For four years my friends and I have gathered together on Black Friday for a day of sewing. The day after Thanksgiving has become synonymous with shopping and sales and we want to transform it into a day about making.

We gather together in a rented gallery space and start the day by catching up with each other over coffee, tea, and Thanksgiving leftovers.

We sew for a full day — usually starting at around 9 AM and stopping at around 7PM. Originally we challenged ourselves to sew an entire outfit and wear it out that evening but over time we’ve loosened the rules. Some of us do mending and hemming projects that’s we’ve saved up all year.

Sewing clothing is really hard. We create an environment where we are surrounded with support and laughter. We push one another to finish projects that we might otherwise set aside. Because of that, the day is a mix of anxiety and laughter.

For this year, I decided to construct a dress out of secondhand scarves. I found it extremely challenging to work with this type of fabric but I pushed myself to finish. I guess I’m happy with the color and print juxtapositions but the construction is horrendous. πŸ™ˆ

No matter what transpires on Make Friday, I am left with a deeper appreciation for what it takes to design and construct clothing and that helps me to be more in tune with what it should cost for a quality garment. It recalibrates me to make mindful choices for my wardrobe.

We’d love for Make Friday to spread. Start planning for next Black Friday. You don’t need to rent a space. You can work from home or gather with friends. And you don’t need to make clothing. Make jewelry! Make ceramics! Make whatever you want! Share your projects online and add the hashtag #MakeFriday so we can follow along!

xo Recovergirl

4 thoughts on “#MakeFriday

  1. Gloria December 1, 2019 / 6:35 pm

    I have been collecting silk scarves for a long time, thinking about how i could reuse them. My fear is handling the very delicate material. I have been thinking that i need a substrate. Your dress doesn’t look that bad! A nice wide belt and you’ll look fabulous. We want to see photos!

    • recovergirl December 1, 2019 / 6:40 pm

      If you make a dress — please share photos. I will share a photo when I dress it all up this holiday season. Stay tuned! xo jam

  2. Bess Cutler December 2, 2019 / 11:24 am

    i can’t sew at all, but i would love to try to make jewelry. if anyone else is interested, please let me know. i hope someone would join who knows something about it.

    • recovergirl December 2, 2019 / 11:54 am

      Great idea! I’ll help spread the word!

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s