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Message Board > Web site Talk > What fabric in your stash are you afraid to cut? ( Moderated by Deepika)

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What fabric in your stash are you afraid to cut?
What is so sacred in your stash you aren't using it?
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Date: 9/16/09 4:47 PM

I have a few vintage fabrics in my stash that I just can't bring myself to cut into. I think we've gotten to the point in our relationship that I will always worship them from afar never consumating our relationship. Crazy huh?

I have a baby blue and white silk matlesse, and a handkerchief linen my mother bought in Cuba many years ago. also a Swiss guiper allover lace... they were all in my mother's stash.

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Date: 9/16/09 5:41 PM

I think that when we get fabric from someone close, and we really can't ever get anymore of it, perhaps it is more valuable to us in our stash. I have things from my mother that I can't imagine parting with, including stash pieces.

I have a fabulously soft 150 thread count wool/cashmere that is in a beautiful gray/purple that is really fun to fondle, and will make a nice garment someday. But, cutting it terrifies me, and the fact that it doesn't really go with anything else in my stash or wardrobe, or even anything else in the fabric industry doesn't help. But it is a beautiful color and almost goes with the shirt fabric.

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Date: 9/16/09 5:56 PM

I have some wool challis I bought from Britex 32 years ago that I'm afraid to cut.

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Date: 9/16/09 6:19 PM

A piece of teal wool crepe and a piece of cranberry stretch wool crepe (both from G Street Fabrics) that I bought eons ago. I keep waiting until I get to the ''right'' size. I guess I'd best forget about size and just sew it - - - I'm not getting any younger, darn! Doesn't look like the right size is coming anytime soon either.

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Date: 9/16/09 6:37 PM

A nice piece of wool-lycra light knit that looked just like a piece of cotton-lycra knit I have. I cut out a top, and it turns out I used the wool! And it is lovely fabric too. Easy to sew as it turned out, but I don't think I will steam it much, as steaming seems to stretch it a bit. I thought I was using the cotton, but the truth is you can smell anything with wool i it - there is a nice light wool smell to it, and my daughter concurs I have used the wool. When the steam iron hit a piece, we knew it. So that fear is over.

I also had a nice piece of a black very smooth twill that was in my Mom's stash. I kept it ten years before using it. I wanted to use it but didn't want to, as Re Becca has said.

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Date: 9/16/09 7:54 PM

I just finished the infamous Simplicity cardi in a fabulous silk jersey. I was so nervous about cutting it that my hands were shaking. The whole process was nerve wracking. But I must admit it sewed beautifully. Maybe I won't be so scared to use expensive fabric in the future.

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Date: 9/16/09 8:07 PM

Some wonderful wool for slacks from Michael's.
Bright fucshia silk/cotton.
All my rayon batiks.
Silk chiffon print from Thai Silks.

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Date: 9/16/09 8:53 PM

Swallows with envelopes in their beaks and flowers on beautiful silk from Mood Fabrics. I will use it someday, but at $30/yard, it has to be the perfect pattern.

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Date: 9/16/09 9:16 PM

I recently bought two yards of black genuine Ultrasuede on ebay, and though I'd love to make a tailored jacket out of it, I'm afraid I'll screw it up. I paid $36 for the fabric, but I know it's worth at least $100.

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Date: 9/16/09 9:43 PM

It's only fabric and there is plenty more out there. It's like never using your good dishes. Think about how much more enjoyment you'll have wearing that fabric. The old saw, measure twice cut once applies here.

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