This time last year I sat and wrote about the challenge I was about to embark on. It was pretty scary I have to admit. I wasn’t sure how well I would do, or if I could actually manage it. But then, isn’t that the point of a challenge? To push you out of your comfort zone?
I set some rules that I hoped would make it a bit easier for me:
- underwear does not count. I will not buy secondhand underwear for any of my family. I am, however, planning to make some of my own underwear again.
- Running clothes and shoes. My current running shoes should last me until early next year but when they do need replacing I will be buying new. I won’t risk injury by buying secong hand. Running clothes, I will try to make do with what I have or buy second hand if I can.
- Uniform/work wear. I wear my own clothes to work and therefore can get away with this but hubby can’t. He is provided with a polo shirt but some of the other kit he needs may need to be new due to safety reasons. We will shop around and try to buy second hand if we can but I will not compromise his safety. School uniforms will be second hand as much as possible, however, due to the school logo, if it poses difficulty in buying second hand then at the last resort we will buy new.
- Shoes. I won’t buy second hand shoes especially for the kids. They have both recently had new shoes so should be fine for quite a while.
- I am allowed to make new clothes and buy second hand. I cannot however, buy a lot of new fabric in order to make new clothes. (Copied from original blog post)
So a year on. How did I do?? Let’s see shall we?
New items bought for me:
- Two pairs of running trousers
- A pair of denim shorts
- A new sports bra
- Two pairs of compression socks
- My running club hoodie
- A pair of running shoes (not shown)
I’m pretty pleased with that! Both the running leggings and running shoes were allowed under my rules, as was the sports bra. The compression socks were needed but on the other hand did I really need two pairs?? And the shorts? Well I could have made some if I’m honest but I really didn’t want to. They were an impulse purchase bought about a month ago. 😔 So in all honesty I could have avoided buying them.
In the interest of transparency I also received some clothes as gifts:
- Two pairs of jeans for Christmas
- A pair of furry boots (not shown)
- A pair of pyjamas (a Christmas Eve tradition – not shown)
- A running top which I had for my birthday
I have also received a few new training tops as prizes for completing races. I use these to avoid buying training tops. I do sometimes wish that races would give out trousers instead of tops occasionally so that I wouldn’t have to buy those 😂
The kids had new pyjamas from Santa on Christmas Eve. Little Lady had a new leotard and two pairs of hot pants for her dance show and D had a new pair of bathers for his swimming lessons. Little Lady’s dance items were very specific so I would have struggled to find them second hand in time, if at all and D’s swimming lessons can be such a source of stress for him as he hates showing his body, or “performing” in public. The SpiderMan bathers helps to ease his stress as he knows SpiderMan is brave and if that helps him overcome his social anxiety then it’s worth every penny.
In regards to making things I failed miserably. I have made a lot of outfits but unfortunately none for me. I do have a post to show you at another date of how Little Lady and I collaborated on a top for her 😊
We’ve talked about buying, gifts, and making but what about mending? I have done a LOT of mending this past year!
I made shorts out of a pair of school trousers with holes in the knee:I also:
- Repaired a seam in my running tights
- Patched every pair of jeans I own over the year
- Repaired a seam in normal leggings
- Repaired a pair of shorts I had already made from a pair of jeans
- Fixed a jumper
- Replaced missing buttons on a cardigan
- Shortened a dress to make it wearable
- Re hemmed two pairs of trousers
- Repaired a hole in the underarm of a cardigan
And I’m sure there were more but that’s all I seem to have kept a record of.
All in all I think I did okay. There was room for improvement but I don’t think it was a complete failure. The big question now is: where do I go from here? Well pretty much all my clothes are looking tired. My jeans have been mended to within an inch of their lives. A very kind friend has just gifted me two new-to-me pairs of jeans so they will last a while but I could really do with some new clothes. I don’t intend to go out and buy all new and I will use charity shops as much as I can. But I do think this next year may be spent replacing the majority of my clothes.