Tidbits #6

Dear readers,

It’s Me Made May! I wish I was able to write some clever opening about it but really I can’t… I obviously didn’t make any “commitment” to MMM but I’m trying to make conscious decisions about wearing my handmade garments more often. So I’m loosely participating, and I broke my personal pathetic record by wearing at least one me made items around 10 days of the the months so far. I actually don’t have a clear idea of how often I wear clothes I made rather than RTW. But I’m nerdy and I would like to know more about how much I actually wear my clothes (not only the handmade ones). I bought the Stylebook app but I have yet to catalog my closet… I’ll report back if I ever get around it!

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Although I’m fascinated by people who dress exclusively with clothes they made, I never made it an goal for myself. I wonder why I find the idea more attractive than the execution. Maybe because I have RTW items that I really love. So far I noticed that one of my challenges is that I haven’t been sewing pants for years. I wear a mix a denim and slim ankle cigarette pants. I know that sewing jeans have been all the rage lately. It has sort of been on my mind but I never particularly struggled to find styles or fit that I liked in RTW (I know… lucky me) so I guess my incentive is quite low. I also had a less than satisfactory trial years ago with the pattern considered the holy grail of jeans patterns back then, Jalie 2908. So that leaves me the option of sewing trousers. It’s tough. I don’t like the patterns out there, the crotch fitting is fiddly and I was never completely satisfied. Something to think about…

Let’s move on to this edition of things I enjoyed these days!

1. Sewing sketch on SNL

I always found the “sewing” part of superhero movies hilarious. I’m glad SNL picked up on that!

2. Designer Sewing Patterns

Since my teenage years, I’ve been dreaming of sewing some of the free designer patterns released on Showstudio. And they just published a new one! From the archives, my favorites were always the McQueen kimono and the Galliano pirate jacket. The Watanabe dress is also quite intriguing. I love just looking at the pattern pieces because they are “THE REAL THING”!!.

3. Echo Look

Did you see the Echo Look camera that Amazon is about to release. I can’t say that I care about the style “advice” feature. Seriously why would I ask a robot to tell me if I’m “well dressed”? Beth from SunnyGal Studio summarized my thoughts perfectly in her latest Random Threads. However I can’t help but think that it would make taking outfit pictures a breeze. Also, it could act as an improved mirror for self-fitting. I know that I could just put my camera on the tripod semi-permanently but with a little human about to start crawling that’s probably a bad idea… Do you know of a similar hands-free camera (hopefully a lot cheaper…) ?

4. Is Fast Fashion A Class Issue?

Are ethically produced clothes a privilege for the wealthy? Should people with limited disposable income really be expected to pay more for clothes just to avoid buying cheap stuff that’s bad for the planet?

Tabi Jackson Gee, Refinery 29

Those questions are of course tough to answer but this article is a good follow-up of the previous tidbits and the discussion that followed in the comments. The only solution for me is to buy less. It’s nearly impossible to ensure we are buying “clean” clothes/fabric etc. I feel that I need to go through my closet again to remove some items. I found out that the less clothes I own, the less I feel like shopping. I’m not quite sure why but whatever works! I may use ThredUp to send clothes out. I used it recently to buy some tops and I thought it was more convenient than going to a consignment store.

That’s it for today, I hope you share what you’ve been enjoying lately in the comments and some of your thoughts on MMM and 100% handmade wardrobes!

 

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8 thoughts on “Tidbits #6

  1. Sam May 25, 2017 / 5:12 am

    Oh dear cannot watch the video – ” the uploader has not made this video available in your country’ – Sam the Aussie

    • Sewing Tidbits May 25, 2017 / 1:38 pm

      Ohhhh nooo… I hate those youtube regional things!! Did you try googling something like “SNL sewing scorpio”?

  2. Beth (SunnyGal Studio) May 25, 2017 / 3:45 pm

    Sewing on SNL, that was funny – have they ever done Project Runway? ripe for satire. Although I wish a new season would start. I’ll watch any sewing on TV. As for sewing jeans – probably not something I’m going to do. I agree with you that I find it easy to buy whatever jeans style I want in RTW and for the time and effort I could sew something else much more interesting. Same with bras, not going to sew those either.
    And that Echo camera sounds like a potential sci-fi scary movie – telling you what to wear and what next?
    The question of fast fashion vs. ethical fashion being a class issue is interesting and I kind of agree. Perhaps the root cause is the marketing that creates the desire in the consumer to always have something new, at all price points.
    Always enjoy reading the Sewing Tidbits!

    • Sewing Tidbits May 28, 2017 / 2:59 am

      I don’t know if SNL ever did Project Runway, I’m guessing it wouldn’t be too hard to make something funny out of it…
      When I had a TV I watched a lot of Project Runway but now I kind of forgot about it. I should try again, watching sewing always makes me go to the machine!
      I feel the same about bras, although I’m slightly out of the typical size range and I find the bramaking process interesting so I may try one day. Let’s see…
      Yes, the Echo camera sounds right out of 1984 indeed.

  3. Catherine May 27, 2017 / 7:58 pm

    love your newsletter!

  4. Charlotte May 31, 2017 / 11:58 pm

    You know how I feel about handmade. Women in factories have hands! I do want to have some machine-made clothes—3D printed or somesuch. That would be fun.

    I find something so colorless about the idea of an all me-made wardrobe. Maybe I’m not confident enough in my makes? I like supporting designers and trying new things. As obnoxious as it sounds, I don’t have a ton of free time, I do have some disposable income to play with, and I’m interested in clothes. I am trying to buy fewer, better things and to sew fewer, better things, but there are entire categories of clothing I have no interest in sewing. Furthermore, I am fairly rigid, and while some people want to make something similar to what they saw in the window, I always want *exactly that thing.*

    I hadn’t heard of the Echo Look. It creeps me out so thoroughly. I requested an invitation to get one. It sounds horrifying.

  5. 24 June 7, 2017 / 7:00 am

    (No video here neither…)
    I’ve always loved the Alexander McQueen’s kimono jacket… maybe one day…
    I tend to have now more and more a handmade wardrobe, except the RTW clothes I really love and those I really need for the moment (and those I keep but that I should throw away !!). It wasn’t a goal in itself but handmade closet is a matter of identity (my clothes are more myself), comes from the satisfaction of being able to do it, and is motivate by a lot of disappointments in RTW. That’s why I’m trying sewing pants and bras too !

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