Here’s the thing: from time to time I make bold declarations on this blog and then miraculously never talk about them again. By way of example, I’ve committed to deadlines that have come and gone with no further mention of them, I’ve been known to announce I’m joining a sew-along to later never produce an item for it, and I have even been known to make resolutions that never come to pass. What can I say other than life has a funny way of getting in the way of the best laid plans? This post is my attempt to tie up loose ends, introduce some accountability (i.e. fessing up), and to get organized in general. In other words, pure.administrative.joy.
I, Andrea of Stitch Parade, am taking the Seamless Pledge for the duration of the year 2012. Between January 1 and December 31, 2012 I will abstain from buying any new clothes. I will fill the gaps in my wardrobe with clothes made or refashioned with my own two hands. I will place emphasis on quality over quantity and will avoid, to the best of my ability, contributing to the cycle of fast fashion fuelled by consumerism. On that note, I will shop for materials from my own stash first. If I find myself in need of a garment that I can’t make myself, I will trawl through second-hand shops.
At the time I promised to give you monthly updates with my progress but after two updates I never mentioned the pledge again. That doesn’t mean I didn’t (for the most part) stick with it, but somehow I just never got around to posting about it. The good news is that I think I did mostly okay with the RTW portion of the pledge: but for a pair of jeans and some running shoes (which were excluded from my pledge) I managed to steer clear of RTW.
I also pledge to “shop for materials from my own stash first”. Even though I didn’t outright promise to abstain from buying fabric, I feel I could have done better on his point. You see, at the beginning of last year my fabric stash was 146 meters long. Yesterday I did a bit of a calculation and discovered that I sewed up 25 meters of stashed fabric in 2012 – yay for me. The problem is that I also managed to stash another 36 meters of fabric. This means that I actually gained a total of 11 new meters of fabric – a net gain!
Now, I’ve decided not to formally renewing my seamless pledge because avoiding RTW has become part of who I am and I’m making way better consumer choices on this point. I’m also not renouncing fabric shopping altogether because there may be items for which I will need to look outside of my stash. I will however make a point to be more careful about mindlessly stashing fabric this year. On that note, I have joined the Satshbusting Sewalong organized by Cindy of Cation Designs and Emily of Tumbleweeds in the Wind and have committed to using up 15 pieces of fabric from the stash in 2013. I’m happy to report that I’ve got one down already. Baby steps, my friends.
On my first Seamless Pledge post I announced I would “master the art of making trousers”. In the spirit of fessing up, that was not the first time I had trouser making on my sewing goals. Then in October of last year I announced I was joining the Turlow Sewalong hosted by Lladybird. And yet, still no trousers. Nevertheless I have added another impossible goal to the list: making a jacket. With both of these goals I went as far as putting them in Karen’s jar of 2013 Sewlutions.
Here I go making bold declarations all over again: I’m going to do my best to get the trousers and the jacket checked from my to-do list this year, but with the caveat that (a) another cross Canada move and a return to work in the fall are in the cards, which may have an impact on my sewing time; and (b) I’m not going to be to hard on myself if I don’t get to accomplish these things (because this is supposed to be fun, remember?). I’ll hope to report on my progress in January of next year when you’ll be the judge of whether or not I can put my money where my mouth is this time around.
Tell me, how do you stay on track of your sewing goals? Do you manage them quite well or do you get swayed along the way?