The production chain
I have a large French window which opens onto the garden. The workshop is far enough from the habitable part of the house and like this I easily get lost in my world of creativity! Without forgetting that if I want a rest, the garden is not far!
I make all the bias binding myself with old sheets. The pockets and other accessories are also made with coloured sheets. I use buttons and zippers (old clothes) that I also buy in charities and if I don't have one I make other ways of closing.
Resource | Reuse | Repair
Before we start we will have to think about the subject of waste in fashion ...
"Do I need this dress?"
"How many times will I wear it?"
For special occasions, besides buying a dress that we may wear only once, we can always rent or borrow or exchange a beautiful item of clothing and so reduce waste.
You can visit the website of Fashion to know how to consume fashion better and how to be revolutionary in your approach - there are lots of useful ideas and addresses, it's a great website that will inspire you ...
For my story ...
I buy all my fabrics near my home. I live in the Ariège department in France, The first big city is 60klms from my home!
I go once or twice every month, to buy the Red Cross jeans by bagfulls. The nice ladies keep me all the jeans which are intended to be sent to Africa, normally they are re-sent after being sorted in a center in Marciac, or Lavelanet. I only buy the items which they will not sell ... I intercept these textiles before because much finishes in landfill if not ...
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| My Workshop |
My workshop is located in my house in the Pyrenees in France. I also have a room where I store the fabrics before cutting and sewing them together. In my workshop I have two overlockers, JUKI, a JUKI covering machine and a family sewing machine, NEW HOME, for the finitions, which I have had since the age of 17. I have a large wooden table, and the sewing stations are supported with simple wooden trestles.
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All patterns are made by myself. I use newspaper or paper at the beginning and then, once the pattern is finalised, I cut the longlasting pattern from the old bases of water cartons (I find them in supermarkets).
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In this way, I avoid consuming in a compulsory manner. I create from what I find. When I buy the fabrics I try to find only, jeans, cotton, linen, wool and silk. Sometimes I find an extremely pretty fabric in another material, I take it if I have a project in mind.
For the denim clothes, I cut the legs for most clothes. The tops with pockets and zipper are kept apart, because I have a project of 'bumbags' for this summer. The side seams, I also keep because I would like to make rugs with these later. The scraps which remain after the cut of the dress are also kept because I would like to make a selection of 'patchwork' skirts.
Not much remains afterwards, so much the better. These last remains, I keep to make stuffing for cushions.
For the leftovers in coloured fabric, I try to make different models in each fabric first. Finally of what remains, most will make stuffing for cushions. For wool in winter, the leftovers end up as scarves!
Consumption | Composition | Commitment
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