A Month of Stash-Busting

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It’s that time of year again!  I’ve decided to jump on the bandwagon and participate in Me Made May. It’s my first time! I thought about it very carefully chose the following goal for myself a few weeks ago:

‘I, Henna, sign up as a participant of Me-Made-May ’16. I endeavour to wear two handmade items (that are not pajamas) each day for the duration of May 2016’

The pajama stipulation is key. I love all of my me-made garments, but it’s a painful truth that I wear a lot of them to bed. That, or to fancy parties. I have a lot of gaps in my wardrobe, so I’m going to try to sew more garments that are appropriate for day time and even for work! Don’t worry, I won’t bombard you with selfies. I might just do a couple round-up posts.

Since I made this goal, though, I’ve been thinking a lot about how much stuff I have, especially sewing stuff. I mentioned this earlier in a post about the spring “cleaning” of my stash. That really put my consumption in perspective, and it’s just been bothering me ever since. I’ll spare you the soul searching I went through, but I will tell you that I’ve come to a few conclusions:

  1. I am adding to my stash at a much faster rate than I am sewing it.
  2. This makes me feel bad.
  3. I still love all of the fabric and patterns that I own.  De-stashing is not my jam.
  4. I’d love my fabric and patterns even more if I could wear them on my body.

Basically, my stash is overwhelming my tiny sewing space as well as my mind. It needs a diet. So, in an effort to use what I have already consumed (and to have a little fun with it), I’m setting another personal challenge for myself: 31 Yards in 31 Days. Yep, it’s exactly what it sounds like! I’m going to try to sew up 31 yards of my stash fabric over the 31 days of May.

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Some ground rules: the 31 yards will include fashion fabric and linings, but won’t include fabric used for muslins (unless it turns out to be a wearable muslin). I’ll also only be using patterns I already own, but there’s no specific goal for those. It probably goes without saying that I am going to avoid adding to the stash during this month. I may need an odd zipper or button, but I will be limiting any notions purchases to only what I absolutely need in order to finish the garment.

I’m pretty excited to see if I can actually make this happen! It felt like no big deal when I thought of it, but now I’m like woah that’s a lot of fabric!

I actually got the idea for this from my sister. She doesn’t sew, but she’s quite the make-up junkie (and a nail polish fiend). She’s been doing something called Project Pan for a while, which focuses on using up the make-up you own (all the way down to the metal pan), instead of just constantly buying new stuff. I’ve seen her participate in challenges like this, where there is a goal for using a certain amount of products by a certain deadline.  I just subbed the eyeshadows and lipsticks for chambray and linen.

 

Ahhh I’d better get prepped, I’ve got a long month of sewing (and wearing me-mades) ahead of me! If you’d like to follow along, I’ll be posting my progress on Instagram.

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