Custom Everything? A Winter Promise to Make Clothing
Truth is I have wanted to make my own clothes for as long as I can remember wearing them. I know the limitations of premade goods. They don't fit right and buying them offers no clear view of their real cost: fuel burned, people taken advantage of, resources pillaged, toxins emitted. By making my clothes myself I put myself in the position to choose materials wisely. I choose waste. And when that won't do, I have a bolt of undyed woven knobby silk from India and some natural dyes to color it with.
Today I started with the fulfillment of a winter promise, to try. I started even though I didn't know how. I pulled out the book Generation T by Megan Nicolay. Megan gave me a copy back in 2005 when she was promoting it at Swap-O-Rama-Rama in Brooklyn. It helped me to modify two t-shirts that were headed for the trash. To one I a added a collar more suitable to my tastes, to another I attached a border changing the fit to dress like so I can wear it over leggings. It was a good start!
Next, make a paper pattern from a top I like. - Wendy