Dear friends, in today’s post we are going to talk about some habits that will make our sewing more sustainable and ecological.
Since we started to shape our ideas and see the potential of doing things with our own hands, our conception of buying and use habits has changed radically. Taking the time to choose fabrics and trimmings, testing and dealing with mistakes is part of the rhythm of sewing, which makes us see that perhaps we do not need so much or so immediately in our lives.
But, on many occasions, blinded by emotion and by the amount of attractive materials on the market for our artistic vocation, we fall back into the usual consumption patterns.
Below we are going to see a series of tips that will help us sew more healthily, taking advantage of the resources at hand, which will give our projects an extra spiritual quality.
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Purchase of fabrics
In order not to end up being victims of our beloved collection of remnants, what we must do is put a stop to the compulsive purchase of fabrics. I would dare to assure myself (the game) that most of us do not have any more shelves, boxes or free corners to place fabrics. The site is sold out. But the best thing is that when we are going to start a new project, we don’t have any suitable fabric! So we buy again and add some extra scraps that we have fallen in love with. We could say that it is a vicious circle.
A good way of eliminating stock and being able to continue acquiring the necessary fabric for our new projects is to force ourselves to use a specific number of remnants that we have in the near future. For example, in my case, I plan to make 5 garments until the end of the year (well, that’s the idea, we’ll see if I get to 2) of which 2 or 3 have to be with remnants that I have under my belt. I will choose the design of the garment based on the fabric, doing the process in reverse of the usual, which is to choose a model and look for the fabric. Having a sample of each available fabric pasted in a notebook can help us control our collection and make the choice easier.
Using a fabric that you have had for a long time is very satisfactory!
Reuse of the glasilla
The fabric that we normally use to make the prototype of a garment, the coronet, can perfectly be used on several occasions.
Very beautiful pieces of fabric come out of the prototype of a coat that can serve to make the prototype of a shirt or skirt. Until the slice is very small, many pieces we can try!
Once this test garment has done its job, we take it apart easily (the basting stitches come out with vigorous pulls) and give it a good ironing session. In order to use these pieces of fabric with the straight thread correctly, it is recommended to mark it with tracing paper and roulette. That way, every time you cut a new piece, you will be sure to do it right. In addition, it is not a crime to cut any part of a prototype against the grain.
There is no better supplier of buttons and zippers than the pile of garments that we have out of circulation. Before throwing a garment (as long as it is in good condition, we can donate it) you have to take a plunder of buttons, clasps, zippers and other trimmings and accessories. Over time, we will have a very interesting and very diverse collection that we can use in our projects.
It is an option when buying fabric that is worth looking at with affection because it helps to preserve the environment while avoiding the exposure of the skin to toxic substances.
Organic cotton is grown on land free of toxic substances where no pesticides or insecticides are used and where crop rotation is practiced, which prevents soil wear, among other things. Its price is higher, but we can insert your purchase with the rest of our shopping list and gradually become more curious and responsible with the materials we purchase.
Wash with cold water
This habit is totally extrapolated to the domestic environment and will very surely help you reduce your electricity consumption. Many times we abuse the temperature of the washing machine, also giving very bad life to our clothes. Washing our fabrics with cold or warm water is more than enough to be able to work with them later.
Along the same lines, the use of dryers indiscriminately must come to an end! Hanging outdoors (and in moderate sun, much better) our brightly colored fabrics will brighten more than one eye.
Taking advantage of a large window, daylight hours or a strategic bench in the park is the best way to be sustainable and keep our eyes free of unnecessary eye drops.
As you will see, this is a small list of habits that we can incorporate into our methodology and make our sewing more harmonious and in balance with nature. Do you have any advice or reflection on the subject? We are waiting your comments!