Many of us who make our own clothes begin to wonder at some point how to design our own patterns. This September, I’m starting a course on pattern cutting and garment construction (while also reading as many books as I can on the subject).
Sustainable scissors may not be your first thought when trying to make more eco-friendly choices in sewing your own clothes, but every choice has the potential to be very impactful.
There’s a wealth of wonderful patterns out there for women, teens and even children, but sadly fashion as a whole seems to ignore part of the population. Male and masculine bodies still need clothing, so why are there less options for making clothes to suit them than there are for female and feminine bodies?
To learn more about how sustainable clothing can help look after the people in fashion’s supply chains as well as the environment, I recently had the pleasure of chatting to Karen Adams, founder of Kaia Clothing.
Recycled polyester might seem like a good, environmentally friendly solution to fashion’s plastic pollution problem, but there’s still several issues with producing clothing using this material.
You’ve probably heard the term ‘fast fashion’ used a lot – especially in the news over the last few months. But have you heard of ‘slow fashion’? What even is slow fashion, and for that matter, why is fast fashion so bad?
Making your own clothes has seen a huge resurgence during the pandemic as many people have looked to crafts to keep them busy and aid their mental health. Among those of us who were already making, there’s been a lot of talk about becoming more sustainable in choosing the materials we use, but what about the tools we all take for granted?
If you’re new to the sustainable lifestyle, one of the most appealing aspects of living life without waste and reducing your resource impact is almost certainly an economic one. By making choices based on quality and ecological impact, you often inherently choose items that are designed to last or can be easily fixed.
Sustainable plus size clothing – or better, size inclusive clothing – is becoming a popular fashion market by the day, which is fantastic.
If you have offcuts of around a metre, can you make any clothes with them? Yes, you absolutely can. Let’s take a look at some options for your offcut projects.