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Olivia Pool creates clothing as hobby

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Olivia Pool creates clothing as hobby

Junior Olivia Pool wears a shirt she created. (Photo from Pool)

Junior Olivia Pool wears a shirt she created. (Photo from Pool)

Junior Olivia Pool wears a shirt she created. (Photo from Pool)

Junior Olivia Pool wears a shirt she created. (Photo from Pool)

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Many students at Northwest have their own creative outlet — a way to let a piece of themselves out into the world. With the stress of the pacing of everyday life, creative souls tend to want to have a form of escape. Some paint, some sculpt, some dance, some play music — and some sew a wardrobe.

Junior Olivia Pool designs and creates some of her own clothing as a mode of expression rather than for practicality.

“It’s a hobby I do in my free time once or twice a year,” Pool said. “(It) started two years ago (because) growing up, my mom would make my skirts I could wear to church. It looked fun and (so I was inspired to) start doing it.”

Pool mainly creates skirts, but have created a few shirts and a dress in the past. She only wears her clothing occasionally, but the few times she has left her with a feeling of pride.

Her process is fairly straightforward.

“I (start) at Jo-Ann’s and pick out fabrics and patterns,” Pool said. “I get a lot of pins, scissors, thread, tape measure, (and a) sewing machine.”

After getting all of her materials, Pool starts her favorite part — assembling the piece of clothing.

“I cut my paper cutout,” Pool said. “I put it on top of my fabric, and trim the fabric. (Each piece of clothing is pieced differently) so you look at the instructions and (stitch it together).”

Making clothes can be beneficial economically, ethically, and emotionally. With some clothing stores relying on child labor and environmentally unsustainable processes, creating clothes, even as just an occasional hobby, can be slightly more ethical. Although Pool still buys her day-to-day clothing, she still benefits from the joy of this cathartic hobby.

Pool loves the creativity of sewing, even as it takes more care and energy to create than to buy clothing.

“It’s a feeling of everything coming together,” Pool said. “You start out with the paper cut-outs, and figure out how to piece it all together (along the way). One step at a time — it all comes together, and in the end you are left with something (usable) and a feeling of pride. It’s (just so) satisfying.”

Some of Pool’s clothing is pictured below:

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