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What Does Slow Fashion October Mean to You?

Written by Sarah on October 5th, 2015 Posted in design, knits, long reads

Slow fashion has been on my mind a lot recently and I’m very glad that Karen Templer is at the helm with Slow Fashion October. If you know me, you’re probably aware of the fact that this concept is really important to my wardrobe. I’ve been dedicating my knitting and sewing to making pieces that are really functional and will last me a very long time and I’m really trying to kick that into overdrive.

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For me, slow fashion is all about rejecting the fast fashion industry that exists today. I am not a very good sewist but I feel a strong connection with the women (and it is over 80% female) who make clothing every day for meager wages in unsafe living conditions. For me, it is a privilege to make clothing. For some, it is their only option. When I made my Alder dress, I ripped out so many seams and the collar is just a mess. After the sweat and back bending that went into that piece, I have never had more respect for the women that make t-shirts that are sold for $5.

Slow fashion is a reminder to me that EVERY piece of clothing from the couture runway to the wonky homemade to the Walmart bargain bin is handmade.

I want to use this month to plan the pieces that I really need, to dedicate myself to learning the skills that I’ll use to make them, and for gathering tips from other makers. Creating a handmade wardrobe is hard work. I feel very limited in terms of my time and a bit in materials and skill level (certainly when it comes to sewing) but seeing how others do it and which garments they choose to make is a huge inspiration to me. I’m also so interested in seeing what Slow Fashion means to others. It’s clearly political for me but for others it’s about living with intention or making clothing for body types that the industry ignores or it’s purely the challenge of creating everything.

Are you participating in Slow Fashion October? What are your biggest tips for growing a handmade wardrobe?

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  • October 5, 2015 at 8:03 pm |

    I think I need to focus on making more functional garments as opposed to accessories. I love the quick and fun projects that fly off the needles in a weekend, but they have limited usefulness a lot of the time. I tend to knit pieces that need outfits created around them, rather than items that fit seamlessly into the wardrobe I already have. I’ve already started knitting more socks, which I realized last winter were an important coping mechanism for me-when it’s cold, I want to wear them every day! I’ve made plans to knit more cardigans and sweaters as well, but it seems like a bigger commitment and sometimes I get intimidated. But I’ve got a lot of yarn that’s been earmarked for sweaters, so I need to get cracking (eventually.)

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