Saturday, February 6, 2010

How do you shop?

I did something today that I very seldom do.  I went to the fabric store (OK, I do that all the time - wait for it...), and purchased supplies for a specific project.
My McCall's 6024 dress for Easter.  I didn't have anything in my stash that made me happy for it, so I had to get something new.  Pattern in hand, I trotted over to Hancock's, got my fabric - the precise yardage called for, notions and thread all in one fell swoop.  Like I said, I never do this.  Usually I see a drool-worthy fabric and get enough for what I think I might want to make, then figure out exactly what it will become later - sometimes MUCH later.

What about you, are you a stasher, like I usually am?  Or are you project oriented?

27 comments:

  1. LOL. A stasher for the most part - sixteen boxes, 500 meters - but I occasionally buy for a specific reason like you just did. I bought a plaid for a SWAP skirt a few weeks ago because I rarely sew matchable prints.

    - Myrna

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  2. wait. people read the backs of pattern envelopes?

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  3. I'm a bit of both! But I'm mainly a stasher. At least I was when I first began sewing and I'm so happy I did. Because I quadruple the amount I sew now and I'm so happy that I stockpiled enough of a stash to work with. You choice for your Easter dress is lovely. I too have been thinking about mine and my daughters. Can't wait to see yours complete!!!

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  4. Definitely a stasher, and fill in the notions later.

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  5. I find I'm becoming a stasher. Yesterday I bought 29 yards of jersey and ribknit in various colors online because it was ridiculously cheap plus I had a coupon code for 30% off my total purchase. I know I'll use it all eventually and since knits are hard to find locally in colors other the typical ones, why not? A lot of times when I go to the fabric store to buy fabric, notions, etc for a specific project I can't find exactly what I want anyways.

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  6. I always buy with a project in mind. Always. That's what I've done my entire life and that's what works for me. That's probably also the reason why I don't have much fabric waiting to be sewed up. But I can drool over pictures of piles of lovely fabric. So I'm glad most of you are stashers! :)

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  7. I am a mix of both. I tend to buy lots of fabric, patterns and notions with a specific project in mind for something I might want to make down the road. It all ends up sitting in my stash because I am not in the "mood" to sew it. What I do want to sew I never have and then have to go out and purchase it. I also buy a lot of fabrics that are appealing to me for no reason. This is why my goal is to use 50% of my stash.

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  8. Defiitely a stasher. Although, I am up for purchasing fabric for a specific project as well!

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  9. i definitely buy for the project at hand, however, i tend to stockpile projects!

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  10. I'm trying not to become a stasher during my garment sewing adventure; I was such a stasher during my quilting days and have wonderful fabric left over from those glorious days that I have major guilt over. So, using my "stash" if you will gives me satisfaction - plus now that I live in relatively small quarters (a small house) in SoCal does dictate I keep an eye on my "stash."

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  11. Both.
    I am predominantly a stasher, but I sometimes have an idea in my head that will not be quieted until I see it through!

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  12. I always was a stasher, but a little while ago I changed my methods and started choosing some garments (or other objects) I wanted to make and buying fabric and notions for those projects. I have to say I like this method, although it's also nice to have some stash for projects that just pop into my head and want to be made right away on a sunday, for instance. Luckily I can count on the stash that I build before I changed my methods *blush* That's enough for a LOT of spontaneous sewing adventures... :-)

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  13. Total Stasher, but often the fabric will tell me what it should be before it makes it into the closet!

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  14. I'm a back-of-the-envelope person - I didn't even know what "stash" meant! And my burning question for you stashers is how do you know how much to buy? I used to sit in the store and flip through catalogs, then walk around with the envelope getting supplies. But now I see that's not satisfactory when the craving hits and I can't get to the store. On my way to stashing!

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  15. I'm a stasher. I haven't reached STABLE status yet, but I'm probably pretty close.

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  16. Ummm, that was supposed to be SABLE, not STABLE. Sorry.

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  17. Love that fabric! :) I think I'm a little bit of both. When I see fabric I like I generally have a specific project in mind, but I usually don't get around to it and then gets stashed. In the end it may or may not be what I was thinking when I bought it.

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  18. For better or worse I'm primarily a stasher. As fabric buying opportunities have diminished close to home, I've taken to stashing more - from online sales and when I travel to areas with good fabric stores. But the problem is we moved south several years ago with no plans to ever live where there is snow ever again - so what do I do with all those wools in my stash? And my lifestyle and color preferences have changed in recent years so some of the stuff in my stash is no longer as desirable as it once was.

    Lois K

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  19. Biggest stasher ever. Although I'm also compelled to buy more for specific projects too!

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  20. That'll be a very pretty dress, Katie! I'm afraid I've accumulated far too much fabric - enough is enough, I say! I'm now working hard at being creative in using it up, and restricting my purchases to notions and linings etc.

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  21. I'm a total stasher--sometimes supersticiously so. Pretty fabric for your dress. ;)

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  22. I am a stasher!! That is somewhat out of necessity - the closest fabric store is a not so great Joann's about 45 minutes away. I have three kids, I work, and I can't just go running off to buy fabric. That is time that could be spent sewing!!!!!! Plus, the fabric I have ordered is typically cheaper and nicer.
    I am glad I have a stash right now since we have 18 more inches of snow and probably won't have school again this week!!!!! I am nearly out of pattern ease and almost in a panic about that, but I can always go back and make things for which I have already traced the patterns!

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  23. I mostly buy for the project at hand, but not always. Sometimes I see fabric that I just have to have, and like you, I buy what I think I might need. Sometimes I buy for a project and then change my mind after I get home.

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  24. Collector - you know I don't like that stasher word! *LOL* I like having it around for when inspiration strikes!

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  25. I wonder if status as a "stasher" depends on one's proximity to wonderful fabric stores - I have friends in the fabric districts that don't have huge stashes - and I have great access being in the LA area - so I buy when I'm on travel but normally have been "reducing" my stash. That wouldn't be true, however, if I was not close to a fashion district. . .

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  26. I'm a bit of both, I guess. It's impressive the amount of fabric I've collected in just 8 months. Eek!

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  27. I collect for modern sewing; but when making a Victorian costume, I buy for the project. My father-in-law left his collection of cancelled US postage stamps to my husband. Steamer trunks full. They were absolutely worthless. (This is an expert evaluation, not just my opinion.) My fabric collection, which is now occupying those trunks, would fetch at least $100 at a yard sale. There is no reason to have more respect for other collectors, which is why I refuse to call my sewing reserve a "stash".

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