Monday, 25 December 2017

2018 RTW Fast

I am going to be taking part in the 2018 Goodbye Valentino Ready-to-Wear Fast. This means no purchasing clothing from January 1st to December 31st, 2018. I did enter previously (it has run twice before, I believe) in 2014, or was it 2015, I can't quite remember and did pretty well - by not purchasing, but not making either!  I feel more confident now that I can actually make some items to fit and suit me (quite honestly, I have lots of clothes so I don't really need to be quick; those of you who read my posts will know that I am usually a pretty slow sewer, though I can often rise to a challenge!! I am excited more than scared to say I've signed up!

Here are the rules, from Sarah's Goodbye Valentino blog:

What exactly is the Ready To Wear Fast?

The Ready to Wear Fast is a vow to abstain from buying clothes for one year. You will give up buying clothes from January 1 – December 31, 2018.  You may sew anything, and you may fabric shop as much as you would like!  The purpose is to Save Money and Improve Your Sewing Skills, but believe me, the rewards of the commitment will exceed your expectations.

1.May I buy sweaters since I don’t knit?
No, you may not buy sweaters.

2. What about bathing suits?
No, you may not buy a bathing suit.

3. I’m attending a ball this year. May I buy a ball gown?
No you may not buy a ball gown.

4. Do I have to make my wedding dress?
Please buy the wedding dress of your dreams. A wedding dress or bridesmaid’s dress is the only exception.

5. What about scarves?

6. What can we buy during 2018?
You many buy underwear, socks, jewelry, handbags and belts.

7. Can we buy shoes on a Ready to Wear Fast?
Y E S !!  Shoes are allowed – Enjoy 😉

8. Can I wear the Ready to Wear clothes I bought before the Fast?
Yes, absolutely.

9. May we accept gifts of clothing?
Of course.

10. Can we buy thrift shop clothes to refashion?
No. I encourage you to refashion clothes from your closet.

I was surprised (and relieved!) that will be allowed to buy underwear - with all the blog posts about people making lingerie, I thought that might be included - fortunately, it is not!! I have actually made knickers and made a bra block in class last year but it is not something I wish to pursue. I am wary about not being able to buy a swimsuit - but then, the last time I used a swimsuit was nearly in the last century! One that needed to be stylish, that is, I have been swimming in the pool. If I need one, I will just have to learn to make it. I am feeling very confident that I can tackle anything, given time and a little help, if required, from my wonderful sewing tutors.

I am confident that I won't need to buy anything! Admittedly, I did look in the shops pre-Christmas but, not surprisingly, there was nothing that suited/fitted well. I did buy two items but sadly had to return them. I say not surprisingly, since poor RTW fit was the main reason I started to sew and took up pattern cutting etc after I retired.

Buying fabric is allowed, but I hope to use my stash as much as possible. I bought some lovely silks and wools and had great plans for my daughter's wedding last year and for my 40th wedding anniversary and 40th university reunion this year that didn't come to pass. I still have all those lovely fabrics, though! I want to make things that are useful. Nice, smart, too but useful rather than simply one-off use pieces.

By the end of this year, I hope to have finished my Chanel type jacket and I have more planned for next year - and already have the fabric. I've just finished knitting and sewing up a waistcoat for me which I'll blog at some stage and have another garment planned. I also hope to bring out the knitting machine that I nearly brought out from storage two years ago. At one point, I was quite proficient though it was mainly children's clothes at that time.

I have no intention of making things I have many of already - basic tee shirts and polo shirts for golf. I have enough of these to last me a long time. If I make anything, it must have something a little bit extra. Or I really need a particular colour. I would like to make crops and skorts for golf. That's been a long time ambition.

Of course, I still haven't managed to create a well-fitting block for trousers, so that remains way up there!

If you want to participate, please note that you must sign up with Sarah by the end of December! I hope to see you there!!


  1. Interesting thought, I wonder if I would find it useful too.

    1. Could do. I find RTW shopping to be very tiring and time wasting - time I've decided I could be sewing and hopefully the end result is better too! I think refashioning things in your own wardrobe could be useful too. Come join me! A different take on 7 Steps.

  2. Sounds a good plan, though I'm not sure about the swimsuit either! I really need to make some clothes soon as my wardrobe is getting a bit thin! Happy New Year Anne :-)

    1. Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year to you and Ken. I can't say my wardrobe is thin - but I have 'nothing to wear'! I do need to get rid of a lot which will never work. I'd love you to join me!

  3. I did this a few years ago and was surprised that it wasn't as difficult to adhere to the rules as I expected. It does make you go right to the back of your wardrobe....
    I'm sure you will find it very enjoyable (and maybe it's time for me to do this again).

    1. I find it difficult to buy RTW so the part about not buying is easy - it's the making that I find difficult! Yes, why not join in?

  4. Good luck! I considered joining but decided against it. I came to the conclusion that I've secretly done the challenge last year! (I only bought one pair of jeans in 2017 that's still unworn, so I could easily have skipped that one) I need a few time consuming items next year and I like to focus on those and perhaps buy a few basics if I'm running out of time. Like you say, it's not the not buying that is hard. It's keeping up with the sewing!

    1. Thank you. I've done this previously too - 2016 only my MOB outfit. I just haven't sewn for me - that's my challenge this year! I will be concentrating on a few things - I have, I think, plenty of basics. Trousers/pants are my number 1 though.


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