When I first started this blog, I was an unemployed costumer attempting to create period gowns and costumes with very limited means. Although now employed, I still try to be as thrifty as possible. I am still "The Broke Costumer"!

In addition to posts about the outfits I make on a budget, this blog includes short research articles on fashion, history, accessories, styles, or whatever interests me at the moment.

I hope you enjoy my journey into the land of inexpensive costuming and short articles.

Sunday, April 12, 2015

Stash Projects

I have a problem, probably the same one as a lot of sewers.  I love to hoard fabric.   I can't pass by a fabric sale, a $2 pattern or a cute print.   I buy between 2-4 yards of 100% cotton prints because "someday" I will make something out of it.  Sometimes all that is left on the bolt is a scant 2 yards.   I get it and worry about what to do with it later.  Well, my stash is now a mountain. Its time to make a few things!  

I am currently in my "I don't want to make another costume for awhile" mode.  Summer is coming and I realized my everyday clothing for work consists of mostly polyester tops that absolutely do not breathe.   I also don't want to fall into the boring, look alike clothes from Kohls or Target, rut.  I LOVE PRINTS!

Here is what I will start with.

 I fell in love with this 40's print from Rosie's Calico Cupboard, and have to make this retro blouse! Not cheap at $8 a yard, but 2 yards for a blouse is not bad!  Will need buttons, but less than $20 for a cute top!

 Here is a summery fabric from Rosie's Calico Cupboard.  Again, $8 a yard, but will finish under $20.

 Big sale at Joanns Fabric.  Bought four yards for a total of $18.  Now that's a bargain!

A different sale at Joanns, maybe 2 years ago.   3 3/4 yards for I think $14.   cute floral for work.

This retro print I just couldn't pass by.  Joanns again, 4 yards for around $20.

The last three prints I haven't decided on yet.  (1) The red, white and aqua is 2 yards, so either a blouse or a skirt.   I am leaning towards a skirt, so I can wear a red or white blouse with it.  From Rosie's Calico Cupboard. $16   (2)  Yellow and black print is four yards, so definitely a dress. From Joanns. $18  (3)  retro like pink, grey and white.  4 yards.  I really liked it when I bought it, but now - meh.   Will have to think on it.  Joanns. $16


  1. How we do love to talk and write about our fabrics. And hoping a little birdie will come along and make something magical from it.

    1. Well, if birdies can work for Cinderella, they can certainly work for us!

  2. We are obviously not the same "season!" The only one that grabs me is the dark floral (and I LOVE it!). But you look amazing in all your costumes so I'm sure these will all be fabulous. I'm ashamed to talk about my stash!

  3. Thanks ladies! These are my "Spring/Summer" fabrics. I do love dark prints as well, but save those til Autumn and Winter, not that we get much of cooler weather around here lately!