Designer Stories | Nanna from How To Do Fashion

This is a very special edition of the Designer Stories Series, as I had the pleasure of interviewing Nanna Martinussen from How To Do Fashion, a Danish Indie sewing pattern company, in person. She is based in Copenhagen and we got to chat in the patio of her lovely studio in the Vanlose district (more on that later).

It was so fun to be able to have a conversation face to face and I loved to hear Nanna’s views on vintage, sustainability and developing the anti-Scandi Minimalist response to fashion. I had such a lovely time that we already made plans to go fabric shopping next time I’m in Copenhagen.

Hope you enjoy the interview as well.

This is a very special edition of the Designer Stories Series, as I had the pleasure of interviewing Nanna Martinussen from How To Do Fashion, a Danish Indie sewing pattern company, in person. She is based in Copenhagen and we got to chat in the patio of her lovely studio in the Vanlose district (more on that later). It was so fun to be able to have a conversation face to face and I loved to hear Nanna's views on vintage, sustainability and developing the anti-Scandi Minimalist response to fashion. I had such a lovely time that we already made plans to go fabric shopping next time I'm in Copenhagen. Hope you enjoy the interview as well.

Green 10 items capsule wardrobe outfits (10×10 challenge) | + April One Year Wardrobe Count Update

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8 sustainable and ethical fashion documentaries you must watch

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ONE YEAR WEAR COUNT PROJECT | MARCH UPDATE + A NEW 10×10 SPRING CAPSULE WARDROBE

Urgh, already mid April… On the plus side, we are definitely truly on our way to spring here in the UK. I am actually going to work and it’s light and it doesn’t get dark before I’m home either! It’s still not warm enough to start wearing lighter outfits, but I still have plenty of milage in the cold weather wardrobe. Allow me to demonstrate… in the March One Year Wear Count update. Plus, keep reading for a new capsule wardrobe exercise, with a suitably spring theme: the colour green! What you can expect in this post: The March numbers!…

Fabric Shopping in The Hague | A mini guide

Last weekend I enjoyed the most amazing mini holiday in The Hague (The Netherlands) with my best friend from Romania. I was at a work conference Monday to Wednesday, so we took advantage and squeezed in a few ‘girlfriend-time’ days as well. If you have not been, I definitely recommend as an antidote to the craziness of Amsterdam (and definitely less smell of weed everywhere!). And of course, what is a sewing nerd to do other than to find the nearest fabric shops, right? Whilst my friend engaged in some more traditional retail therapy, I did a whistle-stop tour of…

SEWING PROJECTS FOR A ZERO-WASTE LIFE | SEWING VS WASTE IN THE KITCHEN (PART 1)

Sewing for a zero waste life is turning into a series here on the blog. If you missed the initial post on fighting the Big 4 of disposable plastic with your secret weapon, sewing, you can check it out here. I also tackled waste in the bathroom in this post. Well, dear readers, the time has come now to tackle the waste in the kitchen that can be defeated with the help of our sewing skills, therefore cutting out waste from our lives and benefiting the environment. Plus such great scrap-busting ideas as well… So here are a few ideas…

On sewing and motivation | 11 ideas for when you loose your sewing mojo

Dear readers, I haven’t sewn in more than a month. Ok, I took up a pair of jeans for my husband, but that doesn’t really count, right? I am in a massive motivation slump when it comes to getting lost in my sewing room – which even a few months ago was the easiest thing in the world. If anything, I had to stop myself from doing too much of that and not be antisocial. A few weeks ago, I even had a sewing date with my pal Kate from Time to Sew, and instead of actually sewing, I ended…

Designer stories | Chelsea from Friday Pattern Company

In January, I started a new bi-monthly series on the blog, where I am interviewing the designers behind sustainable pattern brands. You can read the first instalment with Kim from Ann Normandy Designs. So here we are with episode two, and I’m bringing you a Q&A with Chelsea, the designer behind a very interesting indie brand: Friday Pattern Company. The brand came on my radar because since the inception, Chelsea decided to donate 5% of all proceeds to a rotating catalogue of good causes. This, plus their lovely, modern minimalist style, really puts them high on my list. So I…

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Hand-made style | My favourite February outfits

You might be expecting a Wardrobe Count post, but I must plead Mea Culpa. I’ve been a bad blogger and counter in February (and most of January, to be honest). I was away for most of January on my wonderful Costa Rican adventure and I really stopped recording, but I did not get back on the wagon properly in February either. Bad Alex, no cookies!
However, I have continued to wear me-made outfits and had just as much fun getting creative with my wardrobe options. So I want to share a few of my favourite combinations from the month of February and I hope that even if I’m not entertaining you with geeky figures, I am still providing inspiration for your own handmade style choices.

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