Say No to fast fashion

Say No to fast fashion

How is making everything myself any better then buying commercially in a sustainable aspect?

Well it’s not. It might even be worse, commercial production have optimised everything so that as much of the material as possible are used and to be efficient. The aspect you can compete with by making your own is to only make what you actually need and to do that well only you have the opportunity to make garments form your own measurements that fit your body. Think through exactly what you need and make it perfect, ensure that the fit is perfect for your shape, that the colour suites you and is something you will like for a long time. Think long term, don’t stock up a big stash, your taste will most likely change.

I’m not saying that I’m perfect and only make the perfect items, that I love and cherish for years and years, but I would like to be.

I think that the knitting and absolutely the sewing community have taken on the fast fashion trend. I hope that this can be a wake up call for someone more then me, just to stop and think. Choose one project and make it really well. Do that hand stitching and take your time with one project instead of making several in the same amount of time.

Making things is essential for me. It is what makes me happy, calm, excited and more, so to stop making things isn’t an option, but trying to be aware and take it slow to take my time when sourcing materials is.

I have planned a series of posts where I go through how to curate a wardrobe or rather how I attempt to curate my wardrobe.

Please share you toughs in the comments or a link, I’d love to here what you think.


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7 thoughts on “Say No to fast fashion

  1. Wencke

    I totally get what you mean. I have written a post on that on my blog a few month ago. Here is the link, if you are interested: https://strickmaedchendesigns.wordpress.com/2015/07/05/sunday-musings-and-a-lot-of-questions/

    In the past time I also came to the conclusion, that I should pay even more attention to my yarn and fabric sources and be more conscious on what I’m making. I often used to rush through projects, even if made mistakes I knitted on or skipped doing a muslin for example…

    I’m looking forward to your wardrobe series!

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    1. docksjo Post author

      I will have a look, I think that this is something very important that often is forgotten in the urge to make something new and exiting, because what can be better then home made?

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  2. Marie

    Thank you for this post! I totally agree! I’m still a beginner seamstress, so I want to progress, find the right balance, not waste materials but still learning (accept failures)… For knitting, I stopped knitting items I never wear, I choose carefully the pattern, the yarn, the color, the fit. I think the real concern remains the ‘fast’, maybe learning slowness is the key… ?

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  3. Helena

    This is actually something I’ve been thinking about lately (and will write about soon – I’ll link to your post as recommended reading). Lately I’ve been feeling like the urge for me to sew has been driven by the urge to have new clothes, not the process of sewing itself. Therefore I will definitely try and slow down, maybe try sewing with a plan, learn new techniques for seam finishes, sew other things than just clothing (such as bags or things for my kids) just to break the habit I’ve created myself. It’ll be interesting to read your thoughts on the matter.

    (Ja, jag är svensk, men det är svårt att veta vilket språk en ska kommentera på. Eftersom andra icke-svensktalande läser här känns det bäst för diskussionen att skriva på engelska)

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    1. docksjo Post author

      I have been trying to find something nice to say and I totally agree with you and learning new things is alway fun and gives me the best feeling of having accomplished something. Thank you for the link

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