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Published on: 13 Mar 2017 by arnoldweber112
A couple centuries ago all of our clothes were handmade. The
industrial revolution saw the UK’s fashion and clothing industry become more
and more mechanised which not only meant we were able to produce more clothes,
but they were far quicker to produce too. This had many benefits in the fact
more people become able to buy new clothes as they became cheaper and more
readily available. Prior to this there was certainly more of a make-do-and-mend
culture because materials to make shoes and clothing were scarce. Only the
wealthiest in society were able to have their clothes made to measure and were
made from fresh, new and fashionable materials. Poorer families had their
clothing pieces passed down through the generations.
Today we are labelled as living in a throwaway society and
the younger generations tend to not value the importance of looking after their
clothes and making them last as opposed to always purchasing new items cheaply
and throwing away older clothing pieces. As this is a big problem there has
been a number of government initiative put into place which have begun to shed
light on the environmental repercussions of our throwaway society and the way
that large factories are churning out clothes while causing great harm to the
environment. In recent years there has been a steady increase in the number of
people making their own clothes once more, with the help of powerful sewing machines (such as Brother sewing machines,
for example). Our attitude towards fashion seems to be shifting which is great
news for those who are selling their handmade clothing pieces.
If you are looking to invest in some handmade fashion then
take a look at some of the best handmade pieces you should be keeping an eye
out for both online and in boutique or independent stores:
Handcrafted footwear is hard to come by and can be highly
expensive as it is such a labour intensive process. If you do ever get the
chance to come by some handmade shoes then be sure to take the opportunity to
have some made- they could last you a lifetime!
Vintage is all the rage right now which makes finding
vintage dresses harder as more and more people are on the hunt for them. More
and more people on sites such as Etsy are beginning to make their own, and
offer you the chance to select your own fabrics and dress shapes.
Tailored wear such as suits and other garments
are known for being of excellent quality when they are handmade as they are
often bespoke and measured to fit your body shape perfectly. While it can be
expensive to purchase a tailored piece of clothing initially, there is a lot to
be gained in the long term, as tailored pieces are known to last far longer
than cheap, machine manufactured clothing items.