“Excuse me…” That’s what the fit model said the first time I saw her do this. What the what? Well apparently, the piece of cloth that makes up the crotch of swimwear and other pant-like garments, is called a “football.” (You know, that little wedge of cloth that connects to the larger pieces of fabric, it’s football shaped!)
This is just one of the many terms I’m learning as I’ve ventured into another swimwear project.
We rush from trim specialists, where we choose zippers and elastic, to fabric store to pattern makers. Japanese ribbon? Yes please. A fitting with our fit model, seen above. Sure.
I’m very lucky and I know it, I’m spending time with and learning from people who have been working in the garment district for 30, 40 years. They’re absolute experts in their field, they know details about the details.
They’re a dying breed, and they know it.
They’re the last of what used to be a proud part of the American economy. We all know some parts of the story: outsourcing has decimated industry in general, the manufacture of clothing has moved overseas, we can’t compete with cheap labor… As true as parts of this picture may be, there’s a layer beneath the surface that we have yet to face.
We still want lots of cheap clothing.
Sometimes it seems like we believe it’s our “right” to buy $5.00 t-shirts! Where all the things in our closets come from and where they all end up, that, we’re less interested in. Is it a will to ignorance, or is it just ignorance?