Thank you so much to Elena for featuring me on her Seamless blog!
I’ve completed my challenge now – eighteen months of no shopping for clothes, with the past 6 months as part of the Seamless Challenge.
I think it has taught me some good habits. There have been several times I’ve been tempted to buy something new to go out in – then I’ve found the perfect outfit already in my wardrobe. Sometimes unworn…
The clothes that have needed replacing are the everyday things – t-shirts, leggings, pyjamas – and I can make those.
I’ve given away or sold around a third of my clothes, and I don’t miss any of them. To make the process less painful I put anything I wasn’t sure about in a big box under the bed. After a month or two, it was easy to get rid of things that hadn’t found their way back into my wardrobe.
Since my challenge ended I’ve bought a pair of jeans, a dress and some shoes (click on the picture for details). Making jeans is beyond me, and I love the print of the dress – it has owls and deer! These were on separate shopping trips, because I found buying one thing was enough each time. Very strange – I used to love coming home with lots of bags!
I’m not going to renew my Seamless Challenge for now, but I have challenged myself to use my fabric stash by joining in the Stashbusting Sewalong, and I’m in the Sewlutions jar with a stashbusting resolution – to use twelve pieces of fabric from my stash. I’ll also try not to buy too many patterns – but this is hard!
And I’ll be keeping a record of clothes I buy. I think it will be interesting to look back at the end of the year, and should act as a brake if I’m tempted to slip back into my old, bad, ways.