It's Fashion Revolution week!
This is the week dedicated to looking specifically at the issues plaguing the clothing industry and how we as everyday Janes and Joes can go about changing things for the better. The week is hosted by Fashion Revolution, a non-profit organization created in the wake of the 2013 Rana Plaza Complex collapse that killed over 1,100 garment industry workers and injured over 2,500. This event awakened many of us in the world to the reality of abuse and greed in the clothing supply chain, and we began looking at the brands we love, the factories that produce clothing, and our own habits to see how we can make things better.
We believe that fashion can be made in a safe, clean and beautiful way. Where creativity, quality, environment and people are valued equally. - Fashion Revolution
But some of you may be like me... Mostly, you make your clothes. You buy vintage. You make do and mend. You're already doing many of the things that are recommended for revolutionizing the industry. But that doesn't mean we're off the hook! We can do better, and we can help others do better!
I'm pleased to say that In the Folds and Petit à Petit already thought of this, and this week they're coming at this fashion revolution from a maker's viewpoint. I'm joining in and will be posting on IG and on the blog this week on the issue, and I'll be adding in a vintage-wearer's two cents while I'm at it!
(I strongly urge you to read the post from In the Folds about the meaning of this week. It's got an overview, explanation, and list of resources you can check out to learn more about the garment industry.)
Every day this week there will be a "prompt" posted by In the Folds on an aspect of the revolution. I'm sharing my thoughts, as well as weaving in my ideas as a vintage wearer. Today is:
Sewing has allowed me to rebel against the standardized sizing of fashion in the U.S. that doesn't generally fit me as a petite woman. It has also given me the freedom to wear what I want instead of having to choose from what is available. It also makes the vintage styles I love more affordable and durable, rather than buying original vintage all the time. Making my own clothing is just the best!
However, making my own clothing doesn't let me off the hook when it comes to revolutionizing the garment industry.
I do still buy some things off the rack. Socks, t-shirts, and underwear especially. Not to mention, I also use fabric made in factories. Just because I step into the clothing production chain at a sooner point than others doesn't mean I don't play a part in it.
So, as a maker, I still have a responsibility in this cause. Here are my personal three action steps relating to my role as a clothing maker.
What are your thoughts on this Fashion Revolution Week? If you are a clothing maker, how can you still impact change in the clothing industry? Do you have any sources of secondhand or ethically made fabric you especially love?