Ok, so over the last few weeks I’ve been mulling over some ideas, and I’ve now decided to set myself a challenge.
1) To make a garment a month from now on, until I run out of ideas/budget/wardrobe space
2) To not buy any new high street clothes unless it’s unavoidable (eg. bridesmaid dress which I don’t have the skills to make)
3) To gradually sell off pieces from my existing wardrobe that I replace or no longer wear
For quite some time now I have struggled to buy high street. Either I don’t like the fit, the style, the quality or the material, or all of the above, and that stays my hand at the till. The only new clothes in my wardrobe have been bought for me (Christmas, birthday) and although I do love and wear them, that doesn’t change my outlook.
Aside from the serious manufacturing practice ethics in play, I am also a great advocate of reuse and recycle. I genuinely love vintage fashion but even if I didn’t, I think I would be an advocate of vintage and second-hand shopping (whether that’s Brick Lane or eBay). We waste far too much as consumers and I very much disagree with “fast fashion”.
So it’s either make or buy second-hand from now on!
All of these ideals and ideas have culminated in my challenge above. I know it’s possible, but it will take determination.
I’m going to be blogging my challenge and posting youtube videos of my makes, but I’ll start out with a couple of intro posts. The next one will be on my new sewing machine, an investment that should enable me to make clothes with more finesse than my clunky Brother machine would have, and the follow-up will be a capsule summary of my current vintage / handmade wardrobe.
Wish me luck!