Slow Fashion October Week 1: Who I Am

Friday, October 2, 2015

I'm playing along with Fringe Association's Slow Fashion October. Following the prompts from week 1, here's my introduction...

Where are you at with all this?
Right now I have only one or two handmade pieces in my wardrobe. A tank top I made in about 10 minutes and a linen shift with silk lining, adapted from a mainstream sewing pattern. A lot of my clothing is thrifted, and I'm slowly adding pieces from independent designers, like Gamine Co. I work on a farm, and a lot of my workwear is of the "I found this hanging in the mudroom" variety.

In the photo above I'm wearing a cotton Everlane t-shirt, purchased in a (misguided?) attempt to buy better quality, "slow" clothing, a linen Ann Taylor button down, thrifted probably ten years ago (it's a petite, so the sleeves are always rolled up, and half the buttons are missing), thrifted J.Crew shorts, (I found three similar pairs this summer), and camel leather sandals from a market in Jerusalem (I replace these every two or three years and right now have two pairs, one strictly farm, for what might be obvious reasons).

What first got you interested in Slow Fashion?

As a kid most of my clothes were hand-me-downs from older friends. New clothes were a big deal, and when I was fourteen I saved up and bought a trendy new shirt. On the drive home from the store, looking at this shirt I'd wanted, saved for, and spent far too much money on, I realized that I was never going to keep up with fashion trends. It just didn't make any sense to me.

Around the same time someone asked me, "Aren't you embarrassed to be wearing the same sweater you were wearing the last time I saw you?" (I wasn't.) A few years later I stayed with a woman in Paris who wore the same blouse to work every day for a week. I loved being exposed to another way of wearing clothes, even if one blouse a week seemed a little extreme.

In a way I think that the slow fashion movement has caught up to where a lot of us have been for a long time. It's very exciting, because now there are sewing and knitting patterns that have the look and feel that I wanted so badly as a kid. And I'm so thrilled whenever I run across a small-scale designer/pattern maker offering clothes/patterns that fit my very specific wardrobe requirements, or even just clothes/patterns that don't look so identifiably homemade.

What are your skills?
I'm a beginning knitter, an intermediate sewer, sometimes mender, experienced thrifter, and designer/maker of the odd dress and shirt.

What do you hope to get out of Slow Fashion October?
I'd like to spend the month figuring out what my wardrobe needs, what I can realistically make myself, what I can realistically buy from thoughtful designers, and what I need to thrift.

What are your personal goals for the month?
1. Make better use of my time--work on knitting while watching Netflix, etc.
2. Determine which pieces to add to my wardrobe for each season, and whether or not it's realistic to make them.
3. Upgrade my 1940s sewing machine, or at least figure out which one I want as an upgrade.
4. Also, I want to just be a part of this. To remember and share and learn, to make, and yes, even to shop.

Do you have a special project you plan to tackle this month?
I'd like to knit a pair of socks. As a beginning knitter, it seems like a daunting task! I'd also like to design (if not make) the woolen bra (think smartwool) I want to wear.

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