Lately I have been thinking about the everyday things that I use and wear, in particular my clothes. I have a general philosophy of use and re-use which leads me to find or make my belongings or if that is not possible to buy second hand. This tends to be viewed as strange behaviour by people I meet, but most people also think it’s a great thing to do too. Clothes are one of those things that people are willing to spend piles of money and time on without viewing it as an extravagance, but here is a hidden cost in buying new clothes which needs to be considered; from the environmental costs of producing the fibre and materials to the ethics of sweat shop production and importing from other countries.
When it comes to clothes I mostly rely on hand-me-downs (or more accurately hand-me-across’), make my own or buy second hand. The thinking behind this is that the ‘hidden cost’ of my clothes is halved if they have been used by someone else before me. If I were to re-use these second hand clothes to make more clothes I have reduced the cost of these items even more. Using this justification I have decided to challenge myself to make a totally hand made and up-cycled wardrobe…
The overview: make enough clothes to last me a week, make every garment I will wear (from the skin out), use at least 90% up-cycled materials and include at least one day out in the ‘big wide world’.
To that end I will make;
7 pairs of underpants
4 pairs of socks
3 pairs of long pants
1 pair of shorts
2 pairs of shoes
Look forward to a series about the triumphs and frustrations of making an up-cycled wardrobe.