I am happy to say that my gigantic (for my standards) stash stopped growing since then. It is still large, but I was able to cut it down to certain extent. So, let's move to the next step.
STEP 2: ORGANIZING YOUR FABRIC STASH
- Make an inventory of your fabric. Separate it into piles. But do not organize it by color - this may have some visual appeal, but it is less functional. Organizing it by fiber content and type is much more helpful.
- Get two bins, one for fabric that can be sold, another one for fabric you will donate. I discovered a bag full of synthetic linings, as well as few other synthetic fabrics which I no longer sew with. Two bags were delivered to Salvation Army. If this is an emotionally difficult process for you think why you haven't used a specific fabric, especially if it was in your possession for years. Your style may have changed since you got the fabric, or you might have found (and bought) a better piece for the same purpose...
- Store you fabric so you can see it every time you sew. This way you will have a clear overview of what you have. It is important that your fabric is not exposed to the sun, so keep it away from the direct sunlight.
Let me show you my fabric stash (and I really don't claim that this is the best way to do it - it's just an example of what works for me). All fabrics are organized by content and/or weight or type.
Ok, it's not the prettiest sight, but I know what I have, and seeing this so often I keep this image in my head every time I go fabric/notions shopping (which happens at least once a month).
There is a basket on the top shelf - it is a box full of organza yardage, mostly in white, black and skin tone. I extensively use it for underlining and always have sufficient supply. (I put it into a lined basket because it is so slippery and impossible to keep in one place otherwise). If I spot a good deal on a good quality organza I buy it without feeling guilty. In the shelf compartment next organza there is silk charmeuse and silk crepe-de-chine - I use a lot of it for linings, lingerie or light-weight tops and blouses.
Print silks are stored separately (you can see them under the basket) - I don't have many of those but I am always on a lookout for nice silk prints, which I also love to use for linings in jackets or coats. So this is another 'may buy'.
Bouclés take up whole three compartments, so it reminds me that I have too many of those and however tempting, I won't buy bouclés during my next store visit. Also, medium and light-weight wools haven't been used much, so I am sticking to what I have for now. And I don't sew much with cotton...
You get the idea.
I am not saying this system would work for everyone, but it worked for me. I spend much less on fabric. I see what fabrics I use most, and what fabrics I haven't touched in ages. So, if I shop for fabric, I go for those that I've been using more frequently.
That's it for the Step 2, readers! I have a few more tips and will post them regularly, but I also want to ask you to contribute. If you have good fabric management tips post them here and I will include them in my next post. Or, you may want to write a guest post on this topic - let me know at mvk(dot)fashion(at)gmail(dot)com
STEP 1: Hi, my name is Marina and I am a fabricoholic.
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