Thursday, August 26, 2010

How to ... 359 days to go!

So, as part of my coping strategy to get through a whole year without buying clothes, I plan on doing some sewing and altering of my existing clothes.  I am immensely fortunate to have those skills thanks to sewing lessons back before sewing was considered "hip" and "cool." Back when I was in sewing, there was no knitting movement, or Learn To Sew movement. There were no cool sewing studios in the hip area of town. It was just straight up dorky. People made fun of the stuff I made (wearing a dress made out of music note fabric to play in a band concert in 8th grade? Surprisingly uncool...). But, now I am glad for it, and I was even a professional seamstress for awhile.

I think a lot of people would like to be able to sew, but don't know where to start. So, I urge you to start here! I'm going to have intermittent "how-to" advice on the most simple of clothing alteration techniques. I think I'm gonna start with how to re-hem a pair of existing pants to the right length. I'll include photos and answer any questions you may have! It should be fun, and until I start that, you can just think about how lucky you are to be learning more about sewing in a time when it is "hip" :)


  1. Oh this will be very cool! Perhaps you can go crazy and share some photos with them.

    I was just thinking about when I took on a No New Clothes Challenge. For the first few months, I did browse my favorite online stores. I loved what I was seeing. But then after a while, it felt really boring. I was more interested in spending time doing other things. Looking so forward to what you discover.

  2. Yah, I really need to make this place more exciting with some photos, I'm working on it;) He he he...

    That is interesting you lost interest in browsing! I'm interested to see what transpires down the road. Should be fun, thanks for the comment:)

  3. be warned, Miss Fox: the problem with photos is this feeling of often wanting photos.... and that's a tough thing to do when you're writing about going WITHOUT something. So just follow what your heart says.

  4. A FOX!! Why oh why is the google ad on the bottom for Ann Taylor? I know you didn't put that exact one there... but hahahahah!

  5. Lol...this wouldn't be any fun if I couldn't taunt others with tantalizing ads! Haha:)