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Date: 12/2/11 1:41 PM

Do you buy your fabric per project, or do you buy fabric whenever you see some you like?

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Subject: Buying fabric for fabrics sake? Date: 12/2/11 1:45 PM

I buy fabric when I see something I like on sale. I make sure I have a general idea of what I could use it for. (So no gorgeous wools- since I don't dry clean my clothes, and no denim, since I don't make jeans- yet...)

I just did a ton of buying this past month- so now I need to do a lot of sewing before I even browse fabric websites anymore. I do try to have limits. My sewing room is too small to have a huge stash.

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Date: 12/2/11 2:26 PM

Now, I buy fabrics that I'll actually use, both as fabric and, more importantly, as clothing once done, that I love, that are a good price, from stores I trust. Yes, that is a lot of qualifiers, but I need them.

It took me a long time and a lot of fabric to get to that point- I started with "Wow! $1 or $2 or maybe $5 per yard suiting/china silk/other nice fabric!" I must jump on this opportunity!" ignoring that it doesn't really fit my skill level, or lifestyle, or my coloring, or isn't washable, or ... I think I have six different suiting fabrics for me in my fabric closet, and I've never had a job where I've needed to wear a jacket, nor have I ever finished a jacket (although I do have two that are down to the hard/frustrating bits), but in my initial enthusiasm, the "but I might if I get a real job" kicked in. And I do want to turn the blue boucle into a Chanel-style jacket, but I have enough fabric, patterns and fabric that that embarking on that journey may never happen, because there are too many shiny things between here and there.

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Date: 12/2/11 2:41 PM

Quality inspirational fabric for something special; or, spectacular. If it is truly outstanding, I don't limit this to something for myself, any special friend or relative will be targeted for a fabric that catches my imagination.

Something unusual that can be used for spiffier everyday wear.

Hard to find (locally) quality goods for utilitarian clothing.
(I should explain that I'm quite content to wear the same clothing for years as long as it looks good; no stretching, fraying, pilling, twisting or fading. I have zero patience for buying a garment that looks old after a very few washings. I'd rather do a great job of making something and wear it forever than be bothered with having to search out the same item over and over again.)

It doesn't happen often, but it is sometimes years before I match a fabric to a project. In those cases, the fabric has been spectacular enough that it was still ahead of its time. My second little indulgence from Mood fabric has finally found the right occasion. Our dear friend's son will be married next fall. This wedding will be very, very special for many reasons. I intend to look fantastic in my Mood fabric, unless my friend sees it and likes it for herself. Which, would then require another trip to Mood, right?

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Date: 12/2/11 2:51 PM

I think it depends... When I first got back into sewing I bought only fabric for a specific pattern, finished that project and then went to the next and looked for material. Then our material store went out of business here in town and they put everything at 75% off. My material stash immediately reproduced like bunnies. However, it does come in handy. I have enough thin cotton to be used for lining that I'll not have to buy any for ages. Also, if I have my oldest (7 yr) son with at a material store I'll tend to stock up on stuff for him because I'm just not sure what he'll pick out and he rarely willingly goes with to a material store.

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Subject: Buying fabric for fabrics sake? Date: 12/2/11 2:53 PM

I buy it when I see it! Most of the time I pick up fabric in the thrift stores. If I see a sari, I can't resist it.

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Subject: Buying fabric for fabrics sake? Date: 12/2/11 3:17 PM

i buy for a specific project. But do all my projects get started and completed? (head bowed in shame)

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Date: 12/2/11 4:31 PM

Quote: solosmocker
i buy for a specific project. But do all my projects get started and completed? (head bowed in shame)

What she said.

Very rarely will I buy fabric just because; if a fabric calls out to me, it must justify itself before I purchase ("You could use me for a new corset!" or "You know you've been wanting to make yoga pants!"). I at least have to have several ideas for what I *could* use it for, before I'll buy it.

I am far, far more likely to buy fabric intending to use it for a specific project... and then never actually *make* that project. Even when I am nearly 100% positive that the original item won't ever get made, I'm still really reluctant to let it go and use the fabric for another purpose.

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Date: 12/2/11 7:50 PM

I have rarely bought fabric for a specific project. I am planning a jacket, and now am looking for lining. I bought fabric last year that I'll use for the jacket.

I buy fabric the same way that an artist might keep inspiration photos/illustrations in her studio.

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Date: 12/2/11 8:12 PM

Guilty! I can't resist a pretty or smart fabric. I am a collector I think because sometimes I find it very difficult to cut into one of my lovelies. Go figure...

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