On April 24, 2013, as I was cutting out a new garment while listening to my local NPR (National Public Radio) station, I still remember the horrible feeling that overcame me as I heard the tragic news of the Rana Plaza factory collapse in Bangladesh where 1,134 garment workers were killed and over 2,500 were injured due to known unsafe working conditions. Even though I was new to sewing handmade clothes for myself at the time, I thought to myself that I should be more conscious about where and what my money was supporting.
Shortly after this horrible incident in Bangladesh, I watched a documentary about the Triangle Shirtwaist Factory fire in
1911 that killed over 100 innocent young girls and women and is
considered the deadliest accident in New York City's history and in the Fall of 2015 I watched the documentary The True Cost, a truly eye opening film into our present day apparel industry. These informative films, coupled with the sustainable and slow-sewing/fashion movement resonate within me. I want to be more aware. More aware of where the goods I buy originate. Of where and what my money is supporting.
In America, clothes are fairly inexpensive and easy to buy with major
retailers offering deep sales so often, it seems more like everyday
discount pricing. Many people list 'shopping' as their favorite
'hobby'..... with clothing at the top of the list. Living in the Upstate South Carolina I have seen first-hand our textile mills close and manufacturing move abroad. As late as the 1980's, we were considered to be the textile center of the world. Not anymore.
As I understand, Fashion Revolution is to encourage us to think about not only who made our clothes, but also who grew the cotton and spun the yarn into the fabric used for those clothes. In 2015 I participated in Fashion Revolution Day and now in 2016 the movement has grown to Fashion Revolution Week of April 18 - 24, 2016. I want to join the conversation... to encourage others to think about the origin of their clothes..... the origin of fabrics used...... who made your clothes...
I make my clothes!
coral Burda jacket #120 from 01/2016 issue with the self-drafted top from Mrs. Style Book 2015 paired with the hardworking NewLook 6192 skirt.
More on the Fashion Revolution subject can be read at in the folds blog.
Happy Sewing Everyone!