I recently read an interview on The Pattern Review website with Elizabeth Cline, the author of Overdressed: The Shockingly High Cost of Cheap Fashion.
I have not read the book, though I plan to. Eventually ending up on Elizabeth’s blog I learned Americans buy 20.5 billion garments a year or
68 garments and 8 pairs of shoes per person.
S e r i o u s l y ?
I have been sewing rather maniacally this year making all of my clothes and let’s see……. just how many items have I made during the last 10 and a half months?
15 skirts, 15 dresses, 20 tops, and 7 pants which adds up to 57 garments. That ought to put me close to 68 garments at the end of the year. I don’t know what to say.
What about you?
From what I understand, the book links our overconsumption of cheap clothing with current economic woes and environmental issues. However, Elizabeth Cline praises home-sewers on many levels that include being a better consumer, as well as leaving a smaller environmental footprint.
So now I’m off to making garment number 58 inching my way towards 68 pieces and then I can take my place as another average American consumer.
Ha – not true! Americans BUY 68 garments a year.
Now what would happen if Americans MADE 68 garments a year? What would happen if Americans made 34 garments a year?