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Wednesday, 16 November 2016

Homemade Clothes and Cake

When you tell someone you wear homemade clothes it tends to conjure up the image that you're running around in an old potato sack. Society has come to the point where if you need something then you MUST get it off the shelf at a shop otherwise you must be mad, where eating pesticide and herbicide drenched food is seem as the norm but making your own compost and growing vegetables is bizarre and dangerous. It's reasons like these that lead us to move to the middle of nowhere and abandon mainstream society!

Here's a pic of Carly wearing an entirely self made outfit, apart from the shoes and socks. The T-shirt, trousers and even the bra and knickers are entirely home made by Carly, cut and made to fit her perfectly. Do you think it looks like an old potato sack? I think she looks amazing, although I may be slightly biased!

Apart from wearing a better quality of clothes than you'll ever find on the shelves in the shops, it also means you get infinite choice. Rather than having to choose what you prefer from the limited offerings of the highstreet, when you make your own clothes you can pick from a never-ending library of patterns (or design your own) then create your ideas from thousands of fabrics in hundreds of colours. Making your own clothes, much like growing your own veg, brewing your own drinks and the many other DIY pursuits of a homesteader gives you a bigger choice and often better quality of end product. In short, when you make thing for yourself you make your own freedom, and you can't put a price tag on freedom.


Whilst we're on the theme of home made, this white chocolate cheesecake went down far too well! It might not keep the calories down but it does give me some peace of mind knowing it isn't pumped full of preservatives, particularly since I ate half of the cake myself!



some more of the stationary I've been ordering has turned up, rather than using the templates online from the likes of Vistaprint etc I designed the background, layout and everything in photoshop and then had it printed from my files, not bad for someone that didn't get so much as a GCSE in IT!


Challenge Update:  Day 16 of the 30 days of Yoga


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  1. As you know I love anything hand made. My wife used to but has less time for it these days (when the kids are a bit more manageable! ) she had a beautiful red skirt I remember well. My sister used to as well and would go to college in a homemade outfit, these days she designs wallpapers and fabrics so doesn't get as much chance to put it together!
    Carlys outfit looks great and she's a very pretty lady to boot!

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  2. I love Carly's outfit, unique on off just like her, I like to make clothes as and when time allows, at least I know some child in a third world country has not be stuck in a factory making it for a pittance.
    Your new stationary looks great well done.

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    1. I'm turning in to a bit of a stationary addict lol

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  3. I love my hand made clothes most of all. I also love my handmade quilts and accessories. I sew tops and the occasional dress only at the moment but my handmade wardrobe is a work in progress. I guess making clothes that look good and fit well is a skill that needs practice and experience. I made quite a few unwearable things in my time but I am lucky to be able to afford taking classes to learn making patterns, adapting them etc. I hope to pass my skills on to friends and kids. My oldest son took a beginners course a short while ago (mums just don't cut it for teaching teenagers). I think he enjoyed it and probably finds it useful. He can sew in a zip, which must come in handy at some point in his life. And yes, Carly does look amazing and radiates happiness.

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    1. It's surprising how many men can't do that sort of thing, although these days there's possibly just as many women that can't sew for themselves too. a sorry sign of the times

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  4. I've always envied those who can make their own clothes. I wish I had that talent. The few pieces I made looked very homemade, I'm afraid, and so I quit. Carly is beautiful and her clothes reflect it.
    I'm ever grateful that I can at least grow my own and cook and bake from scratch. But sewing........so beyond my talent!!

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    1. Sue you are a sorcerer in the garden, there's more than a few that envy your green fingers I'm sure, I can only hope our kitchen garden is as good as yours when its finished :)

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  5. Carly is a very talented lady. I just can't seem to get the hang of sewing items of clothing so alwyays envious of those who do it so well. I'm a mixed media crafting sort of girl but I love having cushion covers around the house that I have made, simple item but can change a room in a heartbeat. Very creative with your stationery, too.

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    1. Thanks for the kind words Louise :)

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  6. What a lovely looking woman (also comes from within) I was lucky enough to have a mother who sewed and was patient enough to teach me, and goodness it must have taken some patience!. Then when I was at Art College I learnt to make patterns, so you would think I made all my own clothes, but I don't !I made many for my children and foster children though and usually alter clothes that I buy from charity shops. I rarely buy new apart from M&S trousers which are always a perfect fit for me and hard wearing. I do however make lots of presents for folk and quilts and toys and stuff
    Great stationery!
    I am following your new life with interest and not a little jealousy.
    Gill

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    1. haha thanks Gill, I'm a lucky man that's for sure :)

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  7. Carleys cloths look great, which is no surprise when I look at her blog. Her work is VERY professional. My mum was a seamstress and over the course of her life sewed for Marks and Spencers, who had very high standards, companies that made frilly baby clothes, suede coats, tents, luggage, police/fire/military uniforms, maternity smocks and everything else in between. I learnt to sew on her industrial sewing machine at the age of 7 and she taught me to knit when I was 5. I don't remember having any store bought clothes until I started work. I made a lot of my own clothes pretty much all my life although I have to say I haven't made much in the last 10 years though. I do continue to knit my brains out though,lol. I'm loving following your adventure.

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    1. Glad you enjoy coming along for the ride with us on this new adventure, I'll have to teach myself to knit one of these days, I've seen some amazing knitted hat patterns

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  8. Must admit I can't remember the last time I bought a clothing item that cost more than 50p apart from undies, just don't get the urge to shop at all any longer, it's not just poverty I've lost the consumer urge all together

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    1. I'm going to try to get through as much of 2017 as I can without buying any clothes at all and see how I get on, will be an interesting experiment

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  9. I wear a lot of second hand clothes, some woud call them vintage. I have 2 dresses of my Grans that are from the end of the 1940's, which she made for herself and a long paisley dress that was my mums from the 70's, it has bells on the belt. This was made for my mother by my aunt as a present. I am only just 5 feet tall and small. it is very hard to find clothes. in the high street even the short/petite leg of a trouser is too long. The arms too long on tops... its very hard to find what I would call more modest clothing as well, for work. Blouses are made of very thin cloth. I am not so comfortable with that.

    Carly is very talented and the stationery looks really good.

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    1. Carly is 5'4 and struggles with leg length on trousers too, probably why she's taken to making so much of her own stuff now, at least she knows it'll fit lol

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  10. Your wife looks nice. My wife made all of my children's clothes and most of her own when we were younger. It's a tremendous skill to have.

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    1. Thanks Harry, Can't beat having a talented woman by your side

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  11. The biggest problem with making your own clothes is the cost of fabric and wool. I have started checking local charity shops to get items to remake or just for the fabric. I am starting again at making my clothes, something I did all the time in my younger years.

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    1. In England we used to get fabric direct from suppliers so it didn't cost the earth, and Carly has upcycled fabric from charity shops in the past too It'll be interesting to see how mucb fabric costs out here once we run out of the stuff we brought with us from England

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