Commenter Micheal wrote regarding A Shirt for Dad:
why do sewists(ers?) and other crafters not talk about quality fabrics that truly deserve all the hours of attention and handwork of a craftsperson? So Irish linens, Donegal tweeds, Italian cottons, English worsteds and wool flannels, American and Japanese denim?”
It’s a question too good to ignore, as I’ve wrestled with it for years. How does one persuade sewers to use better quality fabrics? The United States is, after all, the nation that invented light beer, and the national psyche is not “a little bit, but good”, but rather is “more, more, and more.” We learn it in our schools, in our workplaces, and even (shudder) our churches.
The answer, as best I can tell, is to demonstrate how sometimes less is more, and demonstrate how the extra cost per garment is more than compensated for in how it sews, how it holds a dye, how it wears, and in the comfort for the wearer. $7/yard from the big box stores that bleeds all over the embroidery each time it’s washed, or $20/yard that is worn by four daughters and still looks great. Which is the better value?
It’s not an easy sell, but it’s fun.