Wednesday, July 1, 2009

Taking the plunge... err, pledge

Why is it so difficult find time to sew in the summer? I’m certainly struggling! So many trips, BBQs, and days where the weather is too nice to be sitting at my sewing machine.

So, for the next 4 months I’m joining a Wardrobe Refashion blog.

You can follow my journey here on FSDS, but I’ll also do be posting on the WR site. I’m concentrating on clothing right now because I think my motivation will be restored if I can see a few projects from start to finish!

The Pledge

I, Jerilyn Fabulous, pledge that I shall abstain from the purchase of "new" manufactured items of clothing, for the period of 4 months. I pledge that I shall refashion, renovate, recycle preloved items for myself with my own hands in fabric, yarn or other medium for the term of my contract. I pledge that I will share the love and post a photo of my refashioned, renovated, recycled, crafted or created item of clothing on the Wardrobe Refashion blog, so that others may share the joy that thy thriftiness brings! Signed J-Fab

The website says that many aspects of the challenge are up to the pledger’s interpretation. My main goal will be to work the garments and fabric that I already own, along with thirfted items. I may, however, need to make some new item purchases (thread, zippers, trim, etc) to ensure my projects are of high enough quality and craftsmanship that I will actually wear them :).

I’m also going to try to do 3 garment repair or hemming project per month because I have an embarrassingly large “good intentions” pile that needs to be dealt with. Does anyone else do that? Buy something knowing that it needs to be tailored or hemmed and then NEVER get around to it, and eventually there’s a box of such items with the tags still on?

Lastly… Why this challenge? This encourages “green” sewing, saves money, and gives the opportunity to improve sewing skills. Garment sewing is certainly not new to me but I’ve been quilt-centric recently and would like to make room in my life for both activities.

So from now til Halloween, it’s on! Wish me luck!


  1. I love it! I'm in! I have so much fabric that it's just plain shameful!!!

    And my mending pile! geez, I wonder if I can even still fit into some of that stuff? Yikes!

    I'll post on my blog about it this week too.

    Good luck!

  2. Does the pledge allow re-gifting from the good intentions pile?

  3. Hurrah. It's fun, welcome to WR.