Friday, November 30, 2012

What the................

frick is Faux Wool?  I have just come off of reading " Overdressed: the high cost of cheap fashion" and this just fries me. That book has given me religion and sharpened an already existing attitude toward fashion and clothing. I highly encourage you to read it. It's a quick read and extremely informative. You will so value your sewing skills when finished. Faux leather saves animals. Faux wool ruins the environment and never mind the Bandladeshis who are cranking it out for 43.00 a month pay. This is not good stuff.




 This was the view from the dining room this morning as winter finally settles in here. Last night brought us six inches of snow and a wakening temp of one below zero. Hope your day is warmer than mine....Bunny

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  1. Oh Bunny, I love snow. We haven't had any in Chicago yet. May I come visit and play in the snow??? ;)
    I really need to read this book. I was just having a conversation with a friend yesterday about how people are dressing(actually, you can't call it deessing as it is just throwing on whatever feels comfortable)and the glut of cheap garbage that is in the market today. It seems that people have lost a respect for quality and only care about quantity.

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    1. You have new generations that have no idea what quality clothing is. We have been trained to wear shapeless tees and jeans. There are production reasons happening around the planet for this. No factory wants to produce garments with vintage details like seen in the past. Walking around unironed and with no clue of quality when it comes to clothing seems to be the norm today. Luckily not for us sewists. We can claim superiority on this one.

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  2. Faux wool? Aren't we glad we sew.
    Just think my dd was complaining about how cold it was the other day. It was 50 degrees. She does live in Austin, TX. The snow is very pretty, but I am hoping that we have as snow free a winter as last year; I am not a big fan of snow.

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  3. Wish I could find that book to read. Our little library doesn't have it and I can't even get it to show on a search on the library computer. I might have to spend some time in the local Books A Million to see if they have it. Snow...beautiful snow in your back yard. I would love to spend one day with you sewing and looking out on that view and enjoying a real fire. That is about all the cold I could handle having lived in Florida the past 20 years. Susan VH

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  4. Faux wool? Ewwwww. Worst.Marketing.Ploy.Ever. I was watching an interview of Karl Lagerfeld recently. He has used faux fur in recent collections, but he hates that name for it. He wants it to be called Costume Fur, in the same vein as Costume Jewelry.

    I'm not sure even the vegans would like faux wool if it ruins the environment. I know they won't wear true wool as they don't use any product that comes from animals even when it's non-lethal.

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  5. !! Faux wool.............. what a world we are in.

    Gosh can't believe you have the snow already. We had our first hard, white frost this morning and its was really cold brrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrr

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  6. Is faux wool a non-polyester way of saying polyester? It seems so very odd.

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  7. I love snow photos. In Juneau we have had snow for almost 2 weeks now. It is sure pretty to look at and taking the dog out for her walk is fun--got out all my winter gear (wool and more wool, oh some real fur too; none of that fake stuff).
    Speaking of faux wool I think it is acrylic. Not my favorite fabric.

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  8. Bunny,

    Faux wool must come from faux sheep. I'm guessing that's where they get faux sheepskin and faux shearling... :-)

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    1. I wonder if they eat faux grass and roam in faux fields. Too funny!

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    2. ...raised by faux sheep farmers on faux farms! I'll pass on the faux lamb chops though...

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  9. I looked up that book in my library the first time you mentioned it, and they don't have it. And they recently started charging a fee for interlibrary loans. UGH! My reading list is becoming severely limited!

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    1. If you are in NYS, we have it at our library and lend it out statewide. Ask your librarian to find it. Of course it's on Amazon too.

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  11. That's like the boots I've been looking for. I've been on dozens of sites looking for tall knee boots and it's next to impossible to find any that are made with real leather! They all say faux leather or man made upper. To make it worse if I do they're not the style I'm looking for!

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  12. I agree -- wonderful book that every sewer and every responsible adult should read!!!

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  13. Bunny,

    Overdressed, the Sockingly High Cost of Cheap Fashion is an eye opener. I also encourage people to read it. After 4 months of being on the library hold list I gave up and shopped Amazon.

    When my granddaughters asked what I wanted for Christmas I named the most faded, stretched out, poorly sewn clothes in their closets. The pleasure I will get destroying them!

    Enjoy reading all the thought and effort you put into your sewing.

    Carrie

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  15. I loved the book, I wish more people would understand what cheap fashion is doing to our world. Those of us who sew need to be aware, too, I think--I was wandering the aisles of my local JoAnns not too long ago and saw some "Faux Melton" for an exorbitant price. That's exactly what the label said on the bolt! No, thank you.

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  16. Snow looks gorgeous -- but I'm not truly jealous! However, it is a good excuse to stay indoors by the cozy fire and stitch!

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  17. Bunny, Have you seen "faux wool"? It feels like something I'd use as a scratcher for doing dishes. No kidding it's that harsh...or at least the stuff I saw was. I stood pondering, where in the world would one use something like this?

    I saw the faux wool sold as a throw blanket and could not for the life of me imagine snuggling up in that thing.

    Linda S.

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  18. Bunny, I just subscribed to your blog after reading Overdressed: The Shockingly High Cost....I've been sewing since I was 12 (many, many years), taught by my mother who went to a needle trades high school in Manhattan and worked for the designer Hattie Carnegie before she married my dad. You are absolutely correct about young people not knowing a thing about quality in clothing. When all they have ever known is cheap fabrics sewn poorly (some things without even a proper hem!!!), they have no idea that clothing can fit well and last for more than a season or two.

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