@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 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
@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 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).
@MadestMadness you MIGHT find resources here : http://wiki.p2pfoundation.net/index.php?search=clothes&title=Special%3ASearch&go=Go
@MadestMadness if this interests you i strongly suggest learning knitting or weaving
you can get a tiny loom and learn how to warp it with cheap materials; hell, there may even be 3d models of looms to print. then you can make basic textiles and bolts of cloth; actually making the clothes after that is beyond me
and then knitting is just clothing easy mode where you just follow the instructions and get a sweater or what-have-you
@warriorstar I've been learning crocheting, and as much as I'm enjoying it, I'm starting to see its limitations. 😛🙂
Knitting seems like something I'd really like in general, while weaving seems really relevant to my interests as a computer scientist 😊
@celeste A mix of blankets and beanies, mostly. I'd love to also learn how to do socks and plushies. 😊 I need more practice in order to really finish something, but I'm getting there 🙂