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How much did you spend on fabric in 2010?
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Kim12469
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Date: 12/3/10 8:58 AM

Don't be offended. If you don't want to share don't, if you do, I'm just curious.

I'm estimating that I spent roughly between $1200 and $1400. I'm guessing at my local shop. So, if I average it out it was between $100 and $120 a month. I just placed an order with FabricMart and I'm done for the year!

But I did get some gorgeous fabrics like camel hair, silk jersey, enough leather to make a jacket, etc. Those three pieces will close to make up what I would have spent if I had bought the clothes RTW. A decent camel hair jacket alone is several hundred dollars.

I was feeling really guilty for placing another today, but now I don't feel so bad. How's that for self enabling

Note...I'm not including notions or patterns, just solely fabric.

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Date: 12/3/10 9:37 AM

I bought 230 yards this year. I bought A LOT of the Vera Wang fabric when it was $1.95. My guess is I spent about $1000 this year. I'm so looking forward to the Fabric Stash Contest. I'm running out of room to store all this fabric.

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Date: 12/3/10 10:04 AM

I actually kept track this year and have spent $420.00 total, not including notions. This is such a surprise, and now I want to buy some fabric!

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Date: 12/3/10 10:04 AM

I bought a ton of the Vera Wang stuff too at $1.95. It's slip sliding around in my cupboard...lol!

I need to go through my fabric and catalog it or at least just organize it. I don't know the tonnage I bought but I could probably guestimate it. I can verify just shy of 200 yards but with my local indie, it's probably another 30 or so yards.

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Date: 12/3/10 10:46 AM

I just discovered how wonderful wool is this year. So I bought tons of sweater knit and jersey knit and tropical weight suiting and melton and, and, and...oh dear.

Most pieces are either in 3 or 6 yards lengths so it's quite a bit of fabric.

Does lining count? :blush:
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Date: 12/3/10 10:47 AM

I bought 66 1/2 yards, half of that the Vera Wang sale. I've bought about 10 yards of quilting cotton at a local shop, and the remaining 20 yards mostly at Vogue Fabrics and Rainbow Fabrics, and a little bit from JoAnn's and Hancock's. All told, about $250. Not too bad, but I wish I sewed faster! If I spent more time sewing rather than reading PR....

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2007 fabric in: 7 1/2 yards; sewn: 7 yds
2008 fabric in, 23 yards; sewn 20 yds; given away 6 yds
2009 fabric in 41 1/4 yds, sewn 29 yds, given away 22 1/2 yds
2010 fabric in 91 1/2 yds, sewn 27 yds, given away 1 1/2 yds;
2011 fabric in: 55 yd.; sewn: 21 yd; given away: 20 yd
2012 fabric in: 60 1/4 yd., sewn 25 1/4 yds, given away 16 yds, thrown away 3 yds scraps; UFOs completed: 7
2013 fabric in: 28 yds; sewn 25.7 yds.; given away 5 1/2 yd.s; projects 8, UFOs 4

2014 fabric in: 40.5 yd
2014 fabric sewn: 13 1/2 yd
2014 fabric given away: 8 1/2 yd
2014 projects completed: striped maxi skirt, bl/wh maxi dress, brown/turquoise sweater-knit tunic
2014 projects started: turquoise tank dress, tank dress,
2014 UFOs completed: 8 (5 small gift bags, pieced & quilted table runner, blue/wh maxi dress, silk infinity scarf)

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Date: 12/3/10 10:48 AM

It's not a scientific poll or anything so include what you want

I just wanted to make myself feel better about spending as much as I did on fabric...it's purely selfish on my part

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Date: 12/3/10 10:52 AM

A lot ... I decided this year I just don't want to mess with polyester if I can avoid it. So cottons, linens, rayons, wools, and silks ... not usually cheap. Well, sometimes the cottons are cheap ... and I do look for sales. I don't think I paid retail price on any fabric ... but I did buy a LOT of fabric I am still in the stash-building stage. I didn't keep track of money spent nor yardage acquired, nor even yardage sewn.

If hubby is serious about relearning to sew, we may make some progress in the stash rotation idea.

ETA: Kim, if I had only spent $100-120 per month, hubby would be happy!
-- Edited on 12/3/10 10:53 AM --

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Date: 12/3/10 11:16 AM

Quote: Kim12469

I just wanted to make myself feel better about spending as much as I did on fabric...

Is it helping yet?

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Date: 12/3/10 11:22 AM

Before I started the 2010/2011 Fabric Fast, I had a windfall and spent probably $800 on fabric, some pieces individually chosen but quite a few bundles and special sale items that are basics like really good interfacing. After I started the fast, I spent nothing for months on fabric but did buy some good sewing tools.

When I realized I could get Ambiance for half price at Candlelight Valley Fabrics, I spent $150 on four colors I knew I would use. Sounds like a lot, but I don't have any good lining, and I have a lot of good fabrics that need to be lined.

My approach was to pick two neutrals and two signature colors. Since they didn't have some of the colors I would have preferred, like black or charcoal or ruby red, I spent less than I might have. I bought the really bright white, the breen which is a dark rich brown green, a pink that reminds me of my childhood and the book "The Lonely Doll" which I'm happy to line a wardrobe with for fun, and a really rich medium purple which I will use the same way. I can personally use all, and I can use the breen for things for my son, like casual jackets. I winced at spending more money on fabric, but I rarely see Ambiance on this good of a sale and I hate linings that don't breathe or that fall apart or that are not washable. I'm trying to only make clothing that is washable or that can be worn many times before it needs dry cleaning (as with wool coats and jackets).

I am trying to decide whether to make my black water resistant Italian wool coat with a purple or pink lining. Probably will use the purple to camouflage any minor soiling to avoid undue dry cleaning. Would have preferred red, but purple will be awesome and will coordinate with dark red as well. For me, this was not a violation of the fabric fast as it will enable to me to complete certain stash sewing projects (if I ever start them).

Chalk me up for $1000. But, I don't need to do that annually, frankly. I have too much stash to justify that. As with the lining, I really can only justify fabrics that are necessary to sew stash, and from here on out, I'm thinking that unless I find black and dark red Ambiance on deel discount, I don't need to be buying any more lining stash till what I have ordered is largely depleted.

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