Clothes Challenge Continued

The clothes challenge was a self-imposed challenge to buy no new ready made clothes or fabric until the end of September. New clothes & fabric have to come from charity shops or other 2nd hand sources or be made from my stash.

I’m pleased to report that I have kept to the challenge.  New stuff includes only trims, thread & some wool so that I can learn to knit socks.

Strangely, I haven’t bought much clothing for refashioning either.  I’ve been wearing things I already have & working out new outfits from what’s already in the wardrobe.  I’ve even given some things away, so I’ve a bit more space than I had before. 

Is this a side effect of not being able to go clothes shopping? Does anyone have any experience of this phenomenon?  I’d be very interested to know your thoughts on this.

Meantime I am working on Vogue 1171 from 1950.  Details to follow.

Upcycled skirts

These 2 skirts were added together to make the one shown in the final picture.

I cut the blue skirt off just under the zip and took the embroidery off the purple skirt, put them together & added trimmings.  Both were very unfashionable but had lovely features that deserved a second life.  The purple skirt was provided by Horsham Oxfam Shop & the finished skirt will be displayed in their window this week along with other examples of upcycled clothes.

Stitch Up

Transition Horsham are organising a Stitch Up morning.

The idea is that you can acquire some basic textile skills or get help with a project or just come along & stitch.     The emphasis is on transforming your clothes so you want to wear them again. 

The Horsham Oxfam shop is going to be hosting a “Transition” window showing how clothes can be transformed. They will also have some interesting stuff inside to help you along .

It’s happenning on Saturday 24th July from 10 til 1 at the Friend’s Meeting House on Worthing Road & there’ll be tea & coffee & probably cake.

The last one was great fun & I hope you’ll be able to come along and join us this time.

Take a look at for this and more activities.

In the week leading up to Stitch Up I’ll be posting lots of photos of transformed clothes so please come back then & take a look.

Clothes Challenge

I can’t remember where I read it, but someone said that there are already enough clothes in the world to last  for the next 10 years.  I can well believe it when I look inside my wardrobe.

If I had to make this cupboard full of clothes last that long I would certainly be bored with them and I’d probably look rather raggy before I reached the end. Maybe I’d be allowed to use other people’s cast offs too?

No new clothes for 10 years challenge? Not yet, I’m afraid.  Still, I do want to do something about my consumption, so I’ve joined Self Stitched September ( ) organised by Zoe, who also organised the Me Made May challenge. 

Making your own clothes and remaking charity shop finds is a lot slower than buying in shops (at least when I do it) so that should help me cut consumption.  It’s also very hard for me to throw away anything I’ve sewed myself , so I’ll be trying to make the best of what I’ve already made.

I hope to display the Self Stitched September Button soon but I have to work out how to do it.  Meantime, take a look at the link above and click on the Self Stitched September Button there to find out what this is all about. 

I’m also challenging myself to buy no more brand new clothes or fabric until the end of September so I’ll have to use my stash & charity shop finds to make any new clothes. 

Is this enough?  I don’t think so, but it’s a start.  Meanwhile I’ll be researching what might be a sustainable level of clothing for one person and posting the results here. If anyone can suggest research sources I’d be glad to hear from you.

The 1930s dress is finished

This is it!  My first attempt at a vintage pattern.  I like the dress but I think I should have made it in a darker colour –  it would make me look slimmer, I think.

It taught me lots of  new things including patience.  The pleats were a really long job & it took me a lot of thinking to work out the yoke.  It’s not easy to see the yoke details but you can just about see the tucks here.

This was my first covered button too.  

I think it was just as well I used a modern version of the pattern (Vogue 2671 from 1933) because I needed to understand the vintage techniques. I think those of you who start with the original patterns are very brave.

Will I wear it?  Yes I think so.

Will I try vintage patterns again? Definitely.