Pants are too short and shirt fronts are speckled in stains- that means one of two things. Either I'm going to be spending some quality time with my friend Husqy or I'm heading to Target. I truly do enjoy sewing, especially for my kids, but at these times I usually opt for the later. Because who can pass up $4 shirts and pants in cute coordinating colors? Not I.
However, I have been convicted recently about my quick trips to the Bullseye (and other department stores) and what that means on a more global and ethical perspective. What may be saving me an hour of time may support something that I am morally opposed to. I'm not going to get into the politics and such of fair labor rights and wages, let's just say that I am concerned about the sweatshop situation and I try often to take care when I make a purchase. I'm not a saint nor am I rich, therefore I don't always make the best purchasing choices, but I'm trying to make it more of a priority. After learning about the history of and process of making chocolate, Willow and I have decided to buy only fairly traded chocolate when available.
As an intro activity to our China unit study, I had Willow read labels on clothing to see where they were manufactured. I was reminded of how much of our clothing comes from the Asian region. My heart sank as I thought about articles I had read in the past regarding labor rights, sweatshops, and clothing manufacturers. And I felt the urge to make a change.
With all that said, from now on instead of running to Target, I'm going to do my best to make the kids' clothes. I'm sure there will be an occasional Target purchase (socks, undies, tights come to mind) and garage sale find, and of course awesome hand me downs.
I'm blessed with totes of fabric and patterns given to me from relatives, and a well stocked basket ( i.e. overflowing mess) of items to be repurposed. I also have a huge basket of notions a friend found on the side of the road and donated to my collection. So, I'm all set in that department.
Willow's Easter dress is done, some retro skinnies and a fun bowling-style shirt are in the works for Cedar. All I've had to buy so far is a package of interfacing and white thread. I'm rolling up my sleeves, heating up the iron and spending some quality time with my friend Husqy.