern that would work with it. I generally knew what type of garment I wanted to make so I knew what types of fabric to look at. If I didn't know what I wanted to make I would find the fabric I liked the most and let it tell me what it wanted to be.

The best thing that allowed me to do was be a bit more open minded when I chose fabrics plus get a fabric I loved.

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Date: 7/27/13 0:16 AM

I have trouble thinking and making decisions in some fabric stores due to the off-gassing of of chemicals from the fabric finishes. Formaldehyde is one that really causes problems for me.

It's something to consider....

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Date: 7/27/13 0:48 AM

My pfoblem is sort of the opposite. I fall in love with the fabric, can't decide what I would do with it so "better buy 3 yards" but then it sometimes leaves me large leftovers for doll clothes so guess it's isn't so bad...

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Date: 7/27/13 3:32 AM

Goodworks what a wonderful excuse! Thanks so much for sharing this. Now I can justify all my bad, excessive, and down right crazy purchases on health grounds - balance of mind disturbed by fabric finishes.

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