I hope you are all doing well. I decided to challenge myself to a no-buy year…again. A year where I do not purchase clothes, shoes, & accessories but use what I have in my closet. If I do want something, then I would sew it using couture techniques. This is my personal contribution to slow fashion and also my husband’s dental school education. I tried this challenge last year but a pair of shoes ended that challenge fairly quickly. Well, 2020 will be different. Also, I thought I would hold myself more accountable if I shared this journey with you.
The Last Purchase of 2019
On Decemeber 30, 2019 11:13am I submitted my last purchase for the year. They are my running shoes for 2020, the Asics Gel-Nimbus 21. I was initially torn by the 3 colors below for different reasons. At one point, I was tempted to buy all three because they were on sale and because I run a lot (so I told myself). O how easy it is to justify purchases;). I decided on the mist/frost almond color because it went well with my work out clothes. Year 2020 : Temptation #1
Jan4, 2020. My sister called me up and said my brother-in-law found a great deal for a hotel in the Galleria (only the largest shopping mall in Texas and 7th in the United States). She mentioned it would be fun to have a staycation before our kids & Mr. T start school again. I agreed so 3 rooms were booked. Yay! Grandma joined us as well. I always have a great time with my family and my kids simply love staying in a hotel room. Also, I was overly confident I would not fall into the temptation of purchasing. I would just go and “study” the different stitching techniques for my current project, the red faux leather cardigan.
My confidence didn’t last long when I came across this Sterling Grey Trench coat. It was a classic piece, it was on sale for an unbeatable price, the color was a beautiful shade of grey, and it fits so well (besides the extra long belt). My husband even encouraged me to purchase it…
Remember the challenge Ann. I told myself that if it isn’t around in 2021, I can sew it and design a unique trench coat just for me. Trench coats are classic pieces so they will always be around, but it was this specific color & fit that I liked…well, I already have a few coats I can wear.
So I passed it up and went back to researching topstitches…every shop we went into or passed by, I would search out the leather jackets and study the stitches. I wanted to see what was visually pleasing to the eye and how I can incorporate it into my sewing project. After doing the research, I felt better about finishing the topstitch on my cardigan.
This was a short fun getaway with the family and I got to accomplish some research while at it;) Also, every time I got into the elevator of our hotel, I would see the image below. Does it look familiar? I thought it looked very similar to my current project but with a collar. It was great reminder that I have a coat waiting to be finished and I didn’t need a new trench coat just yet;)
Well, did you give yourself a challenge for 2020? I hope you have a wonderful weekend!
p.s. Current status of my red faux leather cardigan…the pockets are sewn on!