It’s no secret that I am a bit crunchy. Waste is one of my biggest pet peeves and of the 3R’s (reduce, reuse, recycle) I find the first two to be the most effective. Although I am completely addicted to creating with fibers of all sorts, I very rarely visit a fabric or yarn shop to facilitate my projects. Buying new products that add to our environmental crisis by creating pollution and more waste to end up in landfills seems utterly ridiculous to me. Especially when it is so easy to find suitable alternatives for a fraction of the cost.
Good yardage can be found at thrift stores and yard sales for next to nothing. Second hand garments made from quality fabrics can be completely dismantled and made into completely new outfits or simply refashioned into one of a kind pieces. With prices at the fabric store being so high these days, options like this stretch the family clothing budget while encouraging creativity. There is no adventure like looking at your crunchy fabric stash and thinking “this is what I have, now what will it make today?”
Another thing that I almost never purchase is a pattern. When I do pick up a commercial pattern, it is a vintage one procured from a post consumer source. There is no way I am going to spend upwards of ten dollars for a little bundle of paper that I am going to have to fiddle around with and resize before it fits anybody properly! It honestly takes less time to make my own pattern than I would spend altering one I purchased. If making patterns sounds a bit too hard, let me assure you it is not. If you passed high school geometry, you can make a pattern.
Both books on this page can be purchased from Amazon and the photos are Amazon stock photos. For the record, I never consider a good book to be a waste. Knowledge is priceless and books are often the key obtaining it.