I’ve done it. I’ve made the commitment and there’s no turning back. While surfing through a great blog, choc-o-block with creative posts, I stumbled on the love what you wear project. Immediately taken with the whole idea, in a gush of upcycling fevour I threw my hat (formerly a jumper sleeve) into the ring. The project explained in the words of initiator Morwhenna:
From the 01 November 2012 – 01 November 2013 I won’t buy any new clothes (with the exception of shoes and undergarments!) When I need something – I’ll either make it, re-purpose what I have or buy secondhand. Why not come and join me and take part too?
I was relieved to find that blog has loads of useful links for the nervous amateur like myself. There is help at hand if I need it. The idea of being able to transform items of clothing that would normally be thrown or given away is very appealing although I did consider rushing out to my favourite clothes store for a last stock up on lovely frocks….afterall there is the local economy to think of…… But no. For better or for worse I’m in it for the long haul..*gulp!*
When I wrote a book about my family history I discovered that great great granny Mary Ellen Cullen was a dab hand at making clothes.
The Cullens were forced to downsize, moving first to Gorey in Co. Wexford and then to Kenilworth Square in Dublin. Mary Ellen became an adept seamstress and frugal housekeeper managing to uphold the illusion of financial security.
Who knows. Maybe a little of that adept seamstress-ness is lurking somewhere in my DNA.. Time will tell.