138: Sustainable practices in sewing
Date: 10 October
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What have we been up to?
Mostly just more sundresses. I have ideas on how to change them up more but am stalled because I love DIY Daisy’s design so much!!
And I went to a play and saw someone rocking the Tate Romper in the wild!!
Skirt Skills skirt! Learned so much you got an A+
Grafton knit dress by Cashmerette. 400 combos, 62” max hip.
Not a new pattern, but Style Arc has announced that every Sunday they will put one of their patterns on sale for 30% off just for that day. If you like SA patterns, it’s worth subscribing to their emails to get the notifications. – Love notions does a similar thing on Fridays (specific pattern $5)
This week’s topic:
What are the 3 concepts of sustainability?
Sustainability’s three main pillars represent the environment, social responsibility, and economics. (These three pillars are also informally called people, planet, purpose, and profits.)
From Sewing Dictionary:
Sustainable sewing means sewing in a way that leaves a minimal impact on the planet. Whether that is using eco-friendly materials, reusing old textiles, making garments designed to last for a long time, or ensuring you use every scrap of fabric reducing fabric wastage.
Accounts to follow:
- Liz Haywood
- Birgitta Helmerson ZW patterns
Tips (from Sewing Dictionary, Paprika Patterns, Feel Good Fibers, Seamwork, and others):
- Read this article by Seamwork on how to add sustainability to your sewing practice.
- Make things that fit your style
- GIve away the fabrics you’ve outgrown to others who will use them
- Use what you’ve got instead of buying more.
- Consider if the prints you buy are stylish or classic – will they go out of style quickly? Solids never do!
- Buy secondhand.
- Look after your sewing tools, get your scissors sharpened and your machine serviced rather than replaced.
- Don’t buy more than you need.
What tips can you offer to others? Share your sustainable practcies and tag us – we’ll pick some to share with our followers!
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