Les soldes d’été 2012 have just wrapped up in France. This is a magical time of year when all the stores slash prices and people go crazy buying things they don’t need.
Normally you would have found me alongside them, sorting through racks and sale bins, buying up the stock that didn’t sell from winter and spring collections.
But not this time. This time around things were different because I recently discovered something about myself that completely changed me as a shopper…
(drum roll please)
I can make my own clothes.
Let me give some context to this realization. One of the great things about taking a year off is you find yourself with exactly that, a year. A year filled with time. Time that can be spent doing and learning new things. A few months ago I was sitting in my French class when my friend Sarah walked in wearing a fabulous dress. “Oh this? I made it last night.” And then again a few days later, sporting a great new top, “Oh, this is nothing, I just had some old fabric lying around. It was easy.” Mind=blown.
The next day we got together and went fabric shopping. Sarah convinced me that I too could learn to sew and easily make a dress for myself. And so magically, with her help and amazing machine*, I did. I made this dress:
It’s nowhere near perfect, but you guys, I MADE IT.
And since that day, my attitude towards shopping has dramatically changed. Sewing essentially killed my shopping appetite and changed the way I look at fashion, in stores, online, and in magazines. Now on those rare occasions that I do go into a shop and something catches my eye, I look at the fabric, the stitching, whether or not the seams are finished properly, and then I look at the price tag and think, meh, I could make this.
I’ve made a couple pieces since that first dress some I wear while others are a disaster. And I figure I might as well share them here in this space. Because while making my first dress was a life-altering (pun intended) experience, that doesn’t mean it wasn’t incredibly challenging and at times totally frustrating. But hot damn, it was rewarding!
More rewarding than buying cheap shirts and off-season dresses that I don’t really need.
*Sarah uses a Brother 2500 (similar to this one). It’s an excellent machine that is fairly user friendly and digital.