Love What You Wear Project

Just lately, I’ve been reading a bit about the fashion industry and it doesn’t make for pleasant reading. I started with Elizabeth Cline’s “Overdressed: The Shockingly High Cost of Cheap Fashion” and I have now nearly finished Lucy Siegle’s very thorough expose “To Die For: Is Fashion Wearing Out the World?”  I’m not totally naive.  I did realise that the fashion industry wasn’t what you’d call ethical, but I must admit I didn’t have a clue just how bad it was.  Exploitative labour practices; a total disregard for the environment; shocking wastage…not a pretty picture.  The more I read about it, the less I want anything to do with it.  As well as supporting such organisations as Labour Behind the Label and the Clean Clothes Campaign, I feel that I want to change my own relationship to clothes and clothes  buying.  So when I read about the Love What You Wear Project, I thought “Yes! This is it!”  In a nutshell, the project involves a commitment to buying no new clothes for a year, running from 1st November 2012 to 3oth November 2013.  So, we’re looking at buying secondhand, mending or repurposing what we’ve already got or making clothes ourselves.  Just what I had been wanting to try in any case 🙂


I want to use this opportunity to really learn how to look after and mend my clothes.
I want to use this opportunity to think more about my consumption.
I want to use this opportunity to learn a new skill – dressmaking.

First things first, though, I have to finish Waif’s pyjamas. Then, I have promised some pyjamas to my husband. After that, maybe I’ll have a go at making myself a skirt with this pattern:

butterick skirt pattern

Watch this space 🙂

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12 thoughts on “Love What You Wear Project

  1. textileshed says:

    Thanks for pointing out that Love what you wear project! I prefer to look like the back of a bus to taking part in the consumerist fashion industry. That does not mean I don’t love clothes and value their history and what they can express…

    • vivjm says:

      I agree. Clothes in the past were expressions of women’s creativity and skills. Now, they are just a means to make a load of money for some corporations 😦

  2. Jen says:

    Oooh, I need to make some PJs for the Smalls. Did you use a bought pattern, or something you found online? Can we see a pic?!

  3. Mizz Winkens says:

    I really like the Love What You Wear Project idea! I’m a little late coming to it but I think I might just give it a go. I used to do a lot of “frankensteining” of clothes when I was younger. That’s adding/removing bits from second-hand shop finds. Customising I guess you’d call it…. I think I’m a bit too old to get away with some of the stuff I used to wear, then again I do like a challenge!!!

    • vivjm says:

      I love the term “frankensteining” – so much more descriptive than “customising” 🙂
      It would be great if you joined in with the project too!

  4. in for the challenge shall start this week bit late and a bit old but hey need the money saved on clothes for gas and lecky

  5. Well thanks a lot for all the infos. It inspired me to join the “love what you wear project”. It will have to be for myself only, as my skills are not good enough to provide clothes for my son. Still, quite a challenge, but well worth it !

  6. Hilary says:

    Hi – I just signed up to the Love what you Wear project too and wanted to say hello – I love your blog too and those pj’s look great 🙂

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