In 1997 I probably bought 2 or 3 new garments a year as I was just out of college and still happily shopping in Charity shops, by 2007 I know I probably bought about 12 new items of clothing per year. I know that one was a cream summer coat which is now in a clear out bag – the fabric is unusual – there is a matt metallic thread in the weave and the fabric seems to have deteriorated and scratches my neck I am unsure should I put it to a charity shop (but then it would just scratch someone elses neck) or make a shopping bag (with cotton handles)…..
In the last year I bought zero new ….. and this was sparked by a few reasons
- the who made my clothes campaign -. there was a bit of ‘become the change’ about this, and it is now easier for me to not buy new – but I don’f feel bound by this, but it just happens that I have not bought any new clothes since January 2014 and in general I prefer it this way. I am due a new pair of jeans and will either make or have to look up ethical manufacturers………………..any suggestions welcome (I used get Oasis Eva – and Oasis score 7 out of 20 on some ethical rankings)
- I became more conscious of the quality and choice in the stores and what was on offer was no longer that relevant to me. A lot of times I did not like the colour choice on offer and would choose a charcoal version of a style and feel drab as a result, sometimes the hem length seemed to be at the wrong point, the waist seams sitting incorrectly…. I am now consciously remaking my wardrobe and having it function better for me!
- fun – once I started remaking, it became a incredibly addictive. There is plenty to choose from in colour and fabric in the charity shops, as well as the fabric having proved its wearing ability and colour fastness! The challenge of the remake proved to be a lot more interesting than using new fabric, I am having to make a conscious effort to use stash. When I started the blog it was just to see how the idea progressed. I have enjoyed blogging as it did keep me focused and somehow I felt required to finish anything I started and post each week. Any comments I received I am grateful for as I don’t know many home-sewers anymore so it is good to feel somewhat connected with other makers.
I don’t know what other people organise their wardrobes, in the spring I generally pack away winter sweaters too early and take out summer clothes too soon. My wardrobe is not especially big, and the two drawers on the lower right tend to be out of season clothes storage. As I pack clothes for storage, I tend to review them both ways and sometimes some are too worn out, too small, and have to go. Others stay and some possible shouldn’t, but these three have proved to be perennials… (in my wardrobe for over 10 years!)
The Blouse –
I thought I would post these to make some contribution to fashion revolution day, the label on the smock is so faded I don’t know where it was made, and the other 2 are European made. I have been checking a lot of the labels in my wardrobe and those up for the refashions and only one was Bangladesh . I think its so significant that the fashion revolution events are staged as it shows how disposable low-quality fast fashion takes the quality of life away from the workers in these factories, and exposes them to risks I cannot contemplate, and conditions I would not wish on anyone. The environmental impact of the dyes and fabric manufacturing cannot be overlooked either. I hope the momentum of fashion revolution day leads to the bigger movement of a bigger commitment for fashion companies to take responsibility for the supply chain, better pay and conditions for the workers and the negative impact to the environment.
On another note……..
I finally finished the yy bag from February. I had gotten eyelets probably a bit large, but also with no tool – so had to improvise with a pliers, and hammer – the rivets are 5mm stem screw in (much handier). I used a charity shop belt . Road tested bag straight away – love this bag already!