Month: March 2015

[Refashion] From wonky cardigan to nifty zippy jumper

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You might have seen this already on the Love Your Clothes blog, as they have asked me to be a guest blogger this month, but in case you haven’t, here is the story.

We all have items in our wardrobe that we have literally loved to death and are now ready for the charity shop or for recycling. But somehow, you just can’t part with them, because of sentimental reasons or maybe you just feel there is still something that can be done with them.

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Spreading the love of sewing

Sew it with loveHey guys, I have some really exciting news to share with you today:

I GOT ASKED TO BE A GUEST SEWING TUTOR! AND I SAID YES!

The lovely Elena from Sew it with Love studio in London Waterloo got in touch a few weeks ago and asked me if I would be interested in tutoring an Upcycling & Alteration class for her students. Now guys, I can’t explain how much I love teaching and how much I’ve always dreamt of one day teaching, and sewing of all things! I was so flattered she thought of me, but also so incredibly excited to be able to try out my dream for real.

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Mini [Sustainable Tuesday] – Help!

Online-Survey-Icon-or-logoAt the beginning of March, I attended Resource – the Circular Economy event at the Excel in London. I was there with work, but got the chance to meet a lot of very interesting people. Among which Lizzie Harrison from Antiform (and also a lecturer at the Royal College of Art). She is a very inspiring lady, and very knowledgeable in all things sustainable fashion.

So we were chatting about a million and one topics and we got to second hand clothes. And I was telling her how growing up in Romania, it was very frowned upon to wear/buy from a second hand shop (we didn’t have charity shops as such). And she challenged me to write a blog post about it.

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Oh Mimi, it can’t be you! Surely it’s me…

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Dearest Mimi has been misbehaving… Or maybe I have? In any case, I feel I ended up with a below par creation and in this post I’m naming and shaming (mostly myself). Any advice to help Mimi get back into my good graces is very welcome. We are of course talking about the Mimi blouse from Love at First Stitch by Tilly Walness.

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[Sustainable Tuesdays] Back to the mill – The how of textile recycling

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It’s a Sustainable Tuesday again, y’all, I bet the knowledge geek inside is looking forward to another foray into the world of all things sustainable… So I oblige!

As I was writing last time about how great it is that wool can be recycled, I came up with today’s subject: how are textiles actually recycled and what challenges are we still facing until it will be possible to turn old into new at the end of the garment’s useful life?

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Wardrobe Architect 2015 Challenge – February Round-up and other bits

The good news is that it’s March and we’re closer to Spring and there is a bit more sun to go round and cheer us up. The bad news is that February is gone already and I can hardly imagine what I’ve done with it… So I had to sit down and have a think, and I might as well write it down too… (more…)