Several years ago I ran a personal project here called Thrifty365. It's essential premise was to reuse/reinvent what I already owned and shop the secondary market as much as possible. Over the last few years, I have migrated away from this mindset far more than I am comfortable. I still thrift for most of our needs; however, I have leaned more towards buying new fabric and supplies than necessary. This year, my focus is intention, and bringing back a intention-centred project is just what I need.
A quick Google search revealed that many others have adopted this idea and have started their own social forums to document their progress. In order to not feel as though I were poaching their ideas, I have refreshed my thrifty project to reflect my 2016 goal.
|Striped Dolores top and denim Ruby dress - two of my favourite makes of 2015|
I have just placed what will be my last (hopefully, c'mon willpower!) orders for new fabrics for this year. I am very fortunate to have a generous fabric and yarn stash and I would like to create from this almost exclusively this year. I am allowing myself to thrift 'new' fabric should I come across something I like, but I am determined to resist the siren song of the bright and shiny. Not only am I running out of space in my sewing cupboard (a 2 door Ikea wardrobe), how much fabric do I really need?
|My 4-pattern hack maxi dress in stripey jersey.|
My weight gain over the last year (thanks, Prednisone!) has meant that I have essentially been making myself a new wardrobe for the last several months. Accommodating the needs of my psoriatic arthritis (itching and raw skin, painful joints, and sometimes limited dexterity), has meant putting my uniform of the past of dresses/tights/cardigans aside and reinventing my style to feel both comfortable and wearable. Feeling uncomfortable in my clothing was a real knock to my self-confidence. Feeling good in what I make and wear is instrumental in my mood and even my energy levels, which is primarily why I wore so much pink during the summer and early fall - it helped me fight my autoimmune battles.
I now primarily sew separates, many of them in knits. Soft, forgiving fabrics are best, especially on my challenging days, and velveteen, brushed corduroy, and soft jersey fabrics now make up my cool weather wardrobe. I will continue to build my 3 Season Wardrobe throughout the year and I am feeling particularly inspired by Phryne Fisher, so you can expect to see draped tops, flowing trousers, and decadent kimono jackets. Lush!
I have been listening to a lot of audiobooks whilst I craft of late and have discovered the wonderful Maisie Dobbs series. She reminds me of a mix of Phryne Fisher, Georgianna Rannoch, and Mary Russell Holmes. I'm enjoying getting to know her and am delighted that I can download these for free from my local library using Overdrive. You should try it!