Shopping at Op shops has been quite satisfying, but mostly I'm limited to fairly basic items. Although not much inclined to fashion, I have of late felt a desire to create items that relate to a sense of who I am. I started tentatively with a simple tunic style pattern and changing the look of it by using different fabric combinations. The style suits me, not only in comfort but who I am. I have looked at other patterns but nothing else ''grabs me'', so I've stuck to the original pattern and altered it to fit. The altering of patterns was a bit scary to begin with, but as I started to do it, I got more confident, creating my own style. Sure it may look like that of others but I created it myself.
A little bit of history here. I did do sewing as an elective in years 7,8,9,10 at school, just as it was becoming unfashionable to do so. And I did a 3year sewing course at TAFE when my children were babies ,nearly 30 years ago. I sewed a little bit for my children when they were very small but it was always looked upon as a hobby, nothing very serious. I have had a change of heart since then and I am reclaiming control of what I wear. I am reclaiming my skills. I will not be dictated to by fashion or 'fast 'clothing. I take time to choose what I might need in the area of clothing; do I really need another garment? Where will I find the fabric? Up until lately I have purchased fabric from op shops but that is very limiting. My latest garment was made from fabric purchased from a retail outlet. I had a colour and fabric in mind and chose according to that . Added to that was an ethical decision about where the fabric was made.
A few days ago I came across this blog. Quite often I read a post written by someone else that echos my thoughts so well. It's a remarkable thing that our thoughts can be so linked in to someone else. It happens quite a lot with me. I read a blog post and think to myself 'wow that could be me talking', only usually they have written it much better than I ever could. And it is just such the case with Sonya. She talks so passionately about sewing garments and how..
....... allowing people to recognize that they can sew clothes, an awareness that simultaneously creates conscious consumers, offers a connection to the past, and provides a means of reclaiming personal style.Making clothing is a conscious choice; it is an investment of time over convenienceand
But more importantly, in this case, when talking about slow living, Sonya mentions the term 'fast fashion'', a term coined by Elizabeth Cline in her book Overdressed which aligns cheaply made clothes with fast food.
Do you choose an ''investment of time over convenience'' ?