Wednesday, April 7, 2010

Best Laid Plans

I had every intention of making up the blk/white cardi today, but got side tracked. It started out as another fibro day, so I didn't do much for a good part of the day. Finally this afternoon I gathered some energy to do some hand sewing on this jacket that I started a few weeks ago. I wanted it for early spring, but I seem to have missed the boat! Unless we get some more cool weather, I won't be wearing it until October. Oh well, I love it anyway. It is another Simplicity pattern # 2812. You can see it here. I bought the fabric at Fabricland last fall, and had been debating ever since what pattern to use. The lining is cut from a thrifted ladies blouse. I love the leopard print against the spicey orange. But then again, I LOVE animal prints, especially the big cats! The sleeves are pleated at the cuff, but I took the seam up about 3 inches more than recommended, and added buttons for interest. When I get some more thread (I ran out) I'll do the front button holes and  sew on the matching buttons. After searching for the pattern amongst everything else in my closet, I decided to sort them according to what is in the pattern.      This is the result of my hard work.                                                                                                                                                       
As I put them away I counted them. I couldn't believe it. I have 254 patterns! 50 of them are for babies and toddlers! 46 are for kids sizes 4-12, men and crafts etc. The remainder are for me!! I rationalized with myself, thinking that some of them I have had for more than 20 years, some are thrifted or given to me,and some are from yard sales etc. But,(a great sigh as I look over my shoulder to see who's looking,) the majority of them I bought myself!!! At least I only buy them when they are on sale, but still, WOW! So I have sworn off buying patterns for a while. And fabric. My fabric stash rivals the stock at fabricland. But again, I didn't buy ALL of it. A great deal of it IS thrifted, or donated to me by family and friends. I'm not even going to MENTION my stash of lace, ribbon and trim. Anyway, I decided I wasn't going to buy patterns or fabric for a good long while. My resolve was strong. I felt proud of myself for my future restraint.I could do it! NOTHING could change my mind....  THEN I remembered the Fabricland gift certificate my kids gave me for my birthday. So what is a girl to do? I can't disapoint my kids, now can I? If I can just make it to the next big sale............
............. Happy stash busting!    Anne


  1. Oh my goodness! Really? Those are all patterns? Amazing. Wow! I think I only have 5 bag patterns so far.. hahaha I regret I threw away a vintage pattern, wasn't thinking much and it was my mom-in-law's. Ugh! We were cleaning and sorting through her stuff and without thinking I threw it away. Bummer! Thanks for visiting too! :)

  2. Love your blog! I also have a teenage son (messy too) and collect far too much stash yet have problems throwing anything out. I just built a shed outside just to store my fabric excess patterns and mag/books in! lol