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Stash Fabric Parity
It's all about balancing what comes IN with what goes OUT
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Date: 1/31/07 2:33 PM

I'm thinking about sewing from stash and trying to use some stash, but there is no way I have the willpower or even, frankly, the desire to not buy any fabric ever again in favor of sewing what I have.
I think it'd be a good idea to have a place to keep track of what goes out vs what comes in, so that some sort of parity can at least be maintained. Anyone else interested?

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Date: 1/31/07 2:40 PM

I'm on the right side of parity this month.
New fabric purchases, acquisitions: 32.75 yds (yikes)
Yardage sewn up: 26.25 yds
returned (EOS order that didn't work for me) 3 yd
Donated, sold: 17.25 yds

total yards out: 46.5

stash reduced by: 13.75 yd

My goal is to reduce it by at least 10 yd/month.
This month I think acquisition is high because I counted all the stuff that I ordered over the holidays (sales ya know), that got delivered after Jan 1.

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Date: 1/31/07 3:21 PM

Several members keep a running tally of their purchases vs sewing yardage at their signature line.

I have thought about doing something similar, perhaps it is something Deepika can add to the site like the pattern catalogue?

This year I have bought 10m of fabric, sewn up 4.5m from that purchase and about 5m from stash. Stash is building right now, but I have another 2m to sew for dd from the 10m and some to sew for me too.

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Date: 1/31/07 3:35 PM

I like your idea of parity better than sewing down the stash. I like collecting fabric. More often than not, I have regretted not buying something that really caught my eye.
I have many things that are WIP, when does it count as sewn? When it is wearable? I have worn things that I would say were 95% done before
the jacket that I am wearing now needs to have the sleeve hems sewn.

So far this year, I have bought a new pair of shears, and:
3 1/2 yds shirt fabric.

I have started:
6 yards
I am 50% complete:
5 yards

I have over 90%
2 yards

I am not counting lining, that doesn't count. It can't because I buy it by the bolt.

Do I sound like an accountant or what!

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Date: 1/31/07 3:49 PM

Not a contest, therefore the only "Rules" that matter are the ones you set for yourself.
I count it as used/done when the garment is wearable, hanging in the closet and not my sewing room (hey, I wore a jacket for 3 months before I realized that the sleeve hem wasn't stitched down in one of them).

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Date: 1/31/07 4:04 PM

If you didn't notice, the odds are that no one else did either.
I once wore a pair of pants that didn't have a waist band yet. I had a sudden job interview, and a long jacket!
sshhh

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Date: 1/31/07 5:02 PM

I have an Excel workbook where I track purchases and yards sewn from both stash and the current year's purchases. I keep the tally current, and it helps keep me from going overboard. I've run out of room to store fabrics, so I have to have more sewing from stash than purchases. I do order fabric to make things for which I don't have appropriate stash fabric. For example, my knit stash is running low so I'll need to start buying knits pretty soon.

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Date: 1/31/07 5:45 PM

Quote: Irina
I have an Excel workbook where I track purchases and yards sewn from both stash and the current year's purchases. I keep the tally current, and it helps keep me from going overboard. I've run out of room to store fabrics, so I have to have more sewing from stash than purchases.

Ditto, I do the same thing. Last year I didn't achieve parity, cos I kept buying fabric when I couldn't sew (foot problems after a broken bone). Or when I saw the perfect fabric for a costume - that needs 8 metres.

Now I'm trying to stick with portion control with fabric. I might love 5 different fabrics but buy only one. And so far this year I've achieved parity and am about to start heading into the black as my next 5 or 6 projects are from the stash.

A timely reminder that I need to update my tally.

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Date: 1/31/07 5:48 PM

I'm in big trouble....lol

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Date: 1/31/07 5:56 PM

oh, I do a bar chart with quarterly totals, to help me keep motivated. I'm hoping to whittle the stash down slowly. It's been 18 years in accumulation (530 metres) so I'm not expecting to sew it all at once!

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