Monday, 29 December 2014

Year in Review: RTW Fast

The year started off on a high note when I returned three items that I purchased just before the new year. I won't say that this RTW fast was easy. Trust me I was tempted along the way.


Early in the year I was tempted by this cardigan that went on sale after the holidays. I was tempted more by the sale price than something that would actually work with my wardrobe. 


In the spring, I was tempted by this Ralph Lauren peplum shirt. But the spring romance of this item didn't last too long and I didn't even attempt to recreate the look which I did consider doing for a brief moment of time.    


I have a weakness for Lord and Taylor line of clothes. They came out with these two midi-length skirts that I absolutely fell head over heels. This one (above) has side pockets (love). I will admit to picking it up and then returning it. My first stumble during my journey.


This one didn't have pockets but the fabric was gorgeous. I admired it from a distance and wondered where I could possibly find such beautiful fabric.


And later in the year, I was tempted by yet another cardigan sweater. The floral print knit is what caught my eye.

So it might look that I did manage to go a year without any RTW but it wasn't so. I couldn't resist a  vintage Persian Wool jacket that I found at a second hand store.

Besides that one fall off the wagon and the temptations along the way, I'm quite pleased with my attempt to go completely RTW free. I even managed to sew my own knickers this year even though it was on the acceptable purchase list. It feels good to accomplish what I did through the RTW fast but to be completely honest, I have to give credit to being part of a supportive group. They were truly inspiring and it was great to have the support of the group.

I plan to continue with the fast in 2015 because I learned that the items that I was most tempted by were things that I can easily sew at home and achieve a better fit. I don't have a ready-to-wear body shape and so why buy ill-fitting clothes that need to be altered. I don't like doing alterations. I do like sewing though.

Thank you Sarah and my fellow RTW fasters for being such an inspiration and motivator.

Happy Sewing!





4 comments:

  1. Well done! believe me, it gets easier and easier to resist rtw. I haven't bought clothes in about 5 yrs now and haven't felt even the slightest bit tempted for at least the last four of those years. :)

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    1. Thanks Carolyn for the encouragement. You're a great mentor to have on my blog roll.

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  2. Last time I was in Dilliards I took pictures of things (discretely!) but no buying- tho cardigans I give myself a free pass on- I cant knit, so they dont count, right???

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    1. Ann, I don't knit either. But have you seen the cardigan patterns that been coming out? I recently added Butterick 5760 which as a button front cardigan and McCall's 6708 to my pattern stash. I'm going to give those a try. And there is also the Jenna card by Muse patterns that looks nice as well. Now if I could only find a rose print cashmere knit fabric like above I would be over the moon.

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