Celebration Time

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On August 31, 2011 I turned over a new leaf :)

I gave up buying Ready-to-Wear clothing for one year and vowed to make my clothes instead.

Today I’m celebrating because I not only set out to do what I intended, but I completed an experience that brought me great pleasure and satisfaction. I must have needed a challenge!

I was spending huge amounts of money on clothes and was constantly shopping. I bought way too many clothes that looked alike, and had entirely too many clothes that were barely worn.

One day I snapped, gave up shopping, began sewing my clothes and started a blog… What a day.

WHAT A YEAR!

I often read about how one must give up one thing to gain something else, and I think that was certainly the case for me this year.

I gave up the constant search for something to wear and acquired a collection of clothes I love. Fashion Sewing Fabrics

Perhaps I had suppressed my fondness for ruffles, bold prints, and bright colors over the years because it came out in full force. Fashion Sewing Fabrics

When I gave up the time I devoted to shopping, I became creative again and improved my sewing skills too.

I started and ended the year making a skirt with many more in between.Fashion Sewing Fabrics

Eventually I realized skirts can be made from just about any type of fabric as well as easily re-styled. This discovery led me to explore the refashion scene. FAshion Sewing Fabrics

I believe my sentimental favorite is the tunic I made with my grandmother’s +100-year-old sheet.Fashion Sewing Fabrics

Inspiration came easily for it was everywhere.

Ultimately the past year was broader than just a challenge or sewing experience. It evolved into a journey of personal discovery and led to friendships across the globe. I gave up buying Ready-to-Wear and gained much, much more than the 64 garments hanging in the tree.

I had fun too!

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I began my year of sewing with quilting cotton and ended with this beautiful Oscar de la Renta silk brocade from Mood Fabrics. Now t h a t ‘ s progress!

Fashion Sewing FabricsI couldn’t pass up one more peplum or a skirt once I saw this beautiful shade of pink silk dupioni!

Top Butterick 5615 – Skirt McCalls 3830

Now that I’m finished with my year-long challenge, it’s time to celebrate and I’m headed to the Mediterranean with my childhood friends! When my friends contacted us in March, we quickly accepted the invitation because I had already saved so much money from sewing rather than spending it on clothes.

Thank you all so very much for supporting my efforts this past year! Many of your sewing projects and blogs have been incredibly inspirational to me. The kind comments and helpful tips you have generously posted mean more to me than you can possibly imagine.

NOW…… what’s that quote by Norman Vincent Peale?

“It’s always too soon to quit!”

B O N V O Y A G E

and I’ll see you in late September!!

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Comments


  • Mood Sewing Network
    September 17, 2012

    Sarah, aren’t you amazed at all you accomplished this year? We here at Mood are!

    • Sarah Gunn
      October 1, 2012

      Oh goodness! I just now saw your comment! Yes, I am thrilled with the results of my sewing efforts. Many thanks for your nice comment!

      • Sarah Gunn
        October 1, 2012

        Thank you, Alethia! My journey is that of many people aspiring to sew a stylish wardrobe. I’m happy I really happy I have documented my sewing projects 🙂

  • Alethia
    September 18, 2012

    Wow, what an accomplishment…what a journey! You are truly an inspiration to me; style, color,, fabrics, and ambition…thanks for sharing your journey!

    • Sarah Gunn
      October 5, 2012

      Thank you, Alethia! My journey is that of many people aspiring to sew a stylish wardrobe. I’m happy I really happy I have documented my sewing projects

  • Patricia Francisco
    September 18, 2012

    You are an inspiration! I”ll be sharing your post and I hope your trip is amazing.

    • Sarah Gunn
      October 1, 2012

      Thank you so much Patricia!

  • susan
    September 22, 2012

    very inspiring,thanks..i did same thing few months back and started making my clothes too…very interesting…

    • Sarah Gunn
      October 5, 2012

      Thank you, Susan! I discovered that once I was away from RTW it really wasn’t that hard to focus on sewing. I’m only seriously tempted when I’m in a store – online browsing serves as sewing inspiration.

  • Barbara Vogelman
    September 29, 2012

    PLEASE PLEASE tell me the place you got the Pink Dupioni silk? I HAVE to have that fabric. I PRAY they have a beautiful blue as well. I can SO see that in Turquoise. I am going out to get the patterns TODAY.

    • Mood Sewing Network
      September 29, 2012

      Barbara, Mood has many lovely dupioni silks available online at moodfabrics.com

    • Sarah Gunn
      October 1, 2012

      Barbara, I just now saw your comment. When I’m not shopping at Mood I often stop at at Mary Jo’s cloth store in Gastonia, NC when driving on I-85

  • Betsy
    September 30, 2012

    Due to recent weight aging, I too have been doing much sewing and up cycling some garments. I have even started cordinating my new outfits with jewelry I have started to design, so I can definetly relate to your adventure.

    • Sarah Gunn
      October 1, 2012

      Thank you, Betsy. This adventure is truly gratifying!

  • SANDEE
    October 2, 2012

    I so admire you I am trying to get back to that point. Your garments are great looking.
    I am inspired to sew by you.

    • Sarah Gunn
      October 5, 2012

      Thank you so much, Sandee. Once I made my mind up to do it – it happened. I’m not advanced but frankly so many RTW garments are not sewn with advanced techniques. I’ve just signed up for Kenneth King’s “cloning your favorite RTW” online class. Can’t wait to get started!

  • Teri
    October 3, 2012

    Wow! You are such an inspiration – you set a wonderful goal for yourself and it sounds like you gained so many unexpected benefits along the way! Your garments are stunning and you have certainly had an experience that will give you memories for a life time. Well done!

    • Sarah Gunn
      October 5, 2012

      Hi Teri! Unexpected benefits galore – and the memories will not only last a lifetime but have changed my life. Many thanks for your kind comment!

  • Linda
    October 3, 2012

    Your wardrobe is beautiful and you are adorable…..I think I must just have to take that challenge, too. Thanks so much for a wonderful idea!

    • Sarah Gunn
      October 5, 2012

      Thank you, Linda! I’d like to create a page on my blog for those who want to challenge themselves with a 365 RTW fast. Please let me know if you would like to be a part of it!

  • Gena Harakal
    October 3, 2012

    I am impressed! What an accomplishment and inspiration. The fabrics and styles are right up my alley, too. I love that most of your garments are dresses or skirts. I live in Florida and wear dresses or skirts all year round. I am so tempted to do something as monumental as this. I used to wear my own made clothes all the time, but as you know, lifestyle changes sometimes make it much easier to buy rather than make. I will keep your story in the back of my mind in the future and perhaps take the creative plunge as you have done so well. Kudos!

    • Sarah Gunn
      October 5, 2012

      Many thanks for your comment, Gena! I decided I would make exactly what I wanted to wear although I didn’t have a plan. It turned out to be dresses and skirts galore 🙂 The challenge was easy to complete after a few short months of sewing. I’d like to create a page on my blog for those who want to give up RTW and sew for a year. Please stay in touch and good luck!

  • Candice R
    October 4, 2012

    What an accomplishment! Good for you! Wish I had more time to sew for me – I might attempt the same!