Chapter 3: Made by Hand

When I was growing up, my mother handmade a fair amount of my clothes, especially for special occasions.  Halloween, first day of school, family portraits and so on typically featured me and my siblings in (usually matching or coordinating) attire made by mom.

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At the time, it was kind of hard for me to appreciate how uncommon an art form my mother was practicing. Especially in adolescence, I really wanted store-bought things that mimicked what all the other girls were wearing; not unlike most teens.  However, as an adult, I have come to realize what an incredible indulgence it can be to have something handmade.

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Handmade garments, especially those made to order, fit so well. And as a person who cares deeply about social justice and environmental stewardship, it means a tremendous amount to know who made your clothes, and from what materials.

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My friend Meileena of The Sartorial Muse shares this love for all things bespoke and handmade, and my love of quality lingerie as well.  The look I'm sharing today features two local designers whose garments are both handmade and incredibly beautiful: Harlow & Fox  and Angela Friedman (on Meileena) and Evgenia Lingerie (on me and Meileena).

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Cheers to slow fashion, classic glamour, and friendship.