Hey everyone! It’s the first day of a new month, and I wanted to share with you a little idea I had when I was mindlessly shopping in one of those urban wastelands also known as a shopping centre a few days ago.
I pledge to only buy used clothing from thrift stores or to make my own clothes for the next 6 months.
Isn’t it just too easy to wander into a store lately? There are always some great sales happening, and next thing you know, you’ve bought half a dozen things that you just couldn’t pass up, under the name of retail therapy. What bargains! But you hardly ever wear them, your wardrobe is already overflowing, and meanwhile, you have just contributed to supporting what is often slave labour to produce them. I mean, really. I can’t MAKE a t-shirt for $4, so why is it ok to buy one? Who made it?
This is a rather touchy subject, especially when you see the number of people in the city who are veritable slaves to fashion. But for me, I wear what suits me, what’s comfortable and what I enjoy. I don’t buy because of the fact that colours are now in, or out. I don’t care that my hem is 2 inches too high or too low. I’m also not naive enough to think that this will really make a difference. But I feel better knowing that I am making a stand. Maybe you’d like to make one with me?
Eventually I would like to change much more of my wardrobe over to handmade clothing, however until my energy levels and skills catch up, I will settle for recycling previously loved clothes. And, obviously, I get bonus points if I use fabric that’s already in my rather large collection!
And there are some wonderful finds out there – here are just a couple of my thrifting scores of the last few weeks, as I’ve already shown you what I’ve sewn up recently.
Fresh dress for the last of summer, $4
Gorgeous cotton skirt – with its own adorable underlayer. $2
So I expect all my lovely readers to keep me accountable whenever my steps may stray into the realms of clothing stores or the big chain stores, so that one item at a time, we can make our clothes a little bit more friendly all around.
So the official challenge starts today, the 1st of March. No new clothing for me for 6 months. I will check in regularly and let you all know how I’m going!
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