Here's a short introduction for #slowfashionoctober :
I've been making things, especially with needle & thread, as long as I can remember. Over the years, I've come through thinking of my handmade wardrobe as an expression of my personality and what I want to communicate to the world, into something deeper: an expression of how I'd like to interact with the world, not just on the level of human perceptions but on a level of being a full participant in the ecosystems around me, thinking about where the clothes I use come from, how I can best use them, and what will happen to them when they're finally worn out. This last part has been large in my thoughts lately: how can I choose things that can safely go back into natural systems when they're done?

We live in interesting times (to say the least) when many of us who make things do so by choice and not strict necessity. That can make what we do seem frivolous, but I believe the opposite: that's it's hugely powerful, a way for each one of us to establish healthy relationships with our own creativity, our bodies, and even the universe we live in. 
I'm taking this slow fashion one step at a time (for example I use a lot of fabric from my stash that I wouldn't choose to buy today) and I would love to encourage everyone reading to just start where you are, and see where it takes you! The deeper I go on this journey, the more fulfilling I find it, and the less things that I'm giving up or opting out of seem to matter. There are plenty of better choices, and they don't have to be difficult, expensive, or absolutely perfect to make a difference. 
I really want to thank @sozoblog for running #memademay and @thisismoonlight for #1year1outfit , two projects that were incredibly useful in helping me figure this stuff out. And @karentempler for running this Slotober! As you can probably tell by this point, I'm the kind of person who needs to write in order to figure things out. There are lots more thoughts from points along this journey on my blog if you're interested (link in profile).
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  • frenchtoasttashaHere's a short introduction for #slowfashionoctober :
    I've been making things, especially with needle & thread, as long as I can remember. Over the years, I've come through thinking of my handmade wardrobe as an expression of my personality and what I want to communicate to the world, into something deeper: an expression of how I'd like to interact with the world, not just on the level of human perceptions but on a level of being a full participant in the ecosystems around me, thinking about where the clothes I use come from, how I can best use them, and what will happen to them when they're finally worn out. This last part has been large in my thoughts lately: how can I choose things that can safely go back into natural systems when they're done?

    We live in interesting times (to say the least) when many of us who make things do so by choice and not strict necessity. That can make what we do seem frivolous, but I believe the opposite: that's it's hugely powerful, a way for each one of us to establish healthy relationships with our own creativity, our bodies, and even the universe we live in.
    I'm taking this slow fashion one step at a time (for example I use a lot of fabric from my stash that I wouldn't choose to buy today) and I would love to encourage everyone reading to just start where you are, and see where it takes you! The deeper I go on this journey, the more fulfilling I find it, and the less things that I'm giving up or opting out of seem to matter. There are plenty of better choices, and they don't have to be difficult, expensive, or absolutely perfect to make a difference.
    I really want to thank @sozoblog for running #memademay and @thisismoonlight for #1year1outfit , two projects that were incredibly useful in helping me figure this stuff out. And @karentempler for running this Slotober! As you can probably tell by this point, I'm the kind of person who needs to write in order to figure things out. There are lots more thoughts from points along this journey on my blog if you're interested (link in profile).

  • frenchtoasttashaAnd finally, speaking of slow, this sweater! It seemed abandoned to me for a while, but it really is coming along in fits & spurts. Now that we're home for a while, my plan is to work on it a bit each day, instead of my usual habit of basically only knitting when traveling. I want to wear it this winter! The yarn is natural fleece color, minimally processed, from @mountainmeadowwool
  • karentemplerI've been working on an article (for a different context) about what it's like to appear to be just obsessed with clothes instead of that I'm trying to do right by people and the planet with my clothes (which yes, I am also a bit obsessed with).
  • janiemaesewThere are so many factors involved when we take about slow fashion or sustainable living. For me what Tasha said about using what we have is very important. I want to wear out what i have before I make or buy more but i also sew for fun so its a balancing act.
  • stitchandyarnBeautifully said!
  • jess_b_danielsAgreed, so well said - & practiced!
  • frenchtoasttasha@karentempler I totally know what you mean! People outside the making world often think of clothing & fashion as so frivolous, but really it's so intimate (always touching our skin) and so much a part of how we feel about ourselves and express it, so necessary on many levels ...
  • frenchtoasttasha@janiemaesew Yes! I've been enjoying choosing some longer projects now that I'm not in a panic about holes in my wardrobe, but even keeping it small I don't really see a time coming when I won't have a sewing project ... I consider that a good thing!
  • frenchtoasttasha@stitchandyarn Thank you!
  • frenchtoasttasha@jess_b_daniels That means so much coming from you! I admire your projects and the thoughtfulness behind them.
  • scissors_drawings_So beautifully written, I have read it three times and I enjoyed reading it more than a previous time. I love what you said about using what we have , what an important point .
  • mountainmeadowwool😍 Everything said here is wonderful! Keep us posted, we'd love to see the finished sweater!
  • frenchtoasttasha@scissors_drawings_ Thank you so much! Hope you are well & enjoying being home.
  • frenchtoasttasha@mountainmeadowwool Thank you! There will be pics of the finished sweater in the not-too-distant future I hope!
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