Over the weekend upon hearing about my blog, a friend told me that she and a group participated in The Great American Apparel Diet during Lent 2011. I never knew this organization existed, but two years ago I did the same thing on my own during Lent. I made it until Easter but quickly learned this diet was not the way for me to go, for I indulged in some serious shopping shortly after Easter making up for whatever I didn’t spend during those six weeks.
I l o v e sewing clothes again. Deprivation from shopping for clothes has been replaced with creative energy bringing new life into my world.
As I conclude month two of my year to make clothes and not buy clothes, I can proudly announce that I’ve spent $54.00 on clothes in October. Since August 31st I have spent a total of $119 and have added 13 pieces of clothing to my wardrobe. To easily keep track of what I made (or refashioned) I created a gallery at the top of the page – 7 skirts 5 tops and 1 suit so far. I know many of these things don’t compare to the designers and labels I was accustomed to buying but I don’t care. My sewing skills are improving and besides, I have nice RTW garments hanging my closet to wear as well.
I suppose I’m on an apparel diet of some sort, but I think its one I can live with for a while. Ten months to go!