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Date: 7/5/07 11:32 PM

I am sure i'm the only one that has this problem,, i never plan what i am going to make when i buy fabric,, i just get it,, usuanlly in 2 to 5 yd pieces,, well my problem lately has been, what to do with it,,, when you ladies buy fabric,, are you like me and just buy, or do you have something in mind,,, how much do you get,,,

usually i will get enough for a shirt, or skirt,, but then i later realize when getting ready to make it,, i have to get a shirt or skirt, or make one or the other to go with it,,, then i have to wait to wear it,,, so i guess what i am asking is how do you plan what you make,,, do you get material first cause you like it,, and hope you get enough in case you change you're mind later,,,or do you find a particular pattern and get material for it..

right now i have a piece that is thin stretchy knit,i wonder if it has lycra or something in it,,, but it is heavy,drapy,, does that make sence,, and i am not sure what to use it for,, i have 2 yds at 60 in wide,,

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Date: 7/6/07 0:34 AM

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I am sure i'm the only one that has this problem,, i never plan what i am going to make when i buy fabric,, i just get it,, usuanlly in 2 to 5 yd pieces,, well my problem lately has been, what to do with it,,, when you ladies buy fabric,, are you like me and just buy, or do you have something in mind,,, how much do you get,,,


Surely you jest...you think you are the only one???? I buy fabric because I like the way it looks and feels and smells and drapes. I have a closet and 2 armoires and a double chest full of fabric along with 8 or 10 big rubbermaid tubs.

If it is something I think I can make a top and bottom from, I will get 5 yards, just pants, I'll get 3, but, if the price is right and I really like the fabric, I will buy whatever is on the bolt.

You should read the Twelve Steps for Sew-ers Fabric Addiction

Some folks collect beer cans, others collect barbed wire...I collect fabric.

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Date: 7/6/07 4:12 AM

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Some folks collect beer cans, others collect barbed wire...I collect fabric.

DITTO!

And patterns, and buttons, and..................!!!

Sophiecat

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Date: 7/6/07 2:34 PM

I usually have some use in mind, but rarely a specific pattern, unless it's for a man's shirt. It's lucky we moved to a bigger house 4 years ago, as I was running out of room for my stash.

I buy kind of the way Mary Lynn does, but often in larger quantities as I sew for a lot of relatives. So if I see something that I think would suit several of them, or is a really good deal, or is bound to be useful someday... You get the idea. I have no trouble rationalizing fabric purchases.

As for your specific question, it sounds like plenty for a long sleeve top, with enough to do something like a twist or wrapover in front.

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Date: 7/6/07 4:53 PM

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I am sure i'm the only one that has this problem,, i never plan what i am going to make when i buy fabric.

Surely you jest! As the others mentioned we all have that ''problem'' although I personally don't consider it a problem per se. I very seldom have anything in mind when I see fabric. Like Marylynn, I buy what I like and hope for the best. I will usually buy 2-4 yds and hope that whatever pattern I happen to choose, I have enough fabric to make it. I don't have as much of a stash as she, but since I've retired, it has grown a bit! Good luck and buy what you like. You'll think of something.
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Date: 7/7/07 11:37 AM

right now i have a piece that is thin stretchy knit,i wonder if it has lycra or something in it,,, but it is heavy,drapy,, does that make sence,, and i am not sure what to use it for,, i have 2 yds at 60 in wide,,

You might do some snoop shopping at your favorite store or mall, and look at ready to wear that uses similar fabrics. Once you see how it looks made up, it's a lot easier to decide what will or won't work.

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