There were times when the garment I was making didn't turn out right and I thought, for a moment, that it would be easier to buy the darn thing, but with persistency I got through it and it became easier as the months went by. I think mostly because I was able to sew all the things that I wanted and needed. This year has taught me a number of things about myself:
- I can do anything if I put my mind to it (cliché, I know). Forcing myself to give up something that I loved has given me a better understanding of what motivates me. I was able to reflect on WHY I felt the need to shop for clothing, knowing full well that they maybe ill-fitting, etc. I surpassed my goal for the year of 1 garment a week and I never looked back!
- That there is more to life than shopping. My life was still very busy without the shopping and I often found myself wondering, when did I have time to shop?
- It allowed me to hone my sewing skills. To better understand the art of garment making and to appreciate that it takes time to make some amazing garments that will last.
- It is important to be more selective. Because I am able to sew most of my own clothing, I can be more selective in what I purchase. I don't have to run into the store at the first sign of a sale.
- Have fun! Sewing can definitely be trying at times, there were times when the garment didn't go the way I wanted it to. BUT in the end I truly enjoyed my sewing experience. The fact that people do this for a living, I AM JEALOUS. The piecing patterns together, the choosing the perfect fabric...it was all FUN
The Ready to Wear Fast was one of my highlights for the year! I have to say, it is unlikely that I will every go back to buying RTW garments on a regular basis. I have given up my moratorium on RTW but I will definitely be more selective in what I purchase.
Here's the year in review: