Seamless’ second featured pledger is Vicki Kate, who’s midway through her pledge and has some serious stitching skills. Can you believe her dress is made from two bedsheets? Have a read about her pledge experiences:
Name: Vicki Kate
One year, from 30th birthday to 31st on the 24 Nov ’12 – new decade, new lifestyle commitment!
Why did you take the Seamless Pledge?
It was a mixture of fortuitous timing in discovering the pledge and wanting to take more responsibility for our world just as I hit 30. Being a Mum has completely changed my perspective on pretty much everything. I need to lead by example to ensure my son grows up with a sense of responsibility, not just to his immediate community but the worldwide one too. It also gives me incentive (which is now habit) to shop second hand, search charity stores and eBay rather than buying new. My sewing of garments has gone up a gear too, which was part of the plan!
What impact has the pledge had on your day-to-day life?
I’m a much more thoughtful shopper and not just when it comes to clothing. It’s spread to my grocery shopping (with regards to origin rather than it being pre-loved!) and also made me go to my fabric stash rather than shops for my material. I am so envious of the estate sale and thrift store hauls our US friends score! There’s nothing like that in my experience in Norfolk, UK. A positive is my limited funds go further.
Any tips for someone wanting to give up mass-made clothing?
Examine what you wear! I bet it’s 10% of your total. Look for items that work with that 10% but limit where you look. If you freak out about charity shops (my sister does), go for eBay as, while you’ll pay more, there is better choice. Also, develop some patience as sometimes you have to look for a while to find what you want. I’m still looking for the perfect red Mary Jane shoes! Failing that, learn to sew! But that in itself leads to other consumer issues.
I’d heartily recommend Zoe’s blog for someone wanting to know how to live sustainably and Miss P’s blog for refashioning tips to make those charity shop finds perfect. Finally, train yourself to look beyond a garment’s (or pattern for that matter) first appearance. With a little ingenuity that granny tartan skirt could be amazing!