100 Replies to “Buying a Knockoff of My Own Dress: An Educated Roast (actual fire used for Scientific Purposes)”

  1. in any case, you should totally sue them. if not for the dress, you will at least get a good amount of money because of them using your picture. and the dress is pretty obvious too, i mean, you have video documentation of yourself designing it. just think of the amount of fabric you could buy with their money…

  2. 7:29 for me hard when you roasted airplane blankets. I made my first dress out of delta airline blankets and wore it to my freshman homecoming… but yeah you’re right it was pretty bad

  3. What the main issue is that they used your image and your dress to sell their awful interpretation. Even if they try to say that they were not using your dress as the idea behind this and it was there own cheap dress up interpretation they will be shooting themselves by actually selling it with your image. They didn't even have honesty to sell it with an image of their own item.

  4. Thank you for this well-thought rant. I'm not surprised by the stolen design, even though it's always very grating to hear yet another creator being robbed of their creation.

    About fast fashion. For some years now, I've renounced to invest in fast-fashion for the reasons you've mentioned. The only reason I may still very occasionally invest (as in once every three to four years) in it is to buy trousers, because I just can't find secondhand trousers that actually fit my figure. However, I've also been searching for slow-fashion brands, and took the habit back in middleschool to mend damaged clothes so they can last longer. I'm currently interested in brands such as Son de Flor (a company using only local materials, hiring local people and paying them properly, complying with EU norms? I'm willing to throw my money at them and will do as soon as I can afford it, starting with a skirt and a petticoat), which are more pricey, but with a timeless simplicity and clothes that seem to be carefully made and built to last. I've been putting more thought about it lately, since I've been clearing my own wardrobe, giving what I didn't wear, mending what I discovered needed mending (very little, thankfully, since I'm generally careful with my clothes). Fun fact: some of my clothes are inherited from my mother, who had them in the 80s. I also have two shirts from my father's days in the Navy (considering my small figure, I'm still wondering how it could suit him, but apparently it did), as well as OG trousers also from the Navy, barely used and of a ridiculously good quality that I'd like to work on so they fit me better around the hips and waist (since it's a male cut and last time I checked, I was a lady, so the material will need to be pinched around the waist).

    And since, in the wise word of our Dark Lord John Maclean, "trends are for the anxious", I absolutely don't care about being fashionable. I'd rather use clothes to express myself. If they can last, be comfortable and are ethically produced too, then all the better.

  5. Poor you, but thanks for turning the situation into a chance to educate. Your glass is half full and not half empty.

  6. My go-to seamstress seriously has changed or saved me so incredibly many dresses, shirts, trousers, ect… I'm bad at sowing myself, but she knows exactly what she's doing. So why would I pay for a new dress, when I can pay her and keep what I already love 🙂

  7. It's because of you and Morgan Donner that I first fell in love with historical fashion and decided to learn sewing. I've tried hand sewing but different illnesses mean that I get very quickly tired BUT! After raving about it for… a year and a half I think, my mom took the last three months to find me a solid, decent sewing machin for my birthday, and she did it! She found me an old beauty, given by a great aunt, and she is meticulously cleanning and oiling it right now! So I just wanted to say, thank you Bernadette, and thank you Morgan, because I am learning an old, beautiful skills, and I am going to finally wear things that I love, that fit me, and that I am goind to wear forever, and that's all thanks to you!

  8. I personally hate any polyester clothing and used to dread looking for any Halloween costumes. I'm autistic so I shop with my hands instead of my eyes. Good quality clothing is a godsend as it doesn't bring my sensitive skin agony. It is so unfortunate that most clothing I find to fit me is made of terrible itchy material. Polyester is the worst material to me, it itches so bad I end up clawing blood from where it touches. It is agony and I don't get why anyone buys clothing made of that material.

  9. I have always wanted to learn tailoring. I’m not of typical size. Not only do most of things in stores not fit me, it’s even harder to find thrifted pieces. This winter I do want to start taking proper sewing lessons so I can start flipping. Your skill is amazing and extremely inspiring.

  10. This is sad to watch. I feel really sorry for anyone who order that dress and think they will get anything decently made. The price might be a clue, but some might get fooled.

  11. Bernadette, my sympathy for the fraud prepatrated upon your glorious craftsmanship and elegant garment. The education offered in this video is invaluable. I appreciate every word but most specifically the urgency given on reduction of waste and garment longevity. Through care and zipper replacement, I have made use of the same wonderful rummage sale ($1.00 price tag) winter jacket for 14 years now. My Great Depression survivor grandmother sewed much of my clothing when I was small child. Some of the garments are tucked away as treasured possessions ( I am 57 now) along with the 1st dress I designed and sewed for myself at age 12. My grandmother's favorite sayings were "waste not, want not' and "make do with what you have…fix, repair, reuse". All her influence shaped 2 of my favorite hobbies: patchwork quilts (aka crazy quilts) and clothing alterations. I have a crazy quilt sewn on a treadle machine by my great grandmother and grandmother, given to me at 8 years old for Christmas. My crazy quilts have been given as gifts to people all over the U.S. One of them is in Ecuador. No two are ever the same. My current labor of love is restoration of an army jacket for a local ex military man. His mother gave it to him. It's his memory treasure of her.

  12. Love those video and the message.

    Um, could you do a video on darning a patch or mending clothes? I'd truly appreciate it🤗

  13. I don't know that I would use a hidden watermark. I would just put a small copyright symbol, date and my name somewhere not easily cropped out. Or business name. Of course, it could possibly be photoshopped out.

  14. I am doing a separate post on fast fashion. Fast fashion became popular because the middle class demanded fashion and had the purchasing power but obviously couldn’t afford the high prices of Chanel or Dior, etc. And with the advent of the internet and people wanting to change who they are, wanting to stand out, more diversity, the fashion industry found ways to keep up without any future thought for the environment or the workers that they were paying the in the third world countries that they were creating clothing. Higher demand for fashion, higher buying power = more clothes. It wasn’t until recently that people became aware that the impact to the environment. This is a very, very high level synopsis. Most of the unsold clothes do go to the third world countries or into landfills, which is horrible. If you want to discuss this further, this is something I’ve studied in-depth, you can chat with me on Instagram under the same screen name.

  15. Many excellent points, Bernadette. Intellectual Property rights when it comes to CHINA has become an administration issue in the forefront, finally. China represents hacks who are theives who have no original ingenuity. Sad. Choc that up to communism. The people who go to work everyday making these hacked products probably hang their heads IF they think of it. I never thought about landfills and all the polyester before. Great point. We live is such a disposable culture. I hate that! Fashion trends are also exhausting. It changes as fast as IPhone models do. All in landfills….

  16. Started knitting a few years ago and quickly realized the cost difference between what I made and what you could buy in shops still because I made these thing I was much more invested in keeping them as long as I could and learned a lot about cloths maintenance particularly wool that I hadn't known before. Also sewed a Halloween costume which cost way more than anything I could have just bought but the quality difference on the night was clear. I'm in no way an expert on sewing and had never sewn a dress before. Won the costume contest that night which did help with the cost.

  17. This is one of the most charming take downs I have ever seen. After that intro I had a vision of a historical fiction series of you, in various periods and locales, helping the wronged find the high road to a wholesome and gratifying revenge.

  18. I love that you talk about fast fashion and especially the fact that everyone should learn at least the bare basics of sewing. Over a year ago I started bying my own clothes only as used or self made and now I love my clothes so much that I really want to mend them over and over again especially because I know they are all unique or really hard to come by. We also have a great "thrift store" where you can take old fabrics you don't use and they sell them really cheap by weight, and you can find really good fabrics if you just have the patience to dig through their piles.
    Love you work Bernadette❤️

  19. Okay, so this is sort of related given the topic of the video and how you went off on how people didn't just throw fabric out but mended and repurposed it. I feel the same way, which is why I now have four 30-year-old queen-sized fitted sheets that have ripped clean down the middle but that I can't bring myself to throw out because well, there's still a lot of good fabric in there and I can't handle throwing out something that might have use.

    (There is an … um, minor problem here in that I don't sew. I knit and crochet, but I don't generally sew although I'm open to learning a bit. I have machined pieced and quilted in the past but have gotten away from it since it swallows up my dining room table.)

    Anyhow, what sorts of things might you recommend doing with a worn-out poly-cotton bedsheet? Clothing? Bags? Rugs? I don't think that people would have done this in the past; I get the feeling they would have just mended the living daylights out of sheets instead of letting them get to the point where they ripped, or used the fabric to patch other things.

    But if you were handed a queen-sized fitted sheet with a giant rip down the middle (or two) in a RuPaul's Drag Race-style competition and told you had to make something useful out of it, what might you do with it? It's a LOT of fabric, after all.

  20. I love this video Bernadette. As a spinner I can tell you there is a tremendous amount of work that goes into preparing the fibre so it can be woven – especially for linen. Most of the time colour is used for garments and producing natural dyes is very labour intensive as well. Thank you for tackling this topic of stolen design and inferior garment construction and low quality fabric which will end up, most probably in the landfill site. Thank you also for shining light upon the fact of the human component in all of this. I wonder how the person sewing this crap feels about what they are producing. Very often the conditions in which they are sewing and/or producing this material are terrible. When we look back in time most homes did not have closets but hooks on which to hang clothes. Now we have walk in closets that are as big as or bigger than most peoples bedrooms even as recently as the beginning part of the last century. This is a topic which needs to be addressed and I am so very glad you got the conversation going!!

  21. Hey! I very very highly recommend The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern. I am planning a series of paintings around it and think that you would find much inspiration within it's pages.

  22. And this is why I hate large companies and mass production. They're destroying everything. And because of I am trying to make my own clothes (I'm beginner) or buying them from small, ecological companies where they are made from natural fabrics and by hand.

    I make historical clothes too (15th century) and I know how expensive and time consuming it is. I will be furious if I see that anyone had stolen my dress, made it from cheap materials and sold for ridiculous prize (>o<)!

    Anyway I admire your decision. This is very mature and logical <3 Your dress is gorgeous and I hope that someday I will have sewing skill like yours <3 Can't wait for your next project (^w^)/

  23. Bernadette, I understand that you feel surprised that someone in China copied off one of your creations to sell knockoff. You are NOT alone, Few YouTubers I subscribed, like Daniela Tabois whose original design was stolen to sell knockoff for cheap instead of her handiwork of blouse like yours. We DO know that you are best teacher of fashion history & sewing history. That's why I am into fashion history and learn about history of sewing without invention of sewing machine. ( I know that you cheat few due to long time to stitch but no matter.) Thanks for making it public. People will send negative comments and accuse Chinese companies to stop copying each artist's design/original. I KNEW that they looked into your video clip or picture in Instagram to steal. We as your fans know about it. If one of us find out they use one of your pictures for knockoff, YOU will be first to know about what's going. Okay? I hope that you have good weekend and have fun at flea markets! 🙂

  24. And here we have it another reason to love Bernadette 😀 I just found her channel this week but I have already watched all her videos. Her videos inspire me and her personality makes me want to be her friend 😀 So excited to start sewing and create a wardrobe I love inspired by the Victorian/Edwardian era 😀

  25. I literally cringed when you pulled it out of the bag. Like I could tell OVER CAMERA how poor quality the materials were

  26. I recently moved to Japan, and there is almost no fast fashion here. I have bought clothing for work (because my European officewear was not quite conservative enough for my current job) and I am very confident that my new clothes will last me at least a decade. The structure in my skirts, the breathability of my shirts and the comfort of my new wardrobe is far superior to me cheaply bought fast fashion items from England. In other words, it is better to have fewer clothes of good quality, than a massive one of poor quality for the same price.

  27. I have a mending question…
    I have a second hand faux leather jacket. I adore the cut, but the vinyl tore on one shoulder. It was attached to the stretchy knit lining with some kind of adhesive. I want to repair it, but basting it back to the lining made it worse. Can you help me please?

  28. Love your videos! Can’t some of the YouTubers railing against fast fashion suggest a solution other than buying second-hand, shopping one’s closet, or making one’s own clothes? Do we really want to deep-six the entire global garment industry, destroying the livelihood of so many miserably poor workers? Would you really require each of us to allot a significant amount of our time to the tasks of wardrobe creation and maintenance? And there is surely an approach to clothing production that would yield garments at a price somewhere between $50 (for the horrid copy of your dress) and the $2000-3000 that one of your bespoke garments would cost. I know it isn’t your job to figure out the whole answer to this problem, but you and your lovely millennial YouTube colleagues must realize that the three solutions you propose are good starting points— but only that.

  29. I laughed so much during the first part of this video and had to send it to a friend who also sews. You brought up so many good points in this, it was entertaining and informing to the extreme.
    Also, I have a materials question if you don't mind? I'm planning to sew a cloak, no specific time period in mind, and I was wondering what would be the right material to use for it? I want it to not feel too heavy on, and was even thinking of attaching horsehair crinoline to the very bottom to give it a bit of structure and shape. What do you think?

    EDIT: I forgot to mention, the cloak will have a lining layer in white or cream and an outward layer in probably a dark green.

  30. I'd suggest using that fabric to make a doll, that would represent owners of that brand, and use it as a pincushion.

  31. Cut it up into little red bunting flags or swags! Great for wintery holidays but also potentially useful and decorative year round 🙂 or maybe see if some high school or community theatre has a medieval-ish show coming up and could use it? I've definitely seen worse costumes in various R&Js…

  32. The new set up is a GAME CHANGER!!! You look lovely and seeing the slight city view in the background makes me miss New York.

  33. Nice panels Ms. Banner, nice panels.

    *value added psychology (lamborghini, trash reproductions, or fee for making money), um yea how we get polyester clothing and a choking planet.

  34. Yes! My grandmother, a designer and seamstress, mourned the beginning of the end when she saw the proliferation of plastic fabric in the 60's and exclaimed , "Damn War Fabric"!

  35. Excellent rant!🙌💚! I couldn't agree more. We should rethink how we deal with clothing, style and fashion. A return to quality and craftsmen ship is asked for in my opinion aswell. Stop the insult that the industry ,as it is right now, is producing.

  36. I don't give a shit about fashion, but I view this video as an eloquent criticism of consumerism as such. Also, you're so charismatic and knowledgeable. It´s a pure joy listening to you.

  37. Don't blame you for being angry about the posiers who think this is a good copy. what a piece of crap. Sorry this happened to you. I was born into a generation that still repaired clothing, which I still do. If it doesn't fit I cut it up and make something else out of it. eg. I had several wrap skirts that I turned into summer tops. the cabbage from said skirts were used to stuff pincushions for friends, as there was not enough of it left to use for something else.

    I would like to offer a suggestion for some content. For thoes who do not know how to repair clothing, lets show them how.

  38. "Made in China."
    I mean I see it in the fking buttons. That the fk is this shit?
    And I fully agree, when those ppl replicate any garment, they make a single layer cloth thing. This happens in cosplay outfits, historical garments, Kimonos, etc. All those garments should have multiple layers and unique undergarments to go with. Also, those sems truly bothers me. Machine hemming is ugly and sometimes sems went very obvious when they should be hidden. I could smell the rudeness and ignorance through the low resolution photo.
    Those manufacturers don't care about the details nor the silhouette. Really done want to touch those mass produced mess.

  39. Hello! First of all, loved this videos and all videos you've made for this beatiful channel. But i feel like i must touch on a subject that perhaps you have understandably neglected in this video ( since its just really not about this specefic). I live in Argentina, a "3rd world" or "growing" country that struggles (as most countrys in the world do) with poverty and inequality and the issues around it. In the last few years i have found myself trying to support more ethically managed clothing busineses. I admitedly own a large collection of clothing ( a lot more than i should) that i've acumulated during the years. I'm only 20 years old but i have and use clothes that i wore when 10 or 11, wich i can since i havent really grown since. I really try to take care of garments so that they can live a long life, and since i love sewing (why i started following this channel ) i find it easy to mend them if necessary or even completly flip them to fit my changing style. I buy mostly from trift stores or one person owned busnisses and when my clothes dont longer work for me i try to trade them in trading fairs or similar situations. I also have recently began to construct or at least try to construct my own clothing, wich i luckly have the means to. But i often find myself having to recur to fast fashion chains for things as underwear or coats wich leads me to wonder: if often i cant afford this ethical consuming, and here comes the point wich i was trying to convey, what about the rest of the people that, for example, live where i do.
    And truth being told i dont imagine ethically made clothing to be accesible for … Well, for most people.
    At the present a third lf my country is under the poverty line, wich means essencially that they do not earn enough to gain access to food, school, proper housing, etc. Decidedly, for them, ethical consumption is not a priority, and probably not even a posibility.
    So, while i'm doing my own path to a more ethical way lf consumption i have come to realise that i simply cant not ask this of other people without taking this factor into consideration.
    This is not a comment trying yo criticize this video wich touches on a lot of subjects that should be discussed more in a Bety educated manner. I'm simply trying to start a conversation around a question to wich i certantly dont have an answer to.
    On a different topic of discussion (related to veganism and climate change) i have found the closest thing to an answer or the beginning of one that allows me to think this matter from a different though not new perspective. What about the people who actually do this? I mean the people who own this massive companys where they often (and i'm really not being dramatic) enslave other poeple in order to produce a cheap anything. They are certantly the people who hold most of the responsability for this situation, wright?
    With this i'm not trying to say that we should not make efforts towards ethical consumption, or that the system Is the problem (though it really Is problematic) and we should start a revolution. I simply found myself feeling guilty while watching this video for not always ethically consuming and then feeling defensive and thinking, well, i really can't afford it… And then towards that rabitt hole of thinking that i tend to go to and have already explained above.
    It Is always healthy to remind ourself of our priviliges and keep in mind those who don't share them with us.
    This comment Is really long and i doubt anyone will read it. I apologize for any spelling or general errors, english Is not my native lenguage. I trully do not mean to ofend anyone who Is reading this and specially not bernadette wich i greatly admire for the quality content she continues to put out there.
    I hope that in all of this probably unnecesery amount of words i've written i had manage to convey some sort of… Something that makes sense.

  40. A problem in my world a lot of creators see is custom circuit boards and adapters being cloned by Chinese factories at a fraction of the cost, and they usually technically work, but they're junk, they dilute the brand of the original creator (because they usually use their product name), and of course as you noted, steal sales from legitimate creators.

  41. Ignoring the rant I want to post about people stealing your dress and photo. I just wanted to let you know that I adore your new setup <3

  42. I have an body that does not fit into retail sizes so I've decided to sew all my own clothes. It was quite the learning curve at first but now I have staples that are well made (I have fibro so all seams have to be smooth to be comfortable), perfectly fit, and will last me a good long while because I love cotton and almost all my clothes are now made of at least 80% cotton. Though to be fair I also have quite a bit of polyester I got on clearance that I use for practice because I don't want to ruin my expensive cloth, and after they are used for practice they are cut into strips and used as stuffing for crocheted stuffed toys. My goal is to have a capsule wardrobe that will last me the next 5-10 years and I'm slowly getting to that goal.

  43. I love that you are so passionate about the cheap and environmental impact of mass production. I dont think weve ever heard you mad before but its awesomento see how you keep your cool and fuel the anger into providing information to us.

  44. Do you have any recommendations for costumes for a plus sized woman in a wheelchair who is super new to this world of amazing? If not that's alright and thanks!

  45. I was once in a play set in 1910s middle America. My mom taught me to go to charity stores and look at everything there as fabric. We made the silhouette out of a pillowcase, a pillow sham, dresses from the 80s that we altered, and a hat with a literal bouquet of flowers on it. I value transformations more than I value "new" items.

  46. As a man and a carpenter and cabinet maker people saw you sew ? Yes I do I was taught by my grandmother and mother and I find no difference between the two thing both are construction use tools and require planning ,also thank you for the entertaining and informative videos

  47. I agree, we shouldn't be producing any more clothing, that's why I only buy second hand and adapt to mi size and style. All about fast fashion it's depressing

  48. I would LIKE to invest in longer term clothing but it is difficult. As someone in high school social pressures just do NOT allow such "long term war clothing". Yes blouses are still cute skirts are still cute but you would need to own around 10-20 of them each. We don't allow to wear repeats anymore. It's seen as unclean and nobody wants to spend $$$ washing and washing over and over again. There is alot of cultural issues with this. I cant sew because i have nothing i can practice on. I don't understand how to practice making clothes when i dont even have a yard of fabric (or afford one for that matter) it would dseem like a waste to spend money doing so because ofc my first attempt would be UNWEARABLE probably the first 10 would be unwearable. I get the point of the video fully. It's just it's not as simple as it seems to.

  49. I grew up with my grandma constantly sewing on a pedal operated, 1907 Singer and my mom making her own clothes. I loved to just sit and watch, your videos bring back so many memories. I fully agree that fast fashion is a huge issue. What we can do effectively is switch away from a culture of instant gratification and favor quality clothing (or anything, really) that can properly last decades. Today everything seems to be commoditised, even cars and houses. People are so used to buying cheap things off of Amazon because they will be obsolete in a week. Marketing has been truly powerful in aiding this excessive consumerism and now we are paying the consequences of a ruined environment. It's unfortunate, though, that all this process also led to the disappearance of so many artisans and small shops. We are now inundated with so many clothes, and yet so little choice when it comes to natural fibers and sustainable production.

  50. Well, there's enough material for a few really tacky Christmas tree skirts. Preferably under a gawd-awful flocked, pre-lighted fake tree (harvested from the depths of great-grandma's attic or basement) just to keep the theme going. Artificial pine scent is optional.

  51. Buying second hand is in my opinion the best compromise. I work at a thrift store and I only buy my clothing there. I've bought beautiful quality items as well as fast fashion items, like Bernadette's H&M white blouse that she frequently wears. If I want something fancy or specific, I'll save up and invest in something worthwhile. In time, my closet will hopefully be made up of mostly quality items, but in the meantime, it's thrift finds. 🙂

  52. I know you're talking about a serious subject but everytime you said "clothing is a serious in*vest*ment" I laughed a little

  53. Could the dress become cushion covers? At least the top par and use the closings that are already there as a way to change the insert and wash it?

  54. This is one of those situations where it gets really complicated ethically when you look past the initial layer of the act of stealing the image/false advertising. It's easy to immediately condemn the people at that company for choosing to steal the image and falsely advertising, but while they're exploiting their workers and whatever, they're still providing a wage in a place where a wage of any kind is hard to find and not having one is literal death. Don't mistake what I'm saying as a defense of this horrible system, just more a reminder that the immediately obvious solutions (trying to shut down all of these companies like through pushing government action) aren't really solutions unless you're cool with a lot of people actually starving to death. You, yourself, changing your spending habits won't have this effect, so don't let that possibility push you into continuing to support these unethical companies.

    On the consumption side, as someone who has spent a lot of my time working physically outdoors — I cannot stress how much of a difference quality clothing makes. Granted, I've never been nor aspire to be fashionable, but I can tell you that $60 work boots will see you buying five or six replacements in the amount of time a single $200 pair will last you (double the number of replacements if you know a cobbler who can resole). There's the same level of difference between something like Walmart Dickies and even Carhartt. I bring this up to stress that if you want lasting things, you have to spend to get it. Also, that cheap stuff is often a fiscally inefficient trap, a hidden fee of being poor, if you will. Practically no one buys Walmart work boots because they prefer them. They buy them because they need a pair and have $70 until their next check. The cheap boots then add to back, leg, and foot problems, lessens effectiveness at work, and generally adds a bunch of tiny effects that cumulate over time. Of course by the time they wear out, they've only got $70 to spend again. Wash, rinse, repeat. But the rub of the situation is, would that person be better off if that $60 pair of boots weren't available? Recall for this specific instance, we're talking about something that's probably a required safety item for his work (if you need boots for work, you almost definitely need safety toe boots).

    I wish there were easy answers. Bernadette gives some great first steps, and she seems to be sensitive to these issues (of course she is, duhh), and while her ire is mainly focused on just the fashion side, this is a universal set of issues in the garment industry. Buying cheap boots because you have to work supports these same exploitative practices as buying a dress because you want to look cute. I personally don't buy the argument that one is necessarily better or worse because of intent. The result is the same. So I guess I'm asking that in your assessment, remember, some participants have no real choice but to participate, on either side of the transaction.

  55. I totally agree with you that every person should have basic sewing skills; buttons and hems at least. Thanks for all that you do!

  56. Love your rant and totally agree with everything you said. Mom always said don't always buy the in things classics stay in style always. So spend money on good pieces and you won't need to continuously buy new clothes. I look forward to Saturdays to see your videos.

  57. Well, As a devotee of yours Miss Banner. And for all the craftspeople out there, I do not personally buy clothing on the internet. In fact, I can not even recall the last time I bought anything new in a store roflol. I have been shopping the thrift stores my entire lifetime. When I was thinner it was much easier to find clothing that looked A. New, B. Clean, and C. Not purchased at a thrift store. lol. So, Your craft is safe from this particular shopper, purveyor of clothing, and avid student of yours. I am most certain your beautifully made and sourced Miss Sherlock will be available very soon as in next year sometime, probably only as a Coat, or as a Dress, but I know and you know, it will not be the gorgeous plaid wool fabric you purchased. It will not have your interlining built in for strength, or the amazing under garments designed to help mold your Sherlock into the Masterpiece that it is. So when that garment comes available, be sure, I will not be buying such nonsense either. Sorry your work was callously taken in such a poor way to begin with. I have heard watermarks do not help to protect the image of the photo's, nor does making said image "not copy'able" or anything else one can do to prevent click and save. But, getting the message out there, is important. Please do not purchase the "Miss Sherlock" to do another video, these copies are truly the worst, and only gain popularity when people purchase them. You are not alone on this being copied. Danielle Trabois has an online business, who hand crafts by sewing machine every garment she has for sale, from building the pattern, straight through to the manufactured stage. She is being hacked by these "sellers" so much, she has lost her home now, because "Why pay her $300.00 dollars US for her beautifully patterned and draped blouse, dress , or whatever, when you can pay $15 to $30 dollars US and get the exact copy. Only it isn't exact. She too did a video about the theft of her photos, and purchased the copied blouse, and discovered how dramatically different not only in fabric but in manufacture the top was. I do not know what the solution is. Other than to just say no. To Wish Garments entirely, To any other discount websites claiming their garments are real and beautifully made.

  58. And this is why I've decided to not purchase ANY fast fashion period (aside from underwear because yknow)
    My wardrobe is nearly 80% thrifted, and my shopping consists of value village and other local thrift stores. My fabric purchases are nearly 100% natural fiber like linen and cotton – now just to start making things beyond the linen shifts I've started.

  59. Wow! What a beautifully succinct and informative video. Though I shouldn't be surprised seeing as it's come from you haha. I was not fully aware about how fast fashion contributes to environmental damage but this really brought it to light for me. Here in Asia, fast fashion online consumerism is all the rage and nobody ever talks about the ethics of it all, so I'm glad you brought this to my attention. My mother loves to buy from those Chinese knock-off fashion/Amazon shops and now having recently become aware of artists and craftsmen getting their designs stolen, I've realised just how ignorant myself and many others have been regarding those designs being stolen in the first place! It's quite sad really :/
    Though I'm not white, I wish fashion trends weren't really a thing and people could just wear whatever they liked so long as the garments lasted. Hanfu is making a return in China which is pretty cool, so perhaps normalizing wearing well crafted medieval garments isn't such a far off dream either?
    Thanks for the video and your rant which I loved.

  60. I'm just so irritated by this, not by you or your video but the fact that someone out there whether man or woman had the nerve and untalented need to steel Instagram pictures of people who put time, effort, money as well as blood, sweat and tears into making a dress that they love from previous fashion's. I get that as we costume makers a copying a previous design anyways at the same time we at least are making the utmost effort into creating our own interpretation of the garment we have decided to make no matter whether we spent $20 on materials to $5000, which I know is a massive difference but still in 70% cases making your own clothing is not only cheaper than mass manufacturing it is also gratifying as you can gain so much from it such as compliments, perfect fit and enjoyment the fact that you've brought a garment to life and you spent ages and effort on it. The sad thing is nowadays 80% of the earth's population is lacking effort, everyone is too self-absorbed in time, money and mental health (which for the mental health part I do appreciate, but some people certainly take the piss out of it) that they do not think to take time to slow down and learn practical skills such as sewing and cooking.

    I personally think that they should bring back the home economics course that was taught in schools (mainly for women at the time but which can now be developed to include all genders of society) from the 1930s – the 1970s as they taught dressmaking, cooking and lord knows what else, either way, they taught skills that need to be taught to youngsters nowadays. Because thanks to technology people are relying on that more than their own hands and their creative thought process.

  61. I am a quilter. Many people have asked me if I make quilts to sell. The answer is always no. There may be some people in the universe who would pay what a beautiful, well crafted quilt is worth, most would rather go to Wal-Mart and buy a cheap one for $50. I only gift my quilts to people I love.
    I am terribly upset by your beautiful dress being knocked off. The one they sent is no more than a rag. I can't imagine anyone actually wearing it. I'm so sorry.

  62. So, only tangentially related, but have you ever considered making your own dress form to fit your spinal curve? I've heard you can do it with a long t–shirts and a massive pile of duck tape, and I imagine having a custom one would be really nice for you

  63. I agree everyone should be able to sew, at least when I was young we had sewing in school here in Sweden, both boys and girls, alternated with woodworking each semester, and in military, you need to be able to sew, and we had mandatory military service, used to be just for men, now for both men and women. Sadly, most, including me, don't use this knowledge much any more.

  64. For workout clothes I would also recommend Tala
    Itˋs a Slow fashion Brand that uses upcycled materials. Plus- itˋs female owned by Grace Beverly who is also a youtuber

  65. My dear I couldn’t agree more, people just don’t understand the time and money in clothing. I’m sure I’ll be ranting a lot about it 😂

  66. My mother, my sister and me really love thrifting since the 90s and until now. We sometimes see clothes that still have tags on it. Thrifting in my country is different from america in nice buildings like goodwill, it's more like farmers market style piled on the floor and some on the rack. The seller said to us in america or europe out of seasons clothes get thrown easily and some shipped to countries like mine indonesia to make a room for the new ones. I'm just kinda shocked back in the day by the seller statement, cause in my place you don't really need that much clothes if you not grown out of it yet. Not just clothes like literal trash was shipped from europe and america to reduce their own trash by send it to another country, but recently those trash was shipped back to where they belong 😂. In the past few years now i know why clothes get thrown easily because of fast fashion industry. And now in my country fast fashion is at it's peak especially with online shopping getting clothes from china it's become easier. Is it worth it? Of course not, it's cheaply made and falls apart very easily. Heck even my mother old office wear is more durable than those clothes.
    At the same times i'm glad people have more platforms to speak about fast fashion and hopefully people will have more understanding about the environment too 😊.

  67. It makes me really mad too. I just started sewing and am setting out to make all of my own clothes, and buying second hand to alter when I must.

  68. I haven't been around your channel for a long time, but you've still been a huge sewing inspiration to me, and helping me further my eye and appreciation for craftsmanship, so thank you

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