Sometimes I’m just plain not frugal. The problem is I enjoy collecting craft supplies as much as I enjoy crafting. I’ve actually been avoiding craft stores for a few years to avoid the temptation. I still have under the bed storage containers packed with the fallout from my crochet addiction. I came into this sewing project knowing what I was up against…and knowing I would lose.
It started out innocently enough. I spent a weekend assembling my second project, a top. I had been of the mindset that “fabric was fabric”. So I used a woven cotton with no give at all on a pattern that called for fabric with a good stretch. I didn’t do it on purpose, it just wasn’t something I’d considered. I now know better. The shirt had gathers in the front that didn’t lay properly and my bust looked like it was trying to bust out of that thing :
I took it surprisingly well considering how much time and effort went into the project. It wasn’t a total loss, after all. It was good practice and I now knew how to put together a shirt. I would just need to find fabric in that color that did have the required stretch and try again. So off I went to Joanns with my gift card. And found that all fashion prints and knits were 50% off. And McCalls patterns were 99 cents. Well, you can imagine how things went from there. Actually, you don’t have to imagine…
I spent every last penny of that gift card plus $6 of my own. But what I ended up with is enough fabric for a mix and match wardrobe. Here’s the plan:
-The pink is for a top that will go with the black denim from before and the pink floral.
-The pink floral is for a skirt
-The black has enough for a skirt and top
-The black floral is for a top
+3 patterns for tops while they were 99 cents