The third Historical Sew used-to-be-Fortnightly-now-it’s-Monthly challenge of 2015 is Stashbusting.
Unlike previous challenges, like Blue, there is no research or inspiration needed for a Stashbusting challenge: you either have one, or don’t, and if you have one, the question is simply, how big is it?
Mine is ummm…big.
There are bits of it stored in chests and suitcases and boxes all over the house.
Mostly I sort by colour, with specialty boxes of linens, laces, and a few other pieces. Where I have so much of one colour (cough *white*) that it doesn’t fit in one box, it’s sorted by fibre and weight: a box of white silks, a box of lightweight whites, and a box of mid-heavyweight whites.
Under our bed I have my red stash:
Isn’t the dark red swoon-worthy? It’s a proper vintage rayon, with flowers and moon shapes on it, and it just begs to be made up as a late ’30s frock! And I’m currently working on a dress in the feather print – so the red stash is being reduced!
And my green stash:
From top left, a green wool jersey, beautiful original 1950s plaid wool, destined to be a 1940s suit, green and white checked voile (some of which has already been made into a blouse), green silk (some of which is being made into a corset), vintage rayon that needs to be a blouse, the most SPECTACULAR carnation patterned faille, which is going to be a dressy swing coat, lemongrass silk crepe, and geometric rayon challis.
And my white silks
In the spare bedroom I have a small poof full of pinks:
And in the lounge, a suitcase of purples:
That fabric on top is a vintage silk and metal brocade that I found in an op-shop for 50 cents, and it is THE MOST AMAZING THING EVER.
Surprisingly full, considering how much brown is not my thing..
And a box full of blues:
There are actually two boxes full of blues – a big one for wool, silk and rayon, and a small one for cotton.
So, yeah. A lot of stash! Better get sewing! (and if you really want to see more of my sewing mess, check out my sewing space tour)
How do you store and sort your stash?