Resolutions - A Whole Year Handmade

*Happy New Year all you Resolutionists! Congrats on getting here to read this. Your interest alone means you're on the right track.*

One year ago I pledged to spend 52 weeks/12 months, buying handmade clothes, or making them myself. I’m not going to lie, it’s been really bloody difficult.

Confession - There have been points when I have slipped. I have to say, there are just times in our busy modern lives when convenience rules, but one thing is for sure, this year I have not bought clothing from unethical sources, and I refuse to buy clothing from unethical sources again.

Difficult, maybe. Educational, certainly. I thought I was fairly mindful of the way I consumed, particularly fashion, but something that I have learnt is to research MORE. Ask questions and get to the source of the supply chain. Lots of high street brands do a great job of greenwashing. ‘Conscious collection’, ‘Join Life’, etc etc. What about the rest of the garments in the shop? And what about the people making the garments? Who are they? What do they earn? How do they live?

Fashion Revolution offers a whole host of honest and reliable information - head over to their site to read up. They have some great resources and loads of suggestions for dressing yourself sustainably.

I have made some great discoveries in terms of independent clothing brands. I’ve shared a few before, but thought it would be useful to share my all time favourite garments of the year.

Right to left, top to bottom: Edith & Bertha Linen Blouse / OFFON Linen Jumpsuit / Phaedra Clothing Long Sleeve Linen Crop / OFFON Dusty Pink Linen Mid-length Dress / STALF Black Playsuit / STALF Organic Velour Sweatshirt

I’ve made myself a whole bunch of garms too. Some of the pieces I’ve made in quantities of two as so many of you have asked if they are available to buy. Sadly these are now sold out, but i'll be hosting another handmade yard sale in the near future, with pieces from the above mentioned brands and home sewn wears too.

This last year:

I’ve learnt to respect my clothes, and to respect where they came from.

I’ve done my bit to tackle consumerism.

I’ve found ways to swap, reuse or relove clothes.

I’ve discovered beautiful independent clothing brands.

If you fancy a bit of the above, I challenge you to take part in #oneyearhandmade

The Rules:

- If you NEED something to wear, consider whether you can make it.

- Make as much as possible! (Need ideas for contemporary patterns? Find them here).

- Buy only handmade from real people. (Check on my journal to find out more on my favourite indie fashion brands to get you started).

- Do swaps! Meet up with friends and see what new outfits you can make.

I’m here if you have questions. Maybe you need some encouragement? Remember to use #oneyearhandmade on instagram to share your progress!

Happy shopping, happy making.

 

Rosie Drake-Knight