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Sew For A Change Summary

During 2014 I participated in the challenge Sew For A Change in which we were to overview our consumption habits and other environmental impacts. In the beginning I predicted that the shopping bit wouldn’t be a problem for me, which was pretty much true, I haven’t bought much RTW this year and, more importantly, I haven’t missed it. Sewing and second hand works pretty well for me and with that in mind I can buy RTW if I make conscious purchases. I didn’t like to have a limit on fabrics. Not that I would buy a lot more if I wasn’t limited by the points, but I sometimes wanted a piece that was totally “necessary” but didn’t buy it in case I needed underwear later or a new winter coat. Sewing is my hobby and it should be fun and without limitations, which it will be, but still with restraint. I’m not going to buy every piece I like, but I’m not going to not buy it just to save points/money.

As for RTW purchases I did go on a splurge in Malaga. I was lured in by the Spanish style and the opportunity to buy something you couldn’t get in Sweden. It’s all about balance for me, in what I buy and what I wear. Shopping abroad would be the hardest for me to not do, it’s so fun! In exchange I will minimise my shopping at home and buy more second hand.

We also had the ten star challenges to complete. I passed four of them (declutter, paper, recycling and hygiene) and learnt a lot about the other topics as well. Passing those four meant I had 40 extra points to work with, in total 115 points (75 were the orginial). For my last summary and final score:

Ingoing points:38.65 p
Purchases:
Faux leather skirt: -5p
Jersey top: -6p
Denim jacket: -8p
Wool shorts: -5p (mainly polyester, sadly)
Black stockings: -6.5p (ouch!)

Final score: 7.15p

So, I made it! The thing is regarding shopping new clothes I haven’t felt restricted, that has been exclusively to fabric. I probably wouldn’t make it if I did it another year as I have used up many pieces from my stash which isn’t that big now. And, again, I don’t want to put a restraint on my hobby, it’s meant to make me feel good.

In conclusion I have learnt a lot, lessons I am taking with me in my sewing and everyday life, to help reduce my carbon footprint. Since I do live in Sweden, it’s pretty big, so I need to make my most to reduce it.

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Sew For A Change – November

I never really got back on my October Sew For A Change challenge, but the Facebook group decided that I was worth 10 bonus points for my efforts.

The November challenge was DIY and there were three tasks to complete

  1. Avoid buying as much as possible that you can make yourself. Dare to challenge yourself!
  2.  Learn a new skill, or at least give some unexplored crafty domain a proper go!
  3. If you are into Christmas gifts in your household, then make sure at least one of your gifts is homemade (such as sewn or knitted). Extra round of applauses if it is also made from upcycled material. 

I didn’t really feel like learning a new skill, I have plenty to keep me busy and if the motivation’s not there I’m not going to bother. Sewing and crafting is my hobby and I don’t want to impose musts on it.

Quickie post, let’s sum up the points in the end, shall we?

Ingoing points November: 41.4p
Star challenge October: +10 p
Purchases:
1.4 m cotton corduroy (skirt): -3.5p
2 m organic cotton velour (sweater): -4p
1.5 m faux leather (skirt): -5.25p

Outgoing points: 38.65p

In a few days’ time we’re off to Spain and I’m glad I’ve saved some points and am hoping to bring back a few fabric souvenirs, granted I find any fabric stores. Some RTW shopping could probably happen too.

One more month on my shopping budget and then it’s a wrap. I’ve learnt quite a few things about my spending habits, so I’ll be a changed person in the upcoming year. Next month I’ll recap the full year.

Sew For A Change – October

Ocotber in Sew For A Change meant hygiene month. We had plenty of tasks to do and it seemed like I lucked into most of them. Here’s how I fared:

Complete the following:

  1. Toothpaste: Select one that do not contain triclosan or parabens. Also, if you need to replace toothbrushes, choose wooden ones if you can.
    The toothpaste we use in this household is free of both triclosan and parabens, so no change was needed.
  2. Schampoo and Conditioner: select brands that does not contain parabens, silicones or PEGs. Or if you dare – go ‘no poo’!! (That’s what I do!!)
    The shampoo I use passed the test! Still not daring enough to go no poo.
  1. Skin care: select products free from mineral oils and PEGs. For many people a regular vegetable oil is doing the job beautifully.
    The reason as to why I lucked into so much is that I don’t use that many products. The body lotion and face wash I use are made from organic ingredients and are free from a bunch of nasty stuff
  1. Anti-Lice: Fall often means lice if you are a family with kids in the primary school age. Drench the hair in olive oil and put on a shower cap for a few hours and they will choke to death.
    Luckily we have not had lice in our household so I haven’t had to use this tip.
  1. Make-up: Try to limit your use of make-up and only buy replacements when you run out (don’t buy new products). Select organic where you can. Use vegetable oil on a cotton pad for make-up removal.
    I don’t use a lot of makeup and haven’t bought any new this month. For upcoming purchases I will try and find organic. Mostly I use just water for cleaning or organic face wash.
  1. Soap: Choose hard soap instead of liquid soap. Aleppo or African Black Soap are both fantastic, non-drying soaps that can be used for the entire body including hair and face. They can also be used for shaving (for men also).
    We have liquid soap (easier for the kids!) and have not bought any new soap this month. For the future I will probably still buy liquid soap, but I will buy organic liquid soap.
  1. Try to avoid nail varnish completely this month.
    I hardly ever use nail varnish at all so this month has been no exception.
  1. Try to avoid perfume completely, this month (perfume very often equals ftalates).
    I never wear perfumes. Ever.
  1. Kids: Try to avoid using “products” on kids altogether. They are more sensitive to chemicals than we are.
    The kids get showered once a week whether they need it or not (hint: they do) and then we use shampoo and soap on the kiddo and just water on little E. For day to day washes it’s just water, even for diaper changes. Sometimes we use a wee bit of oil if needed. Little E has some dry rash on her body so once or twice a week we need to moisturise her with lotion.

   10. Deodorant: choose versions without Aluminum and Alcohol.
I bought myself a new organic deodorant (found at my local supermarket!). Verdict: It does its job for a day at the  office, but it’s not quite as good for holding up for a session at the dojo.

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Organic deodorant

 

    11. Feminine products: choose reusable cloth pads instead of disposables or choose a menstrual cup instead of tampons, if you can.

I did buy myself a menstrual cup during the recycling month and been using it since (when needed, obviously). I use a few disposable pads each month.

To be honest I can’t judge myself. I feel as if I haven’t made many changes and I don’t feel worthy of 10 points. I will check in with the Facebook group for my verdict. Thus I am leaving with a cliff-hanger… summary will be up tomorrow including my purchases, I have a fabric store trip planned this afternoon.

Sew For A Change – September

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This month, our focus in the Sew For A Change challenge was home detox. I’m going to confess right away, I have lost a bit of momentum and am quite happy that I don’t miss retail shopping at all, I am pleased with sewing and second hand shopping. Our three focus areas were:

Plastic is not fantastic 

Learn what the different plastic numbers 1-7 mean and go through your home and find+replace the worst ones. Eg plastic shower curtains, food containers, kids toys (throw away all plastic toys made before 2007 and all plastic toys made outside EU), vinyl prints on clothes etc. 

Having small children we do have a lot of plastic toys at home. Soon the baby toys will go and I will make an effort to get new toys in other materials. Legos and Duplos will be excepted as they are awesome toys and it’s hard to get a valid substitute. But this is definitely something I will work on in the future, trying to reduce plastic. It won’t be zero tolerance but I will try and steer the kids and any potential gift-givers towards the non-plastic alternative. The kids have some vinyl prints, I avoid them but some have been gifted. They’re OK to use since they’re a small part of the kids’ wardrobes. Shower curtains – we have none.

Avoid poisoning your food 

Make a kitchen inventory and replace teflon/non-stick coated pots, pans and trays. Replace cooking utensils out of plastic with wood or metal. Especially if they are made of black plastic or melamine. The old ones can be used for something else than cooking. Plant flowers in them, dig in the garden or whatever – but avoid mixing plastic+heat+food. Try to avoid using plastic bags for food storage; cotton bags, glas jars or bread bins go a long way. Avoid buying food in metal tins (they have a plastic coating with BPA on the inside). Maybe even try to avoid getting your fruit and vege in plastic bags? Buy reusable fabric “produce bags” or sew your own.

I usually bring lunch to work in plastic lunchboxes. Bad Helena! At least I move my food from the plastic container onto a plate before putting it in the microwave. I did look at metallic and glass containers but they are so heavy and expensive. Plus I don’t know how they will take to the freezer. Excuses, excuses. We use plastic utensils, I will look for new ones. I hardly use the Teflon pan, my husband does, I prefer the steel or cast iron ones. We use a lot of plastic bags for storage, although I must say I’m intrigued by Alexandra’s bees wraps. In the future I will look for alternatives to metal tins, but can’t gurantee anything, I don’t think my favourite tomatoes come in anything other than metal tins, but I will change where I can.

Sit nicely 

If you are buying new furniture, be a difficult customer and demand information regarding flame retardants (shall be avoided at any cost!). They are impossible to break down and they are everywhere in the environment now, in the fish in the deep sea and in newborn babies to name a few. Be suspicious of most soft furniture, even mattresses. This is actually an area where buying second hand/vintage is not always best. Many of the really scary flame retardants from back in the day are now banned. 

We have no furniture purchases planned, but I will keep this in my mind for the future.

So, as you can see, I haven’t fully committed to the task this month, but I am taking my newfound knowledge with me to the future in hopes of reducing plastics more at home

Despite getting no bonus points this month, I have spent some. I went shopping for my fall plan, so I have no more plans to buy more fabric, what I have should last me a while and I now have all the fabrics I need to complete my fall plan. I will reserve some points for fabric shopping in Spain, where we’re going in December, and I probably need some new underwear. As I said before, I don’t miss shopping and I’m having a lot of fun looking for finds at second hand stores and flea markets that I doubt I will go on a shopping binge come January.

Ingoing points: 58p

Purchases:

Cotton twill (skirt), 1.6 m: -4p

Cotton (blouse), 1,6m: -3,2p

Cotton voile (blouse lining), 0,9m:-2,25p

Cotton college fabric (blazer), 2,3m: -5,75

Duchess satin (contrast for Michelle the Third), 0.4p: -1,4p

Total purchases: -16.6 p

Outgoing points: 41.4p

Sew For A Change – August

For the month of August the theme in Sew For A Change was recycling. We were to set ourselves three goals on how to improve our recycling. I must admit that it was difficult to find three challenges as we already have so much in order (we have organised a great system, the kiddo knows what to do (or asks if he’s unsure), our food waste is turned into biogas by the waste company). But I wanted those ten points… My challenges were:

 

  • Recycle textile

I did not know that textiles could be recycled. So far for me they have only gone in the waste bin. Another lesson learnt during Sew For a Change! I have not investigated if our recycling station has textile recycling (since everything is picked up at home, we hardly ever go there) . However, I did learn that there’s a home décor store, Hemtex, who has textile refashion and gives a voucher to be used in the store on your next purchase for each bag you hand in (50 SEK on a 300 SEK purchase). As someone in the Facebook group mentioned, I don’t think they considered a bunch of sewers seeing this. I have now organized (not very well at the moment, two bags in my sewing room, one with scraps and small bits to go to textile recycling and one with bigger pieces to be donated to the kids’ pre-school (if they want it, otherwise it will be recycled the old fashioned way).

Coolest cassette leggings for coolest toddler
Coolest cassette leggings for coolest toddler

 

  • Refashion usable textiles

You know those garments you’ve made that you for some reason don’t really like or have no more use of? We all have those, right? Even if I don’t want to wear them myself, there’s something difficult about throwing out the clothes I’ve made with my own two hands. However, I found no difficulties in chopping them up for clothing for the kids. It was quite liberating actually, making a new home for my discarded clothes. The nursing top, along with the remnants of the fabric, became the coolest leggings ever for Little E, she also got a new fall cap in the dress fabric. I have always taken out zips and buttons, now if I discard something I will see if I can make use of the fabric as well. Also, I cut off a torn pair of the kiddo’s jeans to make shorts. As for the back of the cut off jeans, I made patches for another pair of torn jeans. Recycling at its best!

Jeans recycling
Jeans recycling

 

  • Reduce waste.

Even if we have a pretty good recycling system, it is always better to reduce waste altogether. In order to reduce glass waste and transport I have filled the freezer with blackberries, for my winter needs of berries and I have pickled beets (ecological and very locally produced (our backyard)). It was all put in jars and containers we already had, thus reducing waste. I have bought myself a moon cup, let’s I hope I’ll like it as much as many others! I held on to the plastic bags that the kiddo’s underwear came in, perfect for hanging on the desk while sewing and using for threads. Before throwing something out in the future I will see if I can find other use for it.

Yum, blackberries!
Yum, blackberries!

 

As for shopping: Nothing! To be honest I don’t miss browsing the chain stores anymore. I don’t want to look like everyone else. However, I find thrift stores extremely inspiring and it’s a good thing they’re quite inaccessible for me otherwise I’d shop till I dropped, which is not the point of a consumption challenge. Now I feel I’m at a point where I can dress fun and varying, while adding pieces one by one through sewing. Thrift shopping has allowed me to try new silhouettes and shapes and has given me a clearer view of what I want and wear. Win-win! I also gotten into buying household items at flea markets, especially things that I don’t have an urgent need for (on my fall list I have lemonade pitcher, a cake plate, pearl necklaces (for crafting pearls) and kitchen towels to make fabric napkins).

 

My new thread collector, used to hold underwear
My new thread collector, used to hold underwear

Ingoing points: 48 p

Star challenge: +10 p

Outgoing points: 58 p

One last confession before I leave you. In my teens I used to watch The Bold And The Beautiful. Yes. Therefore I cannot think about recycling without thinking of Sally.

Sew For a Change – Recycling

The theme of August is recycling. Both in Sew For a Change and in the Reuse/Refashion/Repurpose challenge as hosted by Amy. I will combine these two.

We were challenged to find three areas in which to improve our household recycling, with tips on areas given by Alexandra. The challenge for me is that we already are pretty good at recycling our trash. We get everything picked up at home, we just do the sorting and put it in the bin and then gone! We have a good organization under our kitchen sink with bins for metal, paper, waste, plastic, cardboard and food. We take glass out pretty quickly without storing it. The kiddo knows that different trash goes into different bin. (He was all sorts of confused on vacation where we had only one bin and he had to throw his juice box in with the waste). However, most of my fabric trash ends up in the waste. No more! Here are my three challenges:

  • Recycle textile. I will give some scraps to the kids’ (yes, kids in plural, little E begins next week) preschool to use in crafts. If they don’t want it I will take it back. As for the rest I will put in in textile recycling, I know a few chain stores that have this option, I don’t know about the recycling centre as we hardly visit anymore. But my scraps and leftovers will be used somehow. I will also put up an extra bin in the sewing room so I can separate my fabric scraps from regular trash.
  • Refashion usable textiles. Yes, another textile point. Clothes I don’t wear will be donated to charity (or sold if I think I can actually make some money). Those I don’t want to donate, i.e. stuff I’ve made poorly, dirty, stained etc. I will try and make use of. I will hold onto buttons and zips for further use and try and use the fabric in a clever way. So far my Cassette nursing t-shirt (in which I nursed little E) has become leggings for little E (very circle of life), my discarded Envy dress became a beanie for little E (using a free Stoff och Stil pattern).
  • Reduce waste. Even if we have a pretty good recycling system, it is always better to reduce waste altogether as well as using what we have and what nature can give us. This has been an excellent year for blackberries so I have picked and stocked up my freezer with blackberries to use in the winter, meaning I won’t need to buy berries in the winter, I’m using jars and pots we already have and there’s no need for transport. I will also pickle all those red beets in our garden, they will hold up and again no need to buy pickled beets! To reduce my personal waste I will invest in a Mooncup, let’s hope I’ll like it. I will try to fulfill my needs with what I have (for example in order to recycle textiles I must in my sewing room separate fabrics scraps from other waste – I won’t buy anything new for this). We already use reusable shopping bags for grocery shopping, otherwise that’s also an idea to reduce waste.

 

Do you think my three areas are enough to warrant me 10 points? Do you have any tips regarding recycling? Can you help a mooncup newbie out?

(Oh and my life is not just about Sew for a Change. I have a few creations to blog about, but when I went to take pictures the camera batteries dies (in both cameras!). So hold on. A sundress, a Tee and a regular dress is on the way! As well as musing topics related to sewing)

Family Trip to Denmark

I really like getting small peeks into other people’s lives, not just the sewing. So I decided to post about things I do when I’m not sewing,

July has been an incredibly warm month here in Sweden. The minimum day temperature has been 25 degrees Centigrade (75F) but more often than that it’s been above that. Therefore I have hardly sewn anything during July. I have finished a dress for Heather’s sundress sewalong, but I haven’t photographed it yet. Photographing new garments is my Achilles’ heel when it comes to this blog.

The last week of July was spent in Ebeltoft, Denmark where we rented a summer house. A great vacation.

2014-07-28, Ebeltoft (34)We visited many beaches during July, both here at home, at the in-laws and in Denmark. Nothing beats a swim in the ocean on warm days! However most of my pictures featured kids who want to bathe naked and those pictures will not go on the Internet.

2014-07-29, Ebeltoft (8)In the city of Aarhus in Denmark, there’s an open air musem called “Den Gamle By” (=The Old City), where there is a collection of houses from the past. There are three section 18/19th century, 1927 and 1974. The houses are decorated according to different city people, such as the priest, the merchant, different craftsmen, the pharmacy, with its additional garden and much more. I really liked that the staff walked the streets in character and behaved appropriately. 1974 was the latest addition and it was quite fun to see a period of time that is so close to your childhood, even if I was born a bit later than that. As you can see above the town also had its own tailor (sorry for the blurry picture, I was not allowed to use the flash inside the buildings). I also took a picture of the work station. Such a lovely place to work with a great cutting table. a machine nearby and lots of lights from the windows! Although I would prefer my modern machine and I’m grateful that artificial light allows me to work even when it’s dark outside.

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On our trip to Denmark we also visited a safari park. Great fun and the kids loved it! They featured the continents of Africa (pictured), North America, South America and Europe and we learnt a lot (did you know that all living 2700 European Buffalos/Wisents stem from 12 wisents that were all left?)

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A great family vacation, but not much sewn. I have the rest of the year for that! Before leaving my AWSM: July post I will summarise Sew for A Change as well. The challenge this month involved cleaning and to be honest I haven’t even bothered with it. It’s been too hot. I will take the tips with me for future reference, but in this heat my energy is lost.

I did make a few purchases:

Ingoing points: 59p
Purchases:
Hat in acrylic (seen above): -6p
2 m cotton poplin: -5p (to be an awesome Mortmain)
Four blouses, one skirt, second hand: 0p

Outgoing points: 48 points.

Next month involves recycling, we do a lot of recycling and the challenge is to come up with three ways to improve your recycling, and we pretty much have covered all of the tips in the post except textile recycling, so I will definitely look into that.

I hope you enjoyed peeking into my life away from the sewing machine. Posts like these won’t be a regular feature, if I have something to share I will.

 

Sew For A Change – June

The food month is coming to an end. To be honest, I haven’t dedicated myself too much in the star challenge this month for a lack of time. Much to do at work, we’ve had plans every weekend (been away, had parties or both!) which we have had since Easter. Plus my husband is on parental leave and does most of the cooking, I can’t make him cook something he doesn’t want to (firm believer in meat). Excuses, excuses, excuses.

Complete the following:

 

  1. Start by doing a food inventory. Get rid of (preferably through composting) any food that is not fit for eating any longer. Now, try to plan your dinners to use the food you have, before it goes bad.
    If I may say so myself, we are pretty good at using things in our freezer. We don’t overbuy and check what we have before making our shopping list for the week. Our freezer could use some cleansing and it should be done soon in my opinion. Maybe I should do it as a vacation project. I need the kids to be occupied somehow (TV or napping is sufficient) and it should preferably be done in connection to garbage pickup day. Let’s get planning!
  2. Choose one week this month to be a completely vegetarian week. For the rest of the weeks you shall eat vego at least twice/week.
    As I wrote above my husband is a firm believer in meat (I once suggested having a vegetarian day, his response was that he could fry up some bacon on the side). Plus we’ve been so busy in June that making new dishes have not been a priority at all. But I have gathered recipes and will, in July, start with a vegetarian day a week. Baby steps.
  3. Look into what is in season and choose vegetables and fruits accordingly. First choice is organic, second choice is local produce.
    We’re not very good with vegetables (that’s been made obvious) and fruit. I’m allergic to raw stone fruits (apples, pears, peaches etc.) so I pretty much just eat banana. We try to buy locally produced if we can, they have a lot of locally produced vegetables at our store so whenever we can, we get it.
  4. When it comes to the following 5, we ask you to buy organic or not at all: coffee, potatoes, grapes, bananas and cheese.
    Coffee, grapes (including raisins and wine) and bananas are check! We haven’t found eco-potatoes and unfortunately the most organic, local-produced cannot be harvested yet. I don’t eat a lot of cheese, but I’ve eaten some and it wasn’t organic.
  5. For meat we want to limit the use of beef to once per week (except for the vego week, obviously, where it is zero).
    Again, I haven’t had the energy to work this out. It’s quite possible that I could’ve passed this because we haven’t eaten much beef, but I honestly don’t know.
  6. Eat rice max once a week, unless you live in a part of the world where it is produced.
    Same answer. I honestly don’t know.

We’re not quite there yet, but we are coming up on the halfway point and it’s usually when I lose momentum. Plus I’ve been thinking a lot about a post I read on Creating in the Gap about sewing as a hobby. It is my hobby why should I impose a bunch of rules on it? I don’t over-buy, I keep clothes for a long time, I donate what can be donated. My kids wear plenty of hand-me-downs, we fill the washer, we buy eco-friendly products, I buy clothes second-hand. Why should I have to abstain from buying a pretty fabric for a maxi Anna dress just because I needed new bras after ten months of breast-feeding? Or a winter coat? I have underwear you can practically see through since they are so worn. My winter jacket was bought in 2006, my spring jacket in 2008, my clothes are from the 1990s. I keep things and wear them. We don’t throw away food instead we make lunch boxes, we recycle. I could probably do more, but I don’t see why I should sacrifice my hobby, something that makes me feel good, in order to clear my conscience.

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Great fabric, length and lace. The joy!

Plenty of thoughts to deal with.

This month I bought myself 4 new bras. The joys of a well-fitting bra! They were in polyamide so 3 points each and 12 in total. I also bought a skirt (in lovely fabric, see blurry cell phone pic above), a blouse and a cardigan, but they were all second-hand so free of charge!

With 12 points spent and 0 gained it leaves my total on 59 points.

Sew For a Change – May

Another month has passed, bith in the real world and in Sew For A Change. The focus for May was laundry and I must admit that I wasn’t very committed to this challenge.

  • Estimate the amount of laundry your household produces during a normal month (and make it official), then try to reduce that amount by 20% during this month. This means, if you usually do 10 loads during the month you should try to do only 8 (or less).

Husband and I estimated that we do about 2-3 loads a week, accumulating to about 10 per month. Our loads are usually pretty full and we wear clothes several times before washing them (unless they’re smelly and/or stained). We saw no reward in trying to push this further down. We also have two kids who need their clothes was and while they have clothes to get by, they don’t have enormous amounts (trying to reduce shopping as well leads to having to wash more) and the clothes needs regular washing. We do, however try to fill the machine with what’s in the laundry pile. (Being grumpy, I’m not a big fan of relative goals. We would need to get from 10 to 8 to pass this goal, whereas someone who washes 20 loads needed to get down to 16. Their reduction is larger, but over the course of a year with our ten we’d wash 120 loads and they’d wash 192. Which saves the environment more?)

  • Only wash full loads.

As I mentioned above we try to fully load the machine every time, filling up with sheets, towels or other things in the right colour and temperature. It pained me that I needed to wash an almost empty machine towards the end of the month, but unfortunately it could not be helped. I had washed my judo gi on the weekend, filling up with other whites, but on the Tuesday class I got a lot of blood on it (not mine) and it needed to be washed immediately so the blood didn’t set. And since it was recently washed I had nothing to fill up the load with.

  • Change to a earth friendly detergent – make sure it’s free from phosphates, zeolites and EDTA.

We bought a new machine last summer and with it we got plenty of boxes with detergent, bound to last at least this year out. So we’re sticking to that for now.

  • Do not use fabric softener! If you must use something, use vinegar instead. 

My husband is a softener addict, I don’t use it. Except for my judo gi (that thing is a laundry environmental hazard in itself) because it is so heavy and stiff that it actually hurts to train in it un-softened.

  • Avoid dry cleaning.

I can’t recall using a dry cleaner. Ever.

  • Check the water hardness and make sure you don’t overdose the detergent.

I’m bad at this, I just wing it. We do have pretty hard water where I live and I haven’t been bothered to check it. We have our own well, so I don’t really know how I’d go about testing it. I do think it’s pretty hard (my FIL has said that he need to rinse his shampoo a lot longer at our place than at his home)

  • Avoid using the dryer and instead air dry the laundry inside or outside. Get set up with line and pegs!

The dryer that came with the house broke a few years ago and we haven’t even bothered replacing it, there was no need for us.

Some good things, some bad. We could change to a more environmental friendly detergent, but it would be after using up what we already have. As for dosing we could probably do better but I do think we have quite hard water so I don’t think it would differ much.

Now, let’s get to those numbers:

Ingoing points: 75.125p

Blue fabric:      -4,05 p    (2.7 m of 1.6m wide organic cotton)

Star challenge: 0p

Outgoing: 71.125p

This month it’s focus on food, I probably won’t get the 10 extra points, but I will work on the challenge bits anyway.

Me-Made Lessons: Declutter

Between Me-Made-May and Sew for a Change, I have totally changed my approach to my wardrobe and clothes. I’m learning so much by wearing my me-mades as well as being on a fabric budget that one post won’t do for a round-up. Therefore I have decided to break down my lessons learnt from Me-Made-May into a series of posts in which I can go more deep into each subject.

Fact: I have a lot of clothes. A lot. Really, I could count at least 140 garments in my wardrobe and that’s not including basic t-shirts and tank or underwear, socks and stockings. But I don’t wear them. There are a few clothes that are on rotation, but there are plenty I am just bored with. I did start with “One in, one out” and during Me-Made-May I’m ruthless. If I don’t like something on me, out it goes. I want to feel happy and inspired looking at my clothes, not pulling out the least bad thing to wear. Or, as I usually think, “I wish I could wear that piece every day”.

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A mess. Simple as that.

 

I want my wardrobe to be filled with pieces I want to wear every day. Pieces that coordinate, can be worn with each other in different outfits. I have never focused on building a wardrobe I have just added pieces I liked separately without thinking of how it works with the rest.

The thing is, when I outlined all clothes in my wardrobe I divided them into three categories; keep, maybe and toss. I had no problem doing so – in theory. But when I stood in front of my clothes, having to choose a blouse to take out (for “One in, one out”) it was extremely hard. Really, I should let go of my clothes if I don’t wear them or really don’t like them. So right now my issue is; should I continue with “one in, one out” or should I just get rid of everything I don’t wear at once? Get rid of all things I don’t like or wear and build a wardrobe from there. Why is it so hard to get rid of clothes?

I know something needs to be done about the state of my wardrobe. It’s a mess! Both literally and figuratively. The realistic part of me says that I should just get rid of everything I don’t wear or like and start from there. But the other side of me fears walking into a closet with gaping holes, even if it already has holes, but hidden behind the clothes. I need a push!

Would you dare to get rid of plenty of clothes at once or would you do it one piece at the time? How do you keep from filling, and keeping, your wardrobe with things you don’t like?