3 January 2016

Stashbusting 2015: A Year in Review

So, another year has come to an end for the Stashbusting Sewalong.  To recap, my pledge for this year's Sewalong was

"I, Andrea, of Obsessive Creativeness, pledge to end the year with no more fabric in my personal stash than I started with"

So, I was aiming for a breakeven position with my stash. I made myself a little spreadsheet to track incoming and outgoing, and printed out some pages so I could just grab my folder and write everything down as it happened, without needing to wait until I had the computer on.

This year for stashbusting, we had guest hosts for each month, and I hosted May with the theme of lingerie. I tried my hardest to sew at least one item each month that was on theme, but for most months that had school holidays I wasn't always able to do this.

My totals for the year were

Fabric intake ........ 56.2 m
Outgoings ............ 58.49 m

Meaning, I did it! I managed to sew up at least as much as came into my stash for the year. It was touch and go for a while, as I did not get to some of my planned sewing for the year which would have easily taken me past my goals. At least if I do get them done in 2016 it will be a boost for my new year's stats.

Here's the year as it was:

January - theme Renewing Sewing
In: (too much) 34.4m
I paid a visit to the Fabric Cave, and bought 24.4 metres of this in one hit. At least that gave me a number to aim at sewing for the year. The good news is that I have sewn up quite a bit of this.

Out: 0.4m
Long line black bra - on theme finishing up a bra after many weeks break
Cream and blue lace bra

January stashbusting
February - theme Fabric Contest
In: None

Out: 1.5m
Two tank tops

February Stashbusting
March - theme Patterns We Have
In: 1.1m

Out: 4.68m
Partial Band Bra
Cream Cardigan
Lace Bra
Yohji Yamamoto Jacket - on theme make using a pattern I had previously downloaded and not sewn up yet

March Stashbusting
April - theme Vibrant Colour
In 7m
Island shopping in Rarotonga - my shopping was even on theme this month!

Out 4.85m
Duchess Satin Bra
Alabama Chanin style dress
Holiday Sun Dress - on theme make from a bright floral print bought earlier in the month

April Stashbusting
May - theme Lingerie
In: None

White Slip and Bra - on theme
Second White Bra - on theme

May Stashbusting
June - theme Stretch Sewing
In: 0.5m

Out: 22.7m
Quilt Cover and pillowslips 
Moto Jacket - on theme make
Long Sleeve T-Shirt - on theme make
Brown curtains (unblogged)

June Stashbusting
July - theme Dresses

With school holidays taking up half the month, and the other half catching up on work, I didn't manage to sew anything for myself at all! Boo! On the plus side though, I didn't buy anything either.

August - theme Face Your Fears
In: 5m

Out: 5.41m
Cream Bra
Swimsuit - on theme make using my feared fabric lycra
Tie (unblogged)
Book Week Costumes (unblogged)

August Stashbusting
September - theme Seasonal Change and Outerwear
In: 8.2m (mainly fabric bought on holidays in Singapore)

Out: 2.05m
Broderie Anglaise top - seasonal change
Blue and White Lace and Satin Bra
Bamboo Shoot top - seasonal change

September Stashbusting
October - theme Sewing for Charity
Nothing on theme this month I'm afraid, but I did squeeze in some lingerie sewing
In: None

Out: 1.15m
Sierra bralette with matching undies
White Sierra bralette with matching undies

October Stashbusting
November - theme Containment
In: None

Out: 0.65m
Japanese bags following the sewalong (I actually made three bags altogether)

November Stashbusting
December - theme Christmas Mayhem
In: None

Out: 13.6m
Wreath and Tablecloths - on theme
Reverse applique top
Quick Knit dress

December Stashbusting
I'm really looking forward to another year of stashbusting in 2016. I'm hoping that this year I can even reduce the amount of fabric that I have lying around. I'm still thinking about exactly what I will pledge this year, so keep an eye out for that post soon.

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