SEWING PROJECTS FOR A ZERO WASTE LIFE | SEWING VS WASTE WHEN CLEANING

During this difficult pandemic period, sustainability is perhaps not too high on people’s agenda. If anything, an undesirable side effect was the shunning of reusable options, especially outside the house. Moreover, we have also unwittingly increased the amount of disposable plastic, be it wipes, plastic gloves, disposable face masks, as well as take-away containers or other unrecyclable packaging when you did not have another choice based on what is available in the shops. However, life will go back to normal at some and we should go back to the good habits that we might have started forming with regards to…

DIY GREY AND PINK LEATHER TRAINERS | SNEAKER KIT NEW SOLE

My sewing mojo has been up and down since the beginning of the year and even weirder in the past 8 weeks in lockdown. But making trainers is not really a sewing project, so it doesn’t count. I super love them, and wear them for my weekly outing, so I just had to share, in case you are feeling like trying your hand at something different. I have mentioned my love, bordering on obsession, with Sneaker Kit, a Dutch small business that sells trainer kits and various patterns to use with the soles. I even started teaching classes in London…

THE MIRAGE OF THE 100% HANDMADE WARDROBE | THOUGHTS ON ME-MADE-MAY 2020

We are in the middle of Me-Made-May 2020, and as you might have noticed if you read the blog or follow me on social media, I have not engaged with it at all this year. I have been working from home for the past 8 weeks and frankly, I do not feel at all like posting pictures of what I wear everyday. My working from home wardrobe was very unappealing and boring to me and I did not want to impose that on my grid either. I also feel that after 5 years of pledging, I have nothing new to…

WORK FROM HOME STYLE – KEEPING WARM EDITION | 3 DIY OUTFIT FORMULAS

Yes, I am sort of scraping the bottom of the barrel style-wise. What’s the point in styling outfits for work, comfort and play (as per my usual ‘3 ways to style’ series), when all the fun, play and comfort is actually happening inside the house? And let’s be honest, it’s all about comfort right now. So I decided that I will just be sharing what I have been wearing (pretty much on repeat) since we went into lockdown here in the UK. Also, because it’s Me-Made-May 20, I made an effort to only mix and match self-made items. And what’s…

DIY T-SHIRT WITH SCREENPRINTED AUDREY HEPBURN | SECONDO PIANO BASIC INSTINCT

And now for something different… This project combines a simple t-shirt (the Basic InstincT pattern by Sasha from Secondo Piano) with a new skill I tried for the first time, screen printing. You might be thinking that I have been sewing up a storm in lockdown, given that every other blog post is a sewing project. Well, I haven’t, not really, unless you count the DIY face coverings (not calling them masks, as that term should be used for medical ones). I’m up to 86, mostly for food redistribution charities in my local area and some for friends who asked…

SUSTAINABLE WARDROBE LOCKDOWN BINGO

Was it light-hearted frivolity you asked for? Well, this is exactly what I’m delivering in this post. I mean, the title contains the word ‘bingo’… Though old habits are hard to shake so I had to put some grated courgette in the chocolate cake (you know, the ‘good for you part’ in the ‘too delicious for your own good part’). So let’s make this bingo game one where the prize is a more thoughtful wardrobe that will be ready to make you feel awesome when we come out at the other end. Sustainable wardrobe lockdown bingo – The Rules So…

DIY GREY TIERED DRESS | FIBRE MOOD MIRA

Fibre Mood Mira was probably my favourite make of last year. Yes, I know, you are probably getting tired by now of my Fibre Mood obsession, but I can’t help it, their patterns are just so cool… My plan for this year is to sew 12 garments for me, one for every month, so that I continue to keep my wardrobe lean. Therefore, I have to be very considerate as to what I choose to put in my sewing queue. Usually it’s things that I need, like a new cardigan (to replace one I gifted my sister), a new pair…

WARDROBE TRACKER | JAN -MAR 2020 UPDATE

Not even the pandemic can stop my wardrobe tracking. Ok, since I am staying at home for the past 3 weeks now, there was not a whole lot to track lately, but I already got the bulk of this period in before that, so here I am with the update for the second quarter of Year 2. If you are wondering what I am on about, check out how I decided to record every single thing I wore every single day for a year. I called it One Year Wardrobe Count project.

So, I’ve got numbers for you from January to March.

DIY CAMEL COAT | THRIFTY STITCHER DAWSON COATIGAN

[GIFTED] Last week I was a bit down about blogging about sewing and sustainability and style in these dark times, but hey ho, a week of lockdown puts things in perspective. We’re going to be here a while, folks, and if I’m waiting for normal life to resume, I might disappear into blogosphere oblivion before long. So here I am with some ‘lalalala hands-over-ears’ mindless distraction talking about sewing. So, for your viewing pleasure, here we have the Dawson Coatigan from Thrifty Stitcher, a project that was soooo long in the making and soooo long in the blogging as well…

SEW IN TIMES OF COVID

Other than this cheesy pun (hands up if you recognised the reference to Gabriel Garcia Marques’s Love in Time of Cholera, one of my favourite books), I really don’t know how to start this post. I have so many things going through my head, so apologies for a bit of a rambly post, but I guess I just wanted to share how I feel in relation to our beloved hobby in these crazy times. And it’s perfectly ok if you don’t feel the same, or even don’t want to read anything more the dreaded c-word (the new one, not the…