When I started sewing, it was just something fun to fill the odd spare afternoon. I never imagined it would become such a big part of my life, influencing everything from how I spend my spare time (sewing, obviously) to how I shop.
I’ve never really been into fast fashion – if I love an item of clothing, I’ll wear it until it falls apart – and now that I sew a lot of my own clothes I rarely shop. Recently, though, I’ve been starting to think about sewing as another form of consumption. Continue reading “Sewing more thoughtfully” →
When you make your own clothes, you come to realise how much time, effort and know-how it takes to create a garment. That’s why I’m always shocked by just how little shops like Primark can sell things for – the people making all those super-cheap dresses and tops are surely not getting a fair deal. So I love discovering brands that have an ethos behind them, be it sustainable, ethical or charitable – these three prove that ethical fashion can be edgy, fun and modern, and that it doesn’t always have to equal mega expensive prices, which is a win in my book. Continue reading “Clothes that Care” →
One of the best things about wearing something home-sewn is that you know it hasn’t been made by poorly paid workers in terrible – and in some cases unsafe – working conditions. This is why I also love to buy from ethical brands where I can. Fairtrade fashion has come a long way in recent years; thanks to endorsement by celebs like Emma Watson (who had her own clothing line for ethical fashion pioneers People Tree a few years ago) it is becoming more mainstream, and there are a multitude of exciting boutiques out there that prove buying ethical doesn’t have to mean forgoing the latest looks. Continue reading “Brands I Love: Bibico” →