Gertie's New Blog For Better Sewing puts it 'we live in a very exciting time in which feminism, punk DIY aesthetics, and eco-consciouness have converged to create a new crafting movement. And instead of feeling oppressed by sewing and other domestic arts, feminists now often use them as a means of connection to each other and to our creative selves.'
Women can use sewing for practical reasons, that also have a political bent too. The fashion industry is notoriously horrendous- it's elitist and prescriptive. It tells us what we should wear but makes it extremely expensive and unobtainable for most people. Tied up in that is the modelling industry- the models who advertise the clothes represent the apparent pinnacle of beauty that no non-model will ever be able to meet but should spend every second of their lives attempting to. As this trickles down from high fashion to high street most women find their biggest bug bear is that they can't get a decent pair of trousers to fit as sizes often run small and different shapes are not taken into account. And here sewing skills can be a vital tool as you can make your own clothes, get a nice pair of slacks, and cut out the influence of the evil fashion industry.
**Feminists of the past fought valiantly to bring into force various legal and cultural changes to help women but really 'women's issues' sounds like your lipstick not matching your high heels.