Three months in, how am I doing?
Part of my Seamless Pledge was to sell or give away clothes, patterns and fabrics I’m not going to use.
So far, I have –
Been ruthless. Four years ago, I worked in a professional office and went to a fair number of ‘posh dos’ through work. Now I work at home and rarely dress formally in the evening. Time for that to be reflected in my wardrobe! I must admit, the suits went ages ago, but the pretty cocktail dresses were much harder to let go of.
Sold fabric to a professional dressmaker. I used to make tweed doorstops, but got tired of hauling them around to craft fairs, so all the wool and tweed I won’t use has gone to her.
Sold all my wool stash on ebay. All those odd balls of wool left over from projects – gone! I sold them in mixed groups, by yarn type.
Sewing and craft books. I have too many and they are too heavy to sell online. I rent a shelf for my work at Mill Street Crafts (Sidmouth in Devon) and they are now selling second hand craft books, taking a commission. Result!
Booked a table at a Rag Market. For the remaining fabric and patterns that I don’t want. I’m sharing with a friend and the plan is not to come back with more than we take – I’ll let you know how we get on!
I’ve also given lots of things away. Mr D has been very helpful – typical conversation…
Me – But isn’t it useful to have a sleeping bag?
Mr D – Not if you haven’t used it for 14 years.
My three year old nephew is very happy with his grown-up sleeping bag, and it’s already been on a camping holiday. “Zip it all the way up Mummy” he says (aw!).
I feel great, having got rid of so much stuff. The spare bedroom no longer looks like a warehouse, the boxes under the beds are disappearing, and my wardrobe is full of clothes I might actually wear. Plus more room for the things I’m making now (tee hee).
The other part of my pledge is not to buy anything new, and the only thing I’ve bought is one small vest top. It is emerald green, beautifully cut and less than £2 in a sale…
I am supposed to be sewing only from my fabric and pattern stash, but did buy some (bargain) Liberty and John Kaldor fabric, and my Kelly skirt pattern.
So, a wee bit of rule breaking, but signing the pledge meant I really thought before buying – and decided I really, really wanted them!