For some, the Seamless Pledge is a complete lifestyle overhaul that’s difficult to manage. A few people have contacted me worried they won’t be able to take it because it might not work with their situation. So I’m happy to introduce you to Jenn, someone who’s made a few amendments to her pledge since she started to better suit her lifestyle.
Why did you take the Seamless Pledge?
After I moved to New Zealand I had a hard time finding clothes. When I first heard about the pledge I had a closet full of worn out clothes I loved and newer clothes that didn’t fit well and I rarely wore. I thought it would be a great way to think more closely about the clothes I needed to add to my closet. When each item takes 2-4 weeks to sew, they all have to be closely considered.
I have mostly kept to the pledge. I pledged until we had moved into our new house, which was originally scheduled to be this past June. It’s now been delayed until December, but I don’t see myself giving up the pledge anytime soon.
I did slip in May – it was getting colder here and I needed some sweaters. I don’t knit and haven’t sewed with sweater knits, so I bought a couple of cardigans and a sheath dress for winter. I think it’s a good idea to have a couple of ‘get out of jail free’ cards for these types of emergencies.
What impact has the pledge had on your day-to-day life?
I no longer go to the mall. Instead I now spend my spare time dreaming about fabric. It wasn’t a huge change – I love the challenge of trying new, increasingly difficult patterns. I also love that I now wear mostly natural, luxurious fabrics. For example, I can afford silk and linen fabric, whereas I wouldn’t generally be able to afford them in RTW.
My husband bought a pair of poly dress pants for a wedding in June. I made my dress (silk) and my son’s pants and vest (lightweight wool suiting). I am so happy to be able to sew, and not have to deal with plasticky fabrics (although I did have to hem his pants the night before the wedding)
My son was originally part of the pledge, but is growing so quickly I couldn’t keep up. He has a few items that I’ve sewn for him and I prefer them to RTW – where else can you find grey sweatpants with elephants on them? I’ve made my husband a few merino t-shirts, Colette Negroni shirts, and have plans for a few more shirts for him.
Any tips for someone wanting to give up mass-made clothing?
Sew multiples. For me the hardest part is not having enough to wear. When I sewed my fall wardrobe I made two A-line skirts, two knit tees and two sleeveless blouses, using the same patterns. Fitting a new pattern is time consuming, especially when you end up with a wadder, so once you find something that works, make multiples.
Also, consider what your lifestyle requires. Right now I’m doing a set of Fall work clothes that all coordinate. It’s not much fun, mostly neutrals, but it’s practical and I’ll wear them to death. I motivate myself by alternating something ‘practical’ with something fun. I finished a navy blouse, then sewed my Macaron. I’m almost done with a navy sheath dress, and next I’ll be making a fun casual dress. It’s important not to get bored.
Thanks Jen! Make sure you go read her blog here. Even if you’ve finished your pledge or had to give it up, I’d love to hear from you.