So of late I have tried to purchase larger pieces of vintage fabric so I can at least make a few of anyone product and just alter the design slightly to make each piece unique (to keep with the ethos of what I set out to do). This has worked really well, until last Thursday that is.
I have in my shop a butterfly caftiere cosy I have sold all the stock (3 cosies) so that each one is now made to order and I really love this design and had intended to make one for myself but just haven't had the time of late, last Thursday I sold one in my shop and won't have enough fabric to make any more. It just felt very sad to think 'I can never make another one of those' and worse than that 'I will never own one of those' as I have little chance of finding more of the fabric again.
So although I love vintage fabrics, using them is a bit of a double edged sword. Yes the pieces are either one-off and are unique, so therefore desirable, I will only ever be able to make a few of each at most. I would love to hear if any of you have had a similar problem and if so how do you manage multiple orders for vintage fabrics?