I wish I could spend most of my life shopping for fabric and playing with swatches. There is something about connecting to the starting point of a garment that really gets me going. I can imagine the fabric is so many different ways. Because I strive for zero waste, I try to conceptualize the garment on paper before draping to minimize mistakes. It's inevitable, though, for something to go awry but I enjoy the process either way.
One of my favorite parts of designing Tabii Just is exploring the fabrics from Preview Textiles. Every once in a while, I pay Laura, one of my favorite ladies, a visit. I shop from Preview's excess fabric room. That's where they keep all the excess stock and off-cuts. This is where I find the gems. Maybe someone ordered a certain color and the mill printed the wrong color. Or maybe they ordered 200 yards and the mill send 250. I peruse all these excess yardage and find the special ones that I think work with the Tabii Just aesethetic. I take waste and make it beautiful again. It's one of my favorite activities to do.
I saw this video on Facebook and it was so incredibly moving that I had to share. It documents fashion bloggers who visit the people who actually make some of their clothing. They are reduced to tears when they hear about the conditions under which some of the workers live and work. When one woman describes how her mother died in poverty, the blogger cannot contain her tears. Fast fashion has many fans, some of which I know. I encourage people to get to know the makers behind their clothing, especially if they frequent these stores. Clothing comes from somewhere. It's not automated. Someone has to sit at a machine and make the clothes we wear. Many of these people...