Name: Sonja Beck Gingerich
Pledged for six months, now coming to the end of it.
Why did you take the Seamless Pledge?
I’ve long felt guilty about relying on mass-made clothing, but I felt helpless when faced with the task of sourcing clothes responsibly. So I was really excited to find a group of people who believe that it’s possible to walk away from unethically-made clothes. I’m so grateful for the support and encouragement this group provides!
What impact has the pledge had on your day-to-day life?
I’m not much of a shopper and I don’t have that many clothes, but I tend to make all my clothing purchases impulsively and unwisely. I often won’t buy something I actually need, but I’ll pick up a novelty item on a whim without thinking twice! I find myself more thoughtful about what I wear when I have to make something myself or source it secondhand– it takes a lot of work to add something to my wardrobe, so I want to make sure I’ll really wear it! I’ve also found it’s really cool to slow down and appreciate the meditative process of making a garment. I find so much joy and community in sewing, things I’ve never experienced while shopping!
Any tips for someone wanting to give up mass-made clothing?
Learn how to sew! It can be tough to find exactly what you need for in thrift shops or on eBay, so it’s great to be able to make wardrobe basics that fit you and your personal style perfectly!