Although I have had this blog since 2005, only the last 5 or so months have been really productive. It all came down to my challenge 2010, it´s simple: I said to myself in january this year; that I shall restrain myself from buying any new clothes. After making this decision, I discovered the fantastic online sewing community and I got even more inspired. Now, with only three months left of 2010, I thought I´d write down some thoughts on how I am doing.
- Keeping up with no spending. For my challenge, I allowed myself to buy tights, underwear etc., and to get stuff in thrift stores if I wanted to. The only thing I´ve bought so far is some tights (it is after all quite cold here for most of the year) and one wax print wrap-around skirt at the Salvation Army´s thrift store (this is the same skirt I forgot I hadn´t made and that I accidentally wore a couple of hours during September), and another skirt that I am going to refashion (it is part of my grand plan).
- Cleaning out my closet. Now this is the hardest part for me. I love my clothes, both the ones I´ve made myself and the ones that are store- bought. I find it VERY hard to get rid of stuff, and my closets are still crammed. I really need to find a way to be strong and give away stuff. I don´t need it, and I would rather have stuff I LOVE and that has an amazing fit, than have crazy much that is only half- decent. Help me! Please, give me your best advice on kicking out stuff.
- Give more to charity organizations. So, the whole point of my challenge was to help others in need. I want to donate money to charity on a more regular basis, but shamefully, I haven’t got around to setting anything up, yet. I am still researching where my money is most needed. I have been considering some alternatives, though. More on this in a separate post.
As you can clearly see I have only really succeeded in one out of three tasks, and that is to stop spending money on retail clothing. The king of Norway smoked cigarettes for years. At one point, he got cancer and needed to quit. He was then quoted to have said that it was “disappointingly easy to quit”. I must say the same with shopping. It is really not hard at all. It is a liberating feeling, and I know, when the challenge is over, I´ll probably not buy anything from H&M and its likes again. I am looking forward to supporting indie designers, though! There are so many talented folks out there, and they make so many fantastic pieces. Fun!
Some of my thrifty finds. The blue cotton became this and this, the plaid is these shorts. I havn`t used any of the patterns you see yet, but the capris are made out of a bed sheet. Super soft! Ceylon the dress is also made out of a thrifted cotton fabric. Everything is bought at either the Salvation Army or the Red Cross thrift stores in my hometown.
I have started to enjoy thrift shopping this year, and that is frankly the most sustainable way to get “new” things. I really wish that fabric stores would be more aware of where their fabrics come from, so that I as a consumer can make conscious choices there as well as when I buy my Fairtrade and organic foods. I recently stumbled across this interesting site though. It´s called The African Fabric Shop, is UK based, and basically sell fabrics and buttons produced by traceable manufacturers in different african countries. Now, I know, a whole wardrobe can´t only consist of wax print fabric (not mine anyways), but this is one way of trying to make a difference. I am curious if there are some similar projects in India. Must research…
I joined Wardrobe Refashion. It´s really not much to fuzz about, it´s the exact thing I have been doing on my own, only with the support of others in the same situation. I signed up in July for the six months version. I haven’t been very good at posting, as I haven’t refashioned much, but I can off course post stuff I have made from scratch as well, silly me didn’t think of that.
I have also updated my blog design a bit, and added some pages for my finished and upcoming projects. Inspired by creative ladies like Sarah and Alana I came up with a couple of ways for me to keep track of what I am doing. The pages are to be found in the left sidebar and look like this:
I will, when I get back home, go through my closets (again) and really try to get rid of stuff I don´t use. Again, please share if you have some great tips and trick for this purpose.
Thank you for reading.