Six months ago in a fit of New Year’s optimism, I pledged to refrain from clothes buying for a six-month period. This week, those six months are up and I’m very pleased to announce that I’ve stuck to my pledge! Yippee!
The original idea came from the Wardrobe Refashion blog, (which sadly is no more) with the focus being more on refashioning existing or thrifted clothing. In this respect I didn’t do very well, as I managed to refashion a total of (ahem) zero items during this period. The thing is, I’m just no good at refashioning. I just don’t have that far-reaching vision for turning old granny clothes into funky, wearable, individual pieces that uber-refashioners such as Zoe and Miss P seem to have in spades. Having failed miserably on the refashioning front, I have at least made all my own clothes from scratch this past six months and spent no money at all on shop bought clothing. This is the total sum of everything I’ve made:
3 x Dresses (including my not yet blogged about Oolong)
9 x Tops/Blouses
3 x Skirts
1 x Pair of trousers
Whoa, that’s a lot of clothes, probably way more than I would have bought in a typical six-month period. But…. all the clothes I've made fit properly and are made in styles that suit my personality and with fabrics that have been chosen by me because I love them.
Even taking into consideration the giant list of clothes I’ve made myself, I’ve still saved a LOT of money during my six months of abstinence. If I’m not buying clothes, I’m not going shopping as much, therefore I’m not spending money on crap I don’t need. Pretty simple really.
I haven’t missed buying clothes at all, in fact I’m really used to it now. I still get inspiration from the shops, but most of the time I know I’m looking at something I could make myself, (with added polka dot embellishments of course). Knitwear is the one exception. I can’t knit and don’t think I’ll ever really want to. My attempts at knitting scarves with my Nana when I was little always ended in disaster (how did those mysterious holes find their way into my knitting?!) I was, and probably still am, absolutely useless. So that’s one area I’ll never be able to craft for myself. Which is why those of you who paid careful attention to my non me-made clothes during MMJ will have noticed my little weakness for John Smedley knitwear….
I’ve decided I’m going to continue not buying clothes for the time being and see where it takes me. I'll only be sticking to this rule on a very casual basis - if I see something I love, I’ll buy it, but it will have to be something pretty special to have me handing over my cash! Let's see how long I last.
Have a lovely weekend. x