There’s a movement brewing. Laura, Celina and Abby have adopted this movement and reached out to those of us that create our own clothing, a call to action for solidarity to question current garment industry standards and to recognize the global and environmental impacts of fast fashion. In their words:
The goal is for all of us to stand together for a united cause and help to show sewing (in all its forms) as an ethical and sustainable alternative to fast fashion and mass consumerism. It’s one piece in a very large puzzle but by showcasing home sewn items we will help spread the word that in some cases the answer to ‘Who Made Your Clothes?’ can proudly be answered, “ME!”
Until I started to sew clothes for K and myself, I never thought much about origins of the tops and jeans and jackets and dresses and undergarments that clothed my body, shielding me from the elements. I would be lying to say that I started to sew for ethical reasons, but now that I’ve gone nearly two years without buying any mass-produced clothing, I’ve had enormous shifts in my mentality toward the rows and rows of ready-to-wear items I see lined up in shops. Who, indeed, made them?
I’m proud to be able to say I make my own clothes. I’ve talked about it before, and I know that there are important and disturbing issues to consider for the fabrics that I use for my handmade creations as well, but it feels like a step toward the right direction. A small revolution.
I have many more thoughts on this. But the words are not yet fully formed and they can wait. For now, I am joining in with my inside-out dress from last week. Are you in? Click on the graphic below to find out more…