Archive for October, 2009

October production: Mess Hall. Small is Beautiful.


We had a small but super great group this month at sewing rebellion- here are a few photos- no details of projects because someone else took them but we had a crochet group, a card weaver and someone sewing a sign for a food kitchen.  From Marianne and Diane.  mess hall SR 4

Mess Hall SR 3

From the field: Bias Cut honors Los Angeles Garment workers


Last night I attended, Bias Tape a two person play about LA garment workers,  The play was a historical, autobiographical narrative, about two garment workers in Los Angeles.  One a sweat shop worker, who’s dialog created a portrait of the history of garments workers in American; home work, sweat shops, unions, triangle fire.  The contrasting character was an immigrant, who passed up the LA sweatshop to do one of a kind garments for Charro.  A high light for me was being reminded of a Broadway play “Pins and Needle” all the actors were garment workers,   There were some  disappointments: the sewing machine on stage wasn’t actually functioning, and the bias cut dress, was a cheep made in China, polyester, princess line, with no bias cut!  and the naive hand work in the video projection was a distraction from the professionalism of the characters being portrayed.  All in all the show was an interesting dialog between these two differing experiences in Los Angeles.

In conjunction with the show was an art exhibition, and the stand out project for the evening was “Care Instructions”  Leah, a Berkley resident is asking participants to swap out their labels for her alternative chair labels.  Here is the link to her site.

Her site also has some great links, tracking garment labor politics.

October Production Memo:


October Production Memo:  Frau Fiber speaks out about disposable apparel.

When asking yourself why, do you spend Sunday afternoons once a month to alter, mend or make a new garment?

Consider for a moment, the great deal of disposable apparel goods in the world!  Hurtful to the buyer, more hurtful to the seller, if they only knew it, and most hurtful to the maker! Can we imagine a system, getting long lasting apparel, where the workers were paid a living wage? Can we resolve to purchase nothing but garments made by workers who are paid a living wage?  Instead of having, as we too often have now, very low paid workers producing disposable goods?

The Sewing Rebellion proposes to start honoring the labor of the garments you already have, buy repairing and remaking them, increasing their life, and creating a hybrid garment made of cheep off shore labor, and your labor!

As winter sets in around the country, dig through your closet to find what sweaters need a mend, or trousers, which will last another season with a patch here or there.

National Chapters will be meeting at the following locations:

Lancaster PA Chapter –
TBA, Location to be determined

Chicago Chapter-

Sunday October 18, 12 – 4 PM, Mess Hall,

6932 North Glenwood Ave, Chicago IL

Los Angeles Chapter –

Sunday October 18, 3-7 PM, Hands-on 3rd,

8377 W. Third St., LA CA, 90048, 323.655.0515

Brooklyn – TBA

don't throw your garments away

From the Field: Mothers Union Sewing Group


mothers union sewing group

The Mother’s Union sewing group at St Mary’s Anglican Church, Poshai, Masvingo, Zimbabwe.

I was recently emailed this image, did a bit of research about what they are doing, and I think this is it:  Garment Making – Funding for this project will benefit the health status of the HIV/AIDS affected people and sustain families headed by women and children. The participants will be trained in a skill and be able to receive an income. This project will support one group of 30 participants. The costs will include materials, accessories, two manuals and one electric sewing machine, training, personnel and administration, and transportation.