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.
First off, I consider the challenge to be a success so far. I managed not to buy any clothes! Although, does a t-shirt that Shaun bought for me count? Shaun got me a t-shirt to support Fort McMurray wildfire disaster, which I promptly refashioned and have been wearing proudly. However, I don’t think the t-shirt sabotaged my challenge since it was both a present and bought to support a good cause, right?
Tonight we went to see Revv52 show and my friend Betty sing in it. She is so talented and absolutely ah-mazing!! 😍😃 I wore a refashioned #alberta63 t-shirt. It's a super plain shapeless tee that I modified – I lowered a neckline and bound it with a scrap of white knit fabric I had, I took it in at the sides and instead of redoing the sleeves I rolled them up and placed tacks all around the cuff so it doesn't unroll. This created a feminine sleeve without major re-work. I'm loving it, it's an easy project and resulted in a Tshirt I want to wear everywhere 😀• #revv52 #memadeeveryday #refashion
I haven’t had any cravings to buy clothes yet. If anything I have really been noticing the short comings of some of my RTW. I have been ruthlessly weeding RTW tops out of my wardrobe for the past month or so. Don’t get me wrong, they are great pieces and I love them, but I have never realized that they didn’t fit me well until I started wearing more of my own makes. I am tall, 5’10” to be exact, and I noticed that most of my t-shirts and tops just don’t look right on me. They are a little too short. Some are uncomfortably short and some simply aesthetically not pleasing short. As in, they sit at an off spot on my hips, not doing anything for my shape. It’s minor of course, but the difference is really noticeable when I wear something that is long enough.
I still crave comfy cozy sweaters, but having realized the shortcomings (ha! short!) of RTW, I am definitely embracing the fact that I may not be buying many sweaters after all. I am exploring my options and looking for variety of knit fabrics online and I am happy to be finding lots of options in the US, even if the delivery may be pricey. I am also open to finding nice oversized sweaters in consignment stores that I can re-work into well fitting sweaters for myself. I am excited for all the possibilities!
We have successfully moved into the new house! This time proved to be a little more stressful then expected, with a couple other things happening as well. They weren’t anything major but needed to be dealt with right away. Seriously, Life, your timing is awful! But thankfully, everything seems to be settling down and stress is slowly fading away.
I took the downtime on Friday night to set up my new sewing space. For now I am going to be using dining room in the new house. We are planning extensive renovations to the house over the next 3-5 years, so eventually I will be moving into an office space at the far end of the house. At this time though, Shaun and I both feel that the office is too far away and we will be too separated from each other. I guess we still like each other, so that’s good considering we’ve signed up for years and years of mortgage together.
There is not much space for my fabric stash in the dining room, so most of my fabric is still in boxes. I will just have to pull out the fabrics that I will actually be working with and store the rest elsewhere. That’s okay though, hopefully it will teach me to control my fabric addiction. Fingers crossed!
Finally, taking this moving enforced leave from sewing has kicked my sew-jo into high gear, and as soon as I was ready for some sewing I came up with a very unrealistic sewing plan for myself for the rest of the summer:
There is a total of 21 items on the list! There is no way I will do it all, and I do not want to impose this expectation on myself. Also, this is more of a guideline, what if I decide I simply must create something else that is not on the list? H0opefully though, I will take a sizable chunk out of it. I already managed to finish 5 items this weekend (the ones that are crossed out). So there is hope after all! By the way the items with the asterisk next to them, are the next on the list. Everything is also organized by thread color so that I don’t have to change thread in my serger if I don’t have to. I am lazy!
So here it is, my NBC Challenge and life update. Now I need this rain to stop so I can finally photograph all my new makes!