August 31, 2011

We women who enjoy clothes can usually justify a new purchase, and I have had lots of reasons to shop during the past year. Whether is was my best friend’s daughter’s wedding or my daughter’s best friend’s wedding I was buying a Milly dress here, a Lilly  dress there and then came the Valentino.  How I have loved my first Valentino dress!

Did I mention I have two daughters? Shopping, shopping, shopping.

Last week I was at a clothes show in a friend’s home and there she was ~ a cute sales rep wearing a skirt made from the same fabric as the window treatments in my family room.

What was she selling? SKIRTS!

A clever concept, the show offered three styles of skirts and hundreds of fabric samples, allowing customers to design their own skirts deliverable in two weeks. I sew but it didn’t stop me from spending $561.00 on three skirts.

After one more round of shopping a few days later at yet another home show, I  had a new fall dress on order along with a $350.00 white cotton shirt.  I have purchased $1,500 on a few items of clothing this month and wonder where the paycheck is going.

Then my youngest daughter, a new college graduate, announced she had landed her first job and needed clothes for work…….

I QUIT.  PLEASE – STOP THE MADNESS!  I know there is a better way to live and dress oneself and I plan to find it.

As far as I’m concerned I am finished buying myself clothes for a while – for a year.

I can sew.

I will sew.

I will sew clothes.

I will sew nice clothes for myself.

No more Valentinos.

HERE GOES……………..

9 Responses to ORIGINAL POST

  1. Libby Paul says:

    I finally took the time to view your blog while driving down to Kiawah with Anna over Thanksgiving break. Anna was reading it to me and I almost had a wreck when I took a glimpse at the gown. Wow what a stunning dress! I am sure you were the belle of the ball tonight. Can’t wait to hear. Libby
    I am ready to start my own blog.

    • Thanks, Libby! I find that my blog has been a great tool in holding me accountable to this challenge I’ve given myself. Thanks for the compliment on the gown too. The whole project was intense but I’m glad I stuck it out. I posted a new image of the gang dressed for the evening.

  2. Melody says:

    Yay! I appreciate that you’re stepping away from the madness of RTW and into the saner world of garment sewing. Shopping now seems like a something from the theatre of the ridiculous. It makes no sense anymore.

  3. Hi Melody!
    I just now saw your post. Thanks so much for taking the time to write. RTW is funny…….. last weekend I took my daughter birthday shopping at a high end mall. In the beginning I was so glad not to be buying clothes, but my exposure to the RTW spring fashion increased throughout the day and by the end I had a HUGE shopping list of items I wanted to buy! So for me at least, the best way to avoid buying RTW is to physically stay away from it. I’m OK with virtual “window shopping” but that’s it for now!

  4. Rita Lucido says:

    I just happened upon your blog and boy are you are an inspiration! I’ve been contemplating getting back into sewing, but fear I don’t have the skill (or the machine) to get past frustration. Your style is very similar to mine (just returned from NYC and why didn’t I go to Mood?!!). And I have several expensive items in my closet that I never wear because they don’t fit properly or were a silly impulse purchase.
    Which pattern brand do you think has the most style, yet is appropriate for a beginner? I’m thinking Burda or Very Easy Vogue?
    I love your list of sewing sights, but can you point to one or two that might just help launch me back into sewing. Any other advice is appreciated.

    • Thank you, Rita for your comments!

      My sewing skills are average and most of the pattern choices are easy. I do have good sewing machines – a Bernina 1230 that I’ve had about 16 years and a new Bernina 1150 serger.

      Since I started sewing clothes again, I have tried nearly every pattern brand. I find skirts the easiest garment to make. Simplicity’s partnership with Project Runway has kept the company extremely current, and the instructions are clear and easy to follow. The Pattern Review website (http://sewing.patternreview.com) is a tremendous resource in selecting patterns because members of all sewing levels post images of their sewing projects and review the patterns.

      Every sewing blog listed has in some way inspired me. Stitches and Seams (http://stitchesandseams.blogspot.com) has an e n o r m o u s list of sewing blog links that are listed chronologically by posts making it easy to keep up with the latest sewing news and I love this feature of the blog. The Sew Weekly (http://www.sewweekly.com) website regularly posts looks to make and weekly sewing challenges that bring lots of people together on a consistent basis.

      Sewing today is an entirely different experience than it was 15 or 20 years ago due to the online sewing community and I would not be sewing without it.
      I’ll be interested to know if you start sewing again and hope you’ll keep me posted!
      Many thanks for writing ☺

  5. Peggy becker says:

    First if all, you are sew beautiful. Moviestarish
    Second of all, I dont sew that well.
    Third of all, I can never find much when shopping.
    Fourth if all, oh why not.
    I have a broken knee and lots of time
    I’m in for a try at creating something to wear

  6. Suzanne Parker says:

    I’ve been wanting to ask. Do you own a dress form for measureing and fitting?

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