Wednesday, January 7, 2015

Singapore Slung?

Singapore Fashion?

I just could not help sharing this with you. It is from the Huffington Post and needs to be seen. We are not imagining Fast Fashion and it's nasty off shore existence.  Blogger Lindsay Ferrier and her adorable daughter will have you spitting coffee out through your nose. This coat below is only the beginning! Enjoy and be thankful you know how to sew....Bunny

photo courtesy of Huffington Post

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  1. YES! I came across a post of hers awhile back where she ordered all of these "GREAT DEALS!" and they were all sized for like, her 9 year old! hahaha! I felt bad for laughing as hard as I did ;-)

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  2. Oh my!! I laughed till I cried.... and am SO glad that I'm not stuck relying on sites that like!

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  3. I just went and read that article and it was awesome! I've seen those links on facebook before and really liked the shape of the coats and am so glad I have never ordered them now!

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  4. What a day brightener, Bunny!!

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  5. I just (maybe 20 minutes ago) had a conversation with my chiropractor who was complaining about the cheap fabric in a dress he bought for his wife for less that $30. I reminded him about "you get what you pay for" be it chiropractic treatment or dresses.

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  6. If it looks too good to be true, it usually is!

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  7. My daughter forwarded me this article about all of the garments she ordered for herself that instead fit her 9 year old daughter. It was hilarious! Yes, I most certainly am glad I sew.

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  8. Seriously.....I have no words....off now to hug my sewing machine.

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  9. I am very aware of this problem! The sleepwear in a local store that is usually good quality was sized so slim this year. I normally buy large for comfort (busty size 12), but the XL didn't fit this year, bust measured 36 in XL, the shoulders hung off mine and the sleeves were too long. Made in China! Also a friend told me how her relative has sports apparel made in China for his clothing line. He has to go to the factory often to check on sizing, as the factory "bosses" keep downsizing the measurements to "save fabric" !?

    So sad that there are so few commercial garment manufacturers in the US. These factories were once numerous in my area 30 years ago and provided a fair living to its mostly women workers. Now these same type of workers can only find part-time fast food or "junk" retail jobs that pay minimum wage for 20 hours or less a week.

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    1. You are so right about that. I worked in a mill in New Bedford, Mass, many years back. In the late sixties, early seventies those stitchers were taking home about 750.00 a week. It wasn't easy work but they could have a decent life. Many were first generation immigrants and it gave them a leg up in this country. Those jobs are gone and the mills converted to condos, such a loss. When will people get fed up?

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  10. I've seen these ads and wondered about their legit-ness, too. Now I know:) This is even a problem at Target. I tried to buy my daughter a couple of cardigans there. She is very thin with stick arms, but her arms were way too big to even get in the sleeves! I honestly don't know who could have worn them, very long sleeves about two inches in diameter. I chalked it up to ridiculousness, but a lot of young women might chalk it up as there is something wrong with them, rather than something wrong with the clothes. They were also about $30 a piece, which made me realize that sewing can be less expensive even than shopping at Target, etc.

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    1. You bring up a very good point, body image. This seems like just another way our body images are assaulted and made to feel less than ideal.

      My personal beef are jeans that I buy and after a few washes the legs are all twisted. They were clearly cut off grain. Now I watch more carefully for grain placement when I buy clothing.

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  11. I can testify to this in wedding gowns from China or Viet Nam bought online. While the bride swears she measured herself twice and sent the numbers, the dress bares no resemblance to the photo or her shape. The websites show a $1200 designer dress copied for $120 and that is all they have to do to hook a buyer. A good seamstress can make a lot of money fixing "good deals" bought online by clients but not that grey coat! I did see her post and thought that it was about as bad as they come but at least she had a 9 yr old daughter to wear such crap and like it.

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    1. I immediately thought of you when I read the post. I know you deal with this on a daily basis. Is there not a fashion underground somewhere that can pass along this information and ambush this crap before it is sold here. Someone has to be laughing all the way to the bank.

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  12. Like Mrs Mole, I've been hired a few times to alter clothing purchased from these places. My favorite was a cardigan that was so wide I had to take around 6" off each side seam. Strangely, the arms were so tight and short my client could barely get them on. It looked like it was made for a Tyrannosaurus Rex.

    And hello to you, Bunny! I'm a newish reader of your blog and I am so glad I found it!

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    1. Welcome aboard! Hope you enjoy your visits.

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  13. This was hysterical! Thanks for sharing. Buyer beware!

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  14. LOL!!! This was hilarious - her daughter definitely won out. At least it wasn't one of those wedding dress disasters.

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  15. Every time I'm in a mall and have a look at RTW I count sewing as one of the best skills I have. Even the expensive stuff looks badly made. I make almost every thing I wear.

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  16. The clothing straight out of the package looked cute on the little girl, but I suspect the same was not true after laundering. I'll bet most of those pieces were toast after one trip through the washer and dryer.

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    1. I can see all the pill balls now! And then there is shrinkage, twisting back to grain. Yuk!

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  17. Thanks for posting. I haven't laughed this hard with tears running down my face in so long. My voice is hoarse.

    Karen

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    1. Oh - I went on Facebook and there is a follow up post with reader photos of their mail order mishaps. So hilarious! I want that boob mitten sweater though.

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    2. I'll have to check it out. Anything called a boob mitten has me intrigued!

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  18. The worrisome thing about these products are the chemicals and pesticides we are exposing ourselves to. A relative worked at a distribution center for a very large American company that gets most of their product from China. He said the fumes coming from the shipping containers when they were opened was overwhelming. He had to quit that job due to breathing problems.

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  19. Ferrier was on the Today show today with Jeff Rossen. Seems her husband is an investigative reporter for NBC and they ran with this one. I wish they would do a bit on the same topic but in regards to wedding gowns. It's horrendous how these poor brides are being screwed with no recourse. Keeps people like Mrs. Mole in business!

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