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  1. I do get your anger and I see that you are a wonderful artist and how the fast fashion industry is ridiculous and dangerous. However – please see that in the past not everyone could afford clothing of high quality or clothes suited to the weather. Most people in recent centuries died early and poorly. I see a lot of glorification of the past on youtube. We should not go on like we are, but we should not "go back". We should find a new way to clothe everyone whilst valuing the clothes as well as the sewers adequatly and also respect our natures resources. I really support you and your channel. This video deserves a "thumbs up"!

  2. I don't know why but this was just a delight to watch. To hear a professional explain how their craft works and to hear the passion and expertise is just mesmerising. You've earned a new subscriber!

    I noticed the terrible quality of clothes when I started excercising regularly. I wore out two sets of cheap sneakers in two months. I didn't run much I just walked 20-40 km per week (and at work). Then I bought shoes that were significantly more expensive but made for walking. Now I've had them for six months but they are worn but not broken. In the old cheap shoes the soles would literally wear out so badly that there would be holes in them. Lesson learned.

  3. I am a little sad that you don't take commissions because I personally would pay thousands to have properly made historically accurate clothing, however, as a crafter as well I understand because I also do not take commissions

  4. I kind of feel that if you pull/catch one of those threads you will end up with a pile of cotton and a bolt of fabric!!

    I think the situation now is that of TIME… we're so busy that we don't have TIME to make something slowly this also leads to the work place saying…well you don't have to make your expensive last a lifetime cloths..so now you can work for me for longer..for less….which means we have less money AND less TIME and so we buy MORE cheap clothes and so it goes on :/

  5. What they should do is find a medium so it's not fast fashion but there is the option of affordable fashion but if you want a nice pair of jeans you should be able to go out and buy a nice pair of jeans but even if I do go and spend to $300 on a nice pair of jeans it's still probably made with the same cheap stuff that may be a $50 pair of jeans and it will last just as long

  6. Yes there is also a ton of clothing out there but there really isn't a ton of unique clothing out there I mean genes are nice cuz they go with everything and I do like jeans but realistically speaking t-shirts and jeans always look exactly the same maybe they'll have a different print on them or something but it's the same thing and everyone dresses the same and there's no uniqueness in anything

  7. there is a hilarity in this situation, but the amount of time critiquing the other dress kills the laughs. everyone knows you put a ton of money and work into your own dress, everyone also knows anything from china is going to be less than poor quality, not necessary to dig into stitch legnth. Of course its historically inaccurate, and theres so much fun to find in that!

  8. I saw a dutch video a couple days ago about cheap products with horrible quality.
    A dude buys 4 usb charging cables A MONTH.
    And cheap toys, witch 9 out of 28 where dangerous for kids!!! (Stuff like cancer)

  9. I don’t know why I watched this …but I liked the beautiful seamstress in her well placed anger..yet I must say everyone how wants to dress as red sack is obviously choosing not be dressed nicely.

  10. Omg im so glad i found this original dress, i was eyeing this dress at Wish too… and refused to buy it as i knew it would be rubbish….

  11. I don't have that problem, i dont wear fashion. Well i guess it once was fashion haha.

    And honestly greed is what made us arrive here, or you could anser "American greedy firms aka capatalism" instead.
    Yes yes, i know other contries have capatalism aswell. But they certainly win at beeing greedy in my book.
    And no i dont mean to target americans, because i have liked all americans i meet so far. Only there system of choise they have trapped emself in 🙂

  12. You are correct we have too many cheaply made clothing that falls apart in our closets. That “look alike” dress to yours is a total joke & garbage. Thank you for the class.
    I am 54 y o and the only one left who is sewing from at least 6 generations back.

  13. Applause! Brava! I've had this vlog set aside to watch, and finally did, and as always, you exceeded my expectations. I haven't bought new clothing in decades (except underwear and socks). I shop thrift stores, buy what flatters my body and is well made, and then take care of the garments. Doing this also allows me the luxury of having clothing altered by a seamstress I adore. Not all, but the important pieces. I was the oldest child, but my sister wore my outgrown clothes, and my mother & her friends passed things around a lot. My late husband's grandmother made a quilt of his grandfather's suits when the gentleman died. I still have it. Now I'm rambling, but thank you for this.

  14. Seller : Hey she didn't leave any negative review on our website despite our horrible quality. Great ! 🤠
    sees video
    surprise pikachu face

  15. Bravo, Bernadette!! So sorry your masterpiece was mass-produced. I do sew and I know the time and effort we sewers put into our products. Thank you for your video! I love watching your videos because of their historical importance and correctness. Please continue to share with us…I am sorry that you were taken advantage of…that mass-produced dress is such a mockery of your craftsmanship. You presented us with many good ideas. What to do with that monstrosity??? I hope you'll share that with us too! Blessings! 🙂

  16. Why has clothes ended up this way?

    well… i dont think many people can afford a $1650 dress, least of all a fancy dress/period dress that you would probably only wear once to a cosplay or special ball or event. Most people would save for a wedding dress for that amount.
    Also most people can barely afford £20 for an item of clothing like a basic tshirt or top that you find on the highstreet. Clothes are expensive all round, and their quality isnt always the best either. try going into Primark in the UK. clothes fall apart before you buy them.
    The moral of your story goes back to the early 90's when industries of all kinds discovered that shipping their manufacturers to China saved an awful lot on expenses, and yes we're talking about slave labour that no-one talks about… theres some clothing that actually began in the philipines before going to china for manufacturing and their labour is forced with a bowl of rice a day..

    Maybe as a clothes designer your pretty much made of money, perhaps you were born in a fortunate family who had money. eitherway, most who buy clothes online would pick the $40 one, because it is cheaper, and i know alot of girls would happily cut it up, tweak it, change and customise it for their own benefit, because thats what alot of people do today especially cosplayers.

  17. I really enjoyed listening to you rant about fast-fashion industry. I agree on this subject, on all points. I also have to say, and this is something that is particularly strong with young people – by following fashion, you are really fucking the planet. You could and should establish your own style – that way, you can accomodate new clothes in your wardrobe, but you won't be throwing out stuff as soon as the next fashion trend breaks in the new season. I have clothes I wear that I bought over 15 years ago, in my teens. They are still going strong, still suit my fashion. Some stuff (like jeans, sadly) I had to give up after having my son. I wasn't going to get back to my 15 y.o. fit self just to fit into my old jeans. But other stuff, dresses, shirts, t-shirts, etc… I have been wearing over and over for almost two decades now, and they are still in accordance with my personal style. My childhood clothes get worn by my son (yes, even that silly pink t-shirt), because toddlers don't mind gender-colors in clothing like preteens and teens do. I was lucky my mother told me to chose style over fashion at a very young age. It has helped me stick to the same stuff over and over, having to invest in new clothing once every couple of years (and at that, it's mainly summer shoes, that just don't survive my amount of walking). So yeah, find your style and start investing in quality pieces in that style. You will eventually realize you don't need to buy stuff every other season.

  18. Why is this in my recommendation? Why am I why am I watching it? Why am I enjoying it? Am I thinking of subscribing? Hell yeah!

  19. As a creative, graphic designer specifically, I cannot tell you how much alacrity I had throughout this video. I am so proud of you in literally every way. We've all been there with horrible people who do things like this, watching you live the premise of going high when they aim low was a joy. Your ability to pontificate your points with such grace and intellect was fascinating for me to watch and listen to. Your knowledge is prolific and inspiring. On behalf of all creatives everywhere, thank you. Thank you for doing something that didn't just talk hope, it walked it. I, a man of many, many words, am speechless on all the ways this filled me with light, hope and happiness. Thank you so much for doing this. You are a champion among us.

  20. I love this video! You have hit upon one of my "canned rant" topics: People don't respect hand crafts these days. For example, I love big traditional wool sweaters. As my youngest sweater is now 9 years old, I am looking for a replacement. However, I am finding it very difficult to locate a thick traditional woven wool sweater, and not thin "fashion" sweaters.
    Similarly, I recently purchased a small hand made lap-quilt from a friend who is also a sci-fi author. Typically when I tell people what I paid, they are shocked. I feel that my friend under values her time, while other people think I was ripped off. "Sigh*

  21. This is probably the best video I ever got in my recommendations. As someone who wanted to start making his own clothes, this gave me a big boost to really make it happend 🙂

  22. Thank you!!!! I saw that photo and actually wanted to buy this terrible rip—off. You are amazing in your craft and your language. Your video taught me a lesson.

  23. Hi. Just found this channel. You said you had scoliosis.
    I hope you get proper treatment for it? Last time I looked it was supposed to be a manageable disease, even collectable via surgery, no?
    Sorry for being so nosy, I was just concerned when I heard that normal shapes don't fit you anymore.

  24. If you want to compare the shape of two dress, put a belt on both. I'm not saying the copycat did a good job but this video just misleading. The belt did a lot of show the shape.

  25. Ma de in China.

    Me a South African: Oh I just KNEW it was going to be China (China is slang for rubbish, it comes from the phrase "Made in china" which has become almost synonymous with "this product is probably rubbish")

  26. I don't know any clothing designers that produce ethical/slow clothing but I can say that Grensons (of England) produces beautiful, quality hand made leather shoes. They are more expensive than your typical shoemaker but the product you receive is made to last and the service provided by the staff is comparable to that of the wonderful Japanese shop keepers I met in Tokyo; including an artist that produces Amezaiku (Japanese candy art) that is so life like I spent twenty minutes arguing with my brother that it was not, in fact, porcelain statuettes and a wonderful knife salesman in the Tokyo Sky Tree Village. The latter knew so much about the craft he sold that he explained where each knife he had was from, the craftsmen who made them, the history of the region they originated from and introduced us to the proper techniques utilised in sharpening a blade using a whetstone. He then explained the differences between a manufactured blade and a hand forged one, which is easy to tell, in that manufactured blades possess the exact same patterns in the metal. Hand forged blades possess unique, beautiful patterns along their length that speak of their forging and it is without a doubt one of the most beautiful things I have ever seen produced by human hands.

  27. As a younger man who just recently got into sewing to fix up some of my clothes, I resonate so much with the line, "Everyone should know how to sew. It's not a feminine thing. It's not a delicate, floofy thing. It's a basic, practical skill; To be able to mend and maintain the things that you wear." At Thanksgiving I mentioned it to my cousin who sews and she seemed taken aback and said, "You don't normally hear guys admit they enjoy sewing." and I reacted with a very similar sentiment to your quote above.

    A long time ago I wanted to make my own hooded, full-length cloak, and now that I'm getting back into sewing (by hand, because I don't have a working machine, but I DO have all the time in the world), I'm looking more seriously into patterning and designing it. Honestly it's pretty ambitious just because I wanted to try to lean towards natural fabrics as much as I can, and make a removable wool lining, but I figure that at least the lining can wait until after I've made the base cloak.

  28. This is exactly the reason why I'm transitioning to a capsule wardrobe. In addition to the environmental impact, fast fashion is completely undermining those who work hard and take pride in true craftsmanship. The rise of Fashionova, Shein etc. means that poor quality, overpriced crap is being churned out at alarming rates. I'm willing to pay more for a garment knowing that the workers are fairly paid and the materials are ethically sourced.

  29. I love when you go off on your intellectual soapboxes. It helps me appreciate and understand things more. Keep them up 🙂

  30. Just want to step in and say I absolutely, 100% get and appreciate your rant at the end. My last personal purchase was a fountain pen. It is made out of titanium, and writes with a stainless steel nib tipped in something even harder. The thing will last a life time and all I need to do is feed it bottled ink. I know you are passionate about clothing, but this applies to EVERYTHING in our society. Low quality junk that is "good enough" has flooded the market at a time when the planet can least accommodate this level of hyper consumerism. As you say, purchases should be an investment, but our society places more value on the now, and less on the later.

  31. 13:39 – 'How did we even get here' –> No, it's not just that we 'lost sight' of it (15:00). In fact, the underlying reason is that we as a global society went off the gold standard, and, as a result, we have lost our quality of life and workers have lost skills. They have become cogs in a global machine, getting paid with fake money to produce fake items, rather than individual artisans using the raw materials of nature and the mind to produce beautiful and practical art.

  32. Oh my god she actually cited her sources in the description. I thought she was making a joke, this woman is a living essay and I'm here for it.

  33. Ok.. I would understand if she wehre ranting because a unknown company is using her picture without permisson.
    But why does she rant being being copied bad?
    And why thinks YouTube i could like this video?

  34. Synthetic fabrics are not always bad, it should depend on the product that it's being made, I think you would have taken a slightly different approach to polyester and synthetics in general.

    For example, Kevlar and other aramid fibers are great for industrial safety purposes due to it's heat resistance and strength while being light and thin.
    Carbon fibers can make strong, light, highly-flexible fabrics.

    None of them are as soft and comfortable as cotton, specially in summer, while in winter polyester is good at keeping us dry and warm.

    As a side note there are naturally made (plant based) polyester, synthetic polyester is commonly used due to it's cheaper processing cost, the cost for the cheaper material is the lack of biodegradability in comparison to biopolymers, however a properly sewn clothing made of properly produced synthetic polyester fabric will last more than 200 years in degradation environments and way more than 1000 years with very little wear on proper usage and storage, but these again will cost more than poorly made polymer cloth.

    In conclusion the blame is not for the synthetic fabrics but for poorly/cheaply made ones. There is some cotton-based fabric that I've bought one day that was very fragile but also very cheap, so take care on what are you buying for the price.

    Very beautiful dress by the way, my clothing designs are still poorly made, and normally I do stuffed animals and amigurumi as they're easier to finish succesfully, but I wish someday I can reach some better sewing level uwu

  35. Synthetic fabrics are not always bad, it should depend on the product that it's being made, I think you would have taken a slightly different approach to polyester and synthetics in general.

    For example, Kevlar and other aramid fibers are great for industrial safety purposes due to it's heat resistance and strength while being light and thin.
    Carbon fibers can make strong, light, highly-flexible fabrics.

    None of them are as soft and comfortable as cotton, specially in summer, while in winter polyester is good at keeping us dry and warm.

    As a side note there are naturally made (plant based) polyester, synthetic polyester is commonly used due to it's cheaper processing cost, the cost for the cheaper material is the lack of biodegradability in comparison to biopolymers, however a properly sewn clothing made of properly produced synthetic polyester fabric will last more than 200 years in degradation environments and way more than 1000 years with very little wear on proper usage and storage, but these again will cost more than poorly made polymer cloth.

    In conclusion the blame is not for the synthetic fabrics but for poorly/cheaply made ones. There is some cotton-based fabric that I've bought one day that was very fragile but also very cheap, so take care on what are you buying for the price.

    Very beautiful dress by the way, my clothing designs are still poorly made, and normally I do stuffed animals and amigurumi as they're easier to finish succesfully, but I wish someday I can reach some better sewing level uwu

  36. I'm just happy I heard her guinea pig in the background when she was lighting the dress material on fire to test it 😂🤣😂😂🤣

  37. The point you made about cutting something up one decade to turn it into something else would be a cool experiment/ video. Start in one decade, and progressively make it into a different style through the decades.

  38. I was already your fan but now that I know you have a sweet piggum I’m a lorge fan🤩. Excellent roast 10/10 would watch again

  39. you know that you can trademark anything yours so if you , and if you see anything yours you can sue for copyright infringement

  40. I love how you brought up to fact you changed the dress because you have scoliosis by basically introducing yourself. I can definitely relate to the condition, though I'm the only woman in 3 generations not to have it. I definitely thought the handmade dress looked a little misaligned on the dress body and it made a lot more sense why you'd do it like that when you threw that in.

  41. I enjoyed this video. It was very insightful. I have recently started the move to by better quality clothing and being willing to pay for the craftsmanship. Part of it was due to budget constraints and cheap clothing didnt last and had to be purchased in larger quantities. About 5 years ago I spend several hundred dollars on some quality dresses and skirts for work and with the capsule technique and some accessories I learned how to make my clothes work for me, no matter the season. I would love to see how to repurpose clothing that has been stained. I regret tossing clothing that has been ruined due to lost pens in a washing machine or clumbsy bowls of spaghetti sauce. I'm sorry your design was stolen and essentially disgraced, but you've inspired me to get back into sewing to better maintain my clothes and make it work for me. (and maybe even save some money on tailoring costs).

  42. That knockoff dress is so bad I believe I could make a better one and I am not a tailor. The most relative experience I've had is window dressing, including making outfits for the manikins out of charity shop donation bags.

  43. If you haven't at least nailed them for using your image you should!! How obnoxious. Your dress is so beautiful, what a shame…

  44. Let's all go back to 99% of population having only rags to wear while the elite can afford $2000 dresses. All fun and games until she's making clothes for the 5 children she should have had by now, and her husband is working 100 hours per week in a dangerous job for $5 per hour to feed, house and then purchase material for their clothes.

  45. 13:41 How did we get here? It's poor people's fault. Lemme explain:

    My family was doing great, ya know, 2 kids, parents, house. Early 2000s was lit. Everything went downhill, I don't know why, I was a child. We became poor, it happened after my baby brother was born, so now we are a 6 member family, only living off of a grand total of less than 14000 dollars a year. When Wish and Amazon came out, and fast fashion did too, it was so so much cheaper to buy clothes like that. A rich person isn't gonna buy shit from Wish, poor people will. Cause that's the only thing we can (sometimes) afford. Thankfully, now I am in a better spot, and so is my family. But everytime landfills and waste and fast fashion is mentioned, I can't help but to feel a sharp pain, of guilt, knowing that I was one of the causes for those, just at 10. Trying to struggle and live and be happy.

    It sucks that people like you are beig ridiculed practically, by these companies, making these dresses you put your soul into. I'm sorry for that.

  46. Stereotypical woman: "my God men never listen"

    Me: * watches a video about some girls dress design and is genuinely interested*

    Also me: "I bet I could fuckin rock a dress like that" 😂

  47. I'm against any industry that fucks up the environment, but I struggle a little with stuff like this. Maybe it's easy when you're really gorgeous to be able to look forward to wearing something, but why bother buying, making, or modifying clothes when nothing looks right on you at all? Why treat something well when it's just going on me? I've always thought handcrafted clothing was insanely beautiful, but it's not for someone like me. Still, I learned a lot from this, thank you for the info.

  48. i was laughing at the shot where there where apa format notations for references as ive recently graduated and passed my final bachelor's thesis paper
    but checking the description i saw the numbers are actually referencing links and damn, i applaud you madam

  49. You need to get hold of a Bowen therapist… it cured my friend of Scoliosis 100% 😘😇
    http://bowtech.com/WebsiteProj/Pages/About/Welcome.aspx

  50. i get it, they stole your image, thats fucked. but as far as i can see, that dress is custom made for you, not being sold to others, and a cheap chinese knockoff existing on some backwater site doesnt seem that big of deal. also i like my 5 dollar walmart shirts that i can rip at work and not care

  51. Once upon a time I was a SCAdian. (For those who never heard of this group, they study the Middle Ages, learning about crafting, culture, and combat. Some are serious; some are just in it for fun.) More than once I heard someone as a professional tailor how much a cloak or tunic might cost to have made – and they would choke at the price. Heck, I made a similar request – and choked. (Back then I was rather poor.) But I ask why it was so expensive and they gave a very abbreviated version of this video as a response. Just the yardage – without the cost per yard – and an estimate of the time to make it was enough for me to nod with understanding.

  52. I have a general question.

    Do you know of any experiments where current denim was used in a skirt from the Victorian/Edwardian period? I have a pattern for an 8 gored skirt and I'm wanting to use a light denim as the material. I know Duck Canvas can be used, and I was hoping that you knew of someone who has done this and what their success/fail was.

    Thank you for reading.
    I'm asking here because I don't have any other way to get in touch with you.

  53. I have no idea why this was recommended to me. Perhaps because I make rapiers and swords, and it is the same era?

    Anyway this is ridiculously entertaining, and I've been watching your videos all day.

  54. If you are doing a burn test on fabric to determine the fiber content …..NEVER hold the fabric in your bare hand!
    Depending on the fiber content you can seriously burn yourself, because some fibers will flash burn.
    Hold the fabric with metal tongs or use 2 pennys to prevent the chance of buring your fingers and hand.

  55. Fine quality clothing will not last ''significant lifetime portion''. They can easy outlast one single or several humans in life span. They can be altered, modified depending on fashions lasting several decades or a hundred years.

  56. I saw this in my recommendation and my mouth dropped. I was going to buy this dress as my Halloween costume. After seeing this I so happy didn't I enjoyed this so much. I be sure to educate my friends. I mostly know these dresses are cheap and know what I buying to add to my cosplay closet so I can refix up later. I will be more choosy with who i buy from so not to take away from other creator.

  57. Great video, small tip. Adjust your camera to the desired settings and then lock it in. Don't let it auto adjust while recording. I do not know what kind of camera you are using. When I was doing similar stuff, for simplicity, I would take my DSLR, use the auto-focusing to handle everything, then switch it to manual before recording.

    Clearly, I'm a noob, but I found that really helpful in my video quality.

  58. Amen! It is terrible that you had your design and photo purloined by an unethical business but I absolutely applaud you for turning it into such an excellent teaching moment. I design and make hand stitched heirloom leather bags and am also a purveyor of vintage goods so I recognize the importance of quality materials and careful craftsmanship. I am perpetually DISGUSTED by the quality of the majority of mass produced items across the board. I will only buy vintage items for my home or save up for a high quality purchase if vintage isn't an option for a particular need.

  59. We live in an age of fast, cheap, and disposable. And that's just the humans. It started with the industrial revolution, gained momentum with globalization and cheap overseas outsourcing, and launched into space with Amazon. There's no going back because the fast, cheap, disposable consumers who drive the train will never give up their fast, cheap, disposable stuff.

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