The weather here in Portland made a sudden and not necessarily welcome switch over to autumn this week, which led me to crave warmer clothing including pants instead of shorts and skirts.
I came home from work yesterday and indulged in a hot bath and then really wanted to slip into pajamas. Unfortunately, I needed to head out close to midnight to pick my son up from the Kumoricon convention in Vancouver, Washington. (Anime, manga, cosplay.) I didn’t want to wear P.J.’s in case I needed to get out of the car and hunt down my son like I had the night before. (No phone signal in basement of Hilton, dammit!)
But then I remembered that I had a pair of black velour yoga-style pants in my mend pile, which only needed a replacement drawstring. (These feel exactly like pajama pants, yet don’t scream crazy-lady-who-wears-sleepwear-outside-the-house.) I’d been sewing and crafting cosplay costumes for my sons all week, and realized that the crappy quality Old Navy T-shirt we’d bought at Goodwill was would provide everything I needed. The top had already been deconstructed as fabric, so I cut a long inch-wide strip along the bottom of the shirt. I then hooked a safety pin into one end and threaded the fabric cord through the drawstring channel at the waistline of the pants.
Perfect new drawstring for my favorite yoga pants! (I don’t have a big wardrobe, so when a single item is out of commission, it’s really missed.)
Cultivating a creative mindset is an important component to frugality and simple living. I could have gone to the fabric store and bought a product to use as drawstring. But instead I figured out a solution using something I already had on hand.
Not only did this mindset save money, but it also led to not having to drive across town and buy made-in-China packaged goods.
Simple, cheap and easy. And need I say it? Comfortable.
Ahh . . . .
“Use it up, wear it out, make it do or do without.”
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