(not so) random links

-morgan of panda head is now a fellow blogger of mine over at the threadbanger.com blog, and in a recent post over there, she asks: are you up to the challenge of making do with only DIY clothes for the duration of one year? i gotta say, in theory, the idea of such is absolutely amazing. could you do it? comment here, or better yet, over there!

-speaking of street fashion and blogs (nice segueway, huh?!) my sweet friend and fellow blogger mai featured me once again on her SF street fashion blog, fashion.ist. we made a plan to run into eachother at the alameda antiques and collectibles fair, and she snapped my photo whilst there. thanks again, mai!

-conflicting reports at the intersection of luxurious and green/sustainable: the international herald tribune reports that an ethical trend is making waves in the luxury market. conversely, according to the guardian, many luxury firms have shoddy green records and persist with environmentally damaging, wasteful business practices. the message? green marketing may be trendy, but the message rings hollow unless without honest ethics and proactive actions to back up the claims…and smart customers know the difference.

-apparently, there may be a difference between the cheap cashmere sweater, and the uber expensive one, much to the chagrin of fast-fashion fans, says the wall street journal. namely, quality of materials and the quality of life of those who fabricate said sweaters. but to justify paying nearly $800 more for the latter? not sure about that, which begs the question: what level of pricing is fair? is it subjective, or absolute?

-and on the subject of art in san francisco: kate bingaman-burt is showing off her obsessive consumption work/project at an art opening at the SF rare device this friday, december 7th, from 6-10pm. barring anything major, i’m there, people!


  1. kore

    i’d love to wear diy all year but i’m not good at sewing, plus it wld cost a fortune to buy the fabric. another huge detriment is the cold! i cld imagine wearing like one style of basic dress, with different handmade shirts/sweaters/accessories, but then comes winter and i need special warm making things, as i’m often out walking, and freezing to death.

  2. B.S.A.G.

    I did the all-DIY thing in 2006. I decided on the resolution first, then found an online group that was doing the same thing. It was a fun project, and the challenges were unexpected:

    1. People came out of the woodwork to give me their old clothes and spare fabric. Combined with my natural hoarding tendencies, this left me with more supplies than I could ever use (which I later had to unload when I moved).

    2. Halfway through the year I got a new job, and much of what I’d made didn’t seem office-appropriate enough.

    3. People who usually gave me gift certificates to clothing stores didn’t know what else to get for my birthday and holidays.

    4. Feeling pressured to photograph and document everything took a lot of the fun out of it.

    The biggest lesson I learned was that just because you *can* make something from something else doesn’t mean you *should*. I focused more on the process than the result and ended up with a lot of mismatched items that didn’t work together or suit my lifestyle. Now that I live in a place where materials and storage space (not to mention money) are much more scarce, I may try this again with an eye toward creating a cohesive, multi-functional wardrobe.

  3. Casey

    Oh! Thanks to the link over at Threadbanger! I just posted something similar yesterday: http://elegantmusings.wordpress.com/2007/12/05/so-much-for-that/

    I am going to try my best in 2008 to stick to handmade (whether by me or one of the fabulous, indie artistians) or thrifted clothes as much as possible. I am just tired of the homogeneous image that the mass retail industry tries to cram down shopper’s throats. Not to mention the ethical implications of mass fashion. Its going to be a challenge to keep up with this resolution, but I think I can do it!! 🙂 (With a little thrifty luck and sewing know-how! lol!)

  4. Laura H.

    I am so excited to see that people are doing this! With a few exceptions, I haven’t bought new clothes for a few years, but I thrift a lot. I love it! I feel so good to have unique things, and also to not spend my money where I don’t think it is doing good.

    Could I begin the move to a DIY wardrobe? It would be a lot of work, but I already have plans for a warm coat and some other things. I am not worried about cost of fabric because I mostly get it used or or on sale. And I know I could make the warm things; I try to stick to natural fibers anyway. My sewing machine is getting tuned up even now. I think I have a new goal.