I’ve just finished reading Barbara Kingsolver’s Animal, Vegetable, Miracle, which was great by the way. I really want to try making the Mozzarella. Any way, there was a passing comment in it about the
“human desire to control an entire process of manufacture. Karl Marx called it the antidote to alienation.”
This really struck a chord with me. Kingsolver talks about it with regards to eating food we have grown ourselves, which, I agree, is a very grounding (excuse the pun) experience. It also really relates to why I make anything from scratch, be it growing vegetables, preserving, baking, cooking the dinner, sewing clothes or talking my partner into building bookshelves. I wish I knew how to build a wind turbine! Going off grid would be my ultimate antidote to alienation.
Of course I am not alone; it is a real growing trend for people of my generation to do this. I think we are feeling alienated. We’ve been unhappy for a while now, not quiet sure why. The Multinational corporations told us we’ll be happy if we buy the latest gadget, or save time by buying their instant meals, because we’re “worth it”. This has just led to an escalation in Affluenza. No wonder there is a rise also in Simple Living and cottage industries in response. Actually, this takes me back to a previous post about the pursuit of happiness.
On that note here is my first Wardrobe Refashion post. Over the next 26 weeks I’ll be posting about once a week about clothes and accessories I’ve sewn or adapted from thrifted or old stash fabric. There’s also bound to a bit of pure thrifting or buying of handmade from other crafters. Pyjamas are, in my book, the most essential part of a wardrobe (I’m sure Epicurus would approve). It makes sense then to begin with these. I made two pairs, one from a single sheet and one from a double sheet (both thrifted). The double sheet still has enough fabric to make my daughter a nightie.
Dark, early morning with a cuppa.
Double sheet folded over, legs cut out. (kids and cat optional extras)
Two legs, ready to sew.