@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 ☕
@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. 😂
@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.
@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
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.
@MadestMadness sharing sewing patterns is definitely an easy way of doing that.
@lyliawisteria @MadestMadness Now, that's hand-knitting and hand-making of clothes. Making clothes as cheaply as the shops down the road seems to require mass production in countries with lax labor standards *and* produces poorly made short-lived clothes.
The company eShakti is not open in the way you want but they make made-to-measure clothes by sending customized patterns to workers who assemble them (my blazer came with a slip that gave the names of the five people who worked on it).
@MadestMadness It isn't so much a thing any more, but Swap O Rama Rama was a framework for hosting clothing swap parties with DIY stations (sewing, repair, screen printing).