Recently, I finished this skirt. It was originally a secondhand maxi dress (handmade—but not by me.) I can’t say it’s my favorite print or something I am completely in love with, but it makes me think of the sea on a breezy summer day. And that makes me feel happy.
I’ve been thinking of taking up another challenge to strictly buy handmade or secondhand, or make it myself again. Specifically in regard to my wardrobe. I’d really like to start making and re-purposing more of my clothes. Back in 2011, I challenged myself to not buy anything new for a whole year, instead sticking with secondhand or handmade. I only cheated a few times but the real reward was how this mentality stuck with me (and grew) since then. It wasn’t until this last spring that I really did need a new pair of jeans and ended up buying extra things I didn’t need. This included some sandals, which, when I returned, left me frustrated because somewhere deep down, I knew I wouldn’t be happy with them in the long run and it was all nothing but a big waste of time and energy. It all reminded me how much I hate that mall/store environment, the whole idea of thoughtless, impulsive spending and how easy it is to accumulate things that I feel no connection to.
There are a lot of DIYs/repurposings I’d like to try out and share here but I tend to drag my feet on them because I put too much thought into documenting them. It took a little while, but eventually, I finished this skirt and managed to get some shots of the various steps I took to turn it from dress to skirt, so I will share that simple DIY tomorrow.
Do you wear a lot of handmade or secondhand clothes?