Wednesday, September 12, 2012

10 signs that you are a Fabricoholic

Hi, my name is Marina and I am a fabricoholic.

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Welcome to the Fabricoholics Anonymous (FA). I am making my first step towards addressing my fabric dependency issue -  I am admitting that I can leave a fulfilled life only if a have a significant fabric stash, and I am saying 'Yes' to most of the following statements:

  • The first place where you go after receiving your paycheck is a fabric store
  • Fabric store employees know you by name
  • You have a special discount in at least one fabric store
  • You hide your fabric purchases from your family
  • You run out of storage space for your fabrics 
  • You have a secret stash place
  • You bought the same fabric more than twice because you lost an overview of what you have
  • You are a big fan of sewing blogger meetups (aka fabric shopping sprees)
  • Your adrenaline skyrockets just from browsing online fabric stores. 
  • Parting with fabric (even if you are never going to use it) makes you feel sick. 

Do you recognize yourself as well? Well, then it's just about the time to join the club. Repost this list (I would appreciate if you link back to this post) and just admit your dependency. More to follow!

Look at those comments by you, I picked five more signs, and some are really smart...

35 comments:

  1. Haha! Yes I do! Omg I thought I was the only one! No I didn't but that thought helped me feeling guilty and avoiding the fabric store some times! That fabricoholic attitude has led to a huge closet that magically contains nothing to wear!

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  2. hahaha:-))))
    My name ist Julia and I'm a fabricoholic too:-)

    My daughter helped me to translate my reply :)

    I would like to add something to the list: I avoid looking at my fabric stock, because I buy a lot haute couture fabrics. I don't want to know how much money I invest in my fabrics.
    I tried to avoid more temptation than necessary, but it did nothing but making me depressed... I even had some sort of withdrawal syndroms.
    Do you have ideas how to manage this too? I have a good one actually: Working with newer fabrics as fast as possible!
    My mate has no problems- Her wardrobe suits only 13 fabrics, not more. She has always exactly 13 fabrics. As soon as she cut one she allows herself to buy a new one. But only a single one to leave it at 13 fabrics.

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  3. I, too, am a fabricoholic, but I'm not sure I want to be cured! :)

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    1. I've even gone so far as to by shoes to coordinate with fabric that isn't a garment yet. *hangs head in shame*

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  5. Oh yes, I can answer yes to all of the above, though I have been curbing my appetite lately.

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  6. I can answer yes to seven of the above, but please don't tell my boyfriend! He and his family definitely don't understand my attachment to fabric and it makes me so sad to get rid of large scrap pieces... I am definitely a fabricaholic!

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    1. I've followed scraps project- very dedicated I must admit! Big fan of your perseverance, me.

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  7. Yes, that is me. But as a neighbor and fellow sewista said to me "she who dies with the most fabric wins" LOL. I have been trying to use some of my stash fabric. When vogue posted there new fall patterns I printed out the patterns I wanted to purchase and matched them up with fabric from my stash to sew. Hopefully I will stick to that plan!

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    1. I see, you are also a patternoholic :), hmm, that's serious!

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  8. The only way I can control my addiction is by staying away from fabric stores...and websites...I guess it must not be as easy when you are so often in NYC Fashion District

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    1. want to join a Shop the Garment District blogger meetup?

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  9. I'm a patternoholic who has just become a fabricoholic thanks to Susan Khalje's couture dress video and blogs like this one.

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  10. Yes to eight of the above! Feeling catched, but I think that fabricoholism is also a therapy and not only a disease!

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  11. * You have a collection of Mood Fabric bags (free for purchases of over $50) even though using such a bag makes you feel like a walking cliché and the quality of the bags has deteriorated (the rope handle fuzzes up in 3 minutes).

    I wish I had a special discount somewhere.

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  12. My real addiction is sewing notions and gadgets.

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  13. Oy, this is totally me! Don't tell my husband!! I totally hide fabric purchases from him (and I pay in cash to avoid them showing up on bank statements!!

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  14. Who isn't, if you sew, and if they say they aren't, they're in denial. I'm a Fabricoholic!!!!

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  15. I don't apologize to anyone, husband included, for my stash and spending. I gave up that hiding from Papa thing a long time ago. I am what I am, someone who loves fabric. Others love stamps, boats, truffles. They don't apologize and neither do I.

    When I get my check, I put it into the family kitty as we have done for 42 years. If I want to buy fabric I just do. I don't abuse the privilege and I spend less than my hubby does on his guilty pleasures but I am not counting, just making a point.

    No way do I hide fabric. I show it off. I show hubby my purchases. Hubby knows when Momma's happy, everyone's happy.

    I don't run out of space for my fabs because I cull twice each year and give much away or donate. That takes care of parting with fabric making me sick.

    Bottom line, I am not a fabriholic. I know some who are and don't ever want to deal with the "untruthiness" of hiding fabric in the trunk of my car as one friend does. I say if you love fabric, you love fabric. Why have guilt? Why hide it? Why keep it a little secret? If you can't share a passion with those you love, is it really a passion?

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  16. * You invite people up to look at your Liberty of London prints and they think this is an update on "etchings."

    * You know the names of at least 30 Liberty prints and are familiar with their colorways.

    * You get annoyed because B and J Fabrics's website does not identify its Liberty prints by name.

    * The Liberty section on the B and J site is a major time suck.

    * You have daydreamed about visiting London to buy Liberty prints, or Belgium, to visit a major Liberty stockist, whose French-language website you subscribed to by Google Reader.

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  17. My name is Amanda & I'm a fabricaholic! I have fabric that's sitting in my stash because I can't bear to cut it *hangs head in shame* lol

    I'm also a patternaholic - I really need to cull my ginormous stash but I keep buying more - whyyyy? lol and then I feel compelled to buy more fabric to compensate - its a vicious cycle lol

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  18. You feel all smug and proud of yourself when you take a box of fabric to actually give away at a fabric swap....and you go home with two boxes of fabric.

    (an aside....do you know that you have the very-hard-to-decipher captcha phrase on your comments? My latest post is all about how hard this is on readers/commenters, and includes a link with instructions on how to get rid of it, should you so choose.....)

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  19. Oh snap this is me too!! I'm trying to cub my habit as I feel like I'm almost sleeping on my fabric, well the box is at the bottom of my bed!!!

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  20. Yes I am a fabricholic and have been since I was eleven, and so was my mother as I inherited a huge stash of hers and still have quite a lot of it. And so was my aunt and I inherited her's as well! Whenever I travel, I always research if there are any interesting fabric stores there and make sure I have time to visit.... I live in Manila and if anyone wants to know where to find fabrics here, or in Bangkok, or in Shanghai or in Hong Kong or in The Hague or in Paris, let me know! I am happy to share! Now a true addict probably would not want to share the source of their stash would they?

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  21. These posts certainly make me smile ! If my family ever complains about my fabric I will send them over to this blog .

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