A new page for those who have given up buying Ready-to-Wear clothing for one year in favor of making their clothes! Join the page where you can document your projects and support others who are undergoing or contemplating the same challenge! What constitutes an RTW fast? Refraining from buying ALL outerwear, dresses, tops, pants, shorts, sweaters, coats, exercise clothes, jeans and bathing suits. Shoes, socks and underwear are permitted If you’d like to join in please send your name, a photo, a couple of sentences about yourself and a link to an online photo album to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Linda began her RTW fast on August 1, 2012. Linda gave up buying Ready-to-Wear for one year on August 1, 2012. Tired of buying cheap clothes made overseas or paying a fortune for clothing, she was ready for a lifestyle change. Linda recently resumed sewing after a long hiatus. Living in a warm climate and leading a fairly casual lifestyle can easily lead to a wardrobe of crops and Ts, which she resists! Her new flickr album is HERE featuring a Diane Ericson top. She is currently working on a coordinating jacket.
Robin gave up buying RTW on September 18, 2012. Robin is a professional working single mother of two, with a limited budget and a need for semi high-end business attire. Finding clothes to fit is a challenge and she is focusing on mastering a perfect fit while sewing for herself. With a fairly high stress job and life, sewing helps Robin relax. She finds inspiration in watching a beautiful piece of clothing materialize at the end of all the hard work. View Robin’s creation HERE on her blog.
Andi began the RTW Fast on October 10, 2012. Andi has been sewing for many years. She admits to walking through shops and saying “I can make that” while looking at RTW. Now she has decided to walk the walk. Andi will miss the clearance rack jeans, but is determined to SEW rather than BUY for a year. Follow Andi’s creations HERE on her blog. Jillian has been on a RTW fast for THREE YEARS!
Jillian has been on an RTW Fast for THREE YEARS! She learned to sew as a child with her Mom on her Singer Featherweight. After a 25+ hiatus, Jillian began sewing again for her Mom and it became an instant obsession. Three years later she hasn’t bought any RTW other than thrift clothes for refashioning purposes. Follow Jillian’s blog HERE or visit her Pattern Review page where she is known as JillyBe.
Joy began her RTW Fast on October 10, 2012. Joy has just finished planning and executing her daughter’s wedding and now plans to finish her dissertation, re-enter the work force, AND fast from RTW for a year! Fairly new to sewing, Joy sews on an old Kenmore that she loves and a Singer serger. She became interested in sewing through sewing bloggers that demonstrated beautiful and good quality clothes can be sewn at home at a fraction of the cost! She hopes to complete her dissertation by August 2013. Joy’s projects can be seen HERE on her blog.
Lorraine began her RTW fast on October 11, 2012. Lorraine returns to the world of dressmaking after a number of years in the wilderness After entering the Pattern Review Mini Wardrobe contest, and successfully making some simple patterns, she is excited to get back on the pedal. Lorraine looks forward to seeing a co-ordinated wardrobe in her closet each morning. View Lorraine’s creations HERE.
Jenna‘s RTW Fast began on October 11, 2012. Jenna comes from a family of sewers but she is the first to be interested in sewing clothing. A huge stash of donated fabric from numerous people combined with economic measures inspired her to start sewing clothes for herself. She now sews for her young children too and hopes to sew her husband’s wardrobe one day. Follow her sewing progress HERE.
Teri started a year-long RTW fast on October 14, 2012. Teri lives a casual lifestyle in the rural West. An avid runner, Teri has noticed her running clothes are beginning to compete for closet space with her jeans. In addition to her husband of 30 years, Teri loves sewing, photography, horses and dogs.
Follow Teri’s progress on her new blog HERE.
Cissie has been sewing for most of her life. Like many of you, she made doll clothes under her mother’s watchful eye as a little girl. After college I devoted herself to sewing for her children and then grandchildren. Four years ago, she realized she could not cram one more outfit into her 3 granddaughters’ closets and began sewing for herself. She was hooked from the very beginning.
“Three years ago, I vowed on New Year’s Eve to make all of my clothes for the year. A diet, if you will. And like all diets, it was not always easy to follow and I fell off the wagon a few times. However, for the past year, I have only indulged in RTW for jeans and bathing suits. I have been lucky enough to take several classes from Susan Khalje. These classes have resulted in 2 1/2 “Chanel”-inspired suits and most recently a lace dress. And although I enjoy the couture process a great deal, I also spend time making knit tops and dresses — down and dirty sewing for my real life.
My goal for this year is to finally tackle pants, real pants instead of just the pull on version I have been making. I know that I will find inspiration and help on one of the many sewing blogs that have been so helpful in my journey.” Find Cissie’s beautiful clothes HERE on her Pattern Review website!
Laura began her RTW fast on October 15, 2012. She has struggled to find clothes that fit throughout her life beginning at age six when all of the pants were too short! Laura’s mother taught her to sew when she was 5 and she has been sewing since. As a stay at home mom to 4 children, Laura’s primary sewing goal is to tackle jeans and casual, yet stylish clothes. Follow Laura HERE on her blog.
Carola committed to an RTW fast for a year on October 19, 2012 after finishing the Couture Dress class with Susan Khalje. A wife and mother to three teenagers, Carola lives in Perth, Australia, and is just under 6′ (182cm) tall. Tired of buying ill-fitting RTW, she sees this year as an opportunity for growth and learning. Follow Carola’s progress and creations HERE on her blog.
Jean committed to the RTW one year fast on October 9, 2012. Like many, Jean has sewn off and on for years and has grown tired of ready-to-wear choices. After re-organizing her sewing room and comprehending the size of her fabric stash, Jean decided to quit shopping and start sewing! See Jean’s projects HERE on Flickr.
Barbara is already on her second year of an RTW Fast and hasn’t purchased any RTW since March 2010! Her fast resulted from the frustration of not finding affordable clothes that fit. Barbara has sewn off and on since age 10 but officially declares herself as obsessed now! She recently started a sewing blog with her daughter HERE and has many photos on the Pattern Review website HERE. Her current project is inspired but a Michael Kors knit dress and in the photo, Barbara is wearing a dress she recently made for her daughter’s engagement party.
Annika, officially began her RTW fast on January 1, 2013. She bought her first sewing machine, a Husqvarna Viking Opal 650, in October and has been sewing constantly ever since. Annika tried sewing in her teens but was always disappointed with the results. Twenty years later, with all the sewing blogs and tutorials available on the internet, Annika has found inspiration and resources galore to improve her sewing skills. She cites the online sewing community as giving her the confidence to fast from RTW shopping and sew instead. Follow Annika’s progress on her new blog HERE.
Sandra began her RTW Fast on January 1, 2013. Living in New Zealand, she grew up with a sewing mom and has sewn herself for years. Eventually her sewing machine made appearances only for special occasions and during extended vacations. Sandra’s interest in sewing was recently rekindled resulting in taking a couture class and starting a BLOG where you can follow her.
Denise started the RTW Fast on January 1, 2013. Her biggest challenge will be passing up a bargain, because if she can buy something cheaper than she can make it – she buys it! Follow Denise on her blog HERE.
” My husband is thrilled. Now he only has to worry about my fabric habit LOL.”