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My wardrobe is dying

I made a pledge in September 2012 not to buy any new clothes for a year. We came back from a trip to Africa and I wanted to get off the consumer trail. Since then I’ve only bought two new t shirts and one skirt. The year is over and I’m keen to keep going with not buying it.

Any other additions have come from second hand shops, friends or donations. I’ve also taken to changing my clothes.

This coat falls into a number of categories. It was given to me by my mothers friend. The plan was I'd wear it as is.

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Unfortunately I'm not a gynaecologist.
It's a John Roche coat. I'm not into labels but it sounded fancy.

So what to do.

I tried to give it away but the size, colour and style weren't working.

I'd dyed plenty of clothes before. So I started thinking about the options. The coat was shiny and that seemed to me that it was coated with something.

It was 100% cotton though. That's always better.

I sought some advice. There's an amazing blog for changing clothes by a clever Refashionista called Jillian. I sent her a message about the special coating.

Refashionista

Her response was basically:

What have you got to loose?

Good point; well made.

The coat didn’t work. Non one wanted it. If the dye didn’t work then I’d loose nothing.

Below you can see the result. I think it’s pretty good. The pale circular pattern is still there and adds texture to the colour.

I used a Dylon Burlesque Red colour with half a kilo of salt in our washing machine.

I also switched the buttons with some others I already had.

I think dying clothes is a fantastic way to rethink your wardrobe.

I wore this coat right through spring and early summer.

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16 comments on “My wardrobe is dying

  1. disappearingwoman
    February 16, 2014

    Dying clothing is a great idea. I’ve also pledged to not purchase new clothing until after I lose weight. I have a good belt to keep my baggy jeans up! Even after the weight is off, I’ll be quite happy with shopping at thrift stores. I’m not much of a fashionista. Give me a pair of jeans, a cardigan and a tank-top and I’m good to go. I don’t dress up unless it’s a true necessity. My youngest daughter is a true thrift shop fashonista. She’ll come home with 4 or 5 nice work outfits for under $20. It’s a real skill.

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    • lizard100
      February 16, 2014

      Well done. I’ve now not bought anything new for about eighteen months. I like the charity shops too but I think I’m off buying thing most of the time.

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  2. Sarah
    February 17, 2014

    Really admire your pledge. This type of commitment really focuses the mind on necessity. I stopped buying new clothes 11 years ago when I lost my regular income. I do buy new clothes occasionally now, but after years of not it’s really changed that relationship. Brave to dye a coat, but great to see it worked so well šŸ™‚

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  3. NeetaBali
    February 17, 2014

    Loved the post – I haven’t bought anything new in more than a year too – very freeing really!!! Great job with the coat – it rocks!! šŸ™‚

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  4. The Crazy Crone
    February 26, 2014

    Great to see the coat in red. Frankly it looked terrible before, really pappy and boring. Great idea!

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    • lizard100
      February 26, 2014

      I know. It was ghastly! That was why I took the risk. Thank you : )

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  5. Expat Eye
    March 19, 2014

    Hi, thanks for following my blog! That coat looks soooooooooo much better post-dye job! It’s a bad sign that you couldn’t give it away!! Linda.

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    • lizard100
      March 19, 2014

      Yep! It was really not nice!

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      • Expat Eye
        March 19, 2014

        Some ‘gift’ – thanks mother’s friend šŸ˜‰

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      • lizard100
        March 19, 2014

        Well it grand now. And it was free!

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      • Expat Eye
        March 19, 2014

        Free is always, or at least usually, good! šŸ™‚

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      • lizard100
        March 19, 2014

        Free and totally unique. I know nobody in the world has one like it!

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  7. bmweed
    July 23, 2014

    That was a pretty decent change! I liked the new colour a lot – it suits you much more than the pale colour šŸ˜€

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    • lizard100
      July 23, 2014

      Definitely. I’ve worn it a lot. Thanks for stopping by.

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