Happy New 2016 Year!

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Merry Christmas!

Seasons Greetings, Christmas, Xmas

I really tried – hard… Quality won!

As a Company Christmas gift I have chosen a gift card from a chain V&D. I was planning to use it one day however a recent not so good news about the V&D (due to difficulties) I though it would be good to buy something now.

I don’t shop very often but having this opportunity I thought – let’s buy pants. I tried about 10 pair of pants from different labels… no, no, no… I really tried… I spend about 2 hours… no, no, no…

Majority of them fitted so badly that I just could not do this. Secondly looking at the prices – knowing how much time it takes to make one pair of pants – I just could not do this.

“The bitterness of poor quality remains long after the sweetness of low price is forgotten” – Benjamin Franklin

I had in my mind pictures from the recently broadcasted documentary on the Dutch TV – De Slag Om Klerewereld. The three films showing reality behind fashion industry and labels after the Rana Plaza disaster – where 1200 workers died.

Even though it is Dutch programme lot’s of interviews are in English so you can easy watch it – I really recommend it.

– Part one – The miracle of disposable fashion (Het wonder van de wegwerpmode) – De Slag Om Klerewereld
– Part two – Prices Battle in Bangladesh (Prijzenslag in Bangladesh) – Prijzenslag in Bangladesh
– Part Three – Cotton Top Sellers (Katoenknallers) – Katoenknallers

DeSlagOmKlerenwereldScreenshot from NPO website

Unfortunately buying expensive clothes do not guarantee that it is done in sustainable way. The film shows new, good equipped sewing company buildings – empty! It is too expensive to carry on production there. The production is sub-contracted to cheaper companies – you know which ones…

You may as well watch the 5-parts film made by 3 Norwegian fashionistas in Cambodia –SWEATSHOP – DEADLY FASHION (the link is to the films with English subtitles).

SWEATSHOP - DEADLY FASHIONScreenshot from the website

That’s why I really support initiatives of Sarah Gunn from Goodbye Valentino or Courtney from Project 333 –  mentioning only few of them. I will have to find other gifts…

Is it possible to change consumers’ shopping behaviour? Will fashion industry change? What we could do more?

By Red Point Tailor

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The Day After the ‘Sewing Marathon’ on TV

It was a challenge to watch  Door Het Oog Van De Naald (DHOVDN) and the Great British Sewing Bee (GBSB) season 3 kicks off at the same time.

Door Het Oog Van De Naald GreatBritishSewinBee

It was difficult not to keep comparing both programmes either. I am really curious what is an added value of having sewing couples in DHOVDN? What was the idea behind?

I could add more comments (I have small conversation with Marianne from Foxgloves and thimbles on this) … but  let’s give it a chance. Let’s hope the Dutch version will change the idea on sewing and make more people eager to sew and value the craft/quality/knowledge/experience behind it.

BTW… you may watch the 1st episode here.

I am glad these two programmes will be transmitted on different day/time as of the next week.

Which one is your favourite so far?

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It will be ‘sewing marathon’ today

Besides Door Het Oog Van De Naald today the Great British Sewing Bee season 3 kicks off as well!

GreatBritishSewinBee

Great post presenting all candidates on Sewcialists!

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Dutch Sewing Bee

Don’t miss it! As of Wednesday, January 28th on the Dutch television – RTL4 – Door Het Oog Van De Naald – the Dutch version of ‘Sewing Bee’.

Door Het Oog Van De Naald
Taken from The RTL4 site

As of 28 January ten creative sewing duos compete against each other on the basis of different sewing-assignments. They make their finest creations for the catwalk and celebrities – all specially customized. Nicolette van Dam is leading them through the whole process.

Door Het Oog Van De Naald
Taken from The RTL4 site

The jury consists of couture specialist Nelleke Rimmelzwaan – chairman of the BMA (De Branchevereniging Mode Ambachten) and fashion and lifestyle expert Maik de Boer.

From Wednesday, January 28th 20:30 on RTL 4. Tue on!

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Merry Christmas and Fabulous New Year!

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It was something I needed today!

THE ARTIST’S SURVIVAL KIT

the artist's survival kit

“For the really bad days, for the days when you want to quit, when you feel like everything you do is shit, when you feel your self-esteem plummet, when you decide that you would rather wait tables for a living, when you start to think you will never make a living making art, when you are working on something and feel like you hate it more than you’ve ever hated anything in your life, when someone makes an offhand remark about your work and afterwards you feel dejected, when you wish you had gone to school for accounting, when you start to believe that maybe your family was right, when you want to lie in bed for a month and eat chips.

It pays to have a sense of humor.

The artist’s survival kit offers some help.” By Keri Smith (THANKS! RPT)

If you have these days I hope this will help.

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ISSUU – A world of publications

I am sure you came across this website ISSUU – the fastest growing digital publishing platform in the world. You may read there every day the free publications created by publishers from all over the world with topics in fashion, lifestyle, art, sports, global affairs, etc.
It’s an archive, library and newsstand all gathered in one place.

ISSUU A world of publications

It is a little like Pinterest – you may view covers, view content and/or collect your favorites in Stacks divided by topics or interests. Some publications are available only in preview mode – but most of publications are in full version. You may favourite publications, follow the stacks or user. Very easy tool to use.

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Welcome August Welcome Holidays

Naming it Holidays is maybe too big – we have just 1 week off, but we deserve it. We – I mean me and my DH. He was sick last few weeks and still he is not feeling great. I hope this week off will help to relax and charge batteries.

We are not going far away – we both travel enough for our work.
Being in love with Waddenzee – and sharing passion for sailing – we have rented a sailing yacht for this week. Wander in a camper was great but we both were missing sailing.

We always rent sailing yachts with a lift keel so we can run dry. This year we have rent Feeling 36 for the first time at the new company Sailingcentre and we are both very curious about this new yacht.

The pictures of Feeling 36  are very promising …

Feeling 36 lift keel promo picture

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