2014: a self-imposed challenge

The new boss

As you may have noticed from a recent post, I have delved back into the world of – sewing. Yes actually sewing. Part of me can’t believe I had such a long hiatus. But now, I feel as though I am back into the saddle of the [hobby] horse.

And then I got to thinking… What would happen if I set myself a challenge for 2014? Something along the lines forbidding myself to buy any dresses? And skirts? And instead, if I want a new skirt or dress, I have to make it myself. Is this insane?

Some of my fave bloggers are those who have set themselves a number of challenges in 2013 (Julie, who not only gave up shopping for an entire year but also did the 30 pieces 30 days challenge at least twice, and Anna, who set herself to a variety of challenges including 30 days of threadless tees and 30 days of dresses). Not that I need any new dresses anyways. I can think of at least 3 in my closet right now that I have never worn, and several more than that which have never actually been featured yet… So do I need any more dresses? No. This way, I might be encouraging myself to be more thoughtful about my wardrobe, get better quality and not just buy something that is cheap. Also encouraging patience AND improving my dressmaking skills.

I think this would be a pretty worthy and interesting challenge.  I will allow myself 1 freebie – so I can buy 1 skirt and 1 dress in 2014 (I’m allowing myself this one consolation because 1.  I will be graduating and I may want to buy myself a graduation dress and 2. D and I do have a big trip planned in a part of the world where there will be some phenomenal shopping so I don’t want to be too harsh on myself).  I can buy other items, of course.  And fabric!  I can definitely buy fabric.  But I really ought to try and use up my existing stash first.

So readers, what do you think?  Um, also, can you help me come up with a clever and witty name for this slightly crazy and possibly overly ambitious sewing endeavor?


6 thoughts on “2014: a self-imposed challenge

  1. I think this is a fabulous idea! I’ve been thinking about making my own clothes, jotting down notes and sketching skirts and dresses. Dreaming up clothes is the fun part; actually making them is another thing entirely. I’m still trying to get a handle on sewing.

    I think you should go for it! 😀

    I’m no help with the name, sadly. I’ll probably think of one when I’m away at work or somewhere I can’t get to a computer. So is life.



    • Sketching is one thing I should try and get back into as well! Sewing is all about practice – you’ve got to start somewhere! Good luck! It’s a useful skill to develop. 😀

  2. My ideas are:

    Some kind of “sew” theme. Only Sew-Sew, Sew Awesome, Sew Survival … if I think of more I’ll let you know. 🙂 Sounds like a great challenge that will be fun AND help you stay on a budget.

  3. ahh, what a great idea! I’ve been itching to get back into sewing as well, especially when I see all of these fab dresses way out of my price range. Haha, and I love all of Renee’s suggestions.

    • Exactly, right? And I just get frustrated that so many cute dresses are SO DARN SHORT! Besides, if I want something truly unique an original, I really should just make it myself. 😀

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