Good Monday morning! Hopefully you're all having a more successful time at rousing yourself for the week ahead than I am! Frankly I can't stop yawning, and I had to peel myself out of bed this morning. Of course, my new denim pencil skirt helped motivate me a little.
I recently finished the skirt using the same Vogue pattern I tried this past winter, with a few modifications, of course. And just like last time, it worked like a charm.
Except for that part where I made one size too small and had to do some creative alterations. But we won't dwell on that...
During this recession, people are always looking for ways to stretch their dollar, and I think that sewing is one of the best. I love that I can buy a pattern (which usually always includes several variations on the style) and use it to make an infinite number of garments in many different sizes, colors, and textures. And if I choose a classic design (like a pencil skirt, for instance), I can reasonably expect to be able to use it throughout my life without it going out of style.
It occurred to me the other day--as I was making a shopping list for Target--that I haven't purchased new clothing at a store in quite some time. In fact, after taking a brief inventory of my closet, I realized that with the exception of two long-sleeve cotton tees, I haven't bought one single new item of clothing since last summer! And yet my wardrobe has evolved with the seasons just like in years passed.
The difference? I started sewing. And in the process I have saved quite a bit of money. And it hasn't felt like a "recession-induced-sacrifice" at all.
Of course, the bottom line--really--is that I now have an adorable denim skirt that I can wear all spring and summer. I can dress it up and down, and wear it with sandals or heels. And if I grow out of it or get sick of it, I can just make another one. And then maybe use the denim to make a cute handbag or something...
The possibilities are endless in a recession--no sacrifice required.
Can you think of a positive impact that this recession has had on you? Perhaps you've learned a new skill (like sewing!) or rediscovered the pleasure of simple things... Share with us by posting your comment below!