365 days without shopping!

Let's be honest girls...we buy too many clothes. This year I have decided to put an end to my constant clothing consumption and re-invent, re-work and recycle my own wardrobe and the wardrobes around me. I will only wear clothes made by my own hands, exchanged / borrowed from a friend (or friendly stranger) or salvaged secondhand. And so starts my good fashion choices, even if I'm only making them for myself.

Friday, December 31, 2010

No New Years Resolutions Here

Happy New Year Everyone! Has it been a whole year already? ‘Far out Barbie!’ I hope you are all relaxing and enjoying some time off!

While this is a great time of year to be reflecting on the year that’s been and look ahead at the year to come, I can’t help but feel I’ve been a little lazy this year and am hesitant about sitting down and writing down some goals. I tend to start projects all guns blazing, peak too soon and run out of puff quite quickly. This is particularly how I feel towards this blog. I think I’ve spent more time staring guiltily at my keyboard, imagining myself tapping passionately away at it’s keys, than actually sitting down and nutting it out. I’ve also been avoiding questions from friends that start with ‘How’s your blog thing going…?’
Although I have sewn more than I ever before…written reams more than in previous years… and organised swap events that have raised money for charity… OH and I did go a whole YEAR without buying new clothes!
            What am I talking about? I have been good this year! I got married, finished uni and set up a home. I even bought a second-hand wedding dress for crying out loud! I also managed to sell it again, only yesterday, to a beautiful bride up the north coast who loves it just as much as I do.
            I think that maybe by the second half of the year this project had become lifestyle and didn’t seem like such a sacrifice or blog worthy news. I think my first goal for this year is going to be cutting myself some slack and just keep striving for what I’m passionate about, regardless of what the results might look like short term. I will be doing a little clothes shopping though. But I am by no means dying to run out to the shops and buy a whole new wardrobe. In fact only the other day I was doing a massive clean out of my wardrobe and still thinking I had way too many clothes, even though I haven’t purchased any new ones FOR A WHOLE YEAR!
            Thank you to everyone that made doing this project so fun and inspiring! Special mention to my resident sewing-fixer-up-er-er: my mum, Kristy Rigg, Aziza Green, Karina Hancock, Joanne Yan, Georgia Lee, Kiara-Ra-Ra and of course my incredibly lateral thinking husband, who thinks my most banal ideas are pure genius!

I will continue to post sewing projects and updates as they come, as long as they don’t interfer with my no. 1 goal for this year ;)

Much love and I’ll chat to you soon,

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