So if you hang out with me ‘behind the scenes’ on Instagram (aka real life) you’ll notice that it’s kinda been a slow month for makes.
Sure I’ve made a quick tee and turtleneck (to be blogged soon), but apart from that all’s been pretty quiet on the making front.
Part of that is because I’m trying to learn to slow down and enjoy life as it comes along. Another is that I’ve been using the time to think about how I make things. And here’s the strange thing:
It’s made me want to sew less. And I’m OK with that.
More on that in a sec, but first I wanted to share with you what’s been prompting all this thinking – Slow Fashion October.
Slow Fashion October
I’m sure you’ve come across this before (in fact I wrote about it last year). It’s a month long series of prompts to get you thinking about what you wear and what you make – all started by Karen at Fringe Association.
It’s not just for people who make their own clothes – it’s for anyone interested in developing a more thoughtful, curated wardrobe. Which I think is starting to be more and more of us.
So, why sew less?
Well, you know me, quality over quantity is something I really am trying to get behind.
And when I started to think about it whenever I was desperately trying to quickly sew a make it ended up in snarlled threads and freyed nerves. Not really a feel-good make, eh?
And then I started to question what all the rush was about.
Does anyone really care about how quickly I’ve made something?
It’s just sewing for myself. So why the rush? Isn’t it really better to take my time to make things with care that I’ll be wearing for years?
I’m not syaing you can’t make a quick, good-quality make, but just that it’s harder to make good-quality makes when you feel under time pressure.
And so now, I’m slowing down my makes. Giving mysef the option to sew slowly and with care. Funnily enough, since I started this approach I sewed my quickest-best make ever (that turtleneck I mentioned before). Go figure.
How to get involved
So, keen to get a little bit more involved. You could read a few blog posts. You know, get informed:
- Fringe Association has a good introduction to all the issues here.
Or you could aim to make sure you’re buying or making things you will enjoy – things that will be in heavy rotation:
- You can read all about capsule wardrobes on Un-Fancy blog (one of my favourite stops on how to create a capsule wardrobe you’ll love)
- You could read this post I wrote on creating a more meaningful wardrobe
- Or you could check out one of the classes at Sewn Sustainably – and learn to make classic pieces for your wardrobe
Or you could also start thinking more about where your materials come from:
- Again, Fringe Association has a really good summary of clothing and resources that come from sustainable, ethical sources
- Or check out Offset Warehouse that has a good range of eco and ethical fabrics
Now over to you – are you taking part in Slow Fashion October? Or maybe you have some Slow Fashion October resources that you’d like to share?