To marry together my need to be green with my love of sewing.
I’ve always been a bit of a greenie. My Australian upbringing required me to participate in initiatives like Clean Up Australia Day (litter picking). I will always remember the recycling message when I was growing up with the triangle made up of arrows and number inside to denote what could be recycled. My parents border on being hoarders and keep everything and waste nothing.
The result? I’m that person in the office that fishes plastic bottles out of the bin to put them into the recycling one. Every single time I think see plastic bottle litter I get mad thinking about bottles contaminating the coastlines and oceans.
As for sewing, in 2017I discovered found the Instagram sewing community after a few years of solo sewing. I started doing some of the challenges, but ended up sewing a lot more than planned (Me Made May panic sewing anyone?) and got sewing burn out. I had so many scraps, bought so much fabric, and made so much I didn’t need! I was not happy with the way I was going and one day when I looked for my next sewing course I saw…
A short course in Sustainable Fashion at the University of the Arts London
This was a high level crash course with fascinating insight on the fashion supply chain and got the fire in my belly going. The very last thing in the course we were tasked to do was to list out 5 actions we were going to take after leaving the classroom. Here are mine:
- Petition my office for reusable cups and sinks in the kitchen
- Look for a job with a sustainability angle
- Sew for charity
- Buy only eco friendly fibres
- Start a blog for home seamstresses to explore environmental issues with textiles and waste.
So here we are at number 5. To see more of my story and why you are reading this, click here.
In the meantime here’s a picture of a piece of Aussie coast I hope will never be spoilt (and I’m wearing a Liesl & Co everyday skirt in a cotton lawn).