I've realized some important things.....
* I can't possibly have every pattern I want and let alone be able to sew it up.
*I know my body well enough that despite how cute a Vogue pattern may be, if it won't look good on me I'm ok with passing it up.
*There's only so many ways you can re-style a sheath dress or pair of pants so I don't need every new pants and sheath dress pattern. If I want to make changes to it, I can do that on my own.
*Plus my fabric & patter drawers are already overun with fabric and patterns so I need to be super selective of what I decide to cram in them.
.....and so many other TRUTHS!!!
It's funny, I feel as if I've graduated to a newer, more confident level of sewing. I'm able to make better purchasing decisions because of this. I don't know about you guys, but when I first started sewing several years back I bought EVERYTHING!!! I was so excited that I didn't have the know-how to buy good, quality fabrics and to buy figure flattering patterns for myself. In part it was good I bought the fabrics I did (I was pretty good at picking good fabrics on sale) because they served as the foundation of my current fabric stash. For me good fabrics aren't as available as I'd like so it's in my best interest to stock up on them when I run across them. I wasn't as good with selecting patterns and needless to say had to seriously clean out my pattern stash a few years back. Now that I select better patterns for my figure I don't have that problem. It's just nice not to be in that place anymore.
With all of that said, I must showcase the "bargains" that I did run across while on vacation and recently on Fabric.com.
While away I found the following fabric:
(From L to R: Deep blue satin, Pink, Purple, marigold jaquard, brown & white matte jersey)
For the deep blue satin fabric I see a gown in my near future. Preferably one of the retro patterns I have in my stash. The jacquard in the middle was my best find. You may recall in THIS post that I went through a crazy phase of collecting jacquards. Well I'm all too delighted to add these 2.5 yds to my collection. I'm saving this for a cute, short, strapless number. The brown and white knit will make a cute dress or top.
I also found this book at Hancock's....
And after running across a GREAT sale on Fabric.Com while on vacation, I purchased this fabric. What do all of these fabrics have in common? They're all STRETCH and have cool PRINTS. Both are my specialties. I live for printed knits or stretch fabrics!!! I can't wait to use these!!!
(from L to R: Rayon polyester knit, Brown wavy line swimsuit fabric, tan,brown, black white jersey (reminds me of the Oprah logo)
(Beautiful blue fabrics L to R: Blue, black, white geometric prints, Cotton sateen)
And over the last 3 months or so I nabbed the following patterns:
(There's just something really beautiful about the upper right pattern. It gives me a great reason to use a stunning satin print. That's an opportunity I don't get too often.)
How about you? Are you a beginner sewer and are building your stash of fabric or patterns or do you have a well established stash and are scaling back a bit?