I fear that, if I don't write about some of my projects in the past year, I will lose my street cred as a sewing and knitting blogger.
Have you heard the Planet Money T-shirt series about the life of an ordinary cotton t-shirt? They started from the seed, and then followed the story through the farmer, yarn spinner, fabric knitter, sewer, first consumer, recycler and second consumer. That's old news to readers of this blog, but I was surprised by how little ordinary consumers know about who makes their clothes.
Why ship a t-shirt to Africa to remake them? We can save on transportation costs by mining our old stuff for raw materials in situ.
I present the third life of my current favorite t-shirt. Does this look familiar?
Bad dad's shirt had frayed at the edges and developed a few holes. I cut a smaller t-shirt front and sleeves from the usable sections of the front and back, hence the odd placement of the chest pocket. I purchased a small piece of incredibly soft cotton jersey from an odd-jobber that sells scraps from the LA garment industry.
How many lives do your clothes enjoy? Tell me stories!