The Seamless Pledge 2018

Happy New Year, friends! And what’s new year without a resolution?

That’s right, it’s time for the return of the Seamless Pledge. If you’re new here, the Seamless Pledge is simple: no buying new clothes, just stuff you’ve made and items you’ve scored from your local charity shop.

Those of you who’ve read my blog before will know I first did the pledge back when I was a student. Back then, I had a bit more free time on my hands. You know, being a broke student and all. But since that pledge finished, I’ve steadily become more and more lax with my sewing. It’s true, full-time jobs do sap a lot more energy than your average university course, but if I have time to binge repeat watch the Good Wife, then I think I have time to sew.

More than anything, I’m conscious of how wasteful I’ve become since dropping the pledge. With expendable income and, er, a credit card, I’m more likely to to do that cheeky online shopping haul. And it’s particularly bad when I’m at my lowest. Decades of advertising, plus the recent commoditisation of “self care” has taught us we should buy things to make ourselves feel better.

I know, for me at least, sewing and learning new skills is generally better than a quick fix with the wallet. I’m honestly fully anticipating I’ll fail this time round, but I think it’s worth putting the effort in. Also I made like, two things in 2017 – 2018 needs to be much better!

So, the plan is: no new clothes for a year. Daunting! Exceptions will be made for the usual (foundation garments and tights, because I doubt I will master making bras anytime soon).My priorities for the next couple of months are:

  • to finish some abandoned projects
  • refashion stuff I don’t wear, including me-made items
  • use up my fabric stash
  • try out some more difficult projects like trousers and coats
  • master stretch fabrics because dear god I’m so bad at them right now.

Even if I do fail miserably, I think those are some solid goals for the start of 2018, no?

Back in the day, some people were up for joining me in the pledge so I’ve redesigned the little button for those who want to join in again! Details can be found here. Tag me on Instagram if you decide to join in!