It’s been a while since we had a featured pledger, hasn’t it? Dottie’s post has been stuck in my inbox for a while now as I continue the work and life juggling. Her pledge came to an end last month, but here are some of her thoughts on not buying new…
Name: Denise (Dottie Doodle)
Pledging until the end of January 2013
Why did you take the Seamless Pledge?
I have always loved the feeling of being on holiday with just a suitcase full of possessions, making up outfits for unexpected occasions or weather. Like the time we went to Spain for a sunny autumn break and it snowed!
But in my everyday life I surrounded myself with things, my wardrobe was stuffed with clothes I didn’t wear and our lovely house looked cluttered. I stopped buying clothes for a year (with a few slip ups) before hearing about the pledge, but didn’t tell anyone.
Making it public was scary – I’d have to stick to it! I decided to take the Pledge a step further and give away or sell clothes and other things I didn’t use. I had a lot of stuff, and stopping shopping wasn’t going to be enough on its own.
What impact has the pledge had on your day-to-day life?
I rarely go shopping now, and if I go into a clothes shop I’m more interested in garment construction and wondering if I can make the things I like than I am in buying something.
A famous department store has just opened a new branch near me, and pre-pledge I would have had to buy a few things. Surely rude not to, after they’d gone to all that trouble?! Instead, I spent a happy hour choosing two things for my Christmas list. I’ve sold and given away plenty of things.
If it doesn’t fit, doesn’t flatter me or I don’t have the occasion to wear it, it goes. I have kept a few things for ‘posh dos’ and weddings, but I don’t need lots of options so only my favorites stay.
Any tips for someone wanting to give up mass-made clothing?
For me, it is learning to sew. I still get the fun of having something new to wear, but making something is obviously a much longer process than just handing over some cash. So I make less than I used to buy ready-made, and I enjoy wearing my new clothes more.
I felt like I was going backwards at first, as it took time for me to work out which patterns would suit me and the best fabrics to use. That seems wasteful, but I think it is part of the process. Reading sewing blogs has helped me enormously – shared experience is a wonderful thing. Also having my own blog has been very motivating.
There have been a few times when I’ve hit problems and wanted to stuff the offending item in a drawer and forget about it. But thinking ‘this will make a good post’ has kept me going!