Last round of Q&A about the Madewell sweater that was covered in pills after one wear (see posts from the previous two days for more details if you’re just now wandering by). As before, you can see me flop the sweater around on instagram should you have such a desire.
These are mostly in response to instagram comments on the last two posts (I’m a monster and have comments turned off on the blog for my own sanity). And I’m absolutely sure all those comments were left with the very best of intentions! But a couple of them are working off some ideas that are worth examining a bit more closely. So I want to emphasize that I’m not mad at anyone who asked any of this! But I do want to mention a few things that may be worth thinking about.
– Yes, I’ll report back on how the sweater behaves after a second wear!
– No, I haven’t contacted Madewell, mostly because I don’t want a refund, I want a sweater. Finding clothes that fit my body and my various sensory issues and my budget is HARD. I haven’t been able to find another sweater that: fits a 54″ bust, is 100% wool/cashmere (no cotton, no synthetic), is cropped + long-sleeve + v-neck, and isn’t too much more than $200 (I got this on sale for $89). I bought this sweater because it filled a hole in my wardrobe. I want to make it work if I can.
– No, I don’t want to felt it and turn it into a hat/mittens/something else. I bought a sweater (and spent a sweater’s worth of budget) because I needed a sweater. I’m all for repurposing things when they reach the end of their life, but a sweater should last more than one wear before it falls apart. Saying ‘turn it into something else!’ isn’t a good solution to a poorly designed product.
– No, I don’t want to knit my own. Buying a sweater’s worth of yarn (a fat person’s sweater’s worth of yarn at that), learning to knit a sweater (I’ve never knit one), and spending weeks or months knitting my own feels sort of like buying a horse because someone knifed one of your car’s tires. It may solve some of the same problems, but wow is it a big commitment to take on because of someone else’s bad actions.
Again, I’m for sure not mad at anyone who said any of that! But I think it’s worth remembering that this problem arose because a big company chose to make a bad product (while pretending it was “better for the planet”).
The solution is for them to do better, not for everyone to knit their own sweaters.