Wednesday, July 29, 2009

Environmental Wednesday: The Fashion Edition

I'm not a fashionista. In fact, on one of my last dates with Mr. Slurpee we were walking around the city and he pointed out a girl and was all "why don't you dress like that?" I was partly flabbergasted because I looked unusually cute, but mostly just amused because now a month and a half later I can't remember a single thing about what this girl was wearing and you think I would considering. I like to be practical in my choice of garments. I mean where I grew up one moment I might be at a garden party and the next helping my dad shovel manure - it pays to be wearing an outfit that works in both occasions!

I've digressed.

I recently found an etsy site where the artist (seamstress? designer?) designs clothes out of old clothing or discarded fabrics. Which is such a cool idea! Since then I've been scrutinising my wardrobe thinking of the cute clothes my jammies with holes in them or the shirt that my mom used to wear in the 70s (that I love and is falling apart) could be transformed into instead of their direct path to the bin.

This is my favourite of her pieces. And I share this with you because my birthday is a few weeks away because it seems like such a simple idea that I couldn't, at this point, do myself. It wasn't so long ago that most people knew how to sew basic things, that hand made wasn't the rarity but the norm. Perhaps, we should all work a little harder to give homemade gifts, wear homemade clothes, make cookies from scratch (I used to think people who didn't were the scum of the earth, and then I became gluten-free and bow to the glory that is gluten-free cake in a box), consciously think of where that chocolate comes from, the cotton, the buttons, the rubber, and the plastic that encases the broccoli and is painted for gifts for our (in my case hypothetical) children.

For the most part, this woman's clothes are a little too funky for me - my "style" is more classic with a wee slice of silly - the idea that she is producing clothing from used materials is enough for me to consider dropping $55 on a long sleeve t.

Speaking of homemade crafts, Secret Agent Josephine recently posted this how-to on alpha mom where she reuses take-out food containers to make jewelry with her daughter. Cute! Fun! Reusing stuff. Love it!

8 comments:

  1. If Mr Slurpee wants you to look like a mindless fashion clone you should dump him so he can go out with someone just like everyone else!

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  2. Ruby - That was Mr. Slurpee's first negative comment! Bravo :) And you're so right! Except, I adore him...unfortunate all around.

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  3. I love reading your stories about Mr. Slurpee. Does he know he's a star in your blog? Mine sort of has a love/hate relationship with my blog.

    Anyways, about the clothes... I grea up in the Midwest, so I always felt pretty stylish there. Then, in Europe I felt downright dowdy. Here, I usually get backhanded compliments from people like "What do you mean you're American? Americans dress badly." Uh... Thanks for saying I'm an exception?

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  4. Sara - he knows it exists, but he hasn't visited it yet. I told him The People love him.

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  5. Mr. Slurpee had a minor set back, but I still heart him in all his that's what she said wisdom

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  6. Becky - I blame the Sake...the devil's brew.

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  7. I found your blog via Sara's...and I totally can relate to the garden party one minute, shoveling manure the next minute lifestyle (I grew up on a farm). Practical clothes are the only way to go in that situation!

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  8. Hi Abby, welcome! Right? sometimes you just need a black skirt that can be dressed up or can have poop on it!

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