You know that feeling you get when you buy a new pair of shoes or a new outfit, and you’re just dying to have an excuse to wear it , but for some reason you can’t get yourself to wear it? I know we’ve all been there. Is it because you don’t want to risk it getting dirty or ruined so fast? Is it because you can’t bear to break it’s “newness”? Or perhaps it’s because you don’t want to “waste” it because nobody is going to see you in it that day? I know I’m guilty of this with a lot of things, including my fabric stash.
I’ve come to realize lately that it’s partly hindering my sewing progress. I often find that I hesitate working on practice projects because I feel like I’m wasting fabric if it’s not a specific project that someone will be using right away, if ever. Even with coupons or discounts, fabric is just not cheap nowadays, so a part of me feels guilty when I go to use up my stash. I know, in a sense, it’s totally ridiculous. After all, what good is spending your money on something only for it to take up space and collect dust on a shelf? THAT would be the real “waste” in my opinion.
Furthermore, how could I possibly plan on improving my skills without practicing consistently? How will you know how a fabric behaves, best needle/thread/tension, etc. if you don’t test it? It’s never a waste if it’s for the sake of learning, but I just need to keep reminding myself of that!
I’ve also really been trying to get on the ball with getting in more sewing time, and taking the time to sketch out my ideas as they happen so I don’t forget them, because let’s face it- I WILL forget it. One of the worst things is having all sort of ideas flowing like crazy, and when you actually sit down and try to be productive – NOTHING! I’ve made it a point to carry my sketchpad with me, and I think it really helps me get in a good groove. I finally remembered to pick up some colored pencils so I can start incorporating some color into my sketches to really get an idea of what color palettes I’m feeling.
This past weekend, I was happy to have some time and work on one of my sketches. It’s just a basic flat zippered clutch bag, but I wanted to play around with color placement and style lines. It’s simple, but slightly geometric. I want to play around with the proportions and shapes some more so that it’s not quite so equal all around. It was a great chance to use some faux leather/vinyl fabric from my stash. I just wish my machine was a little better at handling the bulkiness that vinyl seams create. Overall, it does a better job than a lot of home machines probably do, but I can’t wait to upgrade so it can fly through the seams with ease and perfection!