Thursday, March 02, 2017

Following Up...

First a reminder about the sewing retreat at Carriage Corner ~ March 24-27th.


Gaylen wrote an amazing post about why she wants to hold Sewing Retreats, you can find it here.

The itinerary for the weekend ~

Friday, March 24th ~ 
Arrive by 10am. Then there will be a shopping trip to Fabric Mart where transportation will be provided so that we can travel as a group. Lunch at a local restaurant. Back to the Inn to set up your sewing area and a wine & cheese get together at the local yarn shop. Dinner on your own and free sewing time after that.

Saturday, March 25th ~
Sew all day - lunch and dinner provided

Sunday, March 26th ~
Check out of your room by 11am but sew until 5pm.

Gaylen only has two spots left to stay at the Inn and a couple of daily sew-ins, so if you're still interested contact her at hello@carriagecornerbandb.com.  I will be there and I hope that you'll join me and Gaylen for a weekend of sewing fun!

Bloglovin' ~

I don't read blogs from a reader.  I use my blog roll and/or other sewists blog rolls to peruse blogs on my iPad. I read this way because I have a good 90 minute commute both ways daily.

So it was interesting to learn that Bloglovin' now gives you the ability to leave a comment on a blog post, amongst other new features. I guess this helps readers engage with their favorite bloggers on a platform that they use often. However, I check in on Bloglovin' sporadically, so if you leave a comment or question there and expect me to reply, it may be days or weeks before I see it. I suggest if you have a question that you hit the link for the original blog post and leave it here.

It's a little much to look for and answer questions across several social media platforms, so I hope you understand that if you need information, here is the best place to ask. Not even my email is safe, because I read it on the fly and mean to reply but sometimes don't get back to an email for weeks.

Finally no matter where you've left a comment ~ here, Bloglovin' or Instagram ~ I so appreciate the time you've taken to leave one!

Fabric Budget for 2017 ~

Okay so we know I can't NOT purchase fabric. I proved that by breaking that pledge the second week of January! So when Kisha wrote about having a yearly monetary fabric budget, I was intrigued. See I've never done this. I've just bought fabric by how much disposable income I had. That meant sometimes I could only afford a piece or two and sometimes I could shop to my hearts content.

But now I own A LOT of fabric and I'm trying to limit how much more I add to the sewing cave. A monetary fabric budget is appealing to me because it will keep me accountable, yet allow me to purchase a piece or two. I've set a number for the year, not too high and not too low, something I can manage without feeling constrained.

I've already subtracted my January and February fabric buys and it was eye-opening. If I keep having large spending sprees, I will have no more fabric money by June, so I'm being very discreet about what I purchase. And no, I'm not sharing what my fabric budget is! *LOL*

On the Cutting Table ~

The third button down has finally been finished and of course I'm already getting amnesia and pining for a new one! *LOL* I wore both versions to work and they wore so well that I'm thinking I need to keep making them. 

So while I have a list of things I want to sew - pre-spring items cause even though the weather is fluctating around here - I know spring is coming! I will be interspersing these between the other makes.

Next up on the blog is that button down and a few other tops that I'm working on.

...as always more later!





12 comments:

  1. Yay! :) I hadn't thought of it that way, but I think that's why I came up with a dollar figure vs. "I'm going to fast for xx months". It's too hard when you see something you love/"need" to add to the stash.

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  2. I think a yearly budget is a great idea. You definitely don't want to pass up on great deals because of a "fast". I can't wait to see the new shirt.

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  3. I don't have a budget. But I started keeping a spreadsheet of what I spend on sewing, knitting, crafts and craft books. I did that the same time I started the wardrobe refashion project where I pledged to cut down unnecessary RTW purchases to one every 2 months. Tracking both were informative and helpful. It's like tracking calories, but not having a strict $ or calorie limit. Over time, I bought fewer and better.

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  4. I don't have a budget for fabric specifically, but I do live on a budget. I mainly put aside money for "extras," and that could have anything to do with sewing. Right now I have been spending that money on overseas sewing magazines. I guess it all really depends what mood I am in, and what I need. Other times I just keep saving until I really have a need for something.

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  5. It's a time consumer but for a real eye opener, go through your fabric/sewing purchases for the past year by taking out your credit card statements or checkbook and start tallying up. I was floored when I saw what mine came to . Then, once you have that total, compare to your total income. What's the percentage? It can be a harsh reality check but worth it, IMO and a real behaviour changer, at least if you are as surprised as I was. I think seeing what percentage it was of total expenses and income is more motivational than all the good intentions we humans can muster. Just a thought and it worked for me to put things in perspective.

    BTW,,,where is Galen's Inn? What state?

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    1. Gaylen's Inn is in Intercourse, PA. Here's a link to her site: http://carriagecornerbandb.com/

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  6. This is all really good advice (particularly the 'total up your purchases'). I limit myself to the space I have for storage and what I'm going to need. This was revised very heavily recently when I sorta got out of the costume business for the local theater, and would not need a lot of the cheap wide curtain yardage (not so many regency dresses and fancy vests). The Tiltons not being at SewExpo also helping.
    I have what I need and a little more than that. I have the piece I lusted after. I'm good. My next purchase is wheels for the cutting table, and an afternoon to make that work.

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    1. SJ - I still can't believe the Tiltons aren't at SewExpo. I mean I knew they weren't going but...it was one of my main reasons for going last year, to go to their booth and feel the fabric in person!

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  7. I have found fabric fasting is very hard and I did succeed for 6 months once. I now look at what I want to buy by asking when I will sew it up and if it will fit into the wardrobe plan. It really helps me not buy what I don't need. I do the same with what I make for store projects. As the garments are mine, they have to fit into the wardrobe plan or I won't make them. At this time, I don't have to buy a lot of fabric or patterns unless I want to make something between projects.

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    1. I do the same, Ann, asking myself "when and will I really make the time to make this project". It's a great check. Also, facing moving has really made me aware of what I might drag along to the next home and maybe have less space. Great post, Carolynb.

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  8. I've decided I never want to deny myself fabric ever again, your fabric cave is like my dream sewing space!! #want
    Like you, I only noticed just recently that there were some comments on Bloglovin... the system keeps getting more and more complicated!

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    1. I'm not denying myself cause that doesn't work but I am running out of space because I can buy faster than I can sew! *LOL* That's the point of the budget to hold me accountable to how much I buy for space reasons. And the next time you're in the States on the East Coast you have an invite to come by and see the Sewing Cave!

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