I’ve always made clothes for myself that represent how I want to fit into the world. It is a process of manifesting. Wearing things I personally made makes me feel safe, like I’m wearing a soft uniform or armor.
One of the lovely things about growing Brook There into a proper business is that most of the hands-on tasks have been digitized or transformed into a production flow, so I can once again use sewing as a creative practice.
Generally, I like to approach new phases of my life with a new, self-constructed wardrobe. Maybe it’s just three pieces, but it helps me actualize the self I want to become.
Making things for production is hard: it takes an extreme attention to detail and many iterations to get a product ready to be made in hundreds or thousands of units. But making clothes for myself is like painting: Should I put the pocket here or there? Try it on. Think. Add the pocket.