On the topic of slow fashion, let's talk about eco-friendly, sustainable fabrics - where can you buy it and what constitutes textiles as being environmentally conscious?
There's a mind boggling amount of info available - natural vs. synthetic fibers / textiles as well as the manufacturing process. For instance, cotton - while being a natural material - uses a lot of resources to produce (energy, water, land/natural resources, toxic chemicals)
Some popular choices include hemp, bamboo, ramie, seacell, lenpur, lyocell, tencel, recycled polyester, organic wool + cotton, soy cashmere / silk.
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Thank you for you insight! I appreciated the links immensely, and your list of naturel fibers. it should be noted however that fabric made from bamboo is not the best when it comes to it's environmental impact. While it is certainly better than new synthetics it should be noted that the process of tuning bamboo into rayon is somewhat wasteful as it requires a great deal of energy and additional chemistry. Hemp is very good as it is very rarely sprayed with insecticides. thank you very much for your care and time
I feel like you can wear ecofriendly fabrics but you must remember that polyester is not something you should fear of like acrylic or viscosa? Because if you made timeless pieces those are gonna last you years, my mother passed away and i got all her closet and I transform a lot of her skirts and its so amazing for me to wear a skirt that was handmade by my grandmother easily 30 years ago, and i am wearing the same skirt as my mother at her 20’s
Shopping secondhand is, I think, at least one lower cost option to get new clothes and be eco-friendly. There is certainly a bit of a challenge with some (not all) eco-friendly fabric being more expensive. Of course, not everyone sews, so buying gently used clothing is a realistic option for those folks who want to help the planet.
Sewing Report also, the only eco friendly fabric i can find in the port where do i live, i have like 13 fabric store. EVERYTHING IS POLYESTER ACRYLIC VISCOSA ETC and if you get cotton is just like 30% of cotton, and the rest rayon, or 10% so, its really expensive and fast fashion make everyone gone like, why do i buy it and sew it when i can just buy it made and change it in 6 moths
Sewing Report i feel u girl, I am from Mexico, i don’t know about others like H&M or FRV21 even Zara but mines are awfully high price and everyone throw the clothes away, but even with that clothe you can make new clothes with the non stretchy ones, because the soft stretch fabric ones are so ducking hard to sew, but you still cando it, like i have around 40 garments and 50% handmade by me, 30% gifted and the rest is fast fashion remade by me jejejejejejeje but it take you time to buil a timeless closet but I’m in coast so everything is beach life style
Appreciate that you upcycle a lot of vintage clothing made of polyester! It does scare me a bit that so many fast fashion clothing stores put out tons of super cheaply made items that will be thrown away...
Thanks for the show! I'm wondering what's happening to the fabric/textile industry? Large chain fabric stores are closing here in the south and prices of fabric are on the rise. I'm curious about what is happening with the industry as a whole, especially with the recent announcement that Westminster and Free Spirit fabrics are closing after 20 years. Coates is their parent company and the designers they have been using are HUGELY successful in the quilting community: Kaffe Fawcett, Tula Pink, Amy Butler, etc. I see the demand for fabrics staying the same or even growing as modern quilting and personal garment making resurges, but the supply is dwindling....are we going to see prices continue to rise in the US? I watch garment sewing YouTubists and quoting prices for their knit purchases all over Europe and, once I convert their price quotes, their prices are so much more affordable. Price point of fabric in the US is definitely different than European price points...why is that? I'd really love to know what is happening out there. Thanks for all you do!!
Thanks Donna - the FreeSpirit / Westminster news is on the agenda for this Sunday's live show for sure. I've found some good, reasonably prices websites to purchase from like Fashion Fabrics Club, Fabric.com and Fabric Wholesale Direct. I wonder if the fabric market is a bit saturated with SO many new lines coming out all the time - how can you possibly buy that much? As I've shared, I'm not buying fabric this year because I have way too much. I feel some of the marketing/consumerism around the fabric industry promotes excess and hoarding purchases. Also - the sewing industry on the whole doesn't seem very effective at creating new customers - only reaching people who already sew. We NEED more people to start sewing.
Usually in quilting there's batting in the middle that's one piece, so not sure if fabric scraps would work well for that. However, I think they would be fine to stuff pet beds and perhaps some small items?
CBC (Canadian Broadcasting Cooperation) marketplace investigates did an episode suggesting that most of the clothing put in the H&M donation box and is shipped off to numerous third-world countries with good intentions. However when they arrive the natural fibers have broken down significantly weakening the garments. Other issues with the H&M program include the fact that Americans are (for the most part) proportioned differently from the locals of the country the garments are shipped to, and many people put damaged clothing in these boxes to begin with. These issues lead to most of the clothing being burned, further polluting out planet. The CBC suggested that companies such as H&M include these boxes to make consumers feel better about buying fast fashion. To be fair I have never heard of them recycling scraps and I believe I will look into that. Some of the fabric might also be used to produce insulation as well. Thank you for information.
This was your best show yet ,loved it. I only buy natural fabrics, bamboo doesn't always absorb well in textiles though, but soft. I have Extremely sensitive skin and get a rash from all unnatural kinds of fabrics. I sew mostly quilts, but I've always sewn my clothes when I can't find what I want. Interested in doing my own underwear this year.....( in Seattle there's a little shop on the waterfront that sells chocolate covered bugs of all kinds, kinda yummy crunchy and tastes like a nutty flavor. I've heard at the Univ. of Wash. bugs should be fries first) too funny.
Many years ago my boss made me a little cook book out of some magazine article on how to make chocolate covered insects - ants, crickets, grasshoppers, etc.. I still have it and NO! I did not make any.
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