Bonnie Lewis, who runs a sewing workshop called Common Sewing just outside of downtown Orlando, Florida, is working to revive a nearly obsolete art form. By teaching people to sew, she hopes to help create a culture of makers who understand the importance of slowing down when it comes to clothes. During each of her six-week-long workshops, participants learn the basics needed to begin their own journey into the world of slow fashion, allowing them the chance to step away from the relentless cycle of the fast fashion world.
The allure of fast fashion is stores’ ability to get the most current styles from the runway to your closet in a matter of weeks. Slow fashion, alternatively, demands involvement from the consumer — whether that means researching brands, reusing and recycling the pieces you already own, or even mending and sewing your own clothes.
The slow fashion movement is all about buying less, buying better and wearing only what you love. It’s about people making a conscious effort to choose ethical, sustainable brands and textiles, leaving the world of “fast fashion” and all its cheaply made, cheaply sold clothes behind.