At the beginning of every year I see a lot of talk about “stash busting” on the sewing blogs, and I’ve seen some really incredible stashes out there. I’m not even in the running for the “She Who Dies With the Most Fabric” prize. But what about patterns? I haven’t seen as much about this. Sewing people, do you have a stash of unused patterns?
I have a bad habit of using a few TNT (tried ‘n’ true) patterns over and over again and making little changes or combining parts of different patterns to make frankenpatterns, while I have unused patterns that I could not resist but haven’t got around to using yet. Below are a few from my collection followed by explanations and excuses.
From the top, left to right
Simplicity 1882 – This is a very recent purchase and I have fabric for it. I just need to find some fabric for the contrasting trim. I am confident that I will get around to this one this year.
Simplicity 2957 – I’ve had this one several years and have had fabric for it for over a year. I also need to get some contrasting trim fabric for this one.
Vogue 8577 – I also have fabric for this one but when I started cutting out the pattern pieces I got a little discouraged with it because the pockets are not real so I need to figure out some way to add real pockets, which I know I can do but when I discovered that I just decided to put it off until “later”.
Simplicity 2363 – It was love at first site. Then, sometime after I had purchased it, love turned into “What was I thinking?” But now I do have a piece of fabric for it and I’m inspired again. There will be some modifications though.
New Look 6963 – A couple of years ago I thought it was past time to get a new big shirt pattern but then I started wearing more fitted tops and I’m not so fond of big shirts anymore. I think I will use this pattern eventually. One cannot totally give up big shirts.
Vogue 8811 – I love this pattern but haven’t bought any fabric for it yet. I want to make a plaid one. This week I saw some pale blue dotted Swiss at Denver Fabrics and my little girl heart started thinking fluffy thoughts but I’m trying to resist because I’m not sure I would regularly wear anything so delicate.
McCall’s 6279 – I saw this on one of the sewing blogs and loved it but now I’m not sure what I want to do with it – what kind of fabric, what color, etc. It’s a little short for me. I would have to lengthen it quite a bit. How would it look then? I do still like it and want to make it eventually but it probably won’t happen this year.
New Look 6950 – I bought this one because of the curved pocket opening. The pants look really baggy though. Okay for lounge pants maybe. I might make the skirt someday. My daughter-in-law liked the top (A & B) so I might make one of those for her. I like it too but the neck opening looks way too wide. How are you supposed to find a bra to go with something like that? Anyway, I don’t have any immediate plans for this one but it still seems like a useful pattern to have.
Simplicity 9403 – This is a very old pattern. It includes only sizes 6 and 8. I never got around to making it because I couldn’t decide what colors I wanted for it. Now… well, size 8 was about 3 sizes ago and I have no idea how to upsize this pattern with those weird curvy pieces. I should just give it up but darn it I really liked it and wanted to make it and I keep thinking, “There’s gotta be some way.”
I’m reluctant to make any kind of pattern stash busting commitment but I’m tempted to say I will make at least three of these year. So stick around and see how I do. What about the rest of you sewing people? Anyone want to talk about pattern stashes?