More Sewing Karma

From the work-colleague who brings you 1950’s ladies magazines comes- Free Fabric.  She cleaned out her sewing room this weekend and assembled the “ugliest stuff {she} could get {her} hands on”:

Crepey cotton.  Open weave.  3 yards.

Guaze, cotton.  2.5 yards.  It’s actually more cerulean, but we’ll leave it. 

A light-mid weight cotton, printed.  4 yards.

I have no idea what this is, but I have a large amount of it now.  Roughly ten yards.  It is so pretty, would make a sweet full-skirted girl’s dress.  I could make some ridiculously wasteful 1950’s tea-gown for myself, but I’d never wear it.  It would be a purely academic exercise.

I like this one.  Cotton.  It is sort of like a cross between corduroy and seersucker.  4 yards.

Rayon.  5 yards, I think.

Amazing, not a bit of polyester to be seen.  The third fabric might have a little bit, but I don’t think so.  What do I do with these fabrics?  I don’t stash, in fact I’m very pleased to have almost completely de-stashed.  What with Billie Collection fabrics, a few pieces of fabric for a Lila winter wardrobe, a few for new Husband t-shirts, and the beginnings of my wardrobe dye project (more on that tomorrow), I’m awash in fabrics at the moment.

There’s nothing wrong with these at all.  They’d make great dresses, but I don’t have any dresses in the pipeline and I already have a few pieces of fabric I’m holding onto for “one day.”  I’m trying to keep my life as uncluttered as I can.  What do I do?

I’m so lucky to work where I work, very grateful.   Such unsurpassed generosity.


  1. Why not do something vintage-y just for fun. When you buy ten yards of fabric you hate any sewing mishaps, but with these which were sitting around anyway, here you can play around a little. I find the print of brownish carnations strangely appealing. I think it would make a cute a-line skirt. I understand your wanting to keep your stash low. I am working on my stash now because I have learnt that I am more creative with fewer things to dither over. Can't wait to see what you come up with.

  2. Love the little brown flowers! It would be perfect for a 1930s or 40s tea dress. And the leaf printed almost-corduroy is just fantastic! Is it heavy enough to use for cushions? Because it would go perfectly in my house! ;-)

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