I'd started this big long post for this week's Waste Not Wednesday post (I took last week off because my son had surgery on Tuesday), but figured I should just scrap it and keep it short and sweet. Basically, I was only three weeks into this little project and am already having reflections about what it means to have a thrifty and sustainable wardrobe.
|Weird jeans are weird.|
So then for this week's project, I decided to make my son a tank... which also ended up being something I don't think he'll end up wearing. Even though I used a men's Jersey tee shirt for the fabric, when I made it into a little tank for my son, the drape seemed kind of flowy and feminine, or just off. So I also ruined a wearable tee-- but I've since gotten over the guilt on that one. I'm chalking it up as a loss to pattern making/muslining and also a chance to practice sewing knits on my current machine AND use my brand-new twin ballpoint needle for the first time ever. Plus, I got to make a video for my YouTube channel, which I always enjoy. And it's not like the thrift stores are running out of t-shirts any time soon.
I'm also having some reflections about my purse from week #2. I can still buy some more heavy-duty leather conditioner and get the leather looking a little better, but how much will that run me? Ten dollars? Twenty? Factor in that the bag has an L-shaped hole, which will be hard to repair considering the bag is lined, plus I'd have to purchase materials to replace the straps, and then construct the straps. Or, I can spend about $150 for a brand new leather bag on sale (I'm eyeing traditional British styled ones from Zatchels, the Leather Satchel Co., or Cambridge Satchels) that look as if they'll last me a very long time. And they're handmade in the UK, where the employment standards and environmental standards are higher than if I were to purchase something made in a traditional manufacturing country.
|Probs going to dismantle this one for the hardware. What can I use the leather scraps for?|
So that's where I'm at. It's a tiny bit of a relief to divert a little more to the thrift store, even though so much of what gets sent to the thrift store ends up being recycled or sent to other counties, which is why I try to limit my thrift store cast-offs. But as I'm starting a closet re-org project, my Waste Not Wednesday pile still seems to keep growing.