In 2015, I will (as Sarah proposes) “refrain from buying ALL clothes including outerwear, dresses, tops, pants, shorts, sweaters, coats, fitness apparel, jeans and bathing suits.” (Shoes, socks and under garments are permitted! Whew!)
How do you like THAT New Year’s resolution! 🙂
I am joining a large group of sewists sharing this goal. Check it out on Sarah’s post.
And you ask… WHY???
Well… I love to sew! For years, so many I can’t even count, when I needed a garment I would wander in and out of one store after another, rarely finding anything I loved that I couldn’t have sewn up for myself, sometimes for less money and/or maybe even better! That was always the guideline for my purchases – can I make this myself for less money and/or maybe even better?
I saw Sarah’s “RTW Fast” last year, a few months into the year, and I thought it would be a fabulous thing to try. I followed her group unofficially and realized that I could survive without spending, so I made the pledge to myself right then to make my own garments and not buy them. Did I make it through 2014? Well I must confess… I did break down once.
On a short quick road trip to visit my parents last year I HAD to make a detour to buy clothes. I have the habit of DESPERATELY NEEDING COFFEE while driving. So off I went down the road with my large Timmy’s Latte. Almost there, the sudden change of a light required me to hit the brakes a tad forcefully, while holding my cup. I did stop safely, but ended up with a hoodie and yoga pants covered with the sugary mess that is a Timmy’s Latte.
So I pulled into a … let’s say, “large box store” and bought myself a hoodie and yoga pants and changed right away, putting myself back on the road (with NO more coffee) in minutes.
That was my only garment purchase last year. I still have the hoodie but the yoga pants kind of pulled to one side after I put them through the wash… they ended up at a charity store.
So… moral of the story? Don’t drink coffee and drive… no, that’s not it!
MORAL: This year I am committed to Sarah’s “RTW Fast”. Wish me luck! I wish all my other “RTW Fasters” a whole passel of luck and, more importantly, LOTS of sewing time!