There’s a lot of talk about Slow Fashion right now but I think it can be difficult to figure out exactly what that means to each of us. I think it is about a lot more than just fashion, but fashion is one entry point into a way of thinking more about how we consume and how we participate in the world.
Loved Clothes Last Zine
But specific to fashion what exactly is SLOW? I recently found Fashion Revolution on instagram (@fash_rev) and starting following them for their interesting posts and when they offered the second print issue of their magazine I snapped it up.
This zine turns out to be a great guide to finding your place in Slow Fashion. It contains all kinds of helpful tips on recycling, caring for fabrics, mending and editing your wardrobe. As well as info on the life cycle of garments, the truth about the secondhand clothing industry, and new designers making a difference.
wear and repair
They really focus on mending and cleaning clothes to make them last longer and that is great, I’m all for that. But I wish people would talk more about handmade. Weather you learn to make your own clothes or you hire a local sewist to make them for you, handmade is a great way to find clothes that express your style, last longer, fit your body and have a deeper meaning. Rather than the short lived high you get from shopping handmade clothing is an experience. There is nothing slower than handmade!
So, what does Slow mean to you?
My wall of Patterns and my doll necklace. Starting to run out of room here again.
I wear my headless doll necklace when I need to be reminded to stay focused, stay true to me.
A stack of fall hats waiting to be run through the serger. Shades of fall, white, blue, gray and brown.
A stack of done hats ready for labels, photos and posting to Etsy. This part takes longer than making them!
My super talented friend Margot Madison designed these amazing new business cards for me. They are so lovely. I am really NOT a graphic designer and I just couldn’t figure out how to get great business cards, so I asked for help and the results were perfect. I have finally learned the lesson to get help with the things that are just not in my skill set.
If I could afford the Comme des Garcons trench (FW/09) I would buy it. I would buy one in every color and style. This coat makes me want to cry.
OK, I’m a bit over dramatic but what the hell. So of course on my student/designer for hire/can I shorten some pants for you salary, I could never afford a coat that would cost more than what I paid for my car. So I headed out to my favorite thrift in search of clothing that could be turned into something resembling the coveted trench.
I lucked out big time. First I found a short mens trench that was a great color and weight but also had the most amazing brass buttons. In the women’s section I found a long red and black wool blanket skirt.
I had to take the jacket body and sleeves in quite a bit because they were both really wide. Then I chopped off about 12″ of the length and removed all the buttons, pockets and plackets. I reattached about 5″ of the length including the original hem to form a really straight, thigh length coat.
Then I draped the skirt around and under the coat until I had an idea about how to cut it. I used the waste band of the skirt as a scarf around the collar and the fringe from the front of the skirt to trim the lapel and left front. I trimmed up the rest of the skirt into a rectangle and then cut a square from the center of the cut edge, basically making a horse shoe shape out of it. Then I took the horse shoe shape by the inside corners and stretched it out so that it formed a straight line at the top with the corners of the original rectangle hanging down all pointy and uneven. Get it? Kind of tricky to explain, but it worked! I sewed the pockets and buttons back on, reattached the lining and tried it on.
I’m happy with it. It’s not quite as amazing as the original but it is definitely my style, I think it looks like something I would make and wear — it’s more me than the Comme version. I am tempted to get into my feelings about copying other designers work, which are mixed. But I’m just not in the mood, I just want to enjoy my new coat and this snowy day.
(Comme pics from Style dot com)