Children are great little teachers
This as going to be a slightly unusual post as I’m going to share photos of my latest make (another Aeolian!) while I talk about my consumerism, and the changes I’m making.
For the past month or so I have been feeling overwhelmed with the amount of unnecessary stuff in my house. Culling has been happening. My girls and I have sorted through their toys, books and clothes and we made three piles – one for keeps, one for memories and the other to giveaway. The culling hasn’t been restricted to the small people in the house. I’ve parted with some things from my wardrobe too (which is not uncommon for me) and an unused stock pot, which was taking up precious space in the pantry, has been re-homed. There is still more to do. Baby steps right?
My fabric and pattern stashes are large and for the first time ever, they feel like they are too big.
I’m not going to cull – it’s mostly quality fabric that I like and patterns don’t take up too much space – but I’ve decided to try to significantly reduce my spending on these items. I’ve been tempted. I even took a swatch of the most glorious medium-weight red linen from The Fabric Store to think about.
And think about that fabric I did. I remembered how February is often the hottest month in our summer, and that the items of clothing lacking in my wardrobe are summer dresses, and that this fabric would make the perfect Aeolian dress.
To tell you the truth, I almost purchased the fabric when it went of sale (oh the temptation!), but then I took a few deep breathes and I decided to shop my stash. The result is the dress in the photos. It’s my favourite TNT pattern, it’s not red, but it’s made from a glorious geometric linen from my stash and I love this dress. I also know it will get worn and worn and worn.
I could end there with a happily ever after, but I do feel I need to go on, because this isn’t just about halting purchases relating to my hobby, but also the RTW clothes, shoes and the accessories. Admittedly, I have experienced quite a change of style and a some weight loss in the past two years, so it has been a time of buying and replacing, but I think I’m at a point now where I can significantly wind back the flow of new things.
The thing that actually crystallised the need for me to significantly change my buying habits came from two things that my girls recently said. After we had finished cleaning out her wardrobe, one of my daughters said, and I quote, “Great. Now we can go shopping for new clothes.” A few days later, my other daughter recited the following list when asked what her favourite things were… “gymnastics, swimming and shopping”.
I realised that my shopping (and a love of a good fabric bargain or a newly released pattern) may have not been setting the best example! I’ve been purchasing in excess of need, so now I’m taking a step back and really thinking about all expenditure. It’s only been a few weeks, but this mindfulness has already seen some purchasing opportunities passed up.
For me, this has been a valuable and grounding lesson and a reminder that children are great little teachers.
Now I’ve got that off my chest, I’m off to re-read Felicia’s from The Craft Sessions Stash Less posts. I think they will have more meaning the second time around.
Pattern: Pattern Fantastique’s Aeolian T-shirt Dress (knee length)
Fabric: Printed linen from Joys Fabric Warehouse (purchased in April 2015)
Alterations: Shortened the dress by 2 inches (5cm)
Accessories: Sonia Rykiel beads from Christine and shoes purchased from Siricco.
Photo Location: Creswick