I don't think I ever told anyone that I was doing a year of 'Living Sewingly' including you, dear reader. I started in November, last year. With the exception of coats, socks and possibly underwear, I am choosing to make, not purchase, what I need to wear. When I need something new, I need to go down to that amazing stash and sew it! I can purchase patterns, and limited amounts of fabric, but otherwise the list includes socks, coats and under garments.
In the last 9 months, the only clothing I have purchased was two coats--one a convertible sports style, because I was cold and I needed a coat while out of town, and one that is a trench style rain coat. The trench style rain coat is the very first item I have purchased full price since I can't remember when. But, it fits, it is flattering, and I love it. And, I can see me wearing it for a very long time, because it is not too small to wear over my hips, or over a sweater, and I have worn it four times since I purchased it.
I am learning, with this exercise, that I don't need to cycle items through my wardrobe, which is what I do when I purchase second hand. I have enough, with what is there, that I can let go of things that don't fit. If I truly love something, if it is flattering and I know I will wear it, I can afford to purchase full price. Since very rarely do things fit, it isn't a problem I am going to have often.
Since the clothes I make fit best, and I can make things that are awesome, living sewingly is not a real challenge, except...I am lazy.
I like to make 'doll clothes'! I like to make it tonight and wear it tomorrow, even if no one but me knows I did that. I hate making things that take more than three sessions to make. Because, I am lazy and usually don't usually have three sessions to make things. Since I wear what I sew, and I like simple clothes, that isn't normally an issue. But, I need to make myself expand my own horizons. Isn't that the point of sewing--to make things that are not cookie cutter?