About a month ago I was put into the position of having to relocate most my fabric stash to my parents house. Even though the this was very annoying to have to do, I think I came up with an inexpensive way to store fabric so that you could find what you wanted fairly quickly and easily.
So this is my solution: bankers boxes, with clear paper protectors taped to them, and a swatch of each of the fabrics in question showing through. I also labeled them both on the top and side of the boxes.
For those curious I think the final total of boxes of fabric was 18!
Another moderately clever or at least surprising idea I've come up with is a solution to fitting dresses for clients who's *ahem* attributes aren't easily represented by my re-sizable dressmaker's form. It also uses some of the many felt circles I have saved from making all the Admiral Tricorn Hats.
I layer the felt circles until the measurements matches up, wrap it in an additional piece of felt and pin it in place. Ta-da!
In a slightly different but vein; I went on an expedition to goodwill the other day and ended up only picking up a book.
It's a great addition to my sewing library, it covers very specific ways of dealing with out of the ordinary fabrics. My favorite part is that a lot of it is very good illustrations rather then photographs or lengthy paragraphs.
I think it was published in the 70's, which seems to have been a good decade for sewing instruction. I have two readers digest books published then, one on sewing, and one on needlework techniques; and they are both wonderful.
I almost bought a dusky pink, short sleeved salwar kameez trimmed with antique gold details, but I wasn't sure I would actually have enough courage to wear it!. I was planning on wearing it belted, with a cream turtleneck and white eyelet skirt under it, brown boots and maybe some sort of loose knit neutral vest or cardigan; for a dolly-kei type of look. We have a large Indian population around here so if I get up the gumption I will probably be able to find something similar.