Well, I think it’s high time I admit that I have ‘failed’ my 2014 RTW fast. The other week I bought two t-shirts and yesterday I ordered a sh*tload of things online. While it’s a bit of a bummer to not have bragging rights in having sewn all my new clothes for a year, I can’t say I regret my decision.
There are several reasons for my change of mind.
First, without fail, it takes me much longer to sew anything than I anticipate. For example, I spent almost two weeks over my Christmas vacation sewing one dress which, when all is said and done, I neither like nor wear. I’m currently working on a blazer, and so-far-so-good looks-wise, but my progress has definitely been steady-as-she-goes. I think when you add in all the muslining, etc., I’ve been at this blazer for at least a month now.
Second, detail and cut are very important to me. If I’m being honest, I have to acknowledge that I’m simply not capable of creating a lot of the specific looks that I want. Of course I recognise that with time and experience my sewing skills will improve, but to quote my favourite movie, “Know your limits, Master Wayne.”
Third, finding new clothes makes me happy. While our society tends to associate statements like that with over-consumption and a lack of depth (shallowness) and/or intelligence, I have come to a point where I am not the least bit ashamed to admit that I enjoy acquiring clothing. How one chooses to dress oneself is a form of expression. Throw on a hoodie everyday? Lulus? A suit? Shop at Walmart? Gap? Holt Renfrew? All these choices say something about you.
On a related matter, I’ve been pretty down of late, and let me tell you, finding exactly what I’ve been wanting (horizontal-striped t-shirts) recently gave me quite the mood boost. Conversely, slaving away at a muslin for hours then trying it on and hating how it looks tends to have the opposite effect. While overall sewing is a great activity (passion? hobby? release?) to throw myself into, I think balancing the trials and tribulations, sweat and blood (literally – I am always jabbing myself while hand-sewing) of home-sewing with some other acquisitions, is healthy for me.
I wore my favourite dress yesterday. It generally garners compliments, and yesterday was no exception. I received a compliment from someone who rarely talks to me. I don’t know what it says about me and my levels of self esteem (or lack thereof), but right after I received the compliment, I returned to my office and bought more clothes from the store where I got that dress. (And the package is supposed to arrive today, woo!)
Anyways, I guess the point is that it doesn’t have to be black-and-white, either or; I can curate a wardrobe made up of both purchased items and self-makes. In the end, we have to make decisions that are right for us, where we are, right now, and for me the decision is to not continue with my 2014 RTW fast.