Waaaay back, at the end of 2011, I started questioning my clothes-buying habits. Like many 20-something women, I was caught up in the world of ‘fast fashion’, buying cheap clothing just because I could. It was there, I was bored, and I could get five new dresses for less than £50!
But in the back of my mind, I knew that this must come at a higher price somewhere (reading this book confirmed it).
I also realised that this cycle of consumption left me feeling kind of empty – I had no connection to these belongings at all – and that whenever I came to clear out my wardrobe, what I was getting rid of was often unworn.
At the same time, I wanted to learn to make and alter my own clothes, so I took some night classes and got more confident reading patterns and using my sewing machine.
In January 2012, I made a resolution to stop buying any newly-made clothes. My rather ambitious plan was to make all my own clothes from scratch, but 12 months later, despite not buying any new clothes, I’d only made a grand total of two things.
Turns out that cutting and sewing your own clothes – while incredibly rewarding – takes LOADS of time. It gave me a new-found admiration for the skilled people who do this every day for next to nothing!
I’d like to say that I’m the kind of person who could go on never buying any clothes, but as someone who has a vintage fashion blog this is blatantly untrue. So instead, I chose to focus on another way to shop – second hand.