Personal Challenge : No-buy Year

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Greetings Everyone!

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. IMG_0185Year 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…

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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.

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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;)

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Well, did you give yourself a challenge for 2020?  I hope you have a wonderful weekend!

Cheers!

Ann

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p.s. Current status of my red faux leather cardigan…the pockets are sewn on!

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