The end of my Seamless pledge

As of June 13, my Seamless Pledge was officially over. The minute I was released from my final NCTJ Media Law exam, I was able to run out and buy all of the clothes I wanted.

I’ll be honest, the pub was my first port of call…

Anyway! The end of the course and the pledge has been pretty bittersweet for me. As far as I’m concerned, the past nine months have been utterly fantastic. No matter how little I saw of my hobbies and life outside of journalism, I wouldn’t change my experiences on the course for the world.

Not to mention, if it weren’t for the course, I probably wouldn’t have started this whole pledge to begin with. ¬†Honestly, I didn’t think I’d actually ‘make it through’, which seems daft now. After all, it’s only clothes.

Now, if I walk into a high street store, I don’t automatically rifle through the rails for bargains to add to my already swelling wardrobe. In fact, I’ll keep an eye out for sewing inspiration, but I’m more than happy to leave empty-handed.

But more than this, I’ve been honoured to be joined by a truly talented bunch. Your projects are amazing and your blogs are regular reads of mine. Honestly, if it weren’t for the rest of the pledgers, I’m not sure I’d find the pledge half as fun.

So! I’ve decided, I’m not giving up just yet:

I, Elena Cresci, take the Seamless pledge until December 31st 2012 (when I may well decide to extend it once more…) I will abstain from buying any new clothes until the end of my pledge. I will find ways to be fashionable without breaking the bank and without contributing to the cycle of fast fashion consuming the high street. I will trawl through charity shops, I will attend clothes swaps, I will look for second-hand items on eBay and I will craft my own clothes with my own two hands. This time, I’m officially exempting underwear and tights, but I will hunt down ethical and sustainable alternatives to the easier, mass-made options. Additionally, I will support and sustain the Seamless community as long as there are people willing to say bye-bye to the high street.¬†

You’re not rid of me just yet! Keep your eyes peeled for more on the site. There’ll be featured pledgers, some interesting interviews and I’ll even get a Seamless Pledge FAQ on the go.

Anyone else come to the end of their pledge? How have you found it?

One good turn deserves another – Giveaway!

You heard right, it’s giveaway time!

But before I get to the giveaway bit, I need to tell you a little bit about my friend Ki.

This lady in the middle* is a bit of a legend you see. Not only is she an all-round kick-ass kind of gal, she’s got a PhD in awesome (or at least this is what I assume). Ki and I are pals from my time in Swansea, but now she has an exciting job in England and I’m back in the Welsh capital, we don’t get to see each other as much as we’d like to.

Except when we caught up earlier this week she brought me PRESENTS!

Not just any old present. LOOK AT ALL THOSE PATTERNS. As you can imagine, I got just a little bit excited. Her Mum’s a bit of a seamstress you see, and she’s been lovely enough to lend me some of her old patterns, which I’m going to trace and have a crack at making. Amazing present or what?

So, in lieu of Ki’s most excellent present, I propose a giveaway of my own. The whole trace it and pass it on ethos works quite well for old patterns – they’re highly sought after and go for a fair bob online. So I thought I’d take a leaf out of Ki’s book and offer one of my own collection to you guys.

This here is Vogue 7239, a ’60s style pattern with a coat and dress. Pretty schnazzy, right? I’ve yet to make this one up myself – I snapped it up at a vintage market here in Cardiff (actually, my friend Keiligh wrote about it here, there’s even a photo of my hands rifling through the vintage pattern goodies!) and haven’t had the chance to use it yet. It’s a size 14 with 36″ bust measurement, but I imagine it would be pretty easy to scale up or down.

What I’m going to do is trace the pattern, photocopy the instructions and send it along to one of you! All I ask the winner to do is pass it along in your own giveaway once you’re done with it – simples! Also, do blog about your creation! You’ll see mine at some point (I hope!) when I get a chance to whip one up, and it’d be great to collate the different versions we make.

All I need you to do is to comment with what you’d do with the pattern – what fabric would you use? What colour? Where would you wear it? You know me, I’m nosy! I’ll choose the winner at random two weeks today on March 28.¬†This giveaway is open to everyone!

Oh, and do check out Ki’s blog, it’s lovely. Also, if you’re on the Twitter-machine, get following, because she’s a legend! Any ideas on how I can repay her?

*FYI, the one on the right with the blue hair? Equally legendary.