My company was recently purchased and is going through a reduction in force. Unfortunately, I was one of the unlucky few who's force was reduced. I am unemployed. Gasp!
This all happened just over a week ago and I have been trying to get used to the idea of having to job hunt again. I am the worst job-hunter ever. Despite the fact that I am really good at what I do, I don't look all that great on paper and I always choke in interviews. Luckily, I should be able to collect unemployment benefits until I can find a new situation.
Until that kicks in I will be penniless. When it does kick in, I will be stone cold broke. In the mean-time, I've been trying to keep busy by cleaning my house, going to the gym, and sending out resumes.
...and sewing. Despite my lack of funds, I intend to continue sewing as much as possible. However, I will have to go on something of a sewing diet. My diet plan is as follows:
1. If I need fabric for a new project, I can only shop my stash. I can’t buy any new fabric unless it is to be used as a lining or a petticoat (or other essential accessory) for a garment I am actually in the process of either making or altering. I may not purchase any fabric to be used for a future project, no matter how pretty or inexpensive it is.
2. No new patterns unless it is such a totally insane deal that I will drop dead if I don’t buy them. For example, if I find a full box of uncut 40s/50s patterns at the flea market/thrift store in my size for $2 each, I'm going to buy them. I won't feel guilty and I will just economize somewhere else. ...and I will post them here, natch.
3. I am no longer allowed to buy accessories to go with a project I am working on. I must make do with the shoes, belts, jewelry, hair clips/flowers, that I already possess. This means no e-bay or etsy, no thrift stores, and certainly no traditional retail stores.
4. I am allowed to buy notions only if they are necessary to complete a project I am currently working on. I am not allowed to buy notions just because they are on sale or because I might need them at some point in the future.
Luckily, right before I was laid off, I got a big box of fabric in the mail from fabric.com. I purchased a bunch of navy twill and beige cotton khaki so I could beef up my work wardrobe. Looks like I'll be beefing up my job-hunting wardrobe instead. Le sigh.
I have three or four completed projects that I haven't posted here yet so there will still be regular posts for the next month or so. After that, I will post only when I have a completed project, or something to rattle on about.
Wish me luck!