Guest Post: The No-New Clothes Challenge
And, I was just able to share a tutorial with her readers on how to take in a baggy sweater. Check out her blog and the tutorial here!
Here's some more about Katie:
Katie is American; her husband is German. They split their time between a 480 square foot apartment in Berlin, Germany and - get this - a house made out of hundreds of recycled tires in the Rocky Mountains. They ride their bikes just about anywhere they can, hop into teensy airplanes, and have an enormous passion for seizing life... which Katie blogs about and constantly journals with Gadanke about!
Hi! I'm Katie from Making This Home. Call me crazy: one day, I decided to stop buying clothes. It was a cold turkey, what-the-heck sort of idea I came up with in May, 2009. My husband and I had just moved back home after life abroad.
I told my husband, "We're not buying clothes for the next three months. No matter what."
But then those three months came to an end; I wasn't sure I wanted to go back to shopping for clothes.
For the first time, I was appreciating my body and the clothes I owned. I was happier without clothes shopping.
Advertisers are very good at making us feel like we'll be happy if we have this piece of clothing. We'll be prettier. We'll be more liked. Everything will just be better.
But that's so untrue. I was just unhappy every time I went shopping because it made me feel unworthy and less.
It didn't seem to matter where I was living - Germany or the US.
Obviously, you can't exactly go no new clothes for too long without some sort of plan. So that's why I'm so excited to be here on Adventures in Dressmaking because you guessed it - I've learned how to darn socks, patch holes, and reattach buttons. I've sewed my own clothes and cut apart thrift shop finds and our own old clothes. Pretty sure I've flagged half a dozen of Suzannah's tutorials, too. (wink)
There is something incredibly powerful about making your own clothes. They fit your style. They fit your body. They become a symbol of you. What pride a girl has when she does every day things in the clothes she's made herself.
Another awesome benefit of the No New Clothes Challenge has been in our pockets. Our clothes budget is so small now (for jeans, socks, and very needed items). It's actually gave me the financial ability to start Gadanke - my handmade journal and writing prompt shop.
Suzannah offered a sweet little Gadanke giveaway just recently. You might remember. ;)
Not buying clothes. Loving myself more. Celebrating stories. Writing and building sooo many journals.
Gosh. I didn't realize my strike against new clothes could bring me so much goodness. We're at the two year mark and still going strong. What a wonderful journey!
So what about you? Think you'd attempt a No New Clothes Challenge yourself? Or is it something you're sort of doing already?
Readers, check out Katie's blog!!