I love to sew. If you’re here then I presume you love to sew too. But what if instead of being a creative outlet that enriches your life, it was more like a prison sentence – something you had to do day-in, day-out in cramped and often unsafe conditions?
Next month marks the one year anniversary of the tragic collapse of the textile complex Rana Plaza in Dhaka, Bangladesh where over 1,000 people lost their lives while producing the cheap and accessible clothing that the Western world has come to expect. I sat in horror seeing the images from this disaster and then felt a huge pang of guilt and disbelief when popular high-street brands, ones that I could identify in my own wardrobe, were implicated. Those €5 t-shirts didn’t feel like such a bargain anymore.
Fashion Revolution – a global campaign to increase standards and awareness within the fashion industry – is hosting the first Fashion Revolution Day to mark this anniversary on 24th April 2014. In order to help re-establish the relationships and transparency within the fashion industry people are encouraged to wear an item of clothing inside out and ask brands/retailers, ‘Who Made Your Clothes?’ The voicing of these questions, on a global scale, will raise awareness and encourage the fashion industry to continue the process of change. In short – be curious, find out, do something about it.
Using Fashion Revolution’s theme of “Who Made Your Clothes?” as a starting point, Abby (Things for Boys), Celina (Petit a Petit and Family) and I want to get the online sewing community involved with this initiative by creating the first
Virtual FLASH MOB
of sewists wearing something handmade inside out. The goal is for all of us to stand together for a united cause and help to show sewing (in all its forms) as an ethical and sustainable alternative to fast fashion and mass consumerism. It’s one piece in a very large puzzle but by showcasing home sewn items we will help spread the word that in some cases the answer to ‘Who Made Your Clothes?’ can proudly be answered, “ME!”
How to get involved
- Photograph yourself wearing something handmade inside out on 24th April 2014. If you’re camera-shy feel free to photograph something on a hanger – or even get the kids involved…the message is still the same.
- Share! If you have a blog, blog about it! If not, no problem – share on Facebook, Instagram, or Twitter with hashtags #insideout and #handmadeinsideout.
- Grab a button to show your support – just copy the code below the button on the sidebar and add it to your own blog.
- Sign up! Our efforts are stronger in numbers! We already have over 50 people on board and, with your help, we call fill people’s blog readers, Instagram feeds, Twitter pages, and Facebook timelines with inside out clothing and encourage everyone to take notice and ask questions! Just click on the image below to register.
Please consider taking part. It’s important to start these conversations and what better way to do it than to show off some of those french seams, contrast facings, and beautifully installed zips!? Since starting to read sewing blogs back in 2010 I’ve always been amazed at what a welcoming, informative, accessible, fun and all-around awesome community ours is – now’s our chance to stand with one strong united voice to help encourage positive change!