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it’s handmade, not homemade

28 July 2010 12,452 views 20 Comments

A few weeks ago Bestitched mentioned an exchange she had with a coworker about a handknit skirt she was wearing. The coworker sneered something along the lines of, “aren’t you just adorable in your homemade clothes.” D’s immediate response (although she may not have said it aloud,) was “it’s handmade, not homemade. Bitch.”

Elinor wanted to see it on a t-shirt and I am nothing if not accommodating when it comes to cheeky shirts, so voilà!

I set up a spreadshirt shop for them, so you can pick up one for yourself!


  • Vicki said:


  • Dani said:

    That. Is awesome.

  • Vanessa said:

    best responce ever.

  • Erin said:

    This shirt is awesome, but I just want to know why is there has to be a negative connotation relating to the word “homemade”? Why does that have to be a bad thing? Just because something is made in the home, that means it’s either poorly made, odd, or out of fashion? I don’t think so.

  • Mags said:

    Excellent 😀

  • kirsty said:

    think I’d would have pointed with my middle finger…you’re clearly too polite! :-)

  • Micicuta said:

    I LOVE it!!!! 😀

  • Manise said:

    Haha! That’s great!

  • Dina said:

    Love it, love it!

    But I have to agree with Erin: why does “homemade” seem to have a negative connotation? For me, it is synomynous with “handmade”, in that it is crafted with skill and love (like homemade bread or cookies)

  • Ruth said:

    Love it!

  • thea said:

    Perfect. I love it!

  • gale (she shoots sheep shots) said:

    OMG. How much do I love this? This was the mantra I heard growing up as our goal for the stuff we made. My sisters and I still say it all the time. Ordering one for my 76 year old mom now. And she will wear it for sure!

  • terri said:

    I honestly don’t see what the problem is with saying “homemade.”

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  • AnnieKnits said:

    I just posted this to my fb page because this is FREAKIN’ AWESOME.

  • Rose said:

    LOVE it!!

  • Melanie said:

    You are so sassy! Love the new blond streak (forgive me if it’s not that new anymore). xxx

  • CoffeeBean said:

    I totally agree and well done!

    When I think of “handmade”, I think of products that are *well made* and both functional. Like a crafter in another country selling his/her goods made primarily with their hands with the aid of machines, etc. Pottery, rugs, exquisite furniture, etc. Example: Looking at a product in amazement knowing it was handmade by a crafty person!

    When I think of “homemade”, I get the view of products that are made primarily to be just functional and if it’s not perfect, then it’s homemade! Homemade food, or underwear that isn’t perfect but works, lol.


  • Marian said:

    Guess what my knitting friends are getting for Christmas?

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