Sunday, June 9, 2013
A Perfect Reason for NOT Stashing!!!
Warning this too can happen to you .... several years ago I picked up this lovely piece of wool gabardine from an OP shop.
It had obviously been much loved and cherished and been part of someone's valuable stash (wool gaberdine's are very hard to come by in my part of the world). It smelled of camphour and mothballs, so had been carefully stored (reminded me of my Nana's :-) ). Unfortunately, the mothballs hadn't worked.
Even with the moth holes, there was still plenty of fabric to work with, about 5m, in fact. So for the princely sum of $6, it was mine, but I can't help thinking that the original owner missed out by not making this fabric into some wonderful garment...
Anyway, after washing the fabric, I marked all the holes with safety pins, then made a lovely pair of warm winter pants. Several kilos in weight heavier, they were past on to Vinnies (St Vincent de Paul charity shop). Eyeing this fabric again, and with several cold, overcast days looming, I decided it was time to use the remaining piece of this fabric.
I carefully laid my pattern pieces, avoiding the safety pins ... phew! enough fabric, even a smidge more. One pin had me puzzled, second check, no, no holes.
The pants were cut, the lining was cut, on to the fiddly rear pockets ... tick, done. Just a steam press, and they can be assembled.
OH! NO! ...... when I lifted the left back leg up from the ironing board the light caught the tiniest 3 (almost) holes (obviously the mystery safety pin!!) By now, there simply wasn't enough fabric to cut another back.
Normally, I'd toss the project, but I love this fabric, and more importantly I need the warm pants. There was nothing else to do but attempt a spot (or 3) of fabric weaving to make the repairs. I spent 2 1/2hrs yesterday fixing what could have been avoided. At worst, I'll have some warm pants for a couple of months, and to be honest, now the repairs are done, it's no worse than a slub in the yarn.
So the moral of this story is, sew your good stuff.