Where did the sewing time go?

stash dreams

Do you ever notice that there’s just not enough time to sew everything you want to sew?  All those wonderful ideas get sidelined by other wonderful ideas, season after season, until you end up with a stash of fabric and patterns that would furnish an eBay store.

This is my “I’m-going-to-sew-this-up-for-summer” pile.  The bottom blue jersey has been a wanna be Vogue 8379 for two years now.  It’s ridiculous!  The ivory broderie anglaise above it was supposed to be a jacket and sheath dress this year.  The nude chiffon was to be the underlining for the graphic chiffon to its left, which was supposed to be the top for a skirt in chocolate wool (sitting untitledunderneath it).  And the olive green silk charmeuse to the right of that nude chiffon was to be the interesting Donna Karan top from Vogue 1039 (see left).  Above that is some wool that I think will eventually become a Chanel-style jacket, although I don’t have a particular timeline set for that.

And then there’s all that dark brown stuff.  Some of it is stretch denim, some Italian linen, and a very interesting snakeskin print stretch denim from EOS.  EmmaOneSock is my nemesis.  The proprietor, Linda,  stocks the most interesting fabrics, and her international postage from NY to Canada is very reasonable.  I’m forever finding something on her website and lusting after it.  Do any of you have this problem, too?  Oh, and hiding in there somewhere on the left (you may have to click to enlarge the photo) is a very uniquely woven wool challis that I have 5 yards of (five yards?!), and no idea what to create with it.  It was just so interesting that I had to have it, and buying 5 yards seemed like a good idea at the moment.  Ha!

And sitting yet above that, at the very top, is rayon jersey, again from EOS, that I intended for I-can’t-remember-what now – some dress or other (there’s 3 yards there), striped linen for summer capris/trousers, and several yards of ivory linen for a variety of summer shirts.

And now it’s September, and the winter stuff is calling my name.  I need some jackets, I’d love to sew up a couple of the latest Vogue patterns from Donna Karan with yardage from my stash (in storage, mostly accrued from double-income-no-kids years), and I’ve been commissioned to sew up a Pippi Longstocking costume for a friend’s daughter for Hallowe’en.

Hey!  Maybe I should hire some fellow sewers to help me out here!  I’m just sayin’….

6 thoughts on “Where did the sewing time go?

  1. It doesn’t have to happen. A three-out one-in rule carves through it really fast. Even four-out two-in does it quite well. Or some such combination. I have really got my stash down this summer, and I intend not to buy any winter stuff till I get through the three pieces I have left over from last year (one is from the year before). You can do it. But another thing I do is to sew right up to the end of the season and just wait till the next year to wear them more than once. That limit seems to help me to stop overestimating what I can sew.

  2. Yes, I too have a hugh fabric stash from the DINK years. If I didn’t have the time then to sew it up then, you’d think I ‘d realise I’ll never have the time now, and I should stop buying fabric . LOL! You have some lovely fabrics in your stash.

  3. I feel your pain! I didn’t achieve a third of what I wanted to, and I am well on my way to under performing this autumn as well! There is always more inspiration than time.

  4. This happens to me every season…*sigh* I try really hard not to think to much about the almost-were garments as I put the season’s fabrics away and pull out the new season’s fabrics. It happens to the best of us! The only thing I can tell you…like I tell myself…is that they will be there patiently waiting for you next year!


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