The Great American Apparel Diet

31 Oct The Great American Apparel Diet

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!

 Happy Halloween!

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  • Lakaribane
    Posted at 08:43h, 31 October Reply

    I like the concept (plus reminds me of my Catholic High School practices!!!)

    I realized recently taht I’ve actually stopped buying RTW almost completely. The most recent purchase was a couple of jeans because I was not happy with the ONE pair I own.

    Of course, I live outside the US and usually do my RTW shopping when I travel abroad. My last trip was Nov 10 and I bought mostly cropped cardigans (AC at work is fierce!) and neutral t-shirts for layering (it’s the Caribbean, after all).

    As you said, your skills are improving over time. I’m not sure anyone can tell what is RTW and what is not. The whole concept of sewing is so foreign or antiquated these days, people cannot conceive of making clothing and wearing it, LOL!

    Keep up the good work, both financially, emotionally and…crafty-ly!!!

    • goodbyevalentino
      Posted at 20:38h, 31 October Reply

      All this time I thought you lived in Quebec but I’m so wrong……….! Haiti – my goodness, why did I think Quebec? Speaking of cardigans……. sweaters are what I miss and are most likely the first thing I will buy on September 1, 2012. And I agree……people cannot conceive of making clothes! One thing I am enjoying about sewing now is that I have a better understanding of what looks good on me – pattern and fabric wise – and because of that I can hopefully avoid wasting time, money and fabric.
      Thanks for your comments!

  • Bethsews
    Posted at 19:16h, 31 October Reply

    The Gallery was a great idea – obviously you are learning blogging skills too!!

    • goodbyevalentino
      Posted at 20:30h, 31 October Reply

      Thanks, Beth. I don’t know what’s easier (or should I say harder…) blogging or sewing!

  • Doobee
    Posted at 19:54h, 31 October Reply

    A six week fashion diet – yuk!!! You did well to last the six weeks. But with your sewing skills you will knock over the next 10 months with ease. How hard is it to look….but not buy??? That must be the killer. So far your gallery tells a story of success in your quest of stopping the shopping madness – keep going till the end!!!

    • goodbyevalentino
      Posted at 20:29h, 31 October Reply

      Thanks for your comments!
      I spend too much on clothes and needed to go on a fashion diet. It’s not just that I spend too much- I buy impulsively which has led to buying several things that look alike or that I don’t wear. What I have discovered sewing is that the stores and websites have become wonderful inspirations rather than temptations. I’ve given myself the flexibility to buy shoes, jewelry and accessories that are not fabric (like scarves), so that if I really have that spending urge I can go buy something. The funny thing is however, that I’ve hardly bought anything! One necklace at a Kate Spade outlet and two pairs of inexpensive shoes elsewhere.
      I’m glad you like the gallery and truly appreciate your encouragement!

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