Exactly 3 years ago today the Rana Plaza building collapsed and killed 1,134 people and injured more than 2,500. Ever since then the question „who made my clothes“ gets increasingly louder every year on the 24th of April. I’m happy that more people are developing a deeper interest in this topic at least once a year and that it gets talked about a lot in social media. However, not much seems to have changed during the last 3 years. Until now, we seem to be quite far from a general rethinking of our consumption as well as fast fashion. Those of us that are sewing most of our clothing ourselves, are usually already one step further. After all, we know how many steps and how much time it takes to sew a single piece of clothing. With this knowledge, it becomes clear that there is something wrong with jeans for 10€ and tops for 3€ and that somebody else has to pay for these cheap prices. On the occassion of the Fashion Revolution Day, Sasha of the blog Secondo Piano has written a very interesting post about this topic and collected the thoughts of many sewing bloggers all around the world. Even from me and I’m really honoured to be a part of this among so many great bloggers.
Even though, I have bought less and less clothing during the last couple of years, this consumption has shifted increasingly to fabrics. These have collected dust in my fabric stash as I could not sew them as fast as I was buying them. Kind of crazy actually as we take care where our clothing comes from but we buy fabric from which we know nothing besides the material composition. This is the reason why I have prescribed myself a fabric diet at the beginning of this year and now after almost 4 months, it’s time to draw a first conclusion. I have to say that’s been surprisingly easy so far to resist buying fabric, I don’t even miss it at all. After all, I still have a lot of fabrics in my stash that I want to sew into clothing. It’s even quite a challenge for myself to come up with creative solutions, when I can’t find the perfect fabric in my stash for a new idea. In addition, I have found that I sew mostly solid fabrics even though I have tended to buy more patterned ones in the past. After my fabric diet, I will certainly pay more attention to buy more what I actually need. Also, I will try to mostly buy second hand fabrics, which are available at ebay & co. Another alternative are organic and fairly produced fabrics, which are mainly available as standard fabrics. I’m using almost the same attempt when it comes to shopping clothing since the beginning of the year. So far, I have only bought clothing second hand and when it comes to basics, I will buy the available organic and fairly produced alternatives.