This week is Fashion Revolution week, an annual event that came about following the tragedy at the Rana Plaza factory almost three years ago. It serves as an annual reminder of the damage that fast fashion is having on our world and reminds us to make educated choices - if those jeans are retailing for £6 it's pretty obvious the person making them isn't being treated fairly. I know this doesn't mean that more expensive clothing including designer wear is made in better circumstances but how cheaply an item is retailing for makes it pretty obvious it was cheap to produce. I rarely buy clothing now I make my own so I can tell you exactly who made the majority of my clothing - me! And I can also tell you the amount of work involved in producing a garment, would I make you a dress for 23p an hour? Not on your life! I have mentioned this before but if you haven't watched the True Cost movie I really recommend it. It's not an easy watch but it's so important to be educated. You can buy it via iTunes or Amazon or you can now watch it on Netflix.
So with this in mind I have put together a wishlist containing clothing that has been manufactured by companies that ensure the garment workers receive a fair wage for their work. First up are People Tree, my favourite ethical retailer. I took part in last years #FashRev campaign with People Tree and through reading up on their ethics it helped me become more aware of the issues involved. I really love the ditsy print on this cute little summer dress, definitely something that would be loved for many years.
Dress: People Tree
Braintree as a brand is pretty new to me. When I first spotted their dresses on the House of Fraser website I had a little look into them and found out they have awesome ethics as well as many timeless items. I really love this chambray dress and will be recreating my own version of it soon, I have the perfect heart print chambray which will look fab as my favourite Emery dress pattern.
The next three brands are all a little different, their dresses are all made in the UK where you know the worker will be paid a living wage as a minimum and where basic rights are protected. Their clothing is well made and classic plus it is made to last, you won't be wearing these beauties a couple of times before consigning them to the recycle bin. I love Mod Dolly, their dresses are always the right balance of cutsy. I really love Mandi sun dress especially in this fabric - adorable!
Dress: Mod Dolly
I owned a fair few Closet dresses before I started sewing and I really loved them. They have all either been gifted to friends or donated to charity now but I still adore the brand and keep an eye on their collections for inspiration. They always offer up a great silhouette and an interesting colour palette. My favourite is this bright yellow full skirted dress with an interesting high neck detail.
I still own a Victory Parade dress, I couldn't bear to part with this beauty. The other dresses went to new homes and I even used the same fabric as one of the ones I sold to make my own version. Their dresses are beautifully made and truly timeless. Everyone I know who owns one absolutely adores it and wants other styles/fabrics - the quality speaks for itself.
Dress: Victory Parade
If you want to join in with #FashRev, upload a selfie of you showing your label and ask the brand #whomademyclothing. You can find out more here.