HAVE IT YOUR WAY
A few years ago, Rosie Martin decided to try her hand at sewing, an attempt that wasn’t without difficulties. “I was amazed at the complexity of the pattern,” she tells Ecouterre. “I realized that it was trying to explain something very simple, but made sewing the garment seem almost off-limits due to approach.”
Her struggles with complex dressmaking instructions led to the creation of DIYcouture, a series of booklets that empowers anyone to make his or her own clothes—all you need is confidence and simple, easy-to-follow directions. Featuring illustrations and photos that show you what to do, each “book” encourages you to get creative and create your own unique piece, whether it’s a cloak, gathered dress, or pleated skirt.
With the abundance of inexpensive clothing at our disposal, we’ve distanced ourselves from the process of fashion production.
For Martin, the best part about DIY is making something you’ll love and want to wear. More important, however, is the importance of recovering skills that our generation has lost. With the abundance of inexpensive clothing at our disposal, we’ve distanced ourselves from the process of fashion production. Martin adds: “If people could go through the motions of making their own clothes and value the work they had done, as well as the garment they produced, perhaps this would create real empathy with workers paid so little to produce the clothes that hit the high street.”