I celebrated Buy Nothing Day today – sort of. Tom and I did go to the Goodwill and picked up a bunch of $1.99 t-shirts for me to cut up and make into baby clothes. Or Tom clothes, or me clothes. (I got all inspired to do this after running across Cirque Du Bebe. Now I’m looking at all thrift store items as potential sources of wacky-patterned fabric.)
All the stuff I’ve been reading about Black Friday sales (lines at 7pm on Thanksgiving, etc.) seem totally insane to me. I’m not sure if I’ve ever really gone shopping the day after Thanksgiving anyway, and I’m pretty sure I became aware of Buy Nothing Day before finding out why it was called Black Friday. (I thought it was just one of those random days with a name, like All Souls Day.) So I never had any big urge to go shopping today, and kind of felt like I shouldn’t. But we happened to be near goodwill when we went to the post office to apply for Izzy’s passport, and shopping time with a sleeping baby is a rare and precious thing, so we went for it.
Anyway, while I failed at Buying Nothing, it was at least in the name of wacky DIY adventures. And then I spent all my non-baby-care time sewing up this dress (Vogue 8784) in this fabric:
(Shattered Sky Voile by Anna Maria Horner)
It’s not done yet. There will be pictures whenever that happens.
In keeping with the (ironic?) buying stuff theme, here’s the haul from the last trip Tom and I took to the fabric store. I feel like maybe if I post the fabric I buy it’ll keep me honest about whether I should really be buying more (based on whether or not I’ve finished the last round of projects).
From left to right, these are:
- A hemp/cotton blend that Tom wants to make into jeans
- A printed (quilting) cotton intended for another Butterick 5315, same as the goth secretary dress
- Some cotton flannel intended for another baby blanket
- A cotton/linen blend for me to make Negroni for Tom
It’s worth mentioning that Tom is all excited about sewing lately. This is mostly due to the confluence of his successful pair of Quick Change Trousers from Handmade Beginnings (not blogged yet) and both of us reading Overdressed. (I have every intention of blogging about the book eventually. When I have enough brain at the same time to formulate coherent thoughts.) Anyway, I’m excited for him to share my hobby, and wind up with a bunch of awesome clothes that actually fit him.