Five Out One In: Patterns & Fabrics

I'm super inspired by all the featured seamstresses on the Coletterie blog, and now I'm lemming ALL the Colette Patterns. But if this week is any indication, I have a lot of time at work to daydream about sewing but hardly have any time at home to do any sewing, because my social calendar is full on or it's too cold or there's too many chores or Masterchef finale is on.

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:
  1. Simplicity 4194 Pants (wearable muslin) - completed, need to photograph for blog
  2. Meringue Skirt - completed, need to photograph for blog
  3. Kimono Tee (wearable muslin) - completed, need to photograph for blog
  4. Kimono Tee
  5. Pastille Dress
  6. Simplicity 4194 Pants
Not a long way to go before I make that Jasmine pattern mine :)


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