The Environmental Disaster
Fast fashion wastes a lot of resources. A lot of cotton, plastics, water, take your pick. I won’t go horribly into the details here as this is the most common argument against fast fashion and it has been done by people with better understand of the systemic issues than I have. Suffice it to say that making clothing to be thrown out all of the time and constantly replaced isn’t good for the earth and I would like to do better than that.
The Ethics of Work
The work conditions of making clothing so quickly and cheaply are abysmal. It hurts real, thinking feeling human beings. Usually other women. I don’t want to be the kind of person who hurts others for my convenience. So, I’m working on getting weaned off and getting onto my own garments and ethically sourced/made organizations.
Fit, Freedom and Choice
If you’re the kind of person who isn’t a similar size and proportion to a fit model (you know, most human beings) you are going to get a lower quality fit than something that was made (and altered) for your body, its height, its curves and your preferences. If you want it baggy (like my pajama pants which I really like that way) you can cut it that way. If you want it tight (think leggings) then you can have it your way too. The perfect fit to your body and you needs for the garment.
Getting Exactly What I Want
If you’ve ever looked at a piece of clothing and though it would be better if it were just for one little change, then you know what I mean. A skirt slightly too long for your liking, or a pleat that gives you a little too much extra volume in a place you didn’t want it. If you make it yourself it can be exactly what you want to wear.
I Want Nice Things
Fast fashion clothes are cheaply made, and it shows. I have a t-shirt so thin that I can’t hide a bra under it, even if its white! Jeans that fall apart in a year and clothing that I have been mending when the seams come apart after only a few months of use.
I want to wear nice things that are built to last. By making it myself I know what the quality of the fabric is (because i picked it) and I am intimately familiar with the construction of the garment and I can reinforce areas that I think need some extra help.
So for ethical reasons and some personal preferences, starting to go slow is the way to go. I don’t think it will be a 100% perfect transition, but even if I cut my annual clothing purchases by 50% that would be a substantial improvement.