I had every intention of having a productive sewing Sunday last week, but my plans changed when I nipped into Spotlight to get a pair of knitting needles and found they had a AU$2.00 per metre sale. I'm not sure if this was just in my local store, because sometimes they seem to do their own thing, or whether this was across all Spotlight stores. So I stashed up - nice Japanese lawns that are normally $16.99 per metre - and therefore not really my price range for house clothes, and all sorts of other yummy bits and pieces. And you will notice I bought patterns - and patterned fabrics are a bit missing in my stash, because again, by the time I get around to making a garment, I tend to have gone off the pattern, or the pattern has dated or something. But at $2.00 per metre it really doesn't matter - they can even become test garments without the need for exhaustive muslin making before hand.
Spotlight also had a Spot Sale this weekend, so after I did the quarterly tax paperwork for the practice, I decided that I could reward myself again :) especially as I hate doing tax paperwork, or any paperwork for that matter - and I seem to have quite a bit to do nowadays with managing things. So off to Spotlight again
where I found some PolyCotton Sweatshirt Fleece marked down to $4.50 per metre along with a nice piece of cotton/linen indigo tie dye sort of print $8.99 down from $19.99 - to be made up soon as it will go with my boring basics nicely and give them a bit of a lift, some lighter weight cotton stretch denim for $6.10 per metre ( I snaffled quite a bit of this because it is about 4 years since Spotlight last had this in my store), and a bit of lawn, and a nice floral Japanese-ey looking cotton print which again was about $8.00 per metre down from $19.99 per metre. I've been eyeing that for ages because I have a dress that I wanted a sort of Japanese-ey fabric for - but most are not in colours that suit me. Blues and pinks do.
So I was happy with that haul...on to the next...
But, that's not all - last weekend The Remnant Warehouse was having a 25% off sale to mark their 10th year of business. So I purchased a few classics:
Because classics never date and go with everything. Shirting, jacket fabric, knits - all sorts of useful basics.
And to finish my classic collection, again, from Spotlight, a piece of denim look Tencel (a cellulose fibre, for those of you who are wondering), which is normally out of my price range at $24.99 per metre, but today $14.99. I have a perfect pattern for this, but needed the fabric to be the right price. And some nice soft Prima homespun quilting cotton, which I use for tops and shirts as it is nice and soft but is quite expensive normally, at $19.99 per metre (240 wide). 40% off brings it to the right price for me -so I've been waiting to stock up on this. And it is also ivory, which suits me more than white:
While I stash a lot of fabric, I always attempt to get it on sale. I find stashing is important nowadays, because in Australia it is not always easy to find what you want when you want it. I prefer to have a large stash, and I keep it topped up. I prefer not to shop online overseas, because postage - especially from the U.S - is very expensive. And our dollar is dropping, and is likely to continue doing so. And so a stash properly purchased, with the right timing, can be quite a hedge against currency moves. Don't you love my economic rationalism :). Anything to justify the stashing...
And I do use it, continuing my rationalisation...this year I have made up about 41 metres, and wadded about 5. I don't buy clothes as nothing fits, and if often in styles and fabrics I do not like. So a stash is essential. As are patterns, so that eventually you have the right fabrics for the right patterns. Simple...
Ah well, I better get back to some sewing this week and make inroads into the various piles. I actually prefer the activity of sewing to that of stashing - shopping for stash is exhausting as you have to think about what you use, what patterns you have, what plans you have, what clothes you need, and actually navigate through Spotlight (not easy in the Newcastle store). And shopping is always exhausting. Sewing, on the other hand, is relaxing and helps me to feel grounded and happy.
What about you - do you like to have a decent stash on hand to shop from? And is it also because you find it difficult to find fabrics when you want them? I think this is probably the case globally now, for most sewers.