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about resisting temptation. Black Friday. The devil of a day to us seamstresses who spend lots of time making me-made outfits, and in my case, lingerie.

Money is not an issue on Black Friday. If I so desired, I could afford to buy a new wardrobe. I may skimp on the heat this winter and cut back on Essie nail polish purchases but my bank account could allow a massive spending spree. The issue is frivolousness and necessity. A big chunk of the reason why I sew is to make a statement about the life of the purpose of clothing. An ongoing resolution of mine is to fine tune my style – to build a wardrobe that is completely and one hundred percent Maddie and a wardrobe where every article can be paired with each other and still maintain a put-together and totally-me look. The parts of this equation that add up to equal a cohesive wardrobe does not involved clothes with short lives that were bought on impulse.

So today and for the rest holiday season, I’m struggling to resist the urge to buy, buy, buy, and buy some more. Getting sucked into the sale hype and purchasing just for the hell of it is going to be hard to turn down. “But it’s on sale” – those words should not justify a purchase.

But… is indulging in frivolous and unnecessary purchases – or what I like to call stupid shit purchases– every now and then okay? Absolutely. So I’ll end with this… Ohhh Lulu, one of my favorite lingerie shops, is having a Black Friday sale. Starting today and ending Monday night (11/26), all made to order lingerie receives 15% off with coupon code is CYBER12.


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    Leila Chatti

    I really like your thinking. 🙂 I’m also trying to resist the temptation of Black Friday/holiday sale shopping. I don’t need it!

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      Maddie Flanigan

      I don’t need it – that’s for sure – but I sure as hell want it. I will be with you today – resisting temptation!

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    Natasha Estrada

    If you haven’t already read it I would recommend “Overdressed – The shockingly high price of cheap fashion” I think anyone who reads it would come to the same conclusion as you. I’m from NZ so I see black friday as a day when people buy carts full of crap they don’t need. I do plan to do some shopping but at Mood in WLA. Making clothes serves two purposes. You get clothes to wear and *hopefully* get some enjoyment. Thats what I love about sewing/knitting/spinning/weaving is you get a product and a hobby.

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      Maddie Flanigan

      There are many ways to view sewing and you’re absolutely right. With sewing, you get a product, a hobby, as well as many other things – self esteem (from the clothes you wear that actually fit you!), fulfillment (for accomplishing something other than drinking a 12-pack of beer), etc.

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        Natasha Estrada

        Yup. Fashion is what your offered and style is what you wear.

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    Sewing Princess

    I agree with you…but now even sewing is affected by black friday…I got several offers for courses and patterns I am trying to resist badly!

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    Sarah Welsch

    I ended up buying a television today, but I definitely needed one. And a new coat, but I didn’t have a coat that fit me since I lost weight. I have an xxl one, and I am not in a small! Other than that I havent the need for anything lol.



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    I hope to someday reach the same goal. It’d be marvelous to put together a wardrobe that is that functional and represents me perfectly as well. A girl can dream.

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    Amen!! I completely agree with you!! I definitely felt like I was the only one who felt that way on Friday. Glad to know I wasn’t alone.

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