HANDMADE, LOCAL, SUSTAINABLE | TIME TO SEW ZERO WASTE BAG KIT REVIEW

I’m so excited about this project, dear readers! This is a really special product review, as it’s probably one of the most sustainable collaborations I have ever had. It’s a bag that is quite high up on the sustainability scale: it’s made with fabric from post-consumer recycled garments woven in the Netherlands, recycled leather, uses a zero-waste pattern and it’s handmade. FULL DISCLOSURE: Kate (Time to Sew) is a good friend and she offered me the fabric and pattern for free to test the kit out. She didn’t actually ask for a review, just my honest feedback on the instructions…

WHAT TO DO WITH HANDMADE CLOTHES YOU NO LONGER WEAR

If you are anything like me, with the swift transition from summer to autumn, or whatever this non-stop rain season is called, you might have been swapping your warm-weather wardrobe for the colder months one. I did that a few weeks ago and it provided a perfect opportunity to reassess and review my clothes in light of newfound style insights, changes in my preferences and wardrobe demands in my job, for both handmade and RTW items. This type of exercise usually comes with a massive purge. So I did a bit of thinking, a bit of research and I’d like…

DIY JACQUARD OVERSIZED JUMPSUIT

Hopefully, by now you know that I am all about building a meaningful and mindful wardrobe. That means thinking hard before jumping into a sewing project so that the resulting item fits into my life, wardrobe and style just right. This way, it will get loads and loads of wear (well, at least 30) and fulfil its life mission and respect the use of resources that went into making it. Well, I have to say that this jacquard oversized jumpsuit was not necessarily very well-conceived, but it did end up being one of my most worn items of the summer.…

ONE YEAR WARDROBE COUNT PROJECT | RESULTS

Dear readers, this is the big day!! I have actually completed my One Year Wardrobe Count project at the end of September and the results are in! Of course, since this launched a year ago, you might not remember what I’m on about. In a nutshell, I decided a year ago to track EVERY SINGLE THING I WORE EVERY SINGLE DAY for a year! I’m not going to lie, it wasn’t an easy task, and I failed a few times (ok, more than a few times), but I have a lot of data collected and I’ve had a lot of…

3 WAYS TO STYLE A TIERED A-LINE DRESS | MIRA FIBRE MOOD

You might remember from last year that I tried to start a blog series in which I styled one handmade item in 3 ways. Unfortunately, it didn’t end up being quite a series, with just one post, but I am looking to revive it today.

And what better candidate than perhaps my favourite make of the summer, Fibre Mood Mira?

Let’s check out how I styled Mira for work, play and comfort. Of course, you can apply these ideas to any similarly shaped dress, A-line with gathered tiers, to any other dress that you have in your wardrobe (handmade or RTW).

SUSTAINABILITY AND SEWING | WHAT IS THE MOST SUSTAINABLE FABRIC?

In case you missed it, there is an Instagram photo challenge running at the moment, focusing on sustainability in sewing. I’m really terrible at those, but it did make me realise I haven’t posted any sustainability posts in quite a while. So I decided to cover a topic that I get asked about all the time, both in the sewing community, amongst my friends and family, but also at work. You might remember I am a sustainability professional in my day job, so my role is to advise designers and product techs how to make a garment as sustainable as…

DIY TIERED A-LINE DRESS | FIBRE MOOD MIRA REVIEW

You might remember that a few months ago I was complaining about my lack of sewing motivation. Well, I am definitely over that. And the reason is that I’ve fallen for Fibre Mood, and fallen hard. I made 5 of their patterns in the past couple of weeks and I don’t think I’m stopping any time soon. 3 are from Issue 5 which I reviewed in the previous post, one is a free pattern, Frances, which I thoroughly recommend and this is Mira from Issue 4. Reviews for all coming up on the blog soon. I still can’t say what…

FIBRE MOOD MAGAZINE | ISSUE 5 REVIEW

A new sewing magazine appeared in the sewing community a while ago and it took me up to issue 5 to pay attention! Have you heard of Fibre Mood? No? Well, now’s your chance to find out more, so read on, as I promise it’s worth it! I was vaguely aware of some of their patterns, but I did not associate the name Fibre Mood with a physical magazine until I saw it on the shelves at WH Smith a few weeks ago. I had gone in to browse through the current Burda issue, to see if I fancy anything.…

I MADE MY OWN TRAINERS AND SO CAN YOU

I have been dreaming about making my own footwear for a long time now. And if you ever looked into it even remotely, you will know that it’s an expensive, complicated and time-consuming hobby. There are so many steps, tools and ingredients that you need to make proper shoes that are not espadrilles or other forms of simple sandals. But a few months ago, I went on a course and I darn well made my own leather trainers by myself! I am so proud to be now able to put together outfits that are 100% made by me, excluding underwear,…

ONE YEAR WARDROBE COUNT PROJECT | JULY UPDATE + 5 SUMMER OUTFIT INSPIRATION

Hello, dearest readers, hope you are having a great summer so far! July was a bit of a blogging holiday for me, but looking forward to resuming regular scheduling. I have so many exciting news to share with you very soon, and so many summer outfits to show you in the next few posts. Whilst I have not been blogging loads, I sure have been wearing my me-made wardrobe with a vengeance! I definitely looks like I have more summer me-mades than winter or transition ones, as June and July almost felt like Me-Made-May! I can’t wait to share my…

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