How is it almost the end of 2017 already?? I’m looking forward to the break between Christmas and New Year to do a lot of sewing and hopefully catching up on posting some of the stuff I’ve been sewing lately. Truth be told, I’m also going to be doing a bit of shopping during that time, in preparation for the Ready-to-Wear Fast of 2018! I’ve thrown my hat in the ring and pledged to not buy any clothes for the whole year! And as a nervous addict facing withdrawal, I’m going to go buy at least a pair of jeans as a kind of last hurrah.
What is the RTW Fast? Here are the rules, as posted on Sarah Gunn’s Goodbye Valentino blog:
What exactly is the Ready To Wear Fast?
The Ready to Wear Fast is a vow to abstain from buying clothes for one year. You will give up buying clothes from January 1 – December 31, 2018. You may sew anything, and you may fabric shop as much as you would like! The purpose is to Save Money and Improve Your Sewing Skills, but believe me, the rewards of the commitment will exceed your expectations.
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS.
1.May I buy sweaters since I don’t knit?
No, you may not buy sweaters.
2. What about bathing suits?
No, you may not buy a bathing suit.
3. I’m attending a ball this year. May I buy a ball gown?
No you may not buy a ball gown.
4. Do I have to make my wedding dress?
Please buy the wedding dress of your dreams. A wedding dress or bridesmaid’s dress is the only exception.
5. What about scarves?
6. What can we buy during 2018?
You many buy underwear, socks, jewelry, handbags and belts.
7. Can we buy shoes on a Ready to Wear Fast?
Y E S !! Shoes are allowed – Enjoy 😉
8. Can I wear the Ready to Wear clothes I bought before the Fast?
9. May we accept gifts of clothing?
10. Can we buy thrift shop clothes to refashion?
No. I encourage you to refashion clothes from your closet.
Here’s why I think this fast will be good for me:
- I have a tendency to shop a bit mindlessly as a stress reliever, whether online or in person. A fast will force me to quit!
- I have more clothes than I need already anyway. For 2018, I’ll be required to use what I already have more thoughtfully.
- I’ll need to be more deliberate about what I sew and the fabric I buy. Instead of buying that loud printed fabric that catches my eye — guilty as charged, for sure — I’ll need to think about what exactly I need in my wardrobe and which fabric will be necessary to fill that gap. I’m sure this will mean more solids and more basics.
- If I need jeans, I’m gonna have to sew ’em! (Eeeeek!)
- I’ve been knitting clothes since 2009 and sewing clothes since 2013, so I feel like I have enough experience and skill to be able to make the things I need or want during 2018. And if I need a type of garment that I haven’t sewn before, I’ll have to step up and learn the new skills or go without.
So, CHALLENGE ACCEPTED. But I must admit I am definitely nervous. Will I be able to break the shopping habit? Will I have the time to sew the things I need? 2018 will tell. 🙂
And now here’s my new (well, new back in October as you can tell by the seasonally-inappropriate pictures — I’m definitely behind on the blog posts) Favourite Tee by Patterns for Pirates.
I used a Robert Kaufmann feather print cotton knit, which I love, although the black does fade with washing, which sucks. I have a tendency to buy really soft, drapey knits such as modal and then I find I don’t love wearing a lightweight, drapey garment all that much. I like my tees to have a bit of heft for the most part. Cotton jersey seems to do the trick for me.
The pattern has a lot of options for necklines, hemlines, and sleeve lengths. I chose the scoop-neck and curved, top-length hemline with long sleeves.
I did end up shortening the back hem by about 2 inches, and I still find it a touch too long.
I’m sure I’ll be using this pattern again in 2018. Basic long-sleeve tees are the type of thing I’d normally just go buy rather than spend precious sewing time on a ‘basic’ — but no doubt my Ready to Wear Fast pledge will change that.
How about you? Ever thought about going a whole year without buying clothes? Last February I interviewed Tif, aka Madame Tifaine on the Clothes Making Mavens podcast about her year-long clothes-buying fast if you’d like to hear about how her year went.
And Helena and I have a new episode of the podcast out now for you to listen to while you binge on holiday sewing. And we want YOU to be part of our next show. Details on how to participate are on Helena’s blog here.
So Naomi, Barbara, Mads, Kathleen, and Mertxelasierra, I know you’re reading this, so go on — click on that link above and send me your recordings! lol
Thanks so much for stopping by, and enjoy your holiday sewing!