Homemade: A Skirt for Keeps

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Don’t let these pictures fool you – I am not a super skilled sewer. I am a total novice.  I mean I have had a little go before. To date I have a child’s size pair of pyjama bottoms (intended for an adult), a wonky quilt and two aprons to my name.

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For my birthday I received this lovely piece of vegetable-dyed fabric, some elastic and some basic instructions on how to make a skirt in an hour. This took me a little longer than an hour to make, I got a little stressed and stuck a few pins in my fingers, but I did it. The finished result is this lovely skirt that is now my favourite item in my wardrobe.

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Whilst this skirt was relatively simple to make, I wouldn’t say it was easy. It took time and effort and I think that has made me value it more.  When you make something for yourself you can appreciate exactly what has gone into making it.

If I wanted to sell my skirt, I would want a fair price for it. Something that reflects the cost of the materials, my time and then a bit more to make a little profit – a girls got to eat! When we buy cheap clothes it means that someone has had to lose out somewhere, and it is probably the person who has made the item.

I have always known about sweatshops and had an understanding of what fair-trade means, but I think it’s about time I start making a more conscious effort to buy more ethically and try my hand at making a few more things myself.

We live in a throwaway society, buying cheap disposable items that will only last for a certain amount of time, with the view that it doesn’t really matter, it was cheap, we can buy another one to replace it! I don’t think I’m alone in saying that I’m sometimes guilty of having this attitude but, I want to change. Yes, I like to keep up to date with fashion trends and no, I don’t have an endless supply of money but I don’t think that other people should have to be exploited so I can buy cheap clothes.

So, what can we do? I’m going to try (I’m using the word try because I may end up in Topshop once in awhile – shoot me) to make a more conscious effort to cut down on buying clothes and make sure that when I do, they are good quality and ethically produced. Also rather than buying new, I am going to try and buy things second-hand and mend or adapt my old clothes to give them a new lease of life.

If you’re thinking about doing the same an easy place to start is by taking a look at Ethical Consumer – they have put together an ethical rating list of high street shops, which is a useful tool to see where each store rates against others – and some of the results are quite surprising.

Who is up for making this change with me?

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  1. I really enjoyed this post : ) all in for encouraging a bit of self expression and rebelling against the mass production of consumer culture …

    It makes me think that generally we could probably all have less clothes and that the clothes we do have could be more valued pieces, be more considered and tailored for us … qualities that inherently come from making your own … go slow fashion!!

  2. This skirt is so cute!

    Fast fashion is incredibly problematic, and upsetting since I do love to shop. I’ve found myself frequenting thrift stores and Etsy more often for vintage clothing since I can shop to my heart’s content without feeling guilty for contributing to huge manufacturers.

    Rebecca @ tr[i]b[e]cca

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  4. Hello there! I have just come across your blog and I am absolutely in love. Your beliefs are so true to my own heart too.
    I actually came across your blog as I want to make my own skirt so searched on Pinterest and my favourite image lead to me to here. Do you still have the tutorial or instructions to make this skirt at all?
    Now I have a new blog which I can check up on, thank you.
    Lindsay x

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