This year I swore I wouldn’t buy new yarn. Well, let’s rephrase that: I swore I’d use twice as much yarn as I bought. This should keep the yarn stash aquisition to a minimum, since I don’t get that much knitting time and ten to use up yarn very slowly.
Little did I realize that I am quickly aquiring a second stash: fabrics. I bought the fabric that I showed you a month ago, but haven’t had time to make the bag yet. Then, today, I went back to Field’s for their big President’s Day sale, and got the following: (Note: notions aren’t pictured)
I’m not going to chastise myself, however. I really need a few skirts for teaching this summer, and since the patterns were on sale (down from $15 to 2 for $3!!!) and the fabrics were 20% off, I got this whole batch, plus buttons for some knitting projects, for less than one new skirt would cost me from the Gap. I’ve never made my own clothes, and so I made sure to get two patterns specifically marked “easy.” I’ll make the more flowy skirt out of the pink floral, and the a-line knee length out of the black and red. Both fabrics are cotton for ease of care and comfort in the summer, and I’ve got to admit that I cannot wait to get started. I bought the top pattern for future sewing projects: it’s super cute, but definitely not as easy as the other two, and I’ll tackle it when I’ve had a little bit more practice.
There’s something about making my own clothes that really appeals to me, and so sewing seems like the natural step after knitting. When I go into a store I touch everything before trying it on, and often don’t like what I feel. Then, once I try things on, I often have a difficult time fitting things to my petite yet very curvy frame. This way I can fit everything to myself perfectly, at least once I get some practice, and I guarantee that I’ll like the fabrics.
I’m on spring break this week, and I plan on spending some quality time with my sewing machine. Wish me luck!