Wow! I completely forgot to post updates about my self imposed No Buying Clothes for a year challenge! I guess I’ve had other things on my mind for the past couple months with moving and settling in, so here we go with the latest update for June and July.
I’ve had way too much fun this past weekend in Canmore with my girl friend and then with family on Sunday afternoon. I didn’t do anything sewing or blogging related, so here I am doing all my catching up on posts.
I am definitely overdue for the NBC Challenge update. And I am proud to report that I went another month without buying clothes!! I think it is a success. I did come close to buying a t-shirt in Canmore this past weekend though. Mainly because the t-shirt had “Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy” artsy thing on it (I am a geek) and I had a couple glasses of wine prior to seeing the t-shirt. But I pulled myself together and opted out to buy a random book instead, which in the end was also cheaper. I hope the book will turn out to be good! But here are my thoughts this month:
- I am still spending too much on fabric. I managed to buy fabric at a local FabricLand every time I went to pick up notions, and I purchased denim from Threadbare Fabrics (I will write a separate review of my experience). Even though I set myself a budget for fabric spending, I did go over it. I feel bad, but I feel like I may have learnt something this month by watching and seeing how I spent my hard earned money on fabulous fabrics. I am really hoping next month will be better! This time I will really try to stick to my budget and shop my stash instead.
- I find that I do not miss my ready to wear garments as much as I thought I would. Even sweaters. On one hand I still need that ivory sweater I talked about in my last NBC update post. But on the other hand, I am excited to make it myself. I know that the sweater I will make will fit me everywhere and will be long enough for my long torso!
- My office is right next to the mall and I thought that I would be very tempted every time I have to walk through it to get somewhere else. But so far I find that the mall has been serving as an inspiration to me, rather than temptation. I love seeing garments and think of ideas and what I can make. I especially enjoy seeing and touching good quality garments, I find they push me to look for quality fabrics and slow down during construction of my clothing.
- Finally, I listened to “I’ll Drink to That” by Betty Halbreich a couple weeks ago and I absolutely enjoyed the book! Even though it is written about shopping and clothes, it talks about quality garments, wardrobes, style and fashion. I love listening to audiobooks while I sew, or drive, or go for walks, and I found this one also made me want to elevate the quality of my sewing. I also really enjoyed Betty talk about not needing too many clothes or new clothes all the time, yet striving to be elegant and put together. I really relate to that message.
It wasn’t much of an update this month, but that’s also a good thing. I am staying on course and I am still feeling good about the challenge!
What about you? Have you purchased any RTW? What do you listen to while you sew?
It has occurred to me this morning that I completely forgot to post an update on how my No Buying Clothes Challenge is going. It has been another month of not buying any clothes and I am continuing to learn and develop from this process. An update is in order!
I really should come up with a different tag for my No Buying Clothes for a Year Challenge, or a cool abbreviation… It’s just too wordy and seems bulky and takes forever to type. I toyed with Shopping Free Year, but it’s not truly reflective of the reality, because I will still buy shoes, accessories and fabric. It is also not quite Ready To Wear Free Year, because I am still wearing my RTW clothes I already have, I am just not buying more. So after thinking about it I am going to go with NBC Challenge as in Not Buying Clothes Challenge. As you can see, I am very creative when it comes to naming things . It’s been a month after I’ve officially announced NBC Challenge on my blog (truly thinking that no one would notice it!), and I think an update is in order. Keep reading “NBC Challenge – Update 1”
For the past couple years or so I have been striving to live more minimally. I am in no way a full on follower of minimalist movement (not because I don’t like it, it’s just hard for me), but I do try to limit the amount of “things” that I owe. Although, I bet my brother would disagree with that statement. Still, I do strive to do my best to live with less. I find when it comes to my clothing I feel better and more prepared when I don’t have a lot of things, and everything that I have fits me well and goes well together. A closet overflowing with items is seriously anxiety evoking for me. Keep reading “No Shopping for Clothes for a year?…”