Archive for March, 2011



The Triangle shirtwaste fire happened one hundred years ago, Saturday March 1911, about 3:45 pm. Killing 146 people, the deadliest event in NYC history, until the September 11 attacks.  While this tragic event may have transformed the conditions of American garment workers, it’s done nothing for those workers in developing countries who are willing to work under any conditions, fire continues consume them, in the last four months, fires have wounded and killed garment workers in India and Bangladesh.


What can we do?

Know where your garments are made.

Be an educated consumer.

Shop smart, like you do for what you put in your body.

Mend, wear it out and make it do.

Be willing to spend more, and buy less.


Finally, remember the fearless women, men and children, who have lost their lives so we can have cheep, fashionable garments.

Some actions taking place around the country to commemorate the Triangle Shirtwaste Fire:



March Production – Hoody Make-Over


Chapter Meetings.
Brooklyn Chapter
3rd Sunday of the month, 4-6:30 PM, Sapcecraft 355 Bedford Ave., between 4th and 5th streets.

Chicago Chapter
Chicago Chapter the cradle of the Sewing Rebellion is suspended until new Chapter organizer and location is found.  If you are interested please contact Frau Fiber, at

Las Vegas Chapter
Friday March 4, 6-10 pm, @ Arts Factory during First Friday

Los Angeles Chapter
Sunday March 20, 4-6:30 pm, Hands on 3rd, 8377 West 3rd Street, Los Angeles CA, 323.655.0515

Santa Rosa Chapter
Check the blog for updates. or email Bess

The Sewing Rebellion furthers the emancipation from the global garment industry by learning how to alter, mend and make their own garments and accessories!  Instigated by Frau Fiber, textile worker and activist.  Frau Fiber and / or regional chapter organizers distribute their knowledge of the garment industry, pattern making and sewing, encouraging the reuse, renovation and recycling of existing garments and textiles in the creation of unique items tailored to individual tastes and body shapes.

Bring garments to swap, mend, alter and remake and sewing problems, which need solutions, materials to share and if you have it a sewing machine.