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Friday, June 7, 2013

Shopping ban!

Whoops, I dropped off the Me Made May posting bandwagon there.  I'm proud that I did commit through the whole month though, wearing something me-made every day.

While going through the motions last month, it occurred to me that I have a LOT of me-made stuff that is very serviceable.  Why do I still reach a lot for my store-bought things?  It's not that I don't like the things I've made.  I think it's just that I have so much purchased clothing!  I've bought way more than I needed in years past, and I still buy when I don't need to even though I've gotten much better. 

From this realization, I decided I'm going to have a clothes shopping ban for the next year.  Shoes are ok (hehe) and socks and undergarments, but other than that, I can't forsee a need.  The only thing I can't really make are fine-gauge sweaters, and I think I have plenty of those to get me through the year.  Of course, I can sew and knit to my heart's content, and I'm not putting any explicit limits on fabric or yarn purchases, though it's always better to shop the shrinking stash. 

Time to go get sewing.


Andrea said...

You may be interested in visiting Sarah at Goodbye Valentino. A group of sewists have made similar commitments, as Sarah did. Good luck!

Diana said...

Jenny, good for you. I did the exact same thing (including not including shoes,ha.ha!)the first of October. I included socks and undies because I even have too many of those. I haven't bought a thing since and it's not even hard. Much easier on the bank account.

Tampa Bay Lisa said...

Good for you and your budget! While I don't sew my own clothes (yet), I instituted a no-clothes-made-in-China ban. It has kept me from MANY unnecessary purchases! Unfortunately, I have to break it when buying clothes for the grandbabies, because I can find very little for them, but one day I hope to be able to make their clothes! :-)

Lois Evensen said...

Oh, do I relate! I just spent most of today going through closets and boxes of clothes. I have a huge box ready for the Salvation Army and still have more to sort. I have no desire to buy new clothes (today)!