You don’t have to make absolutely everything you wear; even key items that you’ve never been able to buy in the shops will do. You can make them on your terms.
Clothes making is a lifestyle choice that’s lots of fun. It’ll bring you deep joy and pride – especially when someone asks, “Did you make that?” (I never get tired of saying “Yes!”) – but it’s very different to shopping for clothes. You’ll find yourself thinking and feeling differently about how you spend your time, spend your money, and questioning habits you didn’t realise you’d picked up.
There are some people who treat clothes making as a shopping habit; making new clothes every month or every time a new pattern comes out, it seems. This is crazy! Some people have more money than sense. There are definitely enough patterns around for you to do that, but ultimately it’s a very expensive way of interpreting fast fashion – and the reason why a lot of people believe that it’s an expensive hobby.
Making it instead of buying it doesn’t change the dopamine hit, stuffed closet, and offloading the clothes when you’re bored and want to free up space for the next shiny thing. I’m not writing for people like that, and, if you’re still with me, I’m going to assume you get your thrills elsewhere…ideally in clothes you really care about. 😉
I design size inclusive knitting patterns for clothes makers who want their garments to fit well. Clothes should serve you, not the other way around. You alter clothes to fit you, not alter yourself to fit the clothes. This is at the heart of everything I do.
I also teach other people how to design knitwear and am currently creating a comprehensive, year-long knitwear design course, covering everything from illustration to pattern grading.
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