I tend to compensate for my lack of sewing time by shopping for sewing supplies. Since I can't bring my sewing machine to work, I buy sewing supplies during my lunch break. I have an obscene amount of cheap old buttons - can't call them vintage since most of them are quite ugly -- from hanging out too much on eBay. But I only have so much storage space for sewing supplies and now that I'm sewing obsessed again, I want to start being mindful of my sewing purchases.
Ideally, I'd like to be one those seamstresses who only buy supplies for specific projects and not have a room full of supplies for "someday". With some stash busting I should be able to reduce my stash to a manageable level. I know I'm a total failure at shopping bans, but I haven't lost hope yet.
Taking a cue from beauty bloggers, I'll be employing a Five Out One In policy.
For every five projects I complete, I can purchase one pattern or enough fabric for a specific project.
Other sewing supplies will only be purchased if a current project calls for them.
Wearable muslins count as one project.
Each mending/alteration/refashion chore will count as a half-project. Perhaps the pants I bought back in 2008 will finally be hemmed.
Now that we've established the parameters of yet another shopping ban, let's check out my current project line up:
- Simplicity 4194 Pants (wearable muslin) - completed, need to photograph for blog
- Meringue Skirt - completed, need to photograph for blog
- Kimono Tee (wearable muslin) - completed, need to photograph for blog
- Kimono Tee
- Pastille Dress
- Simplicity 4194 Pants