One of the comments really got me thinking about the concept of female exploitation. She said:
I’m new to this blog and I decided to make my own knickers after watching an Australian ABC current affairs program about the Rana Plaza collapse in Bangladesh. I already buy 95% of my clothes second hand or locally made and my conscience does not rest easy when I think how cheaply we can buy underwear these days and how poorly paid and treated the workers who make these little what-nots get paid. I already have some really cute stretch fabrics I’ve bought from thrift shops and plenty of cute tshirts my kids have outgrown. I can’t wait to get stuck in and report back to you.
Thank you so much for your tutorial.”
I’m questioning her logic, because if you, as a non professional, make all your own panties:
1. you are taking away that money from someone else – and although it may seem like exploitation, there are alternative views – from voices of chinese workers for example
2. you might just be killing time.
After all, you are making a decision to get better at… making panties. If you truly love making panties, and your goal is to make a living from your sewing skills (like the teacher who blogged this article) wonderful, but otherwise… I recommend you invest your limited time and unique energy on something more worthy of your talents
Unless: you can’t buy what you want. I know my mom makes her own curtains and it’s mainly because she has high standards, only reachable by her own sewing skills. That reminded me – she also used to make me clothes… there was a fetching dark green felt waistcoat/skirt combo that she created for me for a piano recital in South Africa *cringe* because I couldn’t find anything to wear in the shops there. I must dig out a photo next time I’m home 🙂