It is time for a change.
Have you ever given it a thought to unbrand your clothes and discover the beauty in stitches and in random wild colors?
Good news is that it is never too late to get started on your handcrafted wardrobe and you can go as slowly as you like, adding new garments to replace the old when you have the creativity and the time.
No store-bought sweater can compare to the best fitting hand knit with purls of happiness and joy.
No machine knit hat can turn heads and make people say “Did you make that?!” with smiling curiosity and glee.
No shirt produced by low-wage factory workers in China can hold the memories in something created uniquely by you, for you.
If you have the time, grab sewing thread and a needle, Rome wasn’t built in a day, nor do your pants need to be, let alone your shoes. A sewing machine can be of help in some places, but keep in mind that organic thread breaks easier, so practice on a scrap of the same fabric before you go full steam ahead with any project.
One garment at a time – start with what you need the most! Here is some inspiration to get you started, created from a sheet no less, but for a stylish work shirt, nothing less will do. A paradigm shift is needed to go from the dependence on the sewing hands of others to the sewing hands of our own.
If at first you don’t succeed, try, try again! There are many rewards to wearing clothing made exclusively by you (or a loved one), you won’t fully know it till you slide it over your skin and embrace your stitches.
As for Eco Colour – expect nothing and marvel what a little hue can add to your wardrobe. If you don’t try to stand out like a toucan then a soft pastel can go a long way, sometimes that is what nature has to offer. Take it. Re-dye it again later. Embrace simplicity!
(old teas from the pantry including goldenrod, sour cherry stems, St. John’s wort, bedstraw and ten packages of Golden Aura tea make up the color below – a strange brew that would have otherwise headed straight to the compost…)
Choose natural fabrics wisely for they are the best in coming in contact with your skin, pick a pattern or invent your own and start tailoring!
Books on sewing to get you stitching:
Alabama Studio Sewing + Design: A Guide to Hand-Sewing an Alabama Chanin Wardrobe
The Colette Sewing Handbook: Inspired Styles and Classic Techniques for the New Seamstress
Sew Serendipity: Fresh and Pretty Designs to Make and Wear
Get started on your own garments today and wear the labor of your love.