I didn't realize this until recently, but all garments are made by hand, in the sense that a human being is manipulating the fabric and working at a sewing machine of some kind or sewing with a needle and thread. I used to think that clothing, especially cheap clothing, was made entirely by machine, much like most of the other products we buy nowadays. However, that's not the case with clothing!
Every item we wear has been sewn by a person.
Have you ever had a clothing item that you didn't think much about until you tried to make one yourself? For me, that has been a t-shirt. I figured that, as the seemingly cheapest and most plentiful clothing item available, a t-shirt had to be an easy, throw-away type garment to make.
It is no such thing!
Geez, after learning about it, there is so much more to a t-shirt than I had ever realized! Now I value t-shirts so much more, knowing all the types of machine and sewing skills that goes into each one.
As vintage wearers, many of us bemoan the loss of those gorgeous, intricate details that clothing used to have that has been cut out of most modern clothing by profitability and the throw-away mind set. As we wear our vintage clothing and invest in these more expensive pieces, as we sew and include our own "slow fashion" details, we are reminding people around us of what clothing could be if we started to really care about it again instead of treating it as a fad that is to be thrown out in a few months.
Thinking about how every clothing item is made by hand, here are my takeaways for the day:
Is there a clothing-making skill or garment that seemed simple to you into you delved into it? How did it change your perspective?
How do you think we can balance the needs of lower-budget consumers with the needs of clothing artisans to be paid fairly for their work?