I wonder if there are Mastodon communities for fashion. πŸ€”

I wonder if there are open culture clothes, and what that might mean.

How are clothes made? Can this be done in a decentralized way which benefits from the sharing of information? πŸ€”

@MadestMadness afraid I do not have an answer to most of that -- but surely there are #CC0 sewing patterns / templates ? though a cursory query does not show a massive online database so... perhaps something worth creating.

@MadestMadness and we already have automatic sewing/weaving machines, so perhaps some form of small scale "3D printer for clothes" is a possibility? Just download the latest styles, enter your personal measurements and go?
As you probably can tell, not much experience with making clothes, to have had a few friends that only wore self-made items.

@MadestMadness *though not to... definitely need to step away from the pc and get β˜•

@MadestMadness I'm not sure if there are communities specifically for fashion, but one of my obsessions is the idea of open source decentralized clothing (and shoe) production.

I have an arena channel where I've collected a ton of resources - everything from automated knitting machines to growing 'vegan leather' using bacteria. It also has a mix of videos on clothing creation and the global industry. It might have some answers and point you in a good direction.

@MadestMadness for answering "how are clothes made?", I usually recommend people watch the 5 parts series NPR did about the clothing industry:

@MadestMadness Clothes are made by tiny hands, mostly. Clothing isn't a secret like coding. If you have the clothing item in your hand, you have the pattern. There's no shortage of patterns for clothing on the internet.

The problem is time/resources. Sewing machines, fabric, etc are not cheap. And sewing and clothing creation is not a valued skill because it's seen as women's work. I know because I can make 18th century ballgowns and still be poor. πŸ˜‚

@MadestMadness Haven't found sewist communities on Mastodon, only individual sewists.

Some hackerspaces are devoting space and time to it, but it requires a seed of someone who knows what they're doing and can show the ropes. But they're usually not free, because the material costs are significant. Ultimately, making your own clothes isn't cheaper than buying, in both time and materials.

I still do it (some, I'm more of a quilter) because it's fun and I like it.

@sashakovich @MadestMadness I really wish there were more 'makerspaces' that had sewing equipment.
Sewing from scratch is very costly in time and money BUT tailoring/remixing second-hand items is a whole different story imo.

I just...don't have the equipment for it atm :(

@nursemchurt @MadestMadness I hear ya. My hackerspace is exactly far enough away that I don't go to the Sunday open-sews as much as I would like to. They have two industrial machines and the Juki and I are in love

But also I would love to learn to use a serger where someone else is paying for the maintenance costs because those fuckers are a PITA

@sashakovich @MadestMadness I wish Houston wasn't such a sprawling nightmare, I know enough people where we all WANT to learn to do this and could probably crowdsource buying equipment overtime but...


@nursemchurt @MadestMadness Yeah. Same situation, but Detroit. They did do the thing, and it's still too far away! :neko_cry: :neko_cry: :neko_cry:

@sashakovich @MadestMadness the economics of this are sad and don't surprise me at all :-( but now I'm wondering - does it change at all when repair/alterations are factored in? Patching jeans, replacing zippers, darning socks (is that even still technically feasible with modern fabrics?), that kind of stuff.

Well, if you have fiber generation
weaving or knitting machines
and sewing, then you have a clothes.

But if you mean "how is fashion made?" I got no idea.

@MadestMadness I used to work for a clothing manufacturer. Most clothing worn today is mass produced in factories, where garments costs are determined to the inch (materials) and by the minute (labor). Most clothing worn in the world is sewn in the places where labor is the cheapest so that profits can be as high as possible. And when you go back about 100 years, almost all clothing was made as one-of-a-kind, made to fit the person who would wear the garment by a single seamstress or tailor.

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