March 22nd is International Cut Into That Fabric Day!


It knows what scares you

Yesterday I had a lovely conversation yesterday with the lovely Susan Khalje. We bemoaned the fact that people are afraid of their fabrics. I’ve addressed this issue in the past, but I still (often) hear the refrains “I’ll sew with ‘good’ fabric when my skills improve”, “I can’t sew with silk because it scares me”, or “I’m afraid to cut into it, because it was so expensive.”

Well folks, now’s your time. Do you have a beautiful piece of fabric that sits in your stash? Are you scared of some fabric because you haven’t sewn with its type before and you don’t know if you can handle it? Does a piece of fabric seemingly taunt you? Did you pay a princely sum for a piece of fabric that has struck fear in your heart at the thought of actually making something with it? It’s time to take that bull by the horns and do something about it!!

So I’ve officially declared March 22, 2014 to be “International Cut Into That Fabric Day”

That’s right, you have a deadline. In two weeks we’ll get out the shears and pattern, take a collective deep breath, and launch a new sewing adventure by cutting into that fabric! That gives you two weeks to plan. So take that fabric out of your cabinet, bin, box or whatever. Start thinking about what you want to make with it.

Spread the news! Tell all your sewing friends! Your fabric doesn’t have to come from Gorgeous Fabrics (though of course I appreciate it if it does). It doesn’t have to have cost you an arm and a leg – it just needs to be a fabric you have been askeered to touch. Let’s do it, folks! Here, I even made you a blog badge to proudly announce that you are taking part:

International Cut Into That Fabric Day
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So who’s with me? Leave a comment here to let us know what fabric you’re going to finally cut into, and what you are going to make with it. You have two weeks to plan and build up the courage. Carpe diem! Carpe textile fabricae! Or something like that. I’m sure Sister Martha would have something to say about my Latin. But you get my drift.

To get you started, here are a couple of links to videos I did on fabrics that engender angst:
Scary Silks
Sewing With Knits
Tricksy Fabrics
Wonderful Woolens

Happy sewing!

33 thoughts on “March 22nd is International Cut Into That Fabric Day!”

  1. AJW says:

    Love this. I’m there.

  2. Karla says:

    I am in love with that glittery leopard stuff. No, don’t try to talk me into it. The grocery store is my dressiest weekly venue, and the people at Publix would talk, or worse, start a PeopleofPublix website. But yes, I’ll cut into something I’ve been saving, because let’s face it, I have more sewing time behind me than I have ahead of me. What am I saving this stuff for????

  3. Barbara J says:

    I’ll be with you. I have a piece of lovely batik I bought at a sewing expo that needs to be used. Sleeveless summer top…here we come!

  4. Kimbersew says:

    Ohh! Thank you! Today I will waggle my scissors at that precious piece of silk, and on the 22nd I will be muslined and ready to cut! (chartreuse charmeuse with cherry blossoms for wide legged pants)

  5. Paula N says:

    Best idea in a long time! I’m all in!

  6. Leanne says:

    I have a couple silks and woolens that I’m nervous about cutting. But I’ve got a number of things going on the next two weeks, so I’m not sure I can get the muslins done by then. I have finally decided not to wait until I lose 10 pounds before making pants that fit well. Hmmm, putting that in writing makes clear that I’ve been wearing poorly fitting RTW slacks. Another reason not to wait.

  7. Meg Allen says:

    I love this idea, and I happen to have a piece of fabric which needs conquering. I’m in!!

  8. Great idea! I’ve been paralyzed (sewing-wise) for too long. I’m afraid to cut into anything! But I’ll join this scissors-wielding group and cut on the 22nd—or before. Going to see the “Clothes of Downton Abbey” on the 22nd.

  9. YIKES! I’m so afraid of silk, I’ve never even purchased any!

    I purchased several PR classes on how to make jackets, and I need a tweed. It seems all tweeds have wool in them, however, and I am super allergic to wool.

    IF you have a gorgeous tweed that doesn’t have wool, I MIGHT buy it and actually cut into it. The jacket has a quilted lining, so it requires a tweed to hide the stitches. At least, that is my understanding. The classes are both by Angela Wolf.

    Hugs, Joy

  10. Hillary Tulley says:

    Inspired me to jump off the cliff right away – it’s a slippery silk charmeuse densely patterned with little pheasant feathers in blacks, whites and greys. I cut out my 2nd Grainline Archer, interfaced parts and have tissue paper ready to help it along.
    Thanks, Ann, for all your support – you don’t even know how much you help!

  11. Ooh what a great idea- I have quite a few pieces that I have been putting aside until the *right* pattern came along AND I was finally *good* enough in my sewing. Maybe it’s time to cut into the stash!

  12. Wendy Sells says:

    What a great idea! I have a beautiful piece of wool fabric that I bought Paris couple of years ago that I’m dying to sew up but I have been too am scared to do it. This sounds like the best opportunity to get going. I have a muslin already done so it’s just a matter of taking that first snip into the fabric. Looking forward to this

  13. Debbie says:

    Ok, sounds like a good idea, I have 3 orders from your store alone that I haven’t touched for that exact reason….Now I am on a mission to find the right pattern.
    Did you happen to mention what year we should cut up this fabric?

    1. Gorgeous Fabrics says:

      Yes! This year – 2014. Go for it!! 🙂

  14. Patti says:

    That gorgeous wool/silk satin in navy (from Gorgeous Fabrics)–navy silk charmeuse for lining (SilkBaron)–and the Paco Peralta Unique Jacket–I’m in!

  15. Clio says:

    LOVE this idea! Beautiful fabric deserves to be made into something beautiful!

  16. wendy says:

    OK, I’m joining in! I’ve got so many great fabrics that I’m terrified I’ll goof up. Guess it’s time to go for it with one of them already. 🙂

  17. Suzanne says:

    What about technique? I’ve got two projects stopped dead in their tracks over welt pockets! (Also have a fabric in the stash.)

    1. Gorgeous Fabrics says:

      Hmmmm, I think Technique is a different animal, Suzanne, but certainly one that we can do another “Try That Technique” Day!

      1. Suzanne says:

        Well, turns out my coated cotton rainwear is designated for this. And, the pattern I chose has the welts, so double the fun!

  18. hayley says:

    Just to let you know that I use Feedly, and haven’t been receiving your blog posts since the new website went up (I’ve added you now). I thought I hadn’t been here in a while when I heard about ‘cut into that fabric day’, by chance, and I’m so glad I did because I found the fabric sale!

  19. edj3 says:

    I am in. For me, the dreaded scary fabric is silk and I picked some up at Kaplans which just went out of business. So it was half price but half price was still $$$. So yes, that’s my scary fabric. I only have 1 and 1/2 yards so I will need to plan this out very carefully.

  20. Wendy Walker says:

    Okey Dokey count me in. I have a lovely piece of sequin knit from Gorgeous Fabrics which ” Amanda Sews” inspired me to purchase with a lovely T she posted so here goes.

  21. Wendy Walker says:

    this is a valid e-mail so not certain what the problem could be??

    1. Gorgeous Fabrics says:

      It seems to have worked, Wendy – sorry if it gave you trouble!

  22. Adey says:

    Count me in:) I’m gonna give pleather and faux fur a go!

  23. Elaine Carpman says:

    I once went nuts and bought a bunch of silk dupione in assorted colors. The fabric is so beautiful,but has been stored away for an embarrassing amount of time .I made one blouse out of a blindingly pink piece…it took me a long time (I made 4 muslins trying to get the fit right).Now I’m afraid to try again.

  24. Teresa Peterson says:

    I’m totally in! I have a beautiful piece that really did cost an arm and a leg thst is begging to be a cool coat. I will be on vacation on the 22nd, but as soon as I get back………!

  25. Luigina Maniscalco says:

    I just happened upon your blog (after browsing your fabulous site for MORE gorgeous fabrics)–I love the idea of International Cut into the fabric day on March 22nd. I am in!
    I love the idea of an on-line sewing community. Thanks Ann.

  26. SONJA HANSEN says:

    Drapery fabric, here I come!

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