One of the biggest problem in the world of fashion is that of over-production. In response, SANS digital sewing patterns has introduced downloadable patterns on their website.

“How can fashion possibly be good for the environment? You produce things - you make them. Just substituting artificial fabrics with natural ones is not going to be the solution… it’s more important to come up with different values about clothes.”

Lika Volkova, the designer behind SANS clothing line explains that providing patterns cuts down on carbon intensive mass production and distribution. Instead of mass producing a garment that gets shipped throughout the world, people can buy a pattern (prices range from $6 to $25) and either create clothes themselves or bring it to their local tailor to create it for them. The idea is that the garment is made locally. Read the complete interview here.

“When you have a piece that you made yourself, you relate to it differently. You value it differently.” says Lika. We hear ya!!

Found via Ethical Style.

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  1. The whole matter of overproduction is a rather recent phenomenon. It only came to the forefront to the extent it has with brand building and what we call "push manufacturing". I think the greatest hope for change from the current course is entrepreneurs returning to cutting to order, like it was done in the 50's and 60's.

  2. Wow! I am a bit at a loss for words. This post has been so inspiring! I live in Vancouver, a city where eco-fashion is actually very common. But it looks BORING. It's just like the designer described it, yoga wear. I love the idea of making creative fashion more accessible for the masses. I am completely overwhelmed with all the things I'd like to try out from their lookbooks. Hopefully I make time for it this summer!

  3. This is a great idea, thanks for the link!:)

  4. The problem of fashion is overproduction. We can anticipate this through studies and reports when does the production is needed. In order for us to conserve labor power and helps the environment. Thanks for this post.

  5. This is a wonderful idea even if I think the jacket is a bit unflattering!