Tuesday, 1 January 2013

The Pledge

Hahaha....oh dear...another blog post starting with "I know I haven't blogged for a while, but...". I truly am hoping this one will be different, the reason being it's the 1st January and I am going to take the pledge.

The pledge?

Yep. As well as saying goodbye to my recent Winter alcoholism, I am going to pledge to not buy any new clothes for 2013. Right now, this sounds daunting, but I really want to do it to motivate myself to sew more and also because I do believe that the constant purchase of clothes, especially budget high-street garments is a really bad thing. So, seen as I have the know-how to do this stuff I have no excuse!

Well, here goes. I have borrowed this button and pledge from Elena Cresci at http://bit.ly/tktV04

I, Clare Szabo, take the Seamless pledge for one whole year until 1st January 2014 (gulp!). I will abstain from buying any new clothes until the end of my pledge. I will find ways to be fashionable without breaking the bank and without contributing to the cycle of fast fashion consuming the high street. I will trawl through charity shops, I will attend clothes swaps, I will look for second-hand items on eBay and I will craft my own clothes with my own two hands.


  1. No buying new clothes for the duration of your pledge. By new, I mean any new mass-manufactured clothes.
  2. You can buy second-hand manufactured clothes – so be prepared to get to know your local charity shops awfully well.
  3. Vintage clothing is a-ok!
  4. Anything you’ve made by hand is definitely allowed. Get your sewing machines and your kntting needles out, because handmade is definitely in!
  5. Get involved! Join in on the Flickr group and like our Facebook page. I’ll be looking to feature pledgers on the blog in the future. I’d love to see your second-hand finds, refashions and hand-made creations!
As I write about this, I feel more excited. It would be such a great achievement and would mean a wardrobe of new, unique clothes all made by me - as well as some cool charity/second hand finds that I have up-cycled. So, why not join me? I am also looking for any sewing peeps living in London that might want to meet up? Maybe do some fabric swaps or even clothes swaps? 

Hope you'll join me in The Pledge or re-visit my blog to see how I am getting on. Not sure if I'll be able to keep away from the wine cupboard but I'll definitely try to stick to the pledge :)


  1. Wow this sounds amazing. I really need to learn how to use my sewing machine. Maybe that should be my pledge after the wedding. I can't wait to see what you come up with.

    So no alcohol? Like at all? I used to drink loads of wine but I barely drink now. Well except for last night..... And special occasions haha

  2. It will be pretty cool if I can stick to it. I'm gonna go through my fabric stash and see what I can do with it all. Time is a huge factor but maybe less tv in the evenings would be good for me ;)

    I am def going to do a dry January and see how it goes. I have been so bad....probably since the wedding in September! Haha...since then it was honeymoon, then work trips, then into Christmas season. I woke up at 5am this morning feeling dog rough thinking no moreeeeee x