Stash organization

Via some blog links, I came across Packandfind.com, which lets you build an online inventory of boxes and their contents, attaching digital photos of your items, etc. Obviously this was originally designed for people with storage spaces, but I think it would also work well for anyone with a big fabric stash (or anyone who has to pack some of it away where it’s not easily browsable).

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Extreme Makeover: Fabric Stash Edition

I promised some before and after pictures of redoing my fabric storage area:

This is more like During than Before, as I’ve already started sorting in this picture (that’s what all the bags and piles are), but it’s very dramatic 🙂

Here’s the After: god bless plastic drawers, eh? I ended up dividing everything up by knit/woven and then colors – the bottom four drawers on the left are knits, in black/darks, blues and greens, pinks and purples, and white/cream/lights, and the bottom four drawers on the right are the same, but for wovens. The top left drawer is currently remnants, and the top right has my tentative SWAP fabrics. I wasn’t able to fit linings and muslin fabrics in these drawers; they’re over in the cabinets below my cutting surface, which is fine actually since I don’t need to browse them often.

Here’s the wide angle, showing my machine and cutting surface too.

Fall cleaning

One never knows out here when it’s safe to put up the warm-weather clothes; I’ve been psyched out several times by the weather already this fall. But I went ahead and did the grand switch today. I’ve got some great stuff that I’ve forgotten about, which is always nice.

I finally took pics and listed a bunch of my extra patterns on the PR classifieds, and the other day I sold 3 unworn pairs of shoes on ebay. Then I went out and bought some new shoes and patterns. Isn’t that how it works? Oops! 😉

I braved Jo-Ann’s for the Simplicity & McCall’s 99c sale – accidentally got there later in the afternoon than I wanted, and there were moms and kids everywhere, planning Halloween costumes, two high school girls planning something involving lots of gold drapery cord, and a whole middle-school class apparently planning a quilt. My eardrums may never be the same. (Hancock’s has a sale on Vogue right now, too, but only through Wednesday – do I dare brave the hordes one more time?) Anyhoo, I got:
McCalls 5521 – there’s something about the peplum only on the sides that I love
McCalls 5522 – one of McCall’s B/C/D cup patterns, for the stash
McCalls 5471 – ditto
McCalls 5529 – I wear cardigans & unstructured jackets a lot, but most of my patterns are sized for knits, so I thought this one would be a good buy
Simplicity 4095 – another possibility for my SWAP knit wardrobe pattern
Simplicity 3867 – I’ve saved a picture of an Anthropologie top that is a lot like this top; hopefully I’ll remember to make it next spring

I also found two plaid boucles in the clearance section, half off the reduced price, that I couldn’t leave without:

Aren’t they ridiculously over the top? The teal needs to become a wear-to-the-Sharks-game jacket – I’m thinking McCalls 5529, actually. There was only 2 1/8 yd left of the green/pink plaid, so although it’d make a killer trench, a cape or short jacket is probably more likely.

I’ve also been working on my fabric storage system; I’ve been accruing more plastic drawers (Target only seems to put out 1 or 2 of the large size at a time) and soon will have everything neatly resorted and shelved. I’ll take pics – I took a before pic, so I’ll have to do an after.