No new clothes update…

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I thought that it was time for a quick update on my pledge. You may remember that back at the start of March, I wrote THIS post…. where I pledged to buy only used clothes, or to make my own, for 6 months. Well, we are now 5 months in, and I am still going strong. I was actually surprised to find how much mindless browsing among the racks had become part of a habit… and that when I couldn’t buy anything, and forced myself not to look, eventually, I have even lost the desire to look.

Additionally, I have been re-assessing my wardrobe and realised how much I have that I don’t wear. So on the weekend, I sorted out a bag of clothes to send to the op-shop. I hope to keep adding to this bag over the next few weeks.

My pledge may end at the end of this month, but I certainly won’t be racing back to the nearest shop to make up for lost time. I have had a great chance to think about my “retail therapy” habits, which has extended to repeating the mantra, “enjoy without owning” as I walk past aisles of temptation. I am actually really excited about adding more handmade clothes to my wardrobe over the next few months. I have bought a Craftsy Class on designing a-line skirts to fit you, and think that would be a great way to add some variety to my wardrobe for the warmer months.

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Fashion is moving faster and faster in today’s commercial world, and there is much that is not attractive. I think that this “pause” in spending has given me a great chance to look at my wardrobe, my personal style and my needs, and I can develop a range of clothes that fit and flatter, are comfortable to wear and make me feel great, without having to burrow to find them in an ever increasing mountain.

Although I won’t be extending my pledge, I have forever changed my attitude to my clothing. If you haven’t tried a challenge like this before, I can definitely recommend it, both for the impact it will make on the planet, on your budget, and on your own mindset as well.Happy Crafting - Cassie.

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4 Responses

  1. Well done. What a great challenge. Were you able to buy fabric or did you have to make do?

    • Cassandra

      Thank you 🙂 I did allow myself to purchase fabric, but I do love finding odd pieces at the op shop and making something out of them. I also have inherited my mother’s sizeable fabric stash, which I am supposed to be sorting through and using. So a mixture of vintage, new and thrifted. I would love to be getting more sewing done at the moment, but the machine is a migraine trigger for some reason (maybe the light or the motion?) and I’m just not getting the time in like I want, so I’ve been knitting instead. One has to be even more imaginative using up scraps and stray balls of wool!

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