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seven wrote:cynthia wrote:I'm considering a return to production sewing and wonder what types of sewn items might come in handy down the road. My experience includes, clothing, washable menstrual pads, home decor and I once sewed a tipi. I made not so great money in the past as a seamstress (sewing has been undervalued for a long time in this country) but I have supported myself doing it at times.
I still have a commercial straight needle machine, a domestic model that does everything important except fancy stitches and a serger. (There are two treadles in the attic our landlord said to feel free to bring down for display. To hell with the display!)
Hope people are still visiting this thread and will brainstorm with me.
A few thoughts from someone who doesn't know much about sewing - a lot of these are post peak scarcity scenario ideas...
*Shoulder baby slings, washable menstrual pads, specialized (canvas?) lightweight but strong backpacks/shoulderbags/carry bags (like the old messenger shoulder bags and tapestry or canvas carpet bags with both short and long handles) lightweight down-filled or otherwise insulated sleeping bags that roll/fold up, with sewn-on handles at strategic points for carrying/lashing to a pack, waterproofed undercloths for camping, baby crib, etc., unisex medieval style simple pullover tunics, short and long sleeve, hip or mid thigh length, both lightweight for summer and wool for winter, simple drawstring cotton and wool pants and shorts, short and long insulated vests, warm wool capes and thrift shop blanket/wool ponchos, waterproof ponchos, drawstring maternity pants, old-fashioned long unisex nightshirt/tunics, long cotton broom/granny skirts, sets of cloth baby diapers with pins included, canvas or cotton duck diaper bags, maybe with plastic lining, baby plastic underpants for wearing over diapers, with elasticized waist and leg holes would sell well (remember those? - there won't be any disposable diapers) simple felt, wool or fuzzy slip-on footies for casual wear/slippers, of various child/adult sizes, warmer slip on (medieval style? faux or real sheepskin? leather sole insert?) footie shoes for winter, maybe with droopy 'boot' extra fabric that can be left piled around the ankle for warmth, or tied partway up the calf with strips of cloth or leather, unisex boxer shorts, shoelaces, cloth ties for belts, flour sack or cheesecloth/muslin dishcloths/towels, mosquito netting for camping or inside use, - some kind of simple BRA would be an eventual great seller/barter item, especially if you buy that stretchy stuff currently available to also make 'sport bras'.
-Best wishes from one Cynthia to another.
graham wrote:I've asked a similar question before but haw would an enviromental architect fare?
skyemoor wrote:graham wrote:I've asked a similar question before but haw would an enviromental architect fare?
One would think that any new building would have to be very energy efficient, and take advantage of any solar or wind resources, so the next question is "how much new building will there be?"
Buildings will also have to be renovated, and any renovations will also need to meet the same criteria, though they would be less of a blank slate.
So a building energy engineer would likely fare better than an architect, but that's just my 2 cents as a degreed engineer with HVAC training whose designed their own passive solar, PV-powered home.
graham wrote:Just a second question- how difficult do you think it is to convert existing buildings? The only historical buildings in western countries that have passive design qualites that I can think of, are solid stone folk buildings in the mediterainian and scandanavian (and Canadian?) houses.
bromius wrote:I'm a semester away from having my degree in forestry. Being able to effectively manage forest land will be paramount in the future. As fossil fuels become more expensive, many people will turn to wood as a fuel for heating and cooking, as well as a source of raw material for many products.
bromius wrote:I'm a semester away from having my degree in forestry. Being able to effectively manage forest land will be paramount in the future.
skyemoor wrote:bromius wrote:I'm a semester away from having my degree in forestry. Being able to effectively manage forest land will be paramount in the future.
Could this degree also prepare you for some aspects of permaculture, such as planning, establishing, and managing stands of nut trees, and/or forest gardens?
bromius wrote: Call it Edible Landscapes or something like that. Offer a landscaping service to homeowners that focuses on the planting of species that would work as landscape plants, but also produce edible food..
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