Jay Angler wrote:One of the big issues here is the cost of fabric vs the cost of cheap clothing. Everything seems to have shifted to the "fashion" trend and "niche market" and the quality of fabrics has decreased. People don't buy or sew clothing to last 5 years let alone long enough for the next generation to wear as they did even 100 years ago (my mom had a wool reversible skirt she wore in high school, and my sister wore it in high school also!) We need a permaculture overhaul of the entire clothing industry to be more individual-centric and longer focused.
r ranson wrote:
That's my goal. Today I feel that goal is unobtainable and that I don't have the brain to learn the skills I need to accomplish this.
Jan White wrote:
I really do think taking some decent-fitting clothes apart would be helpful.
Yes, and you have the advantage that you can choose to dye and weave your own cloth so that you can get colours that go together, but also give a genuine sense of uniqueness. We've been trained to feel that unless we're wearing a required "uniform", that we are somehow deprived if we have to wear the same thing day after day. I'm pretty immune to "fashion" and still felt that when I was younger and working full time. But trying to create a "Capsule Wardrobe" was difficult because as things wore out, it was often impossible to get more fabric that went with the existing "Capsule" as the shops had all moved on to the new latest and greatest colour. At one point I settled for black pants and skirt and managed to find a bunch of tops that looked as if they were happy to go with black, but other perfectly fine tops or bottoms suffered a "languishing" fate when their partners wore out and I couldn't find anything pre-made or fabric to go with the orphans. The last few times I've looked for replacement black pants, I couldn't even find those that fit - everything had that dropped waist that doesn't work for me. It makes me sooo... glad that I can just hang on my farm and say to heck with good clothes!
r ranson wrote:Ah HA!
I just found the words I'm looking for: Capsule Wardrobe
That's what this book is the start of, a simple set of clothes that, in theory, go together and can be layered for different weather.
I hear you - the off-gassing, particularly formaldehyde, exhausts me. New fabric gets laundered before I try to sew with it.
It would be so much less stressful than going to a fabric shop with all the humans and sizing (the fumes make my brain sad).
Have you met a sewing tracing wheel or Tailor's chalk?
What I didn't like was the issue of getting my pins through printer paper and onto the fabric!
Catie George wrote:Someone linked this company in another thread. I am considering trying to sew something of theirs - I love that they draft their patterns for 3 different bust sizes/size and pants to two different hip waist ratios. I love the look of their button up top, as I cant find any that fit me well in store, and some of the tanks would look nice under a work blazer. They are pricey patterns but look really classic to me - easy enough to look fresh with a different fabric, or keep timeless with plain or neutral fabric. Wish they had more pants and fewer dresses though!
Here are their woven tops:
They have tutorials on adjustments, and claim you can email them with pattern fitting questions.
r ranson wrote:I'm still on the lookout for short sleve summer shirt patterns (that can be done with woven cloth), but I'm also thinking about winter. I cannot knit anymore and my sweaters are getting a bit over-darned.
What do you think about this?
and some reviews: https://sewing.patternreview.com/Patterns/64489