I realised a little while ago that I hadn't bought much in the way of new clothes in ages. A t-shirt here, a work shirt there. So when I noticed that the next round of sign-ups was coming around over at Wardrobe Refashion I thought "No 'new' purchases? I can do that!" Of course it isn't that easy, and when I think about it I probably have bought a number of clothing items in the past 4 months.
Wardrobe Refashion encourages people to pledge to only re-use, recycle and refashion for a given period. Your own wardrobe discards, and second-hand purchases are the raw materials. I picked the 4 months pledge, several months can go by when I don't really buy anything anyway so where would the challenge be? Underwear, shoes and specific work relates clothes (not really the case for me) are exempt from the pledge, and everyone gets a Get Out Of Jail Free card to pull out when there is something just too good to pass up.
So this is my challenge to myself, to become more mindful of what and how I use for the next 4 months. To think about what resources it takes to keep me shod and clothed. I have the motivation and I have the new machine, so I now also have the mechanics in place to undertake the challenge!
I, Andrew 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 pre-loved 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, Andrew (The Other one).