Anyway, I'm excited to announce that I've made it to the end of my six month Wardrobe Refashion pledge! Woop! Six months ago I declared:
I, Tilly, pledge that I shall abstain from the purchase of "new" manufactured items of clothing, for the period of 6 months. I pledge that I shall refashion, renovate, recycle preloved items for myself with my own hands in fabric, yarn or other medium for the term of my contract.
Seeing the pledge through was much easier than I thought - as soon as I'd made a conscious decision to stop shopping, I felt a burden lift from my shoulders. I could walk through the shops on my way to work and spot things I liked but not feel like I was missing an opportunity if I didn't buy them. As Hayley puts it, I let go of the need to show appreciation for a thing by owning it.
Sticking to the pledge, combined with making my own clothes, also made me realise that I love the clothes in my wardrobe more than the clothes in the shops. I feel more confident with my own sense of style and I know that in the future I'll be much more discerning about what I'll buy - it'll have to be something really special to make me buy it.
Erm... like this dress, which perfectly encapsulates everything I like in a garment - 1960s silhouette! Peter Pan collar! Scalloping! Proper sleeves! Bows! Redness!
What do you think? Do I deserve a treat?
[Soundtrack: 'Blues de la Prison' by Canray Fontenot & Bois Sec Ardoin]