6.16.2008

All cut from the same oily cloth

Here's the 6th gripe about oil prices--too many things depend on oil. Including fabrics. That's right, fabric.

I finally got to hit the FIDM Scholarship Store this weekend, the first time in what seems like months. I had really wanted to get some of the quilted fabrics so that I can make padded cases for some electronics, as a lot of the fabric there was quite cheap ($1 a yard!!!). I also wanted to load up on cute prints and pretty colors to work with as I learn how to sew.

To my great dismay, the price has gone up to $2 per yard. Apparently this happened about a month ago, when the gas prices lifted off for the outer limits. Some of the cost increase is attributable to transportation, but another factor may seem unexpected--some of the fabrics actually depend on the oil as an ingredient. This is not surprising, given that a lot of what we wear are made of synthetic polymers that are generated from petroleum products. To be sure, $2/yard is still a terrific price for fabric, but when the price has literally doubled, it does feel a bit painful--instead of spending $20 like I had planned, I ended up spending about $40. I wonder when the price of oil starts to impact the price of fashion. The Forever 21's, H&M's, and Charlotte Russe's might not be so affordable anymore.

The pretty prints do offer a little consolation. The scallop-print fabric may become a dress someday. And I don't know what's with me and green--I have a couple of shades here. The emerald green fabric was very much in demand, so I had to grab a few yards before they disappeared.

5 comments:

Oxanna said...

Fascinating. I wonder if we might be seeing more natural fibers in time, as a result of this? Would be nice.

Chimera said...

awesome picks, i don't know watz with me too , these days I tend to pick up green a lot.in fact i have done my living room in green!

Sales Rack Raider said...

Oxanna--I hope so. One less dependence upon fossil fuels...

Chimera--Thanks. Green must make your living room refreshing on the eyes.

j.lowe said...

I recommend looking into focusing on reconstruction/refashioning/recycling clothes. It's more earth friendly (you're reusing what's already there rather than making more) and it can be cheaper.

Sales Rack Raider said...

J. Lowe--it's a good idea. It's a project that's in the works for me, since I've saved up so much old clothes for this very purpose, but it might take a while to come to fruition...from my understanding, alteration is a whole different animal from sewing, so I'll have to master the fundamentals first.