This is a term I’ve adopted to align with the ideals of slow fashion as a seamstress.
As a seamstress, my choices are influenced by a conscious awareness of my impact. I buy natural fibers instead of synthetics. (Here’s why).
I support smaller local shops when I am able. I love going in and feeling the fabrics and testing the drape.
I mend and reduce waste when I am able. For example, I buy my son uniform pants in the fall in a size up and adjust the waist and length. By spring, the knees are mended and worn, so I convert them into shorts and let out the waist. This means a good pair of pants lives a good long life. I save the cut offs for future patches.
Start where you are. Use what you have. Do what you can.
This is my favorite quote right now. At times the problems seem so big, but when I look at what I can do here and now, it keeps it managable.
I look at my wardrobe needs and sew for my real life. I now try to “shop” my stash before every project. I truly embraced retail therapy for too many years, so I have more patterns and fabric than I can sew in a year. I still buy fabric and patterns from time to time but am more focused and intentional when I do. The best change is changing the fast fashion mindset and being thoughtful (https://www.nytimes.com/2017/05/24/climate/eco-friendly-organic-clothing.html)
While there is always room to improve, I do my best as a busy mom and fashion lover to reduce my footprint on the environment.